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Cucumber Noodles with Pesto

Cucumber Noodles with Pesto

This super easy cucumber recipe is a great way to savor the delicious, natural flavors of fresh cucumber, basil, garlic, and toasted pine nuts. Cucumber Noodles with Pesto is great on its own, as a lovely side dish, with your favorite cut of meat or topped with shrimp or salmon. I love to make a batch of this to keep in the refrigerator for a refreshing yet filling lunch. It also pairs nicely with my Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps especially on those days when you’re looking for...

Risotto Ai Funghi Porcini (Mushroom Risotto)

Risotto Ai Funghi Porcini Mushroom Risotto

This mushroom risotto is an authentic Milanese recipe with the exception of the use of Carnaroli rice. I substituted the Carnaroli with Arborio because the cost of Carnaroli can be a bit pricey. However, Arborio rice still delivers the coveted rich, creamy texture that is indicative of an authentic risotto beautifully without the expense of Carnaroli . Please promise me you will not be tempted to substitute other forms of rice because they will not deliver that creamy texture you’re looking...

My Favorite Roasted Root Vegetables for Fall

My Favorite Roasted Root Vegetables For Fall

If you haven’t tried purple potatoes, you are in for a real treat. Purple potatoes are packed with powerful disease fighting antioxidants and have a higher fiber content than their white counterparts. Not to mention, the lovely purple hue gives a beautiful visual presentation to any dish. For these roasted root vegetables, I combined purple potatoes and golden beets for a truly regal effect. A few things should be noted, purple potatoes should never be used for mashing, the purple hue...

10 Easy Steps to Stop the Thanksgiving Frenzy Right Now!

10 Easy Steps To Stop The Thanksgiving Frenzy Right Now

It’s officially Fall and this is when I usually start my Thanksgiving Dinner planning. I know it may seem a little early but when you plan on hosting a large crowd for dinner it does take a little strategy beforehand. If for nothing else, but to save your sanity! There were years I hosted Thanksgiving dinner for 60 people plus a few additional people I came across who had nowhere else to go. I don’t think anyone should be by themselves on...

Roasted Green Beans with Parmesan & EVOO

Roasted Green Beans with Parmesan & EVOO

The peak season for green beans has almost come to an end. But, before that happens why don’t you give this elegant Roasted Green Beans side dish a try. This recipe elevates basic green beans to a whole new level. It is also great for entertaining because it looks and tastes like you spent a lot more time on it than you actually did. Roasting the green beans assures they will be crisp, tender and full of robust flavor, while...

Down Home South Carolina Cole Slaw

Down Home South Carolina Cole Slaw

Unlike its creamy counterparts, this Down Home South Carolina Cole Slaw recipe does not contain mayonnaise. The key ingredient to a signature South Carolina Cole Slow is mustard, yep mustard. While this easy-going version is wonderful with Carolina-style BBQ, it is also delicious with my Fresh Off The Grill – Blue Cheese and Avocado Burgers, chicken wings and other picnic or potluck favorites. For best results, soak the red onion in a mixture of 1 part water to 1 part vinegar for 10-15...

Grilled Potatoes In Foil Packets

I don’t know about you but Summertime is BBQ time here in the deep country. My BBQ grill is my go to cooking appliance, if I can cook a complete dinner just on the grill I will. We don’t use propane nor do we use regular charcoal briquettes, our choice for grilling is wood. It can be mesquite, apple, pecan or hickory but wood is your answer to a full flavor BBQ without all the toxic chemicals! Trust me on...

Fermented Zucchini & Carrots with Turmeric

  This is NOT a Sponsored post. Opinions are mine. This recipe is one of the first recipes that I developed when starting my new fermentation venture. It’s a little different than the Fermented Cabbage & Kale with Garlic recipe. It’s a bit milder in taste, has a slightly sweet undertone coupled with an incredible freshness from the orange zest. It reminds me of a bread and butter pickle but not quite as sweet and slightly tangier. The addition of turmeric just adds to...

Fermented Cabbage & Kale with Garlic

  This is NOT a Sponsored post. Opinions are mine. This is one of two of the very first recipes that I developed using my GoFerment! Airlock System. Here is the second recipe Fermented Zucchini & Carrots with Turmeric. Being a newbie and having failed at fermenting before, I was a little skeptical as to my success. But the GoFerment! Airlock System makes fermenting a no-brainer. I couldn’t believe how super easy it was! This recipe for Fermented Cabbage & Kale with Garlic is...

Mashed Potatoes w/Hard-Boiled Eggs Just Like Grandma Made!

  When I was a child I loved being in the kitchen with my Great-Grandmother and Grandmother. I would listen to them chatter about the neighbor down the road, how my Grandfather would make my Grandmother mad and the gossip they overheard at the market about someone or another. They would chatter and giggle while peeling potatoes, shucking corn, snapping beans, preparing pots and pans for the evening meal never missing a beat. I loved to watch their hands flow...