Thanksgiving is over and, no matter how much you tried not to, you cooked too much and have leftovers packing your refrigerator. How can you approach your own personal version of “Chopped” and transform those leftovers into something that looks new and appealing? My experiment this year was to marry my Thanksgiving leftovers with my …

This is, by far, the most requested dish by all family members at Thanksgiving. In our family, we serve a traditional Southern cornbread dressing as a side, not a stuffing made with the turkey. The base is made with cornbread and toasted white bread along with veggies and seasonings. This recipe is an easy one …

There are certain things that are an integral part of a holiday meal in our family. And, although this Thanksgiving will be a little smaller and a lot different because of COVID-19, some things will remain as constant reminders of what’s important. When I married into the Croy family, my mother-in-law made sure I knew …

All Purpose Seasoning (AP)

Many of the recipes call for an all-purpose seasoning. Here are the instructions for making your own. 4 parts kosher salt2 parts granulated garlic1 part ground black pepper Mix well and store in an airtight container.

I love kitchen tools, gadgets, serveware, glassware – if it’s used in or around the kitchen, I’m a likely customer. However, no matter how many tools and gadgets I own, it still have my very favorites. In my top 5 list of must-haves, in include the following: Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Kitchen Aid Hand Mixer …

My son, my sister and now my husband have all purchased Rec Tec Grills. And while they’re mastering the world of smoking and grilling, I explored one of the great side dishes Chef John from Rec Tec posted. Some people think that a great BBQ experience is all about the meats. And, while they’re certainly …

This is the most requested menu item at all family gatherings. If I don’t make it, I might as well not attend. I got this recipe from my mother-in-law, the original Grandma Croy. 1 package (3.4 ounce) instant vanilla pudding1 cup milk8 ounces Cool Whip, thawed1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained1 cup miniature marshmallows1-2 …

I have learned, from personal experience, that I tend to embrace the “art” of cooking more than the “science.” I love to have the freedom and latitude to do what I want and what I feel. Some recipes, especially baking and candy making, are much more strict when it comes to the measurement or weight …

My mother-in-law, Dorothy Croy, introduced me to her special concoction when I married her son. The ingredients are simple and, as everyone in our family and circle of friends agrees, you either love it or you hate it. To make 1 gallon of Grandma Croy tea: Steep 3 large family size teabags of your favorite …