Fully Loaded Beer Bread

Bad things happen when I go shopping without a list. For the most part I am a responsible adult who makes well informed decisions base on facts and logic. I say for the most part because there are certainly areas where I struggle. Grocery shopping, for example, is an area where I can improve. This is what happens: It is 3:30pm and I am sitting at my desk at work flipping though my mental recipe cards, trying to come up with a plan for...

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Tex-Mex Scalloped Potatoes

Creamy potatoes, smothered in cheese, are my idea of heaven. April has been a super busy month for me. I was hired to do the photography for a cookbook and my deadline is the 30th. So, while I have been very busy in the kitchen lately, almost all of it is for the photography project I have been working on. Doing this kind of work is rewarding, but it leaves little time for recreational recipe development. That’s not to say I...

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Four-Cheese Grilled Pimento Cheese and Bacon Sandwiches

I am a sucker for a good grilled cheese sandwich. Not just any grilled cheese, mind.  Yes, growing up I loved grilled cheese sandwiches made from processed cheese slices and that cotton candy white bread.  Let’s just say my palate has matured.  These days I have some pretty strict standards for grilled cheese.  They are as follows: The Bread – The bread must be something crusty, a little rustic, and cut no thinner than...

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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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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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