9 posts tagged Southern Food

Sweet Buttery Cornbread

Now that it's in the high 70s in Dallas, I had originally intended this post to focus on reveling in the cold and icy weather we had been dealing with and suggesting cornbread and chili as the perfect comfort food; well, it just seems poorly timed now that we're entering summer-time temperatures. But, it is still February, the weather in other parts of the country could still be worthy of a nice hot bowl of chili, so I'm just going to roll with this post today. Those of you that are still wearing your snow boots and shoveling driveways; you'll be pointing your fingers and laughing when I'm complaining about the immense heat come August. So, my big weakness is bread. Living in the South, I have had so many versions of cornbread with additions like bacon and jalapenos and cheese. While they are always delicious in their own right, nothing really tastes better to me than a nice buttery piece of sweet cornbread; plain. I emphasize the plain-ness of the cornbread because it's so much more versatile; as a base for a good chili, crumbled the next day in a stuffing, and drizzled with honey as dessert. I found a version of this recipe online at AllRecipes.com, and made a couple of tweaks with ingredient levels. The recipe I found had 1/4 cup more sugar, but I worried it would be overly sweet, and found this to be a great happy medium. It makes quite a bit, so leftovers can be easily used for a couple of days. Hope you enjoy this recipe! Continue Reading

Fancy-Schmancy Macaroni & Cheese

If you've read my blog in the past, you know that I have some very picky eaters that I tend to cook for. Most of the time, I can't put the "good stuff" in dishes like macaroni and cheese or mashed potatoes. Well, last night, that all changed. I began scheming sometime around noon, knowing that it was just me and my husband for dinner. W wanted steak, and I wanted to make macaroni and cheese, but I wanted to make it somehow special. This combination of caramelized red onions, crispy bacon, lovely cheese, along with some delectable truffle oil, made for a rich and creamy baked macaroni that is decidedly adult. Continue Reading

Maple-Glazed Sweet Potato Casserole

Let's face it - sweet potato casserole is dessert masquerading as a Thanksgiving side dish. The sweetness of the topping varies from one home cook to the next, but my husband is a huge fan of marshmallows atop a creamy sweet potato puree. For this recipe, I used my homemade vanilla extract (which I promise I will get to in an upcoming post), some cinnamon and nutmeg, and butter and cream. You know, all of the good things in life. :) Continue Reading

Cottage Cheese Cornbread, Sausage, and Mushroom Stuffing

cornbreadsausageandmushroomstuffing Thanksgiving - the one time of year where it's perfectly acceptable to become a gluttonous pig.  I have now had days of carbs upon carbs upon carbs, and I am thrilled that everything turned out ok.  This stuffing is great because it feels soooo homemade, but you can make the cornbread a day or two before, and just make the rest of it the morning before you roast the turkey.  ... Continue Reading

Shoepeg Corn Casserole

shoepegcorncasserole This is a recipe my brother-in-law made one year when my husband and I drove down to Houston for Thanksgiving.  I was unaware of his culinary prowess until that day, and I have to say, the one thing I have always remembered from that visit was this deliciously bubbly and creamy corn casserole.  As an aside, my sister and brother-in-law will be opening a restaurant in Houston in the coming few weeks, so stay tuned for details!    In any case - try this dish.  It's one of those make-the-night-before-and-just-pop-it-in-the-oven dishes and it always comes out perfect! ... Continue Reading