Southern Bite http://southernbite.com Stacey Little's Southern Food & Recipe Blog Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:32:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Pumpkin Cream Cheese Crunch Cakehttp://southernbite.com/2014/09/16/pumpkin-cream-cheese-crunch-cake/ http://southernbite.com/2014/09/16/pumpkin-cream-cheese-crunch-cake/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:28:34 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=6661 A hint of fall is in the air and I just about can’t wait.  I am so ready for all that autumn brings, especially the cooler weather.  It’s also time to return to those hearty…read more »

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Crunch Cake

A hint of fall is in the air and I just about can’t wait.  I am so ready for all that autumn brings, especially the cooler weather.  It’s also time to return to those hearty cooler-weather soups, stews, and chili and the arrival of everything pumpkin.  Now, I’ll admit that all that pumpkin can be a bit much for me, but this easy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Crunch Cake it just about perfection.  The crunchy pecan topping is what really puts it over the top.  Even my non-pumpkin-liking family members loved this one.  I just know you will, too!

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Crunch Cake Pumpkin Cream Cheese Crunch Cake

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Crunch Cake

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Crunch Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 (16.5-ounce) boxed spice cake mix
  • 1 (15-ounce) can plain pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cups chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350° F and lightly spray a 9X13 baking dish (or pan) with nonstick cooking spray.

Combine the cake mix, pumpkin, oil, water, and eggs in a large bowl and mix until well combined, about 2 minutes.

In another bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and lemon juice. Stir until mixed, adding more lemon juice if necessary to get the mixture smooth and just pourable.

Pour half of the cake batter into the baking pan and then drop dollops of the cream cheese mixture on top. Gently spread the cream cheese mixture as much as possible, but don't stress over getting it perfect. Top with the remaining cake batter and spread evenly.

Mix the chopped pecans, brown sugar, and cinnamon together in another bowl and sprinkle over the top of the batter. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the cake is set. Cool before slicing.

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Easy Weeknight Bites – Meals to help you get supper on the table quickly and easily!http://southernbite.com/2014/09/10/easy-weeknight-bites-meals-help-get-supper-table-quickly-easily/ http://southernbite.com/2014/09/10/easy-weeknight-bites-meals-help-get-supper-table-quickly-easily/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:48:21 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=6625 We’re all going in a hundred different directions and sometimes we just need something easy and quick for supper.  Well, I’ve got you covered!  I’ve collected some of my favorite recipes from my favorite bloggers…read more »

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More than 50 Recipes to Help You Get Supper On the Table

We’re all going in a hundred different directions and sometimes we just need something easy and quick for supper.  Well, I’ve got you covered!  I’ve collected some of my favorite recipes from my favorite bloggers that are short on ingredients and time so that you can get a home cooked meal on the table in no-time-flat.  At our house, quick meals usually consist of chicken and ground beef, so I’ve got a bunch of those here for you as well as pork recipes and recipes for the slow cooker.  Be sure to PIN THIS PAGE or share it to your Facebook wall to be able to get back here quickly when you’re busy and desperate for something that won’t have you tearing down the entire kitchen.

Ground Beef


Bubble Up Lasagna – The Country Cook

Bubble Up Chili Bake – Sweet Little Bluebird


Cheesy Hamburger Skillet


Family Favorite Tamale Pie – Southern Plate


Grandma’s Goulash – The Country Cook


Hamburger Steaks with Brown Gravy - South Your Mouth

 
Lasagna Casserole


Paige’s Tater Tot Casserole


Pizza Casserole


Porcupine Balls


School Lunchroom Hamburger Soup - Syrup and Biscuits


Steamburgers – Everyday Mom’s Meals


Stuffed Pepper Casserole

Chicken



Easy Chicken with Pan Sauce


Easy Peasy Chicken Legs
- Mommy’s Kitchen


Easy Smothered Chicken

 

Cheddar Bacon Chicken – Plain Chicken

 


