Fresh, real homemade lemonade is actually really simple—if you know the tricks. This recipe results in the best stuff you ever had—sweet, tart and perfectly balanced, this lemonade recipe is just perfect.
Homemade vinaigrette takes only a few moments, but the flavors are incredible. Bright and fresh, this homemade Greek dressing is a family favorite. Give it a try and see just how easy it is to make homemade Greek vinaigrette for yourself!
Super delicious and loaded with flavor, this beautiful black bean salsa is a favorite with everyone. Fresh beans, tomatoes, and peppers come together in a little lime juice for a terrific salsa everyone will love.
Loaded with protein, B vitamins, and iron, quinoa is a seed native to South America with a delicious nutty flavor. It's simple to cook if you use a couple of easy tricks, and the results are just plain terrific. In less than 20 minutes, you have this nutritional powerhouse on your table!
Not much is better in the morning than gorgeous, golden brown, creamy hash brown potatoes. In under half an hour and with only a few ingredients, you can have this beautiful comfort food for yourself!
Fresh and fabulous homemade minestrone is easier than you might think—and it's so incredibly good when made from scratch at home. This recipe is simple, but the flavor is fantastic. Check out how easy it is to make this lovely classic comfort food yourself!
That fabulous cilantro-lime rice served at Chipotle restaurants is super simple to make at home, so you can capture that fresh, bright flavor at home anytime you want. Just a few ingredients and a few minutes, and you'll have a new family favorite!
Spring is here and that means asparagus is fresh and delicious. This simple method for roasting asparagus produces gorgeously crisp-tender asparagus, highlighted with a pop of bright lemon flavor. This go-to recipe will quickly become a favorite!
Guacamole is the best thing that can happen to an avocado, and making it fresh at home takes only a handful of ingredients and just a few minutes. Check out how easy it is to make this luscious stuff at home, fresh and fabulous!
Perfect for frigid winter nights, this split pea and ham soup is hearty and satisfying. Loaded with veggies and diced ham, and simmered with broth, the tender split peas are just plain delicious!
A hearty bowl of cheeseburger soup is perfect for cold winter nights. Hearty, filling, satisfying, and delicious, this recipe is simple and inexpensive, making it a winner all around. Check it out!
Rice pilaf is a family favorite and super easy to make. Toasted orzo pasta, rich chicken broth, and rice simmer together to a nutty, fluffy perfection. Check out how easy this fabulous dish is!
A traditional Southern favorite, black-eyed peas are a rich, delicious comfort food. They take only a few ingredients and simmer in about an hour. Check out how easy and delicious this recipe is!
Toasted chickpeas are the greatest snack. Buttery, crispy, and nutty they are rich in protein and loaded with nutrients. Munch them straight, warm out of the pan, or toss them atop a salad for crunch.
The ultimate comfort food, simple Southern-style collard greens are just plain delicious. Rich, luscious, and loaded with nutrients, they're also super easy to prepare. Check out how simple it is!
Want all the goodness of rich, delicious turnip greens without the ham/ham hocks? Try this vegan- and vegetarian-friendly version of the traditional dish. all the flavor with less expense and effort!
Nothing is better on a cold, blustery night than a rich, comforting bowl of homemade beef stew. This simple recipe simmers on the back of the stove for the perfect combination of taste and texture.
Roasted garlic herb butter is a work of art—but no one needs to know how ridiculously easy it is to make. Great for bread, vegetables, or for roasting or finishing meats, you'll look like a rockstar!
Homemade eggnog is simple to make, and the results are rich, creamy, and just plain decadent. Treat your family or friends to a favorite holiday treat—and it takes only a few minutes!
The perfect treat for a cold, windy, rainy, or snowy day. This ultimate hot chocolate recipe is just like a warm hug in a cup, and it's really easy to make. Check out how deliciously easy it is!
Make some magic this Christmas with edible gingerbread ornaments. Whether you have the kids and family help or surprise them Christmas morning, this is a fun and delicious project for everyone.
