Southern Bite http://southernbite.com Stacey Little's Southern Food & Recipe Blog Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:53:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Honey Mustard BBQ Sticky Chicken http://southernbite.com/2015/03/25/honey-mustard-bbq-sticky-chicken/ http://southernbite.com/2015/03/25/honey-mustard-bbq-sticky-chicken/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:50:25 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=7181 Perspective is a powerful thing.  I’ve said it so many times before.  It’s often incredibly easy for us to stand on the dead, dry grass on our own side of the fence and admire the…read more »

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Honey Mustard BBQ Sticky Chicken

Perspective is a powerful thing.  I’ve said it so many times before.  It’s often incredibly easy for us to stand on the dead, dry grass on our own side of the fence and admire the lush green field on the other side.  We become keenly aware of our current situation and focus on all the negative things that affect us, all the while dreaming of the perfectness of that green field just over the way.  What we don’t realize is that things aren’t often what they seem.  Yes, that grass is beautiful, but maybe it’s beautiful because it’s fertilized with manure.  Or maybe it’s green because it’s artificial turf.  Or maybe it’s beautiful and green because it has been spray painted.  That field fertilized with manure stinks, one good rain and the painted one will be brown again, and that fake grass, though pretty, isn’t very practical.

I say all this because it’s easy to compare ourselves and our lives to others.  Social media makes that even easier.  We see all the expensive vacations, extravagant purchases, and fancy dinners of others, not realizing that we have those moments too.  But we don’t get to see the bad stuff that happens on the other side of the fence.  We know it happens, but we get so caught up in the comparison that we lose sight of the negative over there.  It’s human nature to focus on the bad in our own lives, not seeing what good we do have.

So many times the truth behind the “other side” is that it’s just not nearly as appealing once your over there.  Sometimes rather than focusing on the “other side” we need to focus on our side.  Sure the grass is brown over here, but a little water and some sunshine and it will perk right up.  Sometimes rather than daydreaming about that perfect-looking field over there, we need to be working on maintaining our own.  Think about this…  Whatever it is that you have, someone else out there would die to have it.  It might be steady job, a loving family, or a warm, comforting home.  Remember, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”  Sometimes we just need to stop comparing and have our own joy.

Honey Mustard BBQ Sticky Chicken

Y’all this Honey Mustard BBQ Sticky Chicken is so delicious!  My family just absolutely loved it.  It’s as easy as mixing up the sauce and marinating it, then simply dumping it all in a dutch oven and cooking it.  The longer you can allow it to marinate the more flavor it will have, but if you don’t have time for it to marinate,  it’s perfectly delicious without it, too.  Different barbecue sauces will give it different flavor, so experiment until you find one you just love.  Y’all enjoy!

Honey Mustard BBQ Sticky Chicken
 
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Serves: Serves about 4 to 5
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds chicken legs and thighs (skin-on)
  • 1 (18-ounce) bottle barbecue sauce (I used Kraft Original)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Add the chicken pieces to a gallon size zip-top bag.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the barbecue sauce, honey, mustard, vinegar, and garlic powder. Pour the sauce over the chicken and seal the bag. Shake gently to coat the chicken and allow it to marinate in the refrigerator - the longer, the better. I usually allow mine to marinate for about 3 hours, but the marinating time isn't necessary, it just gives the chicken more flavor.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray the inside of a large dutch oven with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the chicken and sauce into the pot and bake uncovered for about 1 hour or until the chicken is cooked through.

 

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How to Host a Biscuit Bar http://southernbite.com/2015/03/18/how-to-host-a-biscuit-bar/ http://southernbite.com/2015/03/18/how-to-host-a-biscuit-bar/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:06:43 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=7157 As spring comes around the corner we can also start to see the arrival of social events like bridal showers, baby showers, and even brunches.  One of my favorite things to do when hosting morning…read more »

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Biscuit Bar

As spring comes around the corner we can also start to see the arrival of social events like bridal showers, baby showers, and even brunches.  One of my favorite things to do when hosting morning events like these is to offer a biscuit bar.  They are easy, affordable, and super fun.