Chicken Asparagus Penne
– Goodeness Gracious


Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac and Cheese


Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
- Southern with a Twist


Chicken -n- Dressin’ Casserole
– Southern with a Twist


Chicken Parmesan Casserole
– Lark’s Country Heart


Chicken Spaghetti Remix


Stuffed Chicken with Gravy
- South Your Mouth


Creamy Chicken Bake
– Sweet Little Bluebird


Creamy Chicken Casserole - A Southern Soul


Greek Chicken
– Southern Plate


Heather’s Poppy Seed Casserole

 


Oven Baked Chicken Fajitas
- Plain Chicken

 


Sour Cream Chicken Enchilada Pie


Sweet and Tangy Chicken
– Syrup and Biscuits


Teriyaki Chicken Casserole – Everyday Mom’s Meals


Tomato-Orange Marmalade Chicken

 

 Pork



Easy Italian Stew
– Two Maids Milking


Italian Sausage and Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce
 - South Your Mouth


One-Pot Red Beans and Rice


PotLikker Soup


Pulled Pork Sandwiches
– Sweet Little Bluebird


Tangy Grilled Pork Chops

Slow Cooker



The Best Crock Pot Beef Stew (I Never Made) – Recipes that Crock


Slow Cooker Steak with Gravy
- Recipes that Crock


Crock Pot Ranch House Chicken
– Mommy’s Kitchen


Slow Cooker Sausage Stuffed Peppers
– Two Maids Milking


Balsamic Brown Sugar Glazed Pork Roast in the Slow Cooker
– A Southern Soul


Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings


Fall-Off-TheBone Slow Cooker Ribs


Slow Cooker Beef Tips and Rice


Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Chili

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Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake and Being Grateful for Sick Dayshttp://southernbite.com/2014/09/04/red-velvet-gooey-butter-cake-grateful-sick-days/ http://southernbite.com/2014/09/04/red-velvet-gooey-butter-cake-grateful-sick-days/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 14:37:55 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=6628 I’m going to start off by saying I would never wish my child to be sick.  Ever.  But his sick day yesterday afforded us an opportunity to create special memories that we don’t often have…read more »

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Red Velvet Gooey Butter CakeI’m going to start off by saying I would never wish my child to be sick.  Ever.  But his sick day yesterday afforded us an opportunity to create special memories that we don’t often have the chance to.  It might seem simple to some, but to me, there are few moments that compare to our quiet time yesterday.  From the 45 minutes or so we spent swinging in the hammock just chatting or the hour we spent laying on the couch with his head in my lap in absolute silence, it’s easy to overlook these moments as random or normal.  You know, that happens a lot though.  Sometimes we get so caught up in the negative of life, that we become blinded to the fact that there usually IS a silver lining to those dark clouds.  Again, I would never wish my child to be sick ever and I would give up those moments forever if I knew that he would never have another sick day again, but the sweet moments with him yesterday will be with me long after he’s gone and spending sick days with his own little boy.  So, while I hate he was sick, I’m grateful for the time we got to spend together. Do me a favor and don’t get so caught up in the negative that you miss out on the little blessings life has to offer.

My mom has been making ooey gooey butter cake since I was a kid.  As soon as that thing would come out of the oven, I would be anxiously waiting for it to cool enough to slice.  This is one of those nostalgic recipes that just takes me back.  It’s great with a yellow cake mix, even lemon, but this red velvet version is one of my favorites.  I just know you’ll enjoy all the ooey-gooeyness it has to offer.  :)  Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 (15.25-ounce) box red velvet cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted
  • 3 eggs, divided
  • 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350° F and lightly spray a 9X13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, butter, and 1 egg. Mix well and press into the bottom of the baking dish evenly.

In another bowl, mix together the remaining 2 eggs, cream cheese, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Spread this mixture on top of the cake mixture evenly. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until just set. Cool before slicing.

