Savory Braised Oxtail Stew with Herbs and Prunes

Savory Braised Oxtail Stew with herbs and prunes

Chilly winter days make us want to throw something hearty and comforting in a big ol’ pot and let it slowly simmer for hours, filling the house with the enticing smell of what’s to come. This stew is a bit spicy, subtly sweetened by the prunes, with many layers of flavor.

Hot and Sour Soup With Rotisserie Chicken & crispy wonton noodles

Hot and Sour Soup with Rotisserie Chicken

Some recipes for tasty hot and sour soup can take hours and require hard-to-find ingredients. This simple version takes only 30 minutes from prep to table when using time-saving rotisserie chicken.

Ms. Velma’s Soup

This simple soup is my favorite when I was just good homemade soup. I prefer chicken in my soup, and just a few veggies. You can make on stove-top, or low and slow in your crock pot too. Nothing is exact here… measurements are just close guesstimates.

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.

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

“throw cook” what ‘cha got ~ It’s Fall Y’all Clam Chowder

I’m a “throw cooker.”  What does that mean?  Well, that means I throw stuff together to create good food and teach others how to do that too.  It’s pretty simple and just not that hard to do.  Folks often ask me to share a ‘recipe,’ which is challenging, because I don’t use them per se. … Continue reading “throw cook” what ‘cha got ~ It’s Fall Y’all Clam Chowder

…not your usual St. Patrick’s Day celebration!

Okie Dokie… so my blog is getting a sloowwww start!  Life has a way of keeping us bizzzzy, which is one reason I even contemplated doing a blog for a couple of years (!) before heading into blog fog.  So don’t worry about my posts becoming invasive and ‘too much’ because I don’t think THAT is gonna… Continue reading …not your usual St. Patrick’s Day celebration!

Creamy Fall (or anytime) Clam Chowder

Creamy Fall Clam Chowder

Don’t wait until fall to cook up a pot of this flavorful creamy clam chowder. And be sure to fry up a batch of Sweet Potato Hushpuppies to enjoy alongside it too.

Wendy’s Spaghetti Sauce… finally on “paper!”

...gather your ingredients and fill your freezer with Wendy's Spaghetti Sauce on a dreary winter's day!

“The BEST spaghetti sauce!” That’s what my family and friends call this… make several gallons at the time to eat anytime! Great to “gift” and especially appreciated “funeral food” when grieving folks have been giving away all the boxes of fried chicken dropped off! Maybe I should rename it to Funeral Spaghetti! Just make some…

Soup’s on! Blushing Turkey Soup

Well here we are, just like that ~ looking at Thanksgiving 2017 in our rear view mirror. Did your grandmas tell you too, that “the older you get, the faster the days and years go by?” To be honest, I don’t have any leftover turkey at my house. This year, my little family decided to… Continue reading Soup’s on! Blushing Turkey Soup

My Irish is showing….

...a great way to use up leftover corned beef!

Well, I’m not Irish that I know of, but I do have reason to celebrate this day each year. It’s my “quit smoking” anniversary… 12 years ago today! My motivation was the birth of my sweet nephew Wyatt, and my desire to be around to see him grow up and live life. Here’s to those… Continue reading My Irish is showing….