For my cousin’s bridal shower, I helped my wife plan this beautiful biscuit bar.  It was a brunch event, so we knew this would be perfect, but biscuit bars really work well at any time of the day.  Here’s how we did it…

We baked the Buttermilk Biscuits (made with White Lily Flour, of course) using the recipe from my cookbook the day before and simply reheated them in the oven on the morning of the event.  We offered a host of complements that included butter,  a variety of jams and jellies, sliced ham, sausage gravy, and even some homemade preserves – all in carefully labeled, neat little jars.  (You can find links to many of the recipes pictured below the post.)Biscuit Bar

We also had other brunch themed food like fruit salad, mini quiches, yogurt, muffins, other pastries, cupcakes, juices, and sweet tea- just to name a few.  Any breakfast/brunch food will work here, we just went with things that required little work so that the hostesses could enjoy the shower as well and not run themselves ragged trying to keep up.  Anytime we plan a party, we choose two to three impressive dishes and fill the rest in with things that require little work or effort and maybe even a few store-bought items to make things easy.  Biscuit Bar

Here you can see the spread.  I like to use containers to create height on a table to give interest.  Turned over bowls, buckets, and tubs give great variation in height and make the table more appealing.  Biscuit Bar   And of course there were biscuits… lots and lots of biscuits.  Biscuit Bar

And sausage gravy…Biscuit Bar

And sliced ham with mustard…Biscuit Bar

All in all, it was a great event and the folks really loved the creativity of the biscuit bar.  It gave folks control over their meal and allowed them to fix that biscuit any way they wanted!  So the next time you plan a morning event like this, ditch the cucumber sandwiches and canapes and give folks something they’ll really enjoy – a biscuit bar!

Recipes

Biscuits – The biscuits we used in this event are from the recipe that is in my cookbook.  However, you can find a few biscuits recipes on the blog here and here.

Peach Freezer Jam

Sausage Gravy – This recipe can be found in my Breakfast Bites ebook.  It’s free, all you have to do is subscribe to my email list and confirm your email address to receive it!

Secret Ingredient Fruit Salad

Biscuit Bar This post is sponsored by The J.M. Smucker Company. While they compensated me for this post and provided product samples, the opinions herein are my own. Plus, my family has been using White Lily Flour for generations, so I’d be saying good things about it even if they weren’t paying me.

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Muffuletta Grilled Cheese http://southernbite.com/2015/03/17/muffuletta-grilled-cheese/ http://southernbite.com/2015/03/17/muffuletta-grilled-cheese/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:51:29 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=7127 March Madness is here and whether you’re hosting a party or heading out to one, sandwiches are a must!  The folks over at Cobblestone Bread Co. make it easy by offering up some of the best bread…read more »

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Muffuletta Grilled Cheese

March Madness is here and whether you’re hosting a party or heading out to one, sandwiches are a must!  The folks over at Cobblestone Bread Co. make it easy by offering up some of the best bread out there to make those sandwiches even better!  From their Grinder Sub Rolls, Philly Steak Rolls, and Windy City Hot Dog Buns to their Corn Dusted Kaiser Rolls, Sesame Twist Hamburger Rolls, and Toasted Onion Rolls, they have a fresh, restaurant-quality bread for every imaginable use!  Muffuletta Grilled Cheese

These Muffuletta Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are perfect for Final Four party because they are hearty, filling, and filled with amazing flavor!  The gooey cheese and olive spread just make these babies sing!  Have the sandwiches pre-made and pop them on the skillet when company arrives so they’re gooey and piping hot!

Be sure to check Cobblestone Bread Co. out on Pinterest  for a host of other great sandwich recipes and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for more!

Muffuletta Grilled Cheese
 
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Serves: 1 sandwich
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For each sandwich:
  • 2 slices Cobblestone Bread Co. Million Dollar White Bread
  • 5 tablespoons jarred olive salad or muffuletta olive mix
  • 2 ounces sliced provolone cheese
  • 2 ounces sliced mozzarella cheese
  • 2 ounces sliced genoa salami
  • 2 ounces sliced mortadella
  • 2 ounces sliced ham
  • 1 tablespoon butter, halved
Instructions
  1. Assemble the sandwich by laying the pieces of bread on a clean work surface. Spread the olive salad on one side then top with the provolone cheese. Add the salami, mortadella, ham, and mozzarella cheese. Top with the other slice of bread.
  2. Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and melt half the butter in the pan. Add the sandwich and cook on one side for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Add the other half of butter and flip the sandwich over and grill for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Slice and serve immediately.

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cobblestone Bread Company via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Win a Three Brothers Bakery Pecan Pie http://southernbite.com/2015/03/14/win-a-three-brothers-bakery-pecan-pie/ http://southernbite.com/2015/03/14/win-a-three-brothers-bakery-pecan-pie/#comments Sat, 14 Mar 2015 14:51:07 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=7142 Happy Pi(e) Day!  To celebrate, I’ve teamed up with the folks from Three Brothers Bakery to give away one of my most favorite pies – Pecan Pie!  See the easy options below to enter!  You have until…read more »

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Happy Pi(e) Day!  To celebrate, I’ve teamed up with the folks from Three Brothers Bakery to give away one of my most favorite pies – Pecan Pie!  See the easy options below to enter!  You have until 3/15/15 at 11:59 pm to enter.

