I'm Becky. Thanks for stopping by my food blog where I share share recipes from my family as well as simple family favorites.
My very favorite food is the humble potato, I don't own a microwave and I don't think I could live without my trusty crockpot. I'm a wife, a stay-at-home mom, a college graduate, an optimist, and as you can see, a blogger. So, how did I end up here? Well, let's see...
Crispy Parmesan Roasted Broccoli is cooked in the oven until the edges are caramelized and crispy, and then sprinkled with parmesan cheese.
Alright, people. You need to listen up here because this recipe is going to change the way you look at broccoli forever. It's that good. You could call it my new obsession.
I would understand if you're thinking to yourself, "What could possibly be so exciting about broccoli?" And you know what? I wouldn't blame you. Because if I was eating plain old steamed broccoli, I would be saying the same thing. [READ MORE...]
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Homemade Onion Dip made from scratch is super easy to make, perfectly seasoned, creamy, and full of sweet and golden caramelized onions.
One of my very very favorite things to munch on is potato chips. Give me a good onion dip to go along with the chips and I'm in heaven. Chips and dip lover right here.
I actually contemplated making my own onion dip for quite some time. I don't know why I put it off for so long considering I've been making more and more things from scratch to try to cut out some of the processed junk and chemicals found in so many foods. My only regret about making this homemade version is that I didn't do it sooner! It was SO GOOD!
Easily rivaling any store-bought french onion dip, this version has tons of sweet caramelized onions that are mixed with a perfectly seasoned and creamy base. I've eaten my share of onion dip in my 35 years and I'll tell ya, this dip is delicious. It's so easy to make, but remember to get it done ahead of time so that it can chill in the fridge! The longer it sits in the fridge, the more the flavors really shine when you finally dig in.
I made it for my daughter's birthday party a few weeks ago along with Beer Dip and Sausage Cream Cheese Dip. (No, one dip isn't good enough for me. Had to make three. I told you I love chips and dip!) I'm sure if you make this Homemade Onion Dip at your next get-together it'll be a big hit!
This post is sponsored by Ragú®. Chicken Cacciatore Sliders transform the classic Italian favorite into petite, juicy, and easy to make chicken sandwiches that are topped with mushrooms, onions, red bell peppers, Ragú® Sauce, and melted mozzarella cheese.
I've been feeling the whole slider trend that's been going on. I'm sure you've heard of them, right? They're like miniature versions of burgers or sandwiches. There's just something about itty bitty sandwiches that seems so appealing to me.
Do you know what I like very best about sliders though? They are the perfect potion and perfect size for my 5-year old little lady's hands. And pretty easy to portion for everyone in our family! She eats one, I eat two, Daddy eats three. With this recipe, there's some for everyone and a few leftover for my honey's lunch the next day. It's perfect!
"Whether you're making an everyday meal or a holiday feast, this special cookbook puts the heart in home cooking."
I am a fan of the virtual recipe world (I do write a food blog, after all) however, I personally can't shake my love for collecting and reading cookbooks. I read cookbooks as a past time and my shelves are brimming with my well-loved recipe collections.
That's why, when I had the opportunity to review the 2014 Taste of Home Annual Recipes cookbook, I jumped at the chance! It's the perfect addition to my cookbook collection and full of hundreds of mouth-watering recipes that I can't wait to try.
The Taste Of Home 2014 Annual Recipes hardcover cookbook is page after page of your favorite recipes from Taste of Home magazine, all shared by home cooks.
Beer Dip is a pretzel-perfect, cheesy and creamy cold dip that is seasoned with ranch mix and full-bodied beer.
We just celebrated my daughter's birthday. My sweet girl turned 5! I love throwing birthday parties for my kids. I love planning everything: the invitations, the decorations, the games and the food. I love that my daughter is now old enough to help decide on the theme and food choices to make her day special and all about her.
This year we had a Paw Patrol themed pizza party here at the house, complete with a bouncy house and puppy beanie babies for all of the kids to take home with them. It was too cute! The girl is addicted to Paw Patrol, a cartoon on Nick Jr., and would eat pizza with pineapple on it every night for dinner if I'd let her.
While pizza was the main course, I made a few dips for chips for everyone to much on during the course of the party. I made some Sausage Cream Cheese Dip to go with tortilla chips, some Homemade Onion Dip, and this Beer Dip that I served with pretzel sticks. I saw some pretzel scoops at the store that I think would be perfect with this dip, so I think I'll get them next time.
See the notes below for my serving suggestions and make this dip for your next party or game day get-together!
Spicy Kung Pao Chicken Pizza is an Asian-inspired pizza topped with chicken, lots of fresh veggies, and a hot and spicy sauce.
I used to be pretty boring when it came to pizza toppings. Just plain old pepperoni pizza was always my choice. Occasionaly, when I was feeling adventurous, I throw on some onions. I like thin crust, sprinkled with parmesan cheese, and folded in half when I eat it. I was in a bit of a pizza rut, so to speak.
I don't know what made me decide to start experimenting with pizza toppings-- oh, wait...yes, I do. I actually just remebered it as I was typing this. It was a cheesesteak pizza my husband and I ordered ages ago. Philly cheesesteaks are in my top three fave foods, so a cheesesteak pizza sounded too good not to try. Needless to say, it was amazing and soon I was daydreaming about all of my other favorite dishes that I could morph into pizzas.
Skinny Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken is a slimmed down version of fried chicken made with a greek yogurt marinade and a crunchy whole wheat coating.