Wassail is a traditional British-Isles holiday punch made with apple cider, oranges, lemon, and winter spices. Redolent with cloves, cinnamon, and allspice, it's festive and warming—and easy!
Unbelievably addictive soda-cracker candy upgraded to rockstar status. Millionaire cracker candy is toffee, chocolate, and almonds—and 100% stupidly good. Check out how easy this amazing stuff is!
Whether just for a brunch or serving a holiday crowd, this easy ham and hash brown casserole is a winner. With simple ingredients, it goes together quickly with pantry staples for delicious results!
A twist on the classic Southern cheese grits, this recipe for bacon cheese grits is a winner. Ultimate comfort food, these are cheesy and loaded with bacon for a dish everyone will love!
This recipe is quick, easy, delicious, and nutrition-packed. Loaded with vegetables, incredibly flavorful, and absolutely delicious, it's super easy too! Check out how to make this delicious dish.
Making a perfectly smoked turkey is easier than you think. A few very simple tricks and hints and you'll have tender, moist, delicious smoked turkey with very little effort.
The perfect, creamy broccoli cheddar soup at Panera is one of our favorites—but we don't have one close! Make this simple Panera copycat recipe at home. You'll love the incredible results!
Simple enough for every day, but luxurious enough for special occasions, this simple Southern fried corn recipe is just amazing. Crispy bacon, cream, and scallions elevate simple corn to rock star!
Make homemade turkey broth with your holiday leftovers. It's super simple to do, and you can stretch that leftover turkey for everything it has to give. Check out how easy it is!
A recipe handed down for six generations in my family, this sweet Southern fruit salad is more dessert than salad. It's delicious and a holiday treat at our house each year—a real family favorite!
A simple herb butter is the trick to getting perfectly roasted turkey. Crispy skin and tender, juicy meat result from fresh herbs and butter, and it couldn't be simpler. Check out how easy it is!
Immensely flavorful, perfectly crunchy, and utterly delicious, these crispy onion rings are baked in a super-hot oven for amazing results. All the deep-fried flavor without the fat—perfection!
Making enchilada sauce at home takes less time than a trip to the store, and the results are so incredible—rich, tangy, smoky deliciousness—that you'll reach for this recipe first, every time!
The gorgeous, sweetness of Brussels sprouts is best brought out by roasting, and this recipe with red onion delivers an incredible flavor. Check out how easy it is to make this fabulous dish!
This perfectly moist, intensely banana-flavored bread is simple to make, but the results are incredible. Moist, flavorful, and addictive, you've found your new favorite recipe! It is so easy!
Roasted pumpkin seeds are a fall favorite, and apart from how delicious they are, they are easy to make. A few ingredients and your favorite squash seeds are all you need for this autumn treat.
Chocolate ganache is a rockstar way to finish off a variety of desserts. It's super easy to make. Just two ingredients will make you look like a genius. Check out how easy it is to make it yourself.
Rich, sweet, silky, and so perfectly good, buttercream frosting is super easy to make from scratch. Just a few ingredients and about five minutes is all you need to have this heavenly stuff!
Black velvet cake is incredible—luscious dark chocolate and an unbelievably moist texture. Dark cocoa is the secret to both the flavor and finish of this dramatic cake, and you'll love the results.
These adorable little ghosts are easy to make and taste just as fabulous as they look. Check out how easy it is to make these not-so-scary little guys for your next celebration!
Homeamde strawberry sauce is a snap to make and uses only five ingredients and about fifteen minutes. This simple recipe produces a gorgeous, luscious sauce that is perfect with your favorite dessert!
Rich, subtle flavor is the winning point of this old fashioned vanilla frosting. Slightly less sweet than buttercream, it's the perfect finish for a variety of cakes and cupcakes. See how easy it is!