Never win anything? (yeah, me either!)  Winning isn’t the only way to get  a delicious Three Brothers Pecan Pie, you can order one directly from them and have it shipped to your door!  And for every Classic Pecan Pie you order online or in-store from Three Brothers on 3/15 and 3/16, Three Brothers will donate 10% to a charity dear to my heart, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

For all other varieties, the bakery will be offering a special discount of $3.14 for whole pies in honor of the day.  How great is that?!?!

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Strawberry Delight http://southernbite.com/2015/03/10/strawberry-delight/ http://southernbite.com/2015/03/10/strawberry-delight/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 15:32:28 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=7123 The minute I see that first case of Florida strawberries arrive in the grocery store, my mind immediate switches into spring mode – imagining all I can do with those sweet little babies.  This urge…read more »

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Strawberry Delight

The minute I see that first case of Florida strawberries arrive in the grocery store, my mind immediate switches into spring mode – imagining all I can do with those sweet little babies.  This urge got strengthened a few weeks back when we had a delicious Florida strawberry tasting as part of Food Blog Forum at Walt Disney World.  It was so neat to have several different varieties there together so we could taste the difference!

I just love strawberries… from my Strawberry Cobbler, and Strawberry Bread, to Fresh Strawberry Pie.  So, based on the success of my Oreo Delight and Lemon Icebox Delight, here’s a Strawberry version that I just know you’ll love!   The crunchy shortbread crust, combined with the creamy cream cheese layer, and the sweet, delicious strawberries makes this one a real winner!  It’s one of those things, too, that seems to get better over time.  Y’all enjoy!Strawberry Delight - Southern Bite

Strawberry Delight
 
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Serves: 10 to 12 servings
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  • 1 (16-ounce) container fresh strawberries
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 (8-ounce) containers frozen whipped topping, thawed (I use Cool Whip)
Instructions
  1. Wash, hull, and slice the strawberries. Place them in a small bowl and add the sugar and lemon juice. Mix well and set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350° and lightly spray a 9X13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour and brown sugar. Cut the butter into the flour and sugar mixture using a pastry blender or two forks until the butter resembles small peas. Pour the flour mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish, spread evenly, and press flat to form the crust. Bake the crust for 10 to 12 minutes or until firm. Allow to cool completely.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and 1 container of the whipped topping. Stir well to combine. Spread the mixture evenly over the cooled crust.
  5. Next, drain the strawberries. (Be sure to save that delicious syrup for something - even if it's just to drink it all by itself. It's my favorite part of this recipe. :) ) Layer the drained berries evenly on top of the cream cheese mixture.
  6. Top with the remaining container of whipped topping. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

 

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Cooking Lesson: Blanching Fruits and Vegetables http://southernbite.com/2015/03/05/cooking-lesson-blanching-fruits-vegetables/ http://southernbite.com/2015/03/05/cooking-lesson-blanching-fruits-vegetables/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:26:32 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=7119 Ever wondered how to blanch fruits and vegetables?  Ever wondered why you should?  In this short video, I answer those questions for you and show you just how easy it is!

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Ever wondered how to blanch fruits and vegetables?  Ever wondered why you should?  In this short video, I answer those questions for you and show you just how easy it is!

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A Little Recipe Pinspiration! http://southernbite.com/2015/03/04/recipe-pinspiration-2/ http://southernbite.com/2015/03/04/recipe-pinspiration-2/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:01:56 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=7093 There’s no doubt that Pinterest has changed the way we look at food and organize our recipes!  So, I’ve collected some of the most-pinned recipes from some of my favorite blogger friends to share with…read more »

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Recipe Pinspiration 3-15There’s no doubt that Pinterest has changed the way we look at food and organize our recipes!  So, I’ve collected some of the most-pinned recipes from some of my favorite blogger friends to share with you today.  Judging by the looks of these recipes, there’s no wonder folks have been pinning the heck out of these!  Y’all enjoy!

Crazy Wacky Cake – Sweet Little Bluebird

Strawberry Cream Cheese Icebox Cake – South Your Mouth

Slow Cooker Beef Tips and Rice  – Southern Bite

Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken and Rice – Southern Plate

Crock Pot Pizza Soup – Recipes that Crock

Sweet Corn Spoonbread - Southern Bite

 Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bars – Southern with a Twist

Crock Pot Whole BBQ Chicken – The Country Cook

 Chicken Lazone – Plain Chicken

 Oven Roasted Lemon Pepper Chicken – Everyday Mom’s Meals

 Druken Pork Chops – Siggy Spice

 Stuffed French Bread - Life in the Lofthouse

 Magic Peach Cobbler – Mommy’s Kitchen

Cornbread Salad – Southern Bite

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30 Minute Fiesta Chicken Soup http://southernbite.com/2015/02/24/30-minute-fiesta-chicken-soup/ http://southernbite.com/2015/02/24/30-minute-fiesta-chicken-soup/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:58:58 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=7072 As families, we face many daily challenges.  One of them is to get a home cooked meal on the table.  We’re dashing from one practice to another.  It’s a dance recital here, a ball game…read more »

