Garlicky Baked Shrimp

Garlicky Baked Shrimp I’ve told you before that when it comes to seafood, I hate fish, but truly enjoy most shellfish. Shrimp, in particular is something I really look forward to on special occasions.  This ole girl goes for the popcorn shrimp, the shrimp scampi, the shrimp and pasta, etc. when she’s at the Lobster of Red or any other … Read More

Better Than…Anything Cake

Better Than…Anything Cake Ok.  Let’s just talk about this divine cake.  It’s pretty much the best cake on the planet.  I’m in love with butterscotch.  And chocolate. And whipped cream.  And contrary to what elementary school Emily always imagined about Heath Bars (I thought they were old people candy bars back then), I’m in love with Heath Bars.  I think … Read More

Smoked Pulled Pork

Smoked Pulled Pork I’m from North Carolina originally.  We take our Barbecue very seriously.  I should specify.  I’m from Western North Carolina…the best side of the state.  East Carolina is all proud about their barbecue, but it’s gross.  Absolutely gross.  It’s vinegar based.  Western North Carolinians HATE vinegar based.  We prefer the smoky kind of barbecue.  And for our sauce.  … Read More

Fannie Farmer’s Baked Mac & Cheese

Fannie Farmer’s Baked Mac & Cheese Why, hello.  What’s my favorite food, you ask? Cheese.  Cheddar. Gouda. Provolone. Muenster. Swiss. Monterey Jack. Colby Jack.  Aged White Cheddar.  Feta. Brie. Cheese. I love cheese.  (I DO NOT like Blue Cheese, Gorgonzola, Limburger, or super strong ones like that, though).   My mom affectionately called me her little mouse growing up because I’d … Read More

Oriental Chicken Salad

Oriental Chicken Salad I love Asian food. It adds such variety to the same ole weekly routine. There’s zesty, spice, and even sweetness that accompanies most dishes from the far East. Since there’s not a spectacular restaurant like P.F. Changs close to us, I took it upon myself to find a really great Asian salad recipe. I like a tangy … Read More

Curried Mango Chutney Chicken Salad

Curried Mango Chutney Chicken Salad My whole life I’ve absolutely despised chicken salad.  It wasn’t until my senior year of high school that I actually gave it a try.  It was at my best friend’s grandmother’s house.  I really liked it, but was still a bit wigged out that its base was mayonnaise.  (See why I hate mayo here ….) … Read More

Loaded Potato Salad

Loaded Potato Salad I’m cracking myself up because it seems like lately, I’ve told you about dishes that I’ve despised my whole life that I’ve found winning recipes for as an adult.  Potato salad is no exception.  Mayonnaise and boiled eggs: NO THANK YOU! Ewww.  But potato salad loaded with sour cream, cheese, bacon, green onions, and just a teeeeeny … Read More

Southern Pimento Cheese

I don’t like sweet tea.  I don’t like fried okra, pickles, or squash.  I don’t like tomatoes (unless they’re green and fried). I don’t love Cheerwine.  But you know one thing this Southern Belle can’t resist? A good pimento cheese. It can’t be uber-mayonaisy.  Why? Well, when I was little, I liked mayo a little too much.  I ate it … Read More

Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos

I’m not going to lie.  We love us some Mexican food.  I was thinking through my go to recipes last night and I counted at least 9.  And that was just off the top of my head.  The thing I love about Mexican food is that it doesn’t require a lot of fuss.  Usually, it doesn’t need a ton of … Read More

Homemade Nutter Butters

I love peanut butter.  I mean really love it.  I get it from my Granddaddy.  He loved peanut butter anything.  As a little girl, he would take me down to the yogurt place and we would both get a big bowl of peanut butter frozen yogurt.  Any time we would go to Fuddrucker’s; he’d always send me to go get … Read More