In our family, we have folks who love blackberries and look forward to any dessert that includes their favorite fruit. And any meal that includes cheesecake is a sure winner. It was no surprise that coupling blackberries and cheesecake was a winning combination! This recipe came from the Food Network. INGREDIENTS: Crust-1-9 ounce box chocolate …

I love all of the fabulous grilled and smoked meats my husband makes. They are always the centerpiece of our year-round meals. However, the quality of the side dishes that go along with those offerings make them even more special. This particular one I originally found via HeyGrillHey.com and then I altered it to suit …

This recipe came to me by way of an old friend who worked with me many years ago. Her name was Gisela and she was born and raised in Berlin. She grew up during WWII and shared many stories about her experiences during that difficult time. She eventually married a U.S. soldier and moved to …

The first recipe post of 2021 has to include the traditional black-eyed pea. According to the internet (and I did have to go look it up to be certain), although eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s is a southern tradition to ensure prosperity for the coming year, this has been considered good luck by various …

Pssssst…want to know a secret? I have a holiday treat recipe that is so easy a child can do it. As a matter of fact, it’s a great activity for you and your kids to do together. These cinnamon spiced pecans are a wonderful snack, an easy and thoughtful gift, and everyone loves them. They …

My family, friends and coworkers have received this as a gift from me for years. It’s another great excuse to use my Granny’s cast iron skillet and a wonderful, easy, and impressive bit of holiday extravagance. By extravagance, I mean this is NOT a low-fat or low-calorie item. That’s why we break it into little …

While holidays usually come fully equipped with all of the standard, traditional fare, special dietary requirements sometimes send us in search of new options. This year, I came across this awesome sweet potato option that is really easy, healthy and looks absolutely festive on the table. This comes from another site called OneHotOven.com INGREDIENTS: 1 …

I had you at Cajun Shrimp, didn’t I? Who doesn’t love a nice spicy helping of shrimp on top of smooth, creamy and cheesy grits, with a little jalapeno chaser? I looked at a lot of different Shrimp and Grits recipes before putting together something that suited our tastes. This is another super easy dish, …

This is a new favorite recipe for several in my family who have gluten allergies. These sugar cookies are a gluten free version of the famous LOFT frosted sugar cookies. They’re pretty and festive, easy to make and even those without gluten issues think they’re great! INGREDIENTS: For cookies: 1/2 cup butter, softened1 cup sugar2 …

I have this recipe in my family cookbook. My Mom made it. My Auntie Brooks made it. And what I remember is that everyone’s cheddar cheese grits casserole tasted just a little different. Every cook had their own way of selecting ingredients and making the dish their own. I’ve done the same by using the …