topped with onions

Dietary Slumming With Tammy: Bacon-Wrapped, Cheese-Filled Brats

Y’all, I’m not going to try to sugar coat it. It’s not easy being single. Okay, technically I’m divorced, but I still go to bed alone most nights. Unless you ...


Chicken-Fried Venison

My job can get crazy sometimes. Yep. Crazier than two men and two sheep on a motorbike. And sometimes it can me ME crazy. But it’s got its perks. I ...

buttered muffin

The Basic Muffin + Endless Variations

Ah, the muffin. The quintessential breakfast quick bread. Sure, you can break out the Martha White “just-add-milk” mix. Or you can expend a tiny bit more effort and make a ...


chocolate glazing

Dietary Slumming with Tammy: Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes

It’s almost Christmas. I love Christmas. Christmas is my very favorite time ...

Orange Glazed Baked Ham

Let’s face it, Thanksgiving is all about the meat. So is Sunday ...

Best Cornbread Dressing

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without dressing. Or do you call it stuffing? ...


fresh! green beans

Green Bean Casserole a la Alton Brown

Ah, Thanksgiving. Pounds and pounds of foods you don’t normally eat. Family. Lots and lots of family. And, if you’re lucky, lots of wine. Holidays are full of traditions. Who cuts the turkey, who starts the “I’m thankful for….” conversation, who gets drunk in the kitchen first and insults Aunt Edna. You know, normal, healthy […]

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mac & cheese

Easy Mac & Cheese

Macaroni and cheese has been a staple in my family since before I was born. Not the homemade kind, oozing with cheeses, fresh from the oven. Nope. I’m talking about Stouffer’s. Yep, I grew up in a Stouffer’s family. Stouffer’s is easy. Get it out of the freezer, stick it in the oven, wait 40 […]

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sweet potato with praline topping

Sweet Potato Casserole (Souffle, Ya’ll) with Praline Topping

It’s Thanksgiving Season! Food! Relaxing! Shopping! Football! Family! (yes, family get’s it own line) My extended family is large. When I was growing up we used to have “lil” family reunions where 55 people would show up. The matriarch of our ridiculous family, Mama T, was famous for 2 things: pimento cheese sandwiches on white bread […]

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chicken stock/soup

Best Chicken Stock

Fall is impending, and most people think of Fall as soup season. I happen to think that every season is soup season. The first (and most essential) ingredient for a quality soup, whatever the season, is the stock you use. Don’t fall for the ol’ Swanson stock trick–boxed is not better than canned, and once […]

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good stuff

Macaroni & Cheese (& Chicken & Broccoli)

You know when you’ve had a turrible day at work? And all you really want to do is hunker down on the couch, drink (anything), watch Private Practice re-runs, pet your cat, and eat carbs? Yeah, I have those days a lot. And the last thing I want to do is come home (hungry) and assemble ingredients […]

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Apple Beet Soup

I just returned from a grand adventure. It was just me and the road. I piled the important stuff into a car (several shirts, some pants, 3 cameras, jellybeans, and a coffee pot), grabbed an atlas (and a GPS, come on, who are we kidding…), and hit the road for parts unknown. I saw things […]

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Goin’ On a Road Trip

I work hard at my job. Very, very hard. But everyone needs a vacation. Right? So I’m taking off. Hitting the road. Burning rubber. And since no one else in my life can take two weeks off to go on a tacky road trip, I’m going alone. I won’t be updating this blog while I’m […]

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arranging the berries

Strawberry Cream Pie

Everybody has that one dish they love to eat, anytime, anywhere. For El Guapo, that dish is sweet potato pie. Come October, I make him sweet potato pies almost every week (recipe here). The man loves sweet potato pie. When I say those three magic words, his eyes glaze over, his body visibly relaxes, and […]

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Authors You Must Read

There are some authors who are so all-around good that you can’t single one of their works out. I’ve encountered a few over my lifetime, and am always on the lookout for another. I may have mentioned a book or two of the following authors in previous posts, but really these guys fall under the […]

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topless berries

Quick & Dirty Strawberry Shortcake

IT’S SPRINGTIME!!! Springtime in the South means that there’s about a week where you can wear a tank top during daylight hours and a cardigan during nighttime hours. After that week, it’s all tank tops all the time. Or else you get the heatstroke. Springtime also means pollen. Ever wonder why yellow is the universal […]

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