Angel food cake, named for its lighter-than-air texture, is easy to make at home and is perfect for those looking for a fat-free dessert option. Check out this fabulous recipe for yourself!
Crispy sugar cookies are used with bright, lemony, buttercream frosting to make an incredible little sandwich cookie. This simple recipe produces incredible flavor, so try it yourself and see!
Rich, hearty, filling and super nutritious, this easy three bean and beef chili is simple to throw together. The pot of chili simmers for half an hour for incredibly flavorful results!
Candied lemon peel is super easy to make at home and takes only a few ingredients. Lemons, sugar, and water are all it takes to make this treat at home, and it's sooo much better than store-bought!
This Southern lemon layer cake is spectacular—both in flavor and appearance. The recipe is simple though. Just walk through the steps, and you'll have a showstopper for yourself!
Sweet, tangy homemade lemon buttercream frosting is quick and easy to make, and so much better than bakery or store-bought. Check out this simple, two-step recipe for perfect results!
Rich, sweet, tart, and silky lemon curd is an amazing dessert tool. This easy recipe is perfect as a cake filling, a filling for tarts, for cookies, or just all by itself. See how luscious it is!
The perfect homemade chocolate cake recipe, and this one is perfectly finished with delectable cream cheese frosting. Rich, moist and decadent, this homemade cake is simple and rewarding!
Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, this French toast recipe has just a few ingredients, takes no time to make, and has nearly perfect results. Try it and see how easy it is to make!
A traditional slow-cooked pot roast recipe that is out of this world. Tender, succulent results from just a few ingredients and a slow cooker. See for yourself how easy making this comfort food is!
Caramelized onions are a wonder—savory and sweet, they enhance a range of dishes. From French onion soup to the best turkey sandwich you've ever had, caramelizing onions is a trick you'll adore!
Perhaps the ultimate comfort food, macaroni and cheese is easy to make from scratch. This is the recipe for making the iconic Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese. Try it, and see how easy it is!
Making a perfectly cooked, sunny-side-up egg is simple once you know a few little tricks. Seven easy steps, and you'll have another awesome kitchen trick under your belt—and a delicious breakfast!
Learning how to make a quick pan sauce will give you superpowers in the kitchen. Three to four ingredients and five minutes will elevate a plain chicken breast or pork chop to a whole new level.
Pan-seared chicken breast is quick, easy, and delicious. Just a few steps and a couple of ingredients, you are ready for dinner in no time! Golden outside, tender and juicy inside—dinner is ready!
Simple and delicious chicken taco salad is a delight to eat and a breeze to make. Loaded with lean protein and fresh vegetables, this terrific salad is perfect, delightful, filling and fresh.
This rustic soup embodies all that makes country French cooking sublime: beautiful technique and exquisite flavors from simple ingredients. One bite and you'll have a new favorite dinner!
Chocolate Fudge Frosting may be the best part of making a Chocolate Fudge Cake, and this easy Chocolate Fudge Frosting recipe si the best of the best. Rich, intensely flavored, quick and simple – there’s no reason not to make this Chocolate Fudge Frosting recipe your best excuse to get in the...
This recipe will satisfy even the most die-hard chocolate lover in your house. Show your favorite chocoholic you can bring the goods. Rich, moist, intense chocolate flavor make this a true winner!
Hoppin John is a dish beloved in the South, and long thought to be lucky, especially if eaten New Year's Day. Learn a little Hoppin John history, and a delicious Hoppin John recipe!
Creamed Turkey Creaming - or dicing a leftover meat to serve in a white sauce - is a longtime favorite for the cook and the diner. It is silky smooth, rich delicious, and tops lots of favorite foods lists. This version is perfect for creamed...
Perfect for leftover turkey, this turkey and wild rice casserole is ultimate comfort food. Loaded with flavor, it's rich and delicious. Even better, it's really quick and easy. Check out how simple it is!
One of my favorite things about the holidays are the leftovers since they give me excuse to make dishes like this luscious turkey and rice soup. With homemade broth and plenty of turkey, it just rocks!
