Appetizers & Sides


Avocado Hummus

Avocado Hummus
“Middle age is mostly getting excited about different flavors of hummus,” is a saying I saw recently on a greeting card. I immediately started laughing. I guess if middle age is full of different flavors of hummus, then sign me up! It only seems natural to pair avocado with the richness of tahini and olive oil in this twist on classic hummus. I...

Black Bean & Goat Cheese Nachos

Black Bean & Goat Cheese Nachos
Sunday is the big Super Bowl game. And while I might not be the biggest football fan, I am a HUGE nacho fan. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy football. I was raised on football. I was a cheerleader many of my grade school days. But my favorite part about the game, was always the snacks. Since I grew up allergic to cow dairy, I never got to eat the...

Granny’s Bourbon Pecan Pie

Granny’s Bourbon Pecan Pie
Two days ago my dear grandmother turned 95. Mildred Manning, aka Granny, is a force to be reckoned with. She is the epitome of a strong Southern woman. Granny still keeps us all on our toes. She still wears red lipstick and pearls every day. She amazes me with her passion for life. She is well known for her expansive rose garden of over 30 varieties. She...

Brussel Sprouts Slaw with Bacon & Cranberries

Brussel Sprouts Slaw with Bacon & Cranberries
Thanksgiving is officially less than two weeks away, and I am getting so excited to gather with family and friends and FEAST! This brussel sprouts slaw is my take on a Thanksgiving salad that is both fresh, crunchy and slightly savory. (Thanks bacon.) I am so excited to host my parents from North Carolina this year. This will be their first time coming to...

Pickled Rainbow Carrots & Beets

Pickled Rainbow Carrots & Beets
I am extra excited to share this pickling story with you because for the first time, I grew all of the veggies from seed in my garden and then pickled these different recipes. I have since replanted the beets and carrots and look forward to a late fall harvest as well. I plan on making another big batch of the pickled beets as holiday gifts and hostess...

Small Batch Garlic & Dill Pickles

My garden is officially going wild. From now until October it will be a part-time project to upkeep, harvest, cook and preserve all the goodies that our harvest is giving us. First up in our garden preserving process is PICKLES. The cucumber vines are going off, and I couldn’t be happier. This is my third year growing cucumbers and finally I seem to...

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