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Southern Style Potato Salad

Southern Style Potato Salad

Southern Style Potato Salad One of my favorite things about this time of year is that the weather is great for cooking on the grill or picnicking.  As much as I love cooking, sometimes I don't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  When the weather is nice, it makes you want to enjoy the outdoors.  So this recipe for Southern Style Potato Salad will make sure you get to enjoy nature on a full belly.  It...

Gruyère Asparagus Tart

Gruyere Asparagus Tart

  Gruyère Asparagus Tart Have you ever tried to make homemade puff pastry?  While it is not difficult to make, it is time-consuming because you have to chill the dough between each rolling.  When I made it, I used a Martha Stewart recipe which can be found here.  I adapted Martha's recipe for Asparagus Gruyère Tart when I made my Gruyère Asparagus Tart recipe. Fresh From the Garden Asparagus I made this tart for our Easter dinner this year and it was...

Cucumber Onion Salad

Cucumber Onion Salad

Cucumber Onion Salad My mother used to make a salad similar to this when I was growing up.  She added more vinegar and she also added sugar.  I may get my Southern Girl rights revoked by saying that I am not a fan of adding sugar to some traditional dishes that Southern Cooks add sugar to.  Cornbread for example.  My daughter actually prefers the sweet yellow cornbread (I call it the JiffyMix or School Lunch Cornbread lol).  My sister adds...

Eggplant Lasagna

Eggplant Lasagna

Eggplant Lasagna When I am in the mood for comfort food, I can't think of anything more satisfying than Eggplant Lasagna.  Cutting into layers of  tender pasta, gooey melted cheese, eggplant, tomato sauce, more cheese. . . Ummmm. Making my own mouth water. 🙂  The thing about a good Lasagna is letting it sit for a few minutes after removing it from the oven so it can firm up.  Who can ever wait though?  When I make Lasagna, we are...

Simple Squash Saute

Simple Squash Saute

Simple Squash Saute We have a little less than two weeks until the official start of summer (June 20th) but I have already found some great locally grown squash at the Rainbow City Farmer's Market last week.  The ones I picked out were small and delicious.  I made a Simple Squash Saute from them to go with our Sunday lunch and they were great with our pinto beans, cornbread, cabbage, mac-n-cheese and my sister's yummy coleslaw.  Of course we had...

Gluten Free Fried Veggie Trio with Spicy Feta Sauce

Gluten Free Fried Veggie Trio with Spicy Feta Sauce

Gluten Free Fried Veggie Trio with Spicy Feta Sauce Since writing my post,  Banana Nut Waffles (which were almost gluten-free), I have been thinking about other ways to use rice flour.  It really makes for a light and crispy coating.   My Gluten Free Fried Veggie Trio with Spicy Feta Sauce will have you licking your fingers.  I served this as a side to some yummy chicken I cooked in the slow cooker and it went great together.  This would be a...

Potato Salad

Potato Salad

Potato salad is a summer staple of the South.  No picnic or family get together would be the same without a big 'ol bowl of Tater Salad. There are so many recipes for potato salad and every family probably has their own "secret" recipe.   My sister makes the best potato salad.  She is so sweet because we have a couple of picky eaters in the family and she will make a batch of potato salad, scoop some into a...

Grilled Corn and Black Eyed Pea Salad

Grilled Corn and Black Eyed Peas Salad

Nothing says summer like a nice refreshing salad.  This salad combines grilled corn, black eyed peas, tomatoes and onions in a tangy olive oil lemon sauce.  You could serve this salad with grilled meat or also as a dip with tortilla chips.  The next time you grill out and have left over corn, don't waste it by tossing it out (my pet peeve is wasting food), repurpose it in this Grilled Corn and Black Eyed Pea Salad. Try it out and...

Kereviz Salatası (Celery Root Salad)

  This past weekend my brother, my sister and I drove over to Atlanta to the Buford Highway Farmer's Market.  It was a dream come true for "foodies" like us.  My sister discovered it while on the internet and wanted us to go and check it out.  It is sad to say that we had to drive 2+ hours to find excellent quality produce and great international food items but it was well worth it.  They have any kind of...

Yalancı Dolma * Fake Dolma

  Yalancı Dolma or Fake Dolma are one of my favorite Turkish meze.  It was always on the table for our New Years celebrations in Ankara every year.  Sevim hanim, my former mother-in-law made the best dolmas ever.  The were cooked perfectly every time.  Tender leaves on the outside firm never mushy rice on the inside.  The mixture of the olive oil and the lemon juice along with all the spices and flavors inside the dolmas would make your tongue...

Zeytinyağlı Pırasa Leeks in Olive Oil

  Zeytinyağlı Pırasa or Leeks in Olive Oil is a Turkish dish that is traditionally cooked in the winter months.  I actually saw some in my grocery store yesterday and couldn't resist making zeytinyağlı pırasa.  This dish is served at room temperature.  It is a healthy recipe that I hope you will try soon.  Afiyet olsun! Zeytinyağlı Pırasa or Leeks in Olive Oil   Save Print A healthy delicious dish that will leave your taste buds longing for more. Author:...

Vermicelli Rice with Broccoli, Chickpeas and Jalapeno

  I am a meat eater and probably always will be but sometimes a meatless meal that is not so heavy seems like a great idea.  It has been really hot the last several days in Alabama so my goal was to whip up something quick and easy that would not heat up the whole house.  After a quick look through my cabinets and fridge, I came up with this delicious dish that I think you will enjoy.  The addition...

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