Spirited Sweet Potato Hummus (plus 10!)

Looking for something new to nibble on? During your super bowl gathering? Or couch pajama movie binge? Throw together some of this roasted sweet potato goodness… yummy any old time… and great way to use some of our North Carolina Sweet Potatoes!!

State Fair Stoup

State Fair Stoup

Published in Carolina Country Magazine  October 2019 Thank you Jesus… I can feel fall in the air!  My favorite time of year… when we can stop sweating and turn to cook’n.  Tailgate pot lucks… comfort foods… and goodies like chowders, soups and stews.   We work months ahead for the magazine (just covered an event Saturday… Continue reading State Fair Stoup

Butterbean Hummus

    Published in Carolina Country Magazine July 2019 Hummus is one of those things we southerners didn’t grow up eating… at least in my neck of the woods! As for international cuisines, Italian was about the limit of our exposure. We surely didn’t know of any Middle Eastern/Mediterranean concoctions. It has only been in… Continue reading Butterbean Hummus

collards + cabbage + frost = “cabbards” time…. with Crispy Cornbread Cookies, Molasses Bacon Butter & Pot Likker

The time has just about come for the annual “cooking of the cabbards” to fill the freezer!  Like a squirrel stowing away acorns for the winter, I too, “get my cook’n on” once our local collards have had a good kissing o’ the frost.  Some think that’s just an old tale, but not this gal,… Continue reading collards + cabbage + frost = “cabbards” time…. with Crispy Cornbread Cookies, Molasses Bacon Butter & Pot Likker

…”butter” late than never!

It’s been a crazeee bizzeeee week for this old gal as I’ve embarked on yet another new adventure (more about that soon) so this post is draggin’ butter a few days.  I’m really excited about it though, because it features my blog’s very first guest post! A few days ago was “National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day”… Continue reading …”butter” late than never!

A southern girl’s PC… Creamy Swiss Pimento Cheese

...make some Creamy Swiss Pimento Cheese for lunches, parties and potlucks!

We all have our personal favorite pimento cheese. I invite you to try mine… with nutty Swiss cheese and the creaminess of whipped cream cheese. I also use North Carolina’s Mt. Olive Pickles Roasted Red Peppers, to keep it local y’all. But if you’re not lucky to have where you live, just substitute!

Speaking of tomatoes, fried green ones…

A few years ago while food styling and creating recipes at Our State Magazine, I had the opportunity to create some “sauces” for Fried Green Tomatoes!  We Southerners know summertime isn’t complete without enjoying this tangy fried treat. OK, I’m sure some folks may coat and bake them, but Wendy don’t play that with some… Continue reading Speaking of tomatoes, fried green ones…

Toasted Sesame Cucumber Butter Spread

Toasted Sesame Cucumber Butter Spread

Featured in Carolina Country Magazine Summer 2017 Cucumbers… such a simple thing that can be enjoyed in so many ways!  You’re just going to love this toasted sesame cucumber butter spread/dip… a fun outdoor gathering recipe to eat with crackers and toast points, and as a dip with veggies for all the keto folks in… Continue reading Toasted Sesame Cucumber Butter Spread

…gone to the dogs! Homemade “Frosty Pet nICE Cream” treats!

Frosty Pet "nICE Cream" Treats!

Four years ago today, my sweet Speagle Chamblee crossed the rainbow bridge. As I sat here looking at our pictures in this heat wave, and having seen a friend post pictures on facebook last night of commercially sold pet “ice cream,” I came to realize I’d never posted this pet recipe here on my blog! … Continue reading …gone to the dogs! Homemade “Frosty Pet nICE Cream” treats!

…just sweet n’simple peppered tomato jam

...just sweet n'simple peppered tomato jam

Tomatoes… my love! I doth live for this tasty time of year when they are bountiful at farmers’ markets and in generous friends’ gardens. I make tomato sauce…. plain I can spiff up at time of use, and spicy Arrabbiata too, to heat up with some local North Carolina coastal shrimp that cook in the… Continue reading …just sweet n’simple peppered tomato jam

Pantry Purge has its rewards… NEKKID nut butter!

homemade honey nut butter!

During our most recent snow “event” last week,  cabin fever set in.  So instead of being lazy like I did in the storm 2 weeks before, I hopped up off my buttkus and got productive around the house!  I have an awesome pantry that from time to time, gets in total disarray.  Little pantry devils… Continue reading Pantry Purge has its rewards… NEKKID nut butter!

my almost famous “Pickled” Pickled Shrimp and Eastern NC Cotton Honey-Mustard Slaw

Happy July y’all….  the world’s slowwwwest blogger dropping by!  I’m gonna be ramping things up (yes, I know I’ve said THAT before!) since I’ve been doing so many shindigs lately and have lots of NEKKIDness to share… plus, I’ve been getting requests from clients and their guests for recipes.  I don’t keep many recipe secrets… Continue reading my almost famous “Pickled” Pickled Shrimp and Eastern NC Cotton Honey-Mustard Slaw