World’s Best Potato Soup

Remember last week, when I said there were a few things that couldn’t be topped from my recipe collection?  You know…I told you about my Mimi’s Meatloaf & Sauce , Mimi’s Green Beans, and my Apple Pie (coming next week!)?   Well, I hate to brag again, but I’m in another Maria Von Trapp Mood this week.  So, please let me … Read More

Mimi’s Meatloaf & Sauce

There are a handful of things that come out of my kitchen that I’ve never had anyone else top.  No offense to the rest of the world, but I just have a hard time eating these things at a restaurant or someone else’s home and not being disappointed.  Typically, I do not order these items when eating out because I … Read More

Mrs. Briggs’ Pumpkin Cake

It wasn’t until high school that my taste buds ever decided that they like anything Pumpkin flavored.  My whole life, for Thanksgiving dessert, I would have a spoonful of cool whip because I hated Pumpkin Pie and Pecan Pie.  (Why no one ever made an apple pie, I don’t know.)  But that changed when I mustered up every ounce of … Read More

Mushroom Rice

What’s your family’s favorite side?  In my original (Mama, Daddy, Sister & me) family’s meals, our two most frequently consumed sides were Mimi’s Green Beans and Mushroom Rice.  Even non-mushroom lovers just rave over this rice.  It’s so flavorful and wonderful with just about anything.  But our favorite dish to serve it with is roast beef.  It’s just magnificent.  I … Read More

Toasted Coconut Caramel Apples

Fall.  Oh how sweet it is.  And what sweet treats it brings! Before there was Pinterest, there were actual, paper magazines to tear good looking things out of.  (Hint Hint, all you cyber geeks- there still are!)  I have a binder full of recipes I’ve torn out of magazines, had passed along to me, and printed out.  When given a … Read More

Aunt Penny’s Oven Roast

Though she wasn’t related to me by blood, “Aunt” Penny may as well have been.  She and my mom were in each other’s weddings.  And though they met at college just outside Chicago, they ended up living in the same neighborhood outside of Asheville, NC.  My sister and I grew up with hers and Uncle Steve’s Kids, Jessie & Johnny. … Read More

Slow Cooker Chicken Philly Cheese Steaks

Variety is nice, isn’t it? I love my slow cooker, but sometimes I get stuck in a rut.  I was so pleased when I ran across this recipe, tried it, and determined it could be a new addition to our rotations! These sandwiches are so simple to make, but packed with wonderful flavors.  They work great with feeding a crowd … Read More

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I was quite an unusual kid.  While most people were hiding their brussels sprouts in unique places like their napkins or dresser drawers…I was asking for seconds…even thirds.  My Father-in-law found out what a freak I am the first time we all went to Golden Corral together. He could not get over the fact that I was standing in line … Read More

Corn and Bacon Chowder

The evenings are getting nice and crisp around these parts.  That calls for none other than a hearty bowl of soup.  One of my favorites comes from my K-12 Private School cookbook.  That’s one of my most beloved sources of recipes! While in a rut a few years ago, I was thumbing through and discovered a wonderful corn and bacon … Read More

French Dips

There’s just something about a good French Dip. Dining at local joints or chains like McAlister’s, a French Dip has been one of my go-to’s for a special eating out delight.   Never in my wildest dreams did I ever guess it would be so easy to replicate one at home with such superb taste.  My sweet friend, Lora Hayes, … Read More