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Banana Pineapple Pound Cakehttp://southernbite.com/2014/08/27/banana-pineapple-cake/ http://southernbite.com/2014/08/27/banana-pineapple-cake/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:27:48 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=6613 These first few weeks of kindergarten have proven to be a little more challenging than we expected at the Little household.  Our little guy is having some trouble adjusting to the schedule and has had…read more »

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Banana Pineapple Cake

These first few weeks of kindergarten have proven to be a little more challenging than we expected at the Little household.  Our little guy is having some trouble adjusting to the schedule and has had a few rough days in terms of behavior.  It’s not been anything serious, but we’re pretty strict about conduct when it comes to school.  Nonetheless, he had a great day yesterday and as we were sitting watching television last night he made a comment about how tired he was.  When we inquired about why he was so tired, his response was simply perfect.  “I wasn’t tired yesterday because I got in trouble.  Today I’m tired because I was good.  It’s hard work being good,” he said.  “It’s easy being bad.”  It was an amazing proclamation from my favorite five-year-old, especially being that it was an answer to something I’d been contemplating for the last few weeks.

Recently I seem to have been overwhelmed at the amazing amount of negativity on social media and just in general.  With the events in Ferguson, Missouri and the hype about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, I’ve seen lots of folks complaining and being incredibly critical of one another.  At what point did it become a problem that folks have differing opinions?  And why is it okay for us to verbally attack one another just for being different?  If you don’t feel like being a part of a fundraising effort, don’t be a part of it.  Why must we be critical of people for having convictions?  What happened to that famous idea of keeping your mouth shut if you don’t have anything nice to say?  It almost seems that our ability to be compassionate to one another is eroding over time.

My little boy, in his infinite wisdom, answered it all for me.  The truth is, it is easy to be negative.  The challenge of being nice means we sometimes have to censor ourselves, which isn’t easy.  But regardless of how difficult it is, it’s something we should do.  It’s something we MUST do.  We’ve got to learn to be kinder to one another.  It seems that for many folks, social media has eliminated the filter between their brains and their mouths.  They think it and post it – regardless of who it might hurt.  People obviously feel safe behind a keyboard.  But here’s my challenge for y’all:  If you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face, don’t say it anywhere else.  Make the effort… be nice.

Y’all this Banana Pineapple Cake is so delicious!  It’s perfect for dessert and works great for a quick breakfast, too!  I just know you’ll enjoy it just as much as my family does.

Banana Pineapple Cake

Banana Pineapple Pound Cake

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Banana Pineapple Pound Cake

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 bananas diced
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple (with the juice)
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • For the icing:
  • 4 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons (or more) milk or heavy cream

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease and flour a Bundt pan.

In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together. Add the sugar and mix well. Add the bananas, pineapple with the juice, oil, eggs, and vanilla and stir until combined.

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes to 1 hour and 20 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool completely in the pan before removing.

For the icing:

Combine the softened cream cheese, vanilla, sugar, and 2 teaspoons of milk or heavy cream in a medium bowl. Stir until combined adding more milk or cream to get the icing to the consistency you want. It should be thick but pourable. Drizzle the icing on the cake once it has cooled and been removed from the baking pan.

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Tomato Pie and First Day Jittershttp://southernbite.com/2014/08/19/tomato-pie/ http://southernbite.com/2014/08/19/tomato-pie/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:28:59 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=6598 By all accounts, yesterday was going to be a difficult day in the Little household.  It was the first day of kindergarten.  We had done everything to equip him with what we thought he would…read more »

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Tomato Pie

By all accounts, yesterday was going to be a difficult day in the Little household.  It was the first day of kindergarten.  We had done everything to equip him with what we thought he would need for that first big day.  He had new shoes, new clothes, and tote bag with his initials embroidered on it (they can’t use back packs yet).  We had taken special care in ensuring we got everything the teacher had requested on the supply list to the letter.  We had done our best to prepare him emotionally and mentally, too.  We had talked at length about how kindergarten would be different from preschool and about what a big boy he had to be.  Heather and I had gone through all the scenarios: what happens if he cries, what happens if she cries, what happens if we all cry.  We got up early to ensure to get those special “first-day-of-school” photos and to feed him a good breakfast.  Hand-in-hand we all walk into the school.  We greet the principal at the door and make our way down the hallway to the classroom.  I can almost feel the tension wafting through the air.  Parents are reluctantly ushering their children into a foreign rooms filled with other children they don’t know.  The tear-stained faces of kids and parents alike make it even harder.  I feel a lump build in my throat.  We reach the classroom and I look over and see the tears beginning to well up in Heather’s eyes.  I look away quickly, knowing that eye contact will only make it worse.  Jack greets his teacher who tells him to go find his name on a cubby and to put his bag away.  She shows him where his seat is and he turns to me, gives me knuckles, and walks away.  He never looked back.  There were no tears from him, just a nervous grin and we quickly exit the room after telling him to, “have a great day!”  And that was it.  It was so simple. I never imagined it would be that simple.