Lately I am all about trying to healthify some of my favorite indulgent foods. Fried chicken, in all it's greasy and finger-lickin' glory, is amazing, but my muffin-top doesn't need anymore muffins, if you get my drift. This Momma's got a bridesmaids dress to fit into in less than a month, and I want to look my best!
While I am often skeptical about lightening up classics like fried chicken, sometimes the stars align just right and the results are amazing. I recently made a skinny version of Beer Cheese Soup and I couldn't believe how good it came out. Same thing with this chicken!
This recipe turned out nice and juicy thanks to the greek yogurt marinade. It also had way less calories than traditional fried chicken thanks to the removal of the skin and the whole wheat coating. Skinny and full of flavor...you can't beat that!
Loaded Baked Potato Soup is a creamy, hearty, and comforting soup that has all of the flavors of a loaded baked potato.
My very favorite food is the potato. Some people might think the humble potato is boring, but I swear I could eat potatoes every day and I don't think I would ever get sick of them.
When I was a broke college kid, I would buy a big bag of potatoes and eat one for each meal. That's frugal living right there. You can get a lot of meals out of a 5 lb bag of spuds! You'd think by the time that good old financial aid came in I would have sworn off potatoes for life, but nope. Never did tire of them. I just love them SO.MUCH.
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My husband's Aunt gave me some of her old cookbooks a few years back after she discovered I liked to collect and read them. Some might find reading cookbooks a bit dull, but sitting down with a big book full of nothing but recipes is up there on my list of fun and relaxing things to do. I lead a thrilling life, I tell ya.
Anyhoo, the exciting part about getting a stack of cookbooks from your husband's Aunt is the variety and uniquness of said cookbooks. Most of them were vintage and full of character. One of the titles was The Cotton Country Collection presented by the Junior League of Monroe, Louisianna (circa 1972), where I found this recipe.
Now, I'm not familiar with the Junior Leaugue of Monroe, or any other area, for that matter, but one thing I can tell you is that their collection of recipes in the Cotton Country Cookbook was spectacular. It was recipe after recipe of food that sounded so good! I seriously want to make more than half of the book. And there's 1,100 recipes, so that's saying a lot.
As a lover of mushrooms and artichokes, this recipe called to me and was the first I've made from the collection. The title in the book is Chicken Jerusalem, but I've renamed it Mushroom Artichoke Chicken, as to be a bit more descriptive. The chicken was nice and juicy and the rich sauce studded with earthy mushrooms and flavorful artichokes was decadent and delicious. Thanks, Junior League of Monroe for the recipe and thanks Aunt Diane for the stellar cookbook!
This post is sponsored by I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter®. Southern Bacon Biscuits are tender biscuits with crispy crumbled bacon in every bite.
I was recently asked to try the new I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® Deliciously Simple™ spread. This new spread has a creamy, buttery taste and is made with simple ingredients like non-fat yogurt and vegetable oil. Sounds good, right? I was glad to see that Deliciously Simple is made with ingredients I recognize and I was really excited to try it out!
I decided that I wanted to use Deliciously Simple™ on a breakfast dish. We Southerners know how to make a killer breakfast. (I'm actually a Jersey girl transplant, but we moved when I was in 5th grade, so in most cases I declare myself a southern girl. Especially when it comes to cooking.)
When I think of good ol' down-home Southern breakfast food, biscuits are what come to mind. Not just the old hockey puck kind of biscuit, though. I'm talkin' about tender buttermilk biscuits. I put a twist on my favorite recipe and came up with these soul-satisfying Bacon Biscuits.
If you want to make a dreamy, decadent, absolutely delicious cake, you, my friend, have found the perfect recipe. Chocolate cake. Made from scratch. Oh.My.Goodness. It's so good! No box mix, no cans of frosting. Just real, whole ingredients whipped up to make a sweet treat that is utterly divine.
I'm sure you've heard of a poke cake, right? It's a nice big cake that you poke holes into. Why would you poke holes in a cake, you might ask? Well, let me tell you why, dear friend. It's so you can fill all of those little holes with ooey, gooey chocolatey goodness. Imagine your best chocolate cake mingling with channels of rich velvety chocolate.
Have I sold you yet? If not, there's obviously something wrong with you. Because chocolate cake like this is straight from the heavens. Perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, parties, or...well, because sometimes we all deserve a nice big slice of cake.
This post is sponsored by by Campbell’s Dinner Sauces.
This time of year is full of the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Last minute shopping and wrapping is on the mind as Christmas day grows near. Sometimes while you're focusing on family, friends and festivities, the last thing you want to worry about is dinner. Recently, I was asked to try out one of Campbell's Skillet Sauces and I'm so glad I did! I made a super tasty meal in just over 15 minutes. The Creamy Parmesan Skillet Sauce I chose to make for my family not only made preparing dinner a breeze, but this rich delicious meal is also totally holiday-worthy and woud make an excellent dish to serve for Christmas dinner or at your New Year's dinner party!
A couple of years ago, my Mom brought these delicious little bites of sausagey cheesy goodness to Thanksgiving to serve as an appetizer. My first reaction after tasting one was, "Where have these been my whole life?" My next reaction was, "Somebody make me stop eating these or I will eat them ALL!"
This year, when my sister asked me what she could bring, I knew right away what to tell her! There are a ton of versions of this recipe out there on the web and after searching for a bit, we decided to use Paula Deen's recipe because it was simple and basic with no added frills. Sometimes that's just the way I like my recipes.
Try these tasty little bites at your next party, holiday or game day get-together!