Mini King Cake

Mini King Cake

King cakes are synonymous with Mardi Gras! I decided to make my own using store bought pizza dough. They taste homemade, but without all the effort! Just add purple, green & yellow sparkle sugar and you’re good to go! Laissez les bons temps rouler! Qui, cher!

Falafel Bowl w/Mediterranean Couscous Salad, Edamame & Green Tahini Sauce

Falafel Bowl w/Mediterranean Couscous Salad, Edamame & Green Tahini Sauce

This gorgeous bowl has all the goods! The Mediterranean Couscous Salad has tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese, olive oil and mint from my garden. The falafel and edamame were the perfect toppers! What took it over the top? The Green Tahini Sauce! Now, don’t mind me, I’m going to sit on my back porch all by my lonesome & enjoy this bowl!

Super Moist Cornbread

Super Moist Cornbread

This amazing cornbread is from my 2010 Southern Living Annual Recipes cookbook. It is hands down the best cornbread I have ever made. Once I used this version of cornbread, I have never found a recipe that can top it. I made a slight tweak because I can no longer find self-rising white cornmeal mix. My family loves this cornbread so much that they ask for it for Thanksgiving dinner.

Mexican Rice

Mexican Rice

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Mexican rice is so flavorful and with a little prep, very easy to make. The trick is to sauté the green pepper, onion and garlic in oil prior to adding the rice. It really enhances the flavor of the rice. I love to serve this rice with smoked meats, in addition to other traditional Mexican dishes.

Hearty Red Sauce

Hearty Red Sauce

I made this one day after reading a fellow foodies Instagram post about this fab sauce. We just had a party and had a lot of left over veggies from a grazing platter and this was going to be perfect to use them up. It’s rich, flavorful and has a lovely texture. You can use this sauce as a base for a variety of Italian dishes. I’ve even used for a grilled halloumi cheese appetizer. It’s just super versatile.

Mustard Roasted Potatoes

Mustard Roasted Potatoes

This recipe is from Ina Garten. I found the original recipe on the Food Network website. I made a few changes for ease of preparation. They got rave reviews from our dinner guests during a recent get together. They just have a kind of fancy feel to them. Enjoy!

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce

Last year, I made thanksgiving dinner in NYC. We rented a townhome for our 3 kids, son-in-law, our 6 year old granddaughter, and us. We had big plans all week, so I ordered the turkey & pies. I prepared the sides – deviled eggs, dressing, CRANBERRY SAUCE, and more. We even went to the Macy’s Parade in freezing temperatures. It was awesome!

Texas Creamed Corn

Texas Creamed Corn

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This creamed corn is life changing! The secret is the Parmesan cheese. YES, parmesan. You can use fresh or frozen corn to make this side dish. It’s great with smoked meats, chicken, or your holiday turkey. Add to your holiday meal plans – this stuff is money!!!

Fontina Mac & Cheese Topped w/Chickpea Crumbs

Fontina Mac & Cheese Topped w/Chickpea Crumbs

This chickpea elbow pasta topped with chickpea crumbs is so good in this upgraded macaroni and cheese dish. This would make a great addition to your Thanksgiving menu! And, guest what? The leftovers were awesome all by their lonesome the next day!

Garlic Miso Purple Smash

Garlic Miso Purple Smash

These vibrant purple potatoes are so fun to prepare and serve. The miso adds a wonderful flavor, as does the tangy crème fraiche. They make a wonderful side to meat, chicken and fish. Enjoy!

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