Isn’t it funny how we as parents sometimes make things worse than they have to be?  We were all geared up for a day filled with tears when there were barely none at all – at least not from Jack.  He was thrilled and so excited.  I’m sure he was scared, but he went in there with a brave face and ended up loving his first day.  Time will tell whether that excitement will continue, but I’m sure it will.  He absolutely loves his teacher already and I’m sure that love will grow as she inspires him to learn. Here’s wishing all the little ones out there an amazing first day!  Oh, and parents… y’all lighten up.  Your kid’s got this.  :)

Tomato Pie

This delicious tomato pie is a real favorite at our house.  The fresh basil really put it over the top, but the dried basil works just as well if you don’t have fresh.  Y’all enjoy!

Tomato Pie

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 6 to 8 slices

Tomato Pie

Ingredients

  • 4 medium tomatoes
  • salt
  • 1 regular pie crust
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 to 10 basil leaves, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried basil)

Instructions

Thinly slice the tomatoes and salt them. Place them in a strainer or on a cooling rack to allow the salt to draw out some of the moisture.

Bake the pie crust per the instructions and cool.

Preheat the oven to 350° F.

In a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, and minced garlic. Stir well and set aside.

Return to the tomatoes and use paper towels to blot them well to remove the excess moisture. Layer the tomatoes and chopped basil in the pie crust. Spread the cheese mixture over the top. Bake for about 40 minutes or until the topping is golden brown. I recommend placing the pie on a rimmed baking pan (jelly roll pan) in case the pie spills over.

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Win a SPECIAL signed copy of The Southern Bite Cookbook!http://southernbite.com/2014/08/07/win-special-signed-copy-southern-bite-cookbook/ http://southernbite.com/2014/08/07/win-special-signed-copy-southern-bite-cookbook/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 15:24:45 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=6590 I’ve got a fun and exclusive little giveaway for y’all today.  In the chaos, which I am grateful for, over the last few months after the book release, I realized that I haven’t given away…read more »

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FINAL FINAL COVERI’ve got a fun and exclusive little giveaway for y’all today.  In the chaos, which I am grateful for, over the last few months after the book release, I realized that I haven’t given away a copy of my own book!  How is that even possible?  There were lots of places where you could go win one right after the book came out, but I just didn’t have time to offer a giveaway on my own blog… until now.  And this giveaway couldn’t be just any old book giveaway, it had to be special.  So here’s the deal.  I’m giving away a copy of the book signed by a bunch of the folks that made it possible – my mother, grandmother, wife, and son… and me of course!  You’ve got 4 generations of family signatures in this book and there are only 5 copies like this in existence.  One could be yours!  See below for entry details.
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Biscoff Cream Cheese Piehttp://southernbite.com/2014/08/05/biscoff-cream-cheese-pie/ http://southernbite.com/2014/08/05/biscoff-cream-cheese-pie/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:13:42 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=6579 I grew up eating this plain and simple cream cheese pie without the Biscoff.  It was a simple, sweet treat that was easy to make.  The other night, I had a nostalgic craving for the…read more »

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Biscoff Cream Cheese Pie

I grew up eating this plain and simple cream cheese pie without the Biscoff.  It was a simple, sweet treat that was easy to make.  The other night, I had a nostalgic craving for the stuff so I set out to make it.  When I went into the pantry to grab the sugar, I noticed the Biscoff spread sitting there and I thought, “Hey, this would be good in that pie.”  And sure enough, it is!  Now, you’re perfectly welcome to leave the Biscoff out if you don’t have any or just want the plain version.  Without the Biscoff it is great topped with fresh fruit or even your favorite pie filling.  Don’t know what I’m talking about with this Bioscoff spread stuff?  It’s an amazing cookie butter, much like peanut butter but with a totally different flavor.  It has the flavor of the buttery, brown sugar and spice cookies also called Speculoos.  I know this is getting complicated, so here… this is what it looks like.  You can find it in most grocery store near the peanut butter.  :)