These are just the perfect peanut butter cookies - butter, crispy on the outside, loaded with peanut butter flavor, and addictively good. And at .20 per serving they are economical - plus - easy! Winner!
This dish is the best way to use up any leftover turkey you might have. And it's a total breeze to make!
This is the perfect little sugar cookie recipe. Butter, rich and perfectly sweet, this recipe contains just a handful of ingredients and is lightning fast. The perfect sugar cookies recipe - I promise!
An absolute classic, Southern Sweet Potato Casserole is the perfect side dish for any Holiday table. Whether Thanksgiving or Christmas, this luscious casserole is a family favorite. See how easy!
Perfect homemade cookies in a flash? Yep! Soft in the center, with crispy edges and buttery goodness, this chocolate chip cookie recipe is perfect, simple and just plain awesome. Check out how easy!
A classic from your childhood, or a favorite of today. Yellow cake with chocolate frosting made from scratch. Simple ingredients, easy technique and incredible results. Try it yourself!
I suppose when all is said and done this is not truly a white cake - white cakes should be snowy white, and this is commonly achieved simply by ommitting the egg yolks, and volume is typically acheived through folding beaten egg-whites into your...
Deliciously easy recipe for rich, decadent Devil's Food Cake. Super simple, but so good! This is the best of simple, homemade baking. Perfectly easy, but the most succulent results - rich, moist, fully flavored cake your whole family will adore.
Braising is a simple trick that leads to culinary gold. Whether you braise pork, chicken, beef or vegetables, you'll have succulent, tender results, with gorgeous juices for sauces, soups or stews.
Eggs are probably at the top of the list of my favorite foods. Not just that I love them - but that they are so indispensable in the kitchen - especially if you bake. It's hard to imagine many cakes or cookies that don't use eggs in some form. They...
Separating eggs is a bit like riding a bike - it takes a bit of practice but then you'll never forget. Check out this quick tutorial to see just how easy it is, then give it a go for yourself!
Terrific update on the beloved classic, using all fresh ingredients. Take a favorite dish and elevate it, quickly and easily! This homemade green bean casserole recipe is just plain incredible.
Beef Stew - whether in a Dutch oven or a slow cooker - is ultimate comfort food. Rich, hearty and succulent, tender beef and root vegetables combined with fresh herbs make culinary magic!
This traditional Irish Lamb Stew is simple - but so succulent and comforting, it's a perfect meal. Pair it up with a simple salad and some crusty bread, and you'll have a new favorite recipe!
This particular beautiful pink bombshell really should be made no earlier than June - wait for the real, homegrown strawberries to make their appearance before making this. You can certainly do it at other times of the year, using hothouse berries,...
I think we can all agree by now that I have a serious obsession with classic Southern layer cakes. I'm not talking about the fussy things that have been tricked out with a lot of fancy decorations requiring lots of specialized tools. I mean the...
I love, love, love when something makes me look good—and even better? When it's ridiculously delicious, super-easy, and makes me look brilliant.
The martini is quite probably THE quintessential cocktail. Gin, a touch of vermouth, an olive and in the glass. There are hundreds of drinks now, especially with the artisanal cocktail movement, that are called martinis, but in my opinion there are...
Moist, sweet and satisfying, pumpkin bread is an amazing way to get some soul satisfaction. Try this delicious, simple and easy version!
Rich, delicious, out of this world pumpkin pie, with step by step instructions.
Silky, rich and loaded with flavor, these mashed potatoes are delicious any time of year, but fabulous enough for the Thanksgiving or Christmas table. Easy instructions make them a breeze to prepare.
The word Thanksgiving is often followed by the word feast, and that can put a chill on the heart of those trying to make arrangements for the holiday while laboring under budget restrictions. For whatever reason, this year seems to have hit more of...
