Southern Sweet Potato Casserole

Southern Sweet Potato Casserole

I got this recipe from a friend’s mom a long long time ago. You know what that means? It’s good! The rich taste will immediately evoke thoughts of cooler temperatures and fall leaves. I make this for Thanksgiving, but it’s super delicious with pork chops, too. The streusel crumble on top is money!!

Creole Black Bean Rice

Creole Black Bean Rice

This rice is so flavorful and it’s an awesome accompaniment to grilled meats & chicken. The whole house smells so fragrant while this is simmering on the stove. Just use a great creole seasoning & fresh herbs. Yum!

Sunshine Jello Salad

Sunshine Jello Salad

I’ve made this off and on for more years than I care to admit. I thought of it the other day when a friend was coming over and the idea of a traditional “ladies lunch” came to mind. You can make one large mold or individual molds. It’s fresh & tastes like summer!

Grilled Calamari w/White Bean & Olive Salad

Grilled Calamari w/White Bean & Olive Salad

SIDES

There is a restaurant in San Antonio that serves grilled calamari. Until recently, I did not realize that this calamari was a steak. You know, as in a piece of seafood the size of your hand. They are also kind of hard to find, at least here. We have only one or two stores that regularly carry them. The grilled calamari is so tender, and it is wonderful with this salty, yet fresh white bean and olive salad, which I found at the link at the bottom of this entry. I made a few tweaks for my taste and ease of preparation, which you will find in my revised recipe.

Didn’t my hubs get some great grill marks on those steaks? This whole dish was as good as it looks.  You’ve got to try it!

Original recipe: https://www.sunset.com/recipe/grilled-calamari-steaks-olive-bean-salad

Butterfly Pea Brioche Bread

Butterfly Pea Brioche Bread

It took me three tries to get this right! I used a recipe I found and I’m pretty sure it had a mistake. The good news is I corrected it. Check out this fun brioche bread! It is a medium size loaf. Perfect for a couple of breakfasts and lunch. And, it’s pretty!

Easy Baked Beans

Easy Baked Beans

We love these baked beans! They are super easy, but feel a little fancy. This recipe is from The Pioneer Woman, but with a few tweaks. I love her easy & approachable recipes, don’t you? Here you go! Just in time for your summer barbecues.

Homemade Hamburger Buns

Homemade Hamburger Buns

These buns were an experiment in trial and error. I checked out various quick hamburger bun recipes and found some work better than others. I discovered that the flour you choose really matters in this type of recipe. After three batches, here is the recipe I found produces the best bun.

Homemade Spicy Ranch Dressing

Homemade Spicy Ranch Dressing

My hubs says this is the best ranch dressing he has ever had. I don’t know about that, but it’s good! I think it’s just because it’s homemade. You decide!

Fresh Poteet Strawberry Jam

Fresh Poteet Strawberry Jam

Every year, I make the 45 minute trek to Poteet, Texas, for a flat of strawberries. Poteet is just south of San Antonio and is known as the Strawberry Capital of Texas. They even host the annual Poteet Strawberry Festival celebrating the many strawberry farmers in the area. The soil in Poteet is sandy, making it perfect for growing these luscious berries. Here is my recipe for strawberry jam that only uses about 2 pints of berries.

Strawberry Banana Bread

Strawberry Banana Bread

I found this recipe a couple of years ago on Pinterest when I was searching for things to make with my annual flat of Poteet strawberries. This bread from Positively Splendid is indeed, splendid. It is moist & delicious. The best thing about this recipe is that it makes 2 loaves of bread – one for me & one for you!

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