Baked Sweet Potato Fries

I love sweet potatoes, and fortunately, my family is on board also.  It’s probably one of the few things resembling a vegetable that I can get my son to eat.  Several years ago, I ran across a recipe for “fries” that you bake in the oven.  I played with the seasonings and cooking times, and this is the result.  I must have made hundreds of batches of these for a side dish or tasty snack.  I love that they aren’t so heavy and greasy from frying.  We enjoy them year round…but they seem especially appropriate with their beautiful orange color this time of year! Continue reading “Baked Sweet Potato Fries”

Peanut Butter Fudge

My sweet mother, who has challenges when it comes to baking, shared this recipe with me several years ago.  It came from a Taste of Home cookbook, I believe, and it couldn’t be easier.  She told me that if SHE could make it with success, anyone could.  It has only 2 ingredients…3 if you add the optional nuts.  It comes out perfectly every time, and it wouldn’t be the holidays unless I made a batch of it.  My son requests it every year.  Make an extra batch, and you can be a rock star when you give it as a gift!  So, here is my next offering in my “12 Weeks of Holidays” series.  Enjoy!  Continue reading “Peanut Butter Fudge”

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”

Lincoln’s Fresh Texas Salsa

In case you didn’t know, we are originally from Texas.  We grew up eating all things Tex-Mex.  We love the freshness, the flavors and the spice.  When we were home visiting my husband’s family a few years ago, his sister, Beth,  treated us to a wonderful dinner of fajitas with all the trimmings.  Making an appearance in the appetizer round was a big batch of fresh homemade salsa prepared by our nephew, Lincoln. Continue reading “Lincoln’s Fresh Texas Salsa”

Amy’s “Warm You Up” Taco Soup

In 2002 our little family moved near Birmingham to Hoover, Alabama to start a new job.  We were in an unfamiliar town with a premature infant son and quite frankly, a bit, or maybe a lot, anxious.  Truthfully, we were scared to death!  Then one day we got the neighbors’ mail delivered to our box by mistake… Continue reading “Amy’s “Warm You Up” Taco Soup”