Dec31

Baked Eggs with Homemade Sausage and Grits

There is something magic about food. The last few weeks have been somewhat difficult for me.  Nothing too extreme, but I have had a fair amount of work related stress, the stress of Christmas Day, and I am coming up on my first deadline for the next book.  Needless to say, I have been a little distracted.  Food makes a wonderful escape for me.  I am able to get into the kitchen and sort of lose all the baggage that is otherwise...

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Nov18

Creamy Pumpkin Polenta

I love the side dishes served for Thanksgiving better the turkey. Yep, I’m the one who piles on the stuffing, scoops up the sweet potatoes, and gets the greediest portion of green beans.  For me turkey is better the next day in sandwiches, casseroles, or chopped up and cooked into soups.  This is one meal where excess is truly acceptable, and when my family cooks Thanksgiving dinner we have at least 6 side dishes, sometimes 10...

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Apple Bacon Potato Cakes with Poached Eggs

I am a sucker for anything served with a poached egg. From salads to English muffins, poached eggs are among my favorite things to prepare and eat.   A perfectly poached egg is a thing of beauty, and when you break into the golden, oozing yolk … well I can’t think of many things that are better.  Now that the warmer weather is behind us I find myself craving the heartier foods that really stick to the ribs.  I am not much...

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Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole

I love a good casserole. Really, what’s not to love?  They are, with a few exceptions, easy to prepare, they can be made up in advance, and they are comforting.  When the weather turns chilly there is nothing I like better than a cozy casserole.  So, one morning a few days ago it was just a little chilly.  Not co but the wind had a little bite.   Obviously it was time to make a casserole!  While perusing a casserole cookbook,...

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Apple Oktoberfest Cheese Soup

The calender says it is fall, and that is good enough for me. Here in the Dallas area, where we just had one of the hottest summers on record, the temperatures are still hovering around 90 most days.  Yes, it is still warm but I know fall is coming.  How do I know when it is so warm?  Well, our local Oktoberfest festival has started and that puts me in the mood for large mugs of beer, bad polka music, and warm bowls of soup.  In this...

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Jul06

Steak Salad with Poached Egg and Creamy Chive Dressing

What?  She made a salad?  Oh yes, she sure did! Despite what some may think, I do enjoy a good salad.  That said, I am not a weeds and lemon juice kind of gal (no offense to those of you who are).  If you are going to feed me salad there are a few requirements that must be met (not that I am difficult to live with).  First, it has to be hearty.  Steak, chicken, eggs, or even beans are a must on a salad because I need protein to keep...

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