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Fiesta Chicken Soup - Southern Bite

As families, we face many daily challenges.  One of them is to get a home cooked meal on the table.  We’re dashing from one practice to another.  It’s a dance recital here, a ball game there, trips to the grocery store, dentist appointments – moving faster each day.  But home cooked meals are important.  They give us an opportunity to sit together as a family to reconnect, to learn what happened in each others’ lives during that day, and to spend quality time together. But home cooked meals don’t have to take all day to prepare.  They don’t have to require a ton of exotic ingredients or cost a small fortune either.  Home cooked meals can be simple, but still full of flavor.  And don’t quickly forget that the connections we make over that meal are far more important than what’s on the table.  It’s what’s around the table that matters. Fiesta Chicken Soup - SouthernBite

This 30 Minutes Fiesta Chicken Soup is just the type of recipe that let’s us put a home cooked meal on the table without a lot of time or hassle.  When I make this, I put the chicken breasts and broth in a slow cooker in the morning and cook on low for about 8 hours.  I remove the chicken, shred it, strain the broth, then proceed with the recipe.  Slow cooking the chicken ensures it’s tender and makes an even richer broth.  All that said, a rotisserie chicken will work just as well.  :)  Y’all enjoy!

Fiesta Chicken Soup

30 Minute Fiesta Chicken Soup
 
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Serves: Serves 5 to 6
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  • 4 cups shredded cooked chicken (about 3 chicken breasts)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth (1 32-ounce carton)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (11-ounce) can whole kernel corn with red and green bell peppers, drained (I used Green Giant Mexicorn)
  • ½ cup chunky salsa
  • 1 cup instant rice
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent - about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for about 1 minute - being cautious not to burn it. Add the chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Add in the chicken, black beans, corn, salsa, rice, seasoned salt, and cumin. Stir to combine. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the rice is tender.

 

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Cooking Lesson: Testing the Freshness of Your Baking Powder http://southernbite.com/2015/02/19/video-tip-testing-freshness-baking-powder/ http://southernbite.com/2015/02/19/video-tip-testing-freshness-baking-powder/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:09:46 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=7064 I often get asked questions about why baked goods didn’t rise. Most of the time, the answer is that the baking powder used was expired and didn’t provide the lift that most baked goods need.…read more »

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I often get asked questions about why baked goods didn’t rise. Most of the time, the answer is that the baking powder used was expired and didn’t provide the lift that most baked goods need. In this video, I explain what baking powder is, how it works, and the best way to test the freshness of the baking powered you have in your cabinet.

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Loaded No-Bake Cookies http://southernbite.com/2015/02/17/loaded-no-bake-cookies/ http://southernbite.com/2015/02/17/loaded-no-bake-cookies/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:44:06 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=7040 These Loaded No-Bake Cookies are a kicked-up version of the classic boiled cookies that we all know and love.

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Loaded No-Bake Cookies  - Southern Bite

The other day on the way to school, we encountered some traffic congestion due to an accident.  After waiting for a few minutes, Jack piped up from the back seat and announced that he guessed, “We should just head back home.”  It was a sneaky ploy by a bright six-year old to get out of going to school, which of course, didn’t work.  But the more I thought about it, the more meaning that simple interaction had.  As we often go about the business of life – working towards the goals we’ve set for ourselves – it’s inevitable that we’re going to hit some roadblocks.  And while it may seem like there is no detour, you have to stay committed.  We don’t just turn around and go home when we hit a snarl in traffic, and the same goes with our quests in life.  We don’t just give up when we hit a challenge.  Patience and some ingenuity will get you through.  It might require you to take a different route, but even so, the point is to get where you’re going – regardless of how you get there.  And let’s be honest… most of the pretty scenery is on the detour.  :)

Y’all, these Loaded No-Bake Cookies are a kicked-up version of the classic boiled cookies that we all know and love.  The addition of pecans and coconut gives them some great added texture and flavor.  I’m not sure I’ll ever make them the old way again.  Y’all enjoy!Loaded No-Bake Cookies

Loaded No-Bake Cookies
 
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Serves: about
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  • ½ cup butter (1 stick)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 2½ cups old fashioned/rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (walnuts or almonds will work, too)
  • ½ cup sweetened flake coconut
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Once boiling, cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the peanut butter, oatmeal, vanilla, pecans, and coconut. Stir until combined.
  2. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto wax paper and allow to set and harden. Store in an airtight container.

 

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