Category: Main Dish

Spanish Paella

I first had paella when I was visiting my in-laws. My mother-in-law Josefa, orginally from Madrid Spain, had made the traditional Spanish dish for me to try. She loves cooking as much as I do. From Wikipedia: Paella is a typical Valencian rice dish,…

Chicken Corn Chowder

A new soup I’ve been working on is my Chicken Corn Chowder. This soup really does the trick on a cold wintry day (like today, as it’s cold and icy) paired along some toasty french bread. This is an easy soup to prepare and…

Crawfish Pasta

Quick and easy Crawfish Cajun Pasta is a family staple around our house.  Simple ingredients let the crawfish take center stage, so I suggest getting the freshest crawfish tails you can.  The Farmers Market of the Ozarks has a great vendor that provides fresh…

Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon

Fall in the Ozarks is my favorite time of the year.  Our region boosts an array of fall vegetables like spaghetti squash, eggplants, peppers, acorn and butternut squash, sweet potatoes, bright greens, apples and more!  It’s the perfect time for a visit to the local farmers…

Cashew Chicken…Homemade

I am always up for trying to replicate meals at home.  Eating out not only adds up on the pocket book, but many times, isn’t worth the price.  Nothing is more disappointing when we eat out and are unimpressed with our food. One food…

Ham, Bean and Cornbread Meal

If there is one meal that I remember as a child on the farm it was ham and beans! It was a meal my mother would cook-up on cold wintry days that would keep us fed for days. It seemed as though this meal…

Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

I’ve been working on a new soup recipe for a few weeks now, as I had to get the recipe perfect before posting it to you all!  Chicken & Wild Rice Soup has always been a favorite on mine that I typically order at…

Beef Tenderloin for Christmas Dinner

Why is it during the holidays we always cook up the traditional turkey and stuffing? Why not try something new? I don’t know about you, but after having turkey and stuffing for Thanksgiving dinners and then again at Christmas dinners – I’m turkey’ed out!…

Slow Cooked Beef Stroganoff

When the weather turns cool, comfort foods like soups and stews, chicken and dumplings, chili, and my family’s favorite beef stroganoff reappear on our menu.  Something about settling in for the evening with a warm bowl of home cooked food warms the heart and…

To Brine or Not to Brine…That is the Question

Some say that turkeys don’t need to be brined, but in my opinion a brine can really add a little tasty punch to  your holiday turkey. Brine you may ask? Brining adds moisture and flavor to poultry and helps to keep it from drying…

Chicken Corn Chowder

A new soup I’ve been working on is my Chicken Corn Chowder. This soup really does the trick on a cold day paired with toasty french bread and butter.  From what everyone’s saying, this winter is going to be a cold, long one so…

True Shrimp & Grits…Southern-Style

We recently returned back from a family vacation to Charleston, SC, where a staple food is Shrimp & Grits; the entire south is called “The Grits Belt,” and every restaurant menu has some version of the historical dish. This simplistic meal is made of…

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