Category Archives: Main Dishes

Red Beans and Rice Chili

I love red beans and rice, but had never made it myself. So I found an old recipe that I had clipped from a magazine and made a few changes, one of which was changing the amount of cumin in it—I added less because the amount the original recipe was calling for just seemed like it was way too much (and I’m not super big on strong cumin flavor). This is a really easy recipe, which is nice if you’re making red beans and rice for the first time like I was.

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Smoked Gouda, Cheddar, and Parmesan Mac ‘n’ Cheese

THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. I’m reviewing a new cookbook, The Duke’s Mayonnaise Cookbook, and I’m also having a giveaway for two copies—2 winners will each receive a copy! Continue reading below for details on how to enter the giveaway! 

I am a big fan of Mac ‘n’ Cheese, but this is the first time I’ve made it myself—there really is nothing like homemade, especially if you make this recipe! The Smoked Gouda, Cheddar, and Parmesan Mac ‘n’ Cheese is from the new Duke’s Mayonnaise Cookbook (hardcover, Grand Central Publishing) by Ashley Strickland Freeman and it is wonderful! It’s creamy, cheesy, and has an amazing buttery breadcrumb topping. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

The Duke’s Mayonnaise Cookbook is a keeper, too! All of the recipes include Southern staple Duke’s Mayonnaise as an ingredient, making the wide variety of dishes taste extra good! There are recipes for Breakfast and Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Sides and Snacks, and Desserts. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find: Breakfast Strata, Bananas Foster Bread, Peaches and Cream Crepes, Buffalo Chicken Sliders, Cottage Pie, Tarragon Crab Cakes, Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes, Sweet Potato au Gratin, Blackberry and Peach Crisp, Key Lime Pound Cakes, Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake…just a few of the many delicious things you’ll be inspired to make!

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Simple Veggie Pasta Salad

Salads and pasta salads make great hot-weather meals, and I really like this Simple Veggie Pasta Salad because it’s easy to make and the only cooking involved is for the pasta. I also like it because it’s so colorful! The orange bell pepper, shredded carrots, green onions, grape tomatoes, olives, and Cheddar cheese all combine to make this dish a feast for the eyes as well as the tummy! 🙂 The dressing that you toss everything in is simply your favorite Italian salad dressing (I used Olive Garden dressing). How easy is that?

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Upside Down Pizza

Easy meal ideas are great in the warm weather months when you don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen! This Upside Down Pizza recipe is easy to prepare and you can even cook your ground beef or sausage and chop up some of the topping ingredients ahead of time to speed up the prep work! Continue reading

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

If you’re in the mood for comfort food—and who couldn’t use a little comfort food these days—this Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti is a dish the whole family will enjoy! There’s lots of shredded cheddar cheese in this (4 cups!), along with some rotisserie chicken, a little onion and garlic, chopped green bell pepper, black olives, and some cream of mushroom soup and sour cream to make it nice and creamy! Continue reading