Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken and Brown Rice

A couple of years ago we decided to start eating healthier.  While most of the recipes we post are hearty this is more of what we eat on a daily basis.  It started with a simple boiled chicken breast, plain brown rice, avocado, and lime.  We have since tweaked it to be more flavorful! INGREDIENTS:…

Creamy Mac & Cheese

I love mac and cheese.  As a matter of fact… who doesn’t?  Well this is not a gourmet recipe.  I have tweaked it a bit but my mom used to take the block of velveeta and make the most delectable side dish.  I still remember the Thanksgiving she made a huge batch and dropped it on the…

Collard Greens

I honestly don’t know why I just decided to delve into the world of cooking collard greens.  It is such a tasty side dish.  Heck around here it is our new go to green! Ingredients: 6 Cloves of garlic minced 32oz Chicken Broth 1 yellow onion chopped 4-5 Dashes of Red Wine Vinegar 6 Dashes…

Potato Bar

This was a fun thing I created to entice my children to try something new….. Yes a potato.  I know you parents out there feel our pain.  There was a short time there where our children were fickle about what they ate.  So one day we decided to make some baked potatoes and lay out…

Tailgate Spicy Cheese dip

I grew up in a family that lived for football and nascar weekends.  So that means I was taught about tailgating food early in life.  This is a BIG staple for a casual social get together. You can always throw this in a crock pot and take it with you. Ingredients: 1 Can of Rotel (I…

Green Bean Casserole

This is one of those dishes that is on almost everyone’s table on pretty much every holiday where we live.  When I first learned to cook this dish I would always use canned green beans.  That is perfectly fine but, I prefer fresh green beans now.  I love to have that slight “crunch” left in…

Fingerling Potatoes

My husband and I used to go to this wonderful restaurant when we first started dating.  It has since closed but we still enjoy recreating some of their dishes.  The restaurant would always pair fingerling potatoes with their lamb, so yummy!  I have become a huge fan of this particular potato. Marinade: 3tbsp Dijon Mustard…

Cold Corn Bean Salad

This is a very easy and good side dish!  It pairs well with almost any meal.  We usually have it when we grill meals or with tacos.   Ingredients: 1 Can of Great Northern Beans 1 Can of White Hominy 1 Can of Light Red Kidney beans. 1 Can of Black Beans 1 Can of…

Summer Cucumber Salad

This is a long time favorite of ours.  Our good friend taught me how to make the original version of this recipe and I have since altered it to fit our tastes.  The versatility that this side dish has is wonderful. 2 large Cucumbers 5 Roma Tomatoes 1 medium White Onion Vinegar Salt 1tbsp Thyme*…

Fried Green Tomatoes

This is a farmers market find.  I love fried green tomatoes!  I decided to try my hand at these and they were awesome!!!!!  ****I put the hot sauce in the buttermilk for this recipe*** Pair it with a “Campfire Sauce“! I slice, batter (Basic Veggie Fry Batter), fry, and enjoy! **** let soak for 4+…

Basic Veggie Fry Batter

  *****I like to soak whatever vegetable I will be frying in buttermilk.  I will cover the cut veggies and put them in the fridge for 4-24 hours.***** Buttermilk (I sometimes will add hot sauce and other seasonings) Cornmeal Cayenne Garlic powder Gun powder (it is a seasoning blend from our local market) Salt and…

Baked Zucchini and Squash

I’m making it a point to go to more local farmer’s markets for my produce.  I found these wonderful zucchini and squash.  I had no idea what to do with them but I had random things left over from other recipes and threw this together.  It turned out really good! ***I sprinkled tyme and rosemary…