Biscoff Spread

Biscoff Cream Cheese Pie

Biscoff Cream Cheese Pie

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Biscoff Cream Cheese Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 5 heaping tablespoons Biscoff spread
  • 1 (8-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 pre-made regular graham cracker crust

Instructions

Combine the cream cheese, lemon juice, sugar, and Biscoff spread in a large bowl with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer. Blend until smooth. Add the whipped topping and mix until combined, but be cautious to not over-mix. Spread the mixture in the pie crust and refrigerate for a few hours before serving.

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Okra and Tomatoes and Being Honest With Ourselveshttp://southernbite.com/2014/07/29/okra-tomatoes-honest/ http://southernbite.com/2014/07/29/okra-tomatoes-honest/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:09:01 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=6572 A few days ago I was doing a magazine interview when the reporter asked me about my most embarrassing moment.  It took me a few seconds to scan through my brain – there are lots…read more »

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Okra & Tomatoes

A few days ago I was doing a magazine interview when the reporter asked me about my most embarrassing moment.  It took me a few seconds to scan through my brain – there are lots of those kinds of moments for me – when I arrived at a incident in the grocery store where one of my readers recognized me from the blog.  It was a few years ago and was one of the first times that I had been recognized like that.  The reason that it landed in that “most embarrassing moments” category is because of where I was in the grocery store and what I was doing.  There I was, a newly signed author working on my first cookbook, and I was standing in front of, you guessed it, the boxed dinner section holding a box of Hamburger Helper.  There was a long pause in my response and then when I started to tell the reporter about that moment, I started questioning myself.  I remember thinking how embarrassed I was after it happened, but as I was about recall the event for the reporter, I realized that that wasn’t something I should be ashamed of.  So yeah.  There.  I said it.  I feed my family Hamburger Helper.  And we kinda like it.  And yeah, I wrote a cookbook, too.  So what.  That is real life.  No, it doesn’t happen all the time.  Maybe not even once a month, but some days, after a long day at the office, or a tee ball game, I need something quick and easy.  And I’ve always argued that any home cooked meal is better than a drive-through one – in lots of ways.

You know, we need to be honest with ourselves.  We’re all guilty of making things seem better, or fancier, or more impressive and social media just drives that tendency even more.  But real life is real life.  And I think it was Annette Funicello who said, “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.”  I think that’s so true.  Sometimes, on the outside, our lives seem so perfect.  When on the inside, we know they aren’t.  It’s just like me and that danged Hamburger Helper.  I might even venture to say that I like Hamburger Helper, and maybe I shouldn’t say that being that I wrote a cookbook and all.  But liking Hamburger Helper is the truth.  And here are some other truths about me.  Though filled with love, my house isn’t always spotless.  I’m a bit overweight and I’m losing my hair – like REALLY losing my hair.   And contrary to popular belief, writing that cookbook didn’t make me rich – not even anywhere close – so we, like most families, struggle some months to pay bills.  And that’s okay with me.  And it should be okay with you too.  What do you need to be honest with yourself about?

This recipe for Okra and Tomatoes is one that can be found in my cookbook, but it’s so quick and so easy, that I just had to share it with y’all here.   It is also great because you can use frozen okra and a 14 1/2 ounce can of stewed tomatoes if you don’t have the fresh varieties available.  That way you can have okra and tomatoes any time of the year.  Okra & Tomatoes

Okra and Tomatoes

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Okra and Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound okra, cut (about 4 cups cut)
  • 3 ripe tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Salt and black pepper

Instructions

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, and cook 7 to 8 minutes or until the onions are translucent. Add the garlic, and cook 2 minutes. Add the okra, tomatoes, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook 15 to 20 minutes or until the okra is tender.

