Jack Bac Jam for Holiday Gift Giving

Buckle up and hold on because this meat sauce recipe is going to take you over mounds of bacon and onions and right down sugar-lane filled with sweet maple syrup and a beautifully rich balsamic vinegar! Last year at this time I suggested DIY Homemade Vanilla Extract as a lovely gift-giving idea.   Vanilla is still … Read more

Apple Bread Pudding With Luscious Vanilla Sauce

When my sous chef dish-washing mom made Overnight Egg and Cheese Casserole for her Bible study group, we had a half loaf of white bread left over.  We are not big white bread eaters but we are big lovers of bread pudding.  I also had a few whole wheat hot dog buns also leftover from a … Read more

My New Butter Bell Crock … Got Butter?

On a recent trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, I wandered into a Paula Deen Family Kitchen Shop. I’ve never seen one of these shops before. I won’t go all buttery ya’ll, but honestly it is a beautiful shop! The very first display I see is for Butter Bell Crocks.  Since I leave a small dish of butter … Read more

Happy Mother’s Day! Jammin’ With My Mom

Spring strawberries are in season in middle Tennessee.  Friday my sous-chef dish-washing mom and I made a trip to a local farm to fill up on fresh, ruby-red, stunningly juicy, beautiful strawberries. Mom cleaned the strawberries as I made dinner Friday. We talked about our “plan of attack” on Saturday morning to turn these berries … Read more

Ham and Fig Grilled Cheese

Since being gifted with fresh figs from our friends Joan and Ed, I have three figgy recipes I plan to share with you.  Fig Preserves was the first one.  This Ham and Fig Grilled Cheese Sandwich is the second and you’re darn tootin’ you’ll love the third one! The Chief was very skeptical about a … Read more

Pickled Vegetable Sandwich Slaw

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These colors look amazingly delicious … and I’ll let you in on a little-known secret – this pickled vegetable sandwich slaw IS delicious! In the past Deb from Smitten Kitchen posted pictures and her take on a pickled vegetable sandwich slaw recipe for vegetable slaw.  Let me tell you this, it’s a poetic food explosion when one … Read more

Blueberry Waffles and Homemade Blueberry Sauce

Can anyone tell me why 2 pancakes, 2 eggs, and a piece of bacon typically cost $3.99 or $4.99 at a restaurant and ONE WAFFLE will set you back $5.99? Recently we were at our favorite breakfast place and my sweet-lovin’ husband said, “I think I’ll have a blueberry waffle today.”  Since we typically order … Read more

The Need For Homemade Ranch Dressing

Have you ever made homemade ranch dressing? I haven’t, until now.  You may think this doesn’t sound too exciting for the holidays but I have an ulterior motive for sharing it at this particular time.  Coming soon is yet another exciting use for ranch dressing … besides dipping and salad! 🙂 Ranch dressing is not … Read more

Crock Pot Apple Butter

OOPS!  I received an email from my friend, and loyal reader, Cheryl.  “Did you perhaps leave out an ingredient in your Apple Crisp recipe?  I have a very nice apple soup cooling in my kitchen”, she wrote. Oh no! I immediately looked up my Autumn’s Caramel Apple Crisp recipe to see what in the world I had … Read more

Southern-Style Fried Green Tomatoes

It’s August. I live in the South. We eat tomatoes. Green. Fried. Dipped.  I only fix these for us when we can get the green ones right out of our garden.  They are loaded with flavor — just not ripe yet.  Perfectly poised to be dipped and dredged, floured and fried.  This perfect season for … Read more

Weekend RoundUP with Squash Relish

Last spring my neighbor Gaye was telling me about a squash relish that she makes and serves with pinto beans and cornbread.   Growing up in Nebraska my mom would make white navy beans and ham with cornbread, but it wasn’t until I married my Southern-born husband that I actually cooked pinto beans.  I was a … Read more

Weekend RoundUP July 21 and My Ball Blue Book


Last summer my friend Sue convinced me that I shouldn’t go through another canning season without a Victorio Food Strainer. At first I didn’t even understand what she was talking about. I don’t have a technical mind and in no way could even fathom how this works,  let alone design something like this. But my hands, that is another story — they love this Victorio!  I don’t have a food allergy to tomatoes but my hands really break out when I cut them up and process them.  With the Victorio my handling of fruits and vegetables is much less. 

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