roasted goodness

fresh okra roasted and dusted with smoked paprika, crunchy salt and drizzled with hot cinnamon honey

Smoky Okra Fries with Cinnamon Honey Drizzle

Fries and a burger, ho hum. Flip a switch on those boring fries by serving okra! Easy to make and best when hot, these smoky okra fries are still tasty at room temperature. Add the sweet and savory honey drizzle over these crispy fries—woo hoo!

Buttermilk Citrus Green Goddess Dressing

Roasted Veggies & Shrimp Skewers

High temperatures paired with abundant vegetables make for healthy nibbles or a light meal. Roasting brings out the natural sugars in your vegetables that caramelize for a sweet zing. Exact measurements are not needed — make as much as you need for your crew. Dollop with Buttermilk Green Goddess Dressing and you’ll never look at vegetables the same way again.

Buttermilk Citrus Green Goddess Dressing

Buttermilk Citrus Green Goddess Dressing (and roasted vegetables & shrimp skewers)

Here’s an old dressing with a bright twist thanks to some citrus alternatives to the standard lemon. Super simple to throw together, it’s free of preservatives and packed with vibrant flavor. Use as a sandwich spread, veggie dip, topping for meat and fish or a pasta sauce  — the possibilities are endless!

Roasted Grapes & Cheese Crostini with spiced pecan crumbs

Roasted Grape & Cheese Crostini with spiced pecan crumbs

Sometimes we just need “a little something” to nibble on — roasting grapes and serving over warm, softened cheese on crostini is a new favorite! The grapes become nice and “jammy” and oh-so-good with a drizzle of herbed oil, vinegar and honey. No exact measurements needed for this one.

Buttermilk Bisque With roasted turnips, pears and leeks

Buttermilk Bisque… with roasted turnips, pears and leeks

Warm up from the inside out with this creamy, “winter white” soup. Or serve it chilled! Roasting the produce adds another layer of flavor, and even turnip-haters will find those root veggies tasty. Serve with cornbread and cracklins.

Crispy Fish Sandwich with roasted tomato, peach and nectarine jam

Crispy Fish Sandwich With Roasted Tomato, Peach and Nectarine Jam

Enjoy those last summer tomatoes in this sweet n’spicy jam… roasted tomatoes, peaches and nectarines! Spoon over cream cheese or on crispy fish sandwiches.

Sometimes you win… sometimes you lose! This time, I have a winner~ with Aunt Nellie’s!

I love entering cooking contests.  There’s rarely a win with so much great competition out there, but it’s fun coming up with ideas and getting in my kitchen to make what’s in my head come to life. But… every now and then, I end up with a winner, like my Aunt Nellie’s Bacon & Rosemary Roasted …

Sometimes you win… sometimes you lose! This time, I have a winner~ with Aunt Nellie’s! …keep reading »

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