Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Salad

Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Salad

Thinly slicing raw Brussels sprouts is the key to this hearty, crunchy salad. Try it as a side for a grilled steak or roasted chicken. If you have any extra dressing, it’s a good dip for just about anything. Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Salad 6 oz thick bacon, cut into ½ inch pieces (about5 slices)…

Spiced Butternut-Pumpkin Soup

Spiced Butternut-Pumpkin Soup

Fall isn’t official at our house until a warm bowl of this soup arrives on our table. It includes all the season’s flavors: apples, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and butternut squash. A food processor or hand blender works just as well for blending the soup. Spiced Butternut-Pumpkin Soup 2 Tbs butter 1 large sweet onion, diced…

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Creamy, rich sweet potatoes are speckled with crunchy cornflakes, pecans, brown sugar, and marshmallows for the ideal Thanksgiving combination in each serving. Sweet Potato Casserole 4½ lbs sweet potatoes 1 cup granulated sugar ¼ cup milk ½ cup butter, softened 2 large eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract ¼ tsp table salt 1¼ cups corn flakes…

Vidalia Spread

I grew up in Vidalia country and enjoy the famous sweet onions in nearly everything. I still get excited to see the first green tops peeping through the sandy soil, a hint of the coming onion season. This ultra-rich dip, served warm, is always a part of my menu when friends visit.

Spicy Icebox Pickles

Spicy Icebox Pickles

Icebox refers to pickles that stay in the refrigerator, instead of those that are canned and ready for months of storage in your pantry. These pickles are fresh and crisp, all while being very easy to make. For the thinnest slices of cucumbers, try using a mandoline.

Heirloom Tomato Sandwich Bites

Baby showers, garden clubs, and summer parties just got better with these little, bitty open-faced tomato sandwiches. If possible, use different colors of heirloom tomatoes to really make them showstopping. Don’t let the tomato and bread scraps go to waste. Make a summer panzanella.

Atlantic Shrimp and Grits

Atlantic Shrimp and Grits

I fell in love with shrimp and grits while living in Charleston, South Carolina, where I attended culinary school. On trips back home to Georgia, I’d bring a cooler of fresh shrimp. My grandmother Tom would stand on one side of the stove stirring the grits while I peeled the shrimp on the other side.…