Butternut Squash Soup

So, since I published a “sweet” dish earlier this week, for my Twelve Weeks of Holidays series, I wanted to add a “savory” dish to the collection.  I love homemade soup during the fall.  We used to visit the Biltmore House in Asheville every Christmas, and one of the restaurants on the grounds had an amazing buffet that always included some sort of squash soup.  It was amazing, warm, velvety, slightly sweet, and was everything you’d imagine Fall tasting like…if Fall had a taste!  Continue reading “Butternut Squash Soup”

Witches’ Hats

Here is recipe number 2 in my “Twelve Weeks Of Holidays” series…When our son was little, there was no more joyous time than Halloween through Christmas.  He always adored dressing in costume and trick-or-treating.  We’d usually try to get together with a group of friends, and sometimes, we’d meet at one of our homes for a quick bite and Halloween themed desserts before heading off for more sugar…crazy…I know.  But, it was fun, and I’ll never forget those times.  These cute little Witches’ Hats always made an appearance at those gatherings…and just like magic, they always disappeared. Continue reading “Witches’ Hats”

Game Day Chili

This is the perfect time of year for a good hearty chili.  Whether you’re watching a game with friends, hosting movie night or just having one of those relaxing weekends with nothing planned and pjs for days…this one never disappoints. Continue reading “Game Day Chili”

Pumpkin Muffins

A dear friend who loves Halloween as much as I do shared this yummy recipe with me.  It’s really very simple, and it just embodies all the flavors of fall.  It never disappoints, and every time I make it I get requests for the recipe.  I am proud to make this the first dish of my “12 weeks of holidays” series!  Yea Fall!  Bring on the cooler weather and campfires!  Continue reading “Pumpkin Muffins”

Baby Food Carrot Cake

To me, recipes are all about family, memories and the times we’ve shared while enjoying them.  And, the best recipes are handed down from generation to generation and family to family.  That’s how I got many of my recipes and ideas, including this one from my brother-in-law’s family.  We were all together one summer celebrating my niece’s birthday, and this is the cake she chose to be the star of her party. Continue reading “Baby Food Carrot Cake”

Peanut Butter Crispy Treats

We’ve all had the delicious rice crispy treats a million times.  They are a childhood…and adulthood favorite for sure.  But, when I was in elementary school a 100 years ago, our cafeteria made a similar treat with corn flakes instead of rice cereal and added peanut butter.  They were really tasty, and I always looked forward to their appearance on the divided tray!  Now that the kids are back in school…I thought this would be a nice treat to throw in the lunch box…or to have as a snack after school.  Sooooo easy! Continue reading “Peanut Butter Crispy Treats”

Maple Candied Bacon and Jalapeno Topped Deviled Eggs

Oh wow.  That’s all I can say about this one.  We had this as an appetizer in a barbecue restaurant.  I think this would make a great addition to your tailgate party.  Deviled eggs may seem like bridal shower food…but trust me, I’ve seen manly men devour these in one bite!  Anyway…It was such an interesting combo of flavors and so delicious, I knew I had to come home and try to re-create it.  Also, my son loved the crispy sweet bacon that topped the eggs so much that he tried to order it without the eggs…yes…he asked the waitress if the chef could give him a bowl of candied bacon!   Continue reading “Maple Candied Bacon and Jalapeno Topped Deviled Eggs”

The 12 Weeks of Holidays…coming soon

This is my favorite time of year hands down.  As soon as I start to see pumpkins and mums and the beautiful colors of Fall…I’m in my happy place.  Nothing compares to football games, sweater weather, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  The air is crisp, the decorations are beautiful, and the food is incredible.  My friend Nan had the brilliant idea for me to post a holiday- themed recipe each week for 12 weeks leading up to Christmas…”The Twelve Weeks of Holidays”…so I got my calendar out…actually I looked at my phone…and I calculated that I will need to start the first week of October to fit in 12 weeks…so that’s what I’m doing!  Look for all my favorite holiday recipes from kids’ halloween treats to my family’s traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner dishes.  I can’t wait! Between now and then I’m planning on posting some of our favorite tailgating recipes.  So…keep in touch!  Happy Fall Y’all!

Shrimp Bisque

When my son was younger, he loved to get in the kitchen with me and cook.  He always wanted to create his own recipes by taking whatever he could find and combining the ingredients.  Then, he wanted me to taste it and tell him what I thought.  And, surprisingly, quite a few of them were pretty good.  He usually told me he was making salad… which meant anything from lettuce, cheese, bacon and honey mustard…to anything he found in the deli, vegetable and fruit drawers drenched in ranch.  One day he wanted to re-create a yummy creamy bisque we had in a restaurant.  This is what we came up with.  We used frozen shrimp because it was convenient, and it was what he loved at the time.  It’s already plenty seasoned, but if you use fresh shrimp, you will need to adjust seasonings…maybe saute some garlic with the onion in the first step, and add a bit more salt.   Continue reading “Shrimp Bisque”

Watermelon Bites with Feta and Mint

We are blessed with a wonderful group of friends, and it seems there’s always a get-together or celebration of something…and sometimes nothing…just toasting to friendships.  You don’t really need a reason.  But, no matter the occasion, you can bet there will be food!  Most of the time, everyone brings an appetizer or dessert, and we just graze on a huge buffet.  A couple of years ago I ran across this super unusual and refreshing appetizer.  Continue reading “Watermelon Bites with Feta and Mint”