It’s time to have fun with real food for the upcoming holiday weekend! This cute little idea would be great for Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, or just any old time you’re feeling patriotic. :)Keep Reading
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I’ve got the perfect homemade treat for you (and the one you love)! These Peanut Butter Brownie Bars would also make a fun little treat to share with teachers and neighbors in honor of the upcoming “day of love,” especially if you’re me and you’ve made this recipe three times in the last week in order to get it just right.Keep Reading
If you’ve never had (or heard of) Shrimp and Grits, it’s one you’ve gotta try!Keep Reading
If you’ve got lots of potluck events coming up this month, then I’ve got the perfect solution for you. Make a big batch of these super yummy (and also impressive) savory Pesto Cream Cheese Turnovers, throw them in your freezer, and then pull out (and defrost) however many you need to take to each event!Keep Reading
Whether it’s for the upcoming holidays or just Sunday dinner…it’s SO super easy to make your own homemade gravy from scratch.Keep Reading
I don’t know about you, but I’ve personally never been a fan of pumpkin pie (is anyone really?), but I do LOVE some pumpkin cheesecake. I think this is such a great update to the traditional dessert we’ve all seen year after year, and with the pecan crust you can easily accommodate any gluten-free guests you might be entertaining.Keep Reading
Are you ready to kick up your classic mashed potato dish a few notches? If so, you are going to love this cheesy mashed potato casserole which has a layer of warm toasted cheese on top—so yum! Plus, I’ve added a make ahead note below so this recipe can easily make an appearance on your holiday table this year.Keep Reading
I am on yet another quest to replace mayonnaise in a classic recipe. As I’ve explained before, store bought mayo isn’t exactly real food (and making mayo from scratch isn’t exactly my cup of tea). Plus not everyone is a mayonnaise lover anyway, so just in time for your 4th of July BBQ, here is my (non-mayo) Southern Potato Salad recipe that is just as good as the original!Keep Reading
Both my kids like hard boiled eggs, but it never fails—they just won’t eat the yolk (and it’s kind of hard to blame them). That is, unless I make egg salad or deviled eggs with them. Then magically, nothing goes to waste! Here’s a real food version of deviled eggs (i.e. sans highly processed store bought mayo) that would be perfect for school lunches or Easter brunch this weekend. And I must know, does anyone else’s kids call these “Doubled Eggs?” Enjoy!Keep Reading
With many of us hosting overnight guests this holiday season, it’s nice to plan not only that big, special dinner, but also a tasty and filling breakfast! This breakfast bake is another one of those recipes I “made over” by replacing a processed boxed mix with something more wholesome. You may even recognize this “real foodinized” version of Bisquick’s Breakfast Bake! This was actually a fairly easy dish to “make over,” and when you look at the ingredients on the back of a Bisquick box, it’s not hard to see why you would want to avoid it and use a homemade replacement instead.
In the Box: Enriched refined white flour (labeled as “wheat flour” without the word “whole”), partially hydrogenated oil (i.e. the same trans fat the FDA just admitted was really bad for us), and dextrose (an additive I do not cook with at home).
My Version: Whole-wheat flour, unrefined cooking fat (from the pastured sausage), and other whole, recognizable ingredients.
It’s funny to me how the Bisquick Breakfast Bake recipe tells you to drain the natural fat from the sausage just so you can add in their boxed stuff that contains trans fat. No thank you!
So anyway, whether you serve this for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner, I think you’ll find this is a super easy crowd pleaser, and with all of the cooking we’ll be doing this holiday season, that’s exactly what we all need!Keep Reading
Today I am excited to share another dessert recipe with you that I absolutely love and that’s also perfect for the holidays…Homemade Chocolate Soufflés! This is the recipe I’ve made for Christmas dessert in years past and, after resurrecting it for our blogging team’s holiday dinner over the weekend (details below), there is no question I’ll be serving souffles again for the big day this year! They were a super big hit and let’s be honest – who doesn’t love a warm, delectable chocolate soufflé especially when it’s topped with homemade ice cream?! (Okay, who else’s mouth is watering here?)
Disclaimer: This recipes contains refined white sugar so it doesn’t technically follow our real food rules…so only enjoy in moderation!Keep Reading