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Cabbage Creole and the Southern Food Blogger Retreathttp://southernbite.com/2014/07/23/cabbage-creole/ http://southernbite.com/2014/07/23/cabbage-creole/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:50:37 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=6560 Y’all I’m so excited to announce the Southern Food Blogger Retreat!  If you are a  food blogger, no matter what stage in the process – beginner or expert, you’ll want to be a part of…read more »

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Cabbage Creole

Y’all I’m so excited to announce the Southern Food Blogger Retreat!  If you are a  food blogger, no matter what stage in the process – beginner or expert, you’ll want to be a part of this amazing event.  I’ll be speaking along with with some of my favorite blogging family like Christy from SouthernPlate.com, Brandie from TheCountryCook.net, the amazing Linda Carman from White Lily/Martha White and SouthernPantry.com, even my editor from Thomas Nelson will be there to talk with bloggers about writing a cookbook!  Want to make your food photography better?  Kim Box, my dear friend and photographer, will be there to show you how we achieved the stunning images in my cookbook.  It’s really shaping up to be a very worthwhile event!  Space is very limited though, so be sure to check out www.southernfoodbloggerretreat.com today to find out all the details and to see how to register.

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Quite often, I find that the simple things in life are the best – especially when it comes to food.  This Cabbage Creole is one of those things.  It’s easy, quick and is packed with flavor.  It’s a great way to use up some garden fresh veggies, too.  Cabbage Creole - Pinterest

Cabbage Creole

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: About 4 servings

Cabbage Creole

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups chopped cabbage (about 1/2 small head)
  • 1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

In a large skillet or dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the bell pepper and onion. Cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the cabbage and tomatoes and cook until the cabbage is tender to your liking. Add the salt and pepper and stir well.

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Better Baked Beans and the Dangers of Waitinghttp://southernbite.com/2014/07/16/better-baked-beans/ http://southernbite.com/2014/07/16/better-baked-beans/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:37:24 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=6545 I see so many people around me waiting.  Waiting for 5:00pm, waiting for the weekend, waiting for vacation, waiting for a better life.  Think about waiting for a second.  How many times have you been…read more »

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Better Baked Beans

I see so many people around me waiting.  Waiting for 5:00pm, waiting for the weekend, waiting for vacation, waiting for a better life.  Think about waiting for a second.  How many times have you been waiting for a doctor’s appointment and thought, “Wow, this waiting thing is fun!”  I bet never.  How many times have you been standing in line at the grocery store or the DMV and thought to yourself… “Man, waiting is awesome.  I’ve got to do it more often.”  Waiting isn’t very gratifying, it’s not much fun, and it doesn’t really get us anywhere.  Yet, we are forced to wait a lot.  Now go back to that first sentence back up there.  Are you waiting for something?  Is it quitting time, a trip, your next paycheck, when you have enough money?  If you spend your whole life waiting, you’re going to look back and see a rather dull and empty path behind you.  We just established that waiting at the doctor’s office or in line is no fun, the same applies in waiting for your life.  Don’t spend your days waiting for the next one, you’ve got to make the best of the one you have.  At the end of all that waiting, you’ll find your kids grown, your bank account unchanged, and that many of those opportunities have passed you by.   Grab the day by the horns and do something fun and amazing.  Stop waiting.  Remember, life doesn’t have to be flashy and perfect to be wonderful.  Enjoy what you have.  A day will come when there won’t be anymore days left to wait.

This recipe is a quick and easy was to dress up canned baked beans and make them sing!  You show up with these at the next BBQ or potluck and folks will be asking for the recipe, I promise.  Best of all, it’s one of those stir and dump recipes I’ve become known for.  Y’all enjoy!Better Baked Beans - Pinterest

Better Baked Beans

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Better Baked Beans

Ingredients

  • 1 (28-ounce) can baked beans
  • 1 (16-ounce) can dark red kidney beans, drained
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F and lightly spray a 2-quart baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. . Combine the ingredients in a large bowl and pour the mixture into the baking dish. Bake uncovered for about 45 minutes or until the mixture is bubbly.

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