I have to admit this is NOT the very best sweet potato pie I've ever made. I can't find the recipe for best one. It was published by The Smithsonian in the 90's, as part of a project collecting regional recipes, and had been gathered from a woman...
Luscious crispy potatoes, fluffy interiors and the gorgeous flavors of rosemary and garlic make a perfect dish that families adore. Simple, easy and inexpensive, rosemary roasted potatoes are perf
Facing a freshly roasted turkey and no idea where to begin? No worries - this quick guide will show you how to carve a turkey in just a few simple moves. You'll look like a pro - check it out!
As a die-hard foodie, my ulitmate holiday is of course Thanksgiving. I wait for this day for 364 days, and the moment it's over I begin running ideas through the back of my head for the next one. I know. It's not quite healthy. On the other hand,...
Roasting garlic takes only a few steps, but the results are stunning. Garlic becomes sweet, subtle, and nutty. Using it really elevates your dishes to restaurant quality. Check out how easy it is!
I have a love affair with over-the-top layer cakes. In my opinion, the more layers the better, and if the cake ends up being way to tall to fit my covered cake plate, I feel like I've pulled off a real accomplishment. I've been making a version...
There are many reasons to learn how to debone a chicken - but in my own head it comes down to two that really matter. The first is flexibility - who cares which cuts are available in the grocery on any given day? I can simply produce whatever I...
Butterscotch Pie is a Southern heirloom recipe. Rich, caramel goodness with homemade pastry, and it's out of this world. Both an heirloom and a lightened version are included, for perfect results.
Want a quick, healthy, flavorful and juicy fried chicken without all the work of the traditional Southern method? Then you've come to the right place. This quick and easy oven fried chicken is incredible!
Want fast, simple, inexpensive, and healthy? Then give this pan-seared chicken in a balsamic reduction sauce a go. It's fancy enough for company and simple enough for everyday fare. You'll love it!
I didn't end up getting to plant my own garden this year, but I was gifted to full-on, all out access to someone else's - and it was a big one at that. Just as I remember from my childhood in my grandparent's and mother's gardens, zucchini was...
Red Velvet cakes have appeared on Southern tables for over 100 years, and for good reason. A hint of cocoa, a perfect velvety texture and perfect cream cheese frosting make this classic cake a favorite.
Again we have a happy happenstance mon amis! My dearest Valued Readers - this lovely little lovely came about as the result of a visit from the Grainger County Tomato Fairy. Let me explain a bit - I live in East Tennessee, not far down the road...
In my opinion, all barbecue is fabulous. My favorite barbecue sauce tends to be the one right in front of me. If I can reach it, it's my favorite. I love them all. Although I was raised in Tennessee, I was actually born down in Alabama, and have...
Learn everything you need to know about selecting and preparing various cuts of beef so that you can bring out the best flavor in it.
People seem to have a love/hate thing for French food - which I can understand. It's somewhat intimidating, involves approximately 476 steps for something as simple as a scrambled egg, and no one understands what the names of dishes are. They are in...
I doubt most people anymore grew up drinking buttermilk. Or further, crumbling their cornbread into a glass of it to dip out with a spoon. When I’ve mentioned drinking buttermilk plain to my children, I’ve gotten the inevitable ‘gross!’....
Making a real Cajun-style roux is no mystery—it simply takes a little patience! With a couple of tools and three ingredients, you can have true, rich Cajun flavor for gumbo or étouffée for yourself!
I came up with this recipe as a little tribute to my sister - who introduced me to gingersnaps in savory dishes years ago, and who loves a little Southern Comfort on occasion. Coke and ham are a classic Southern combo, so it wasn't much of a...
Homemade Salisbury Steaks are simple to prepare, and this recipe features a rich, silky mushroom gravy that is over the top. Packed with flavor and easy to make, this recipe is a winner!
What's it take to make an earth-shatteringly delicious meatloaf? I'd love to show you exactly how.
This treasure of a recipe is based off of my Granny's heirloom recipe. It's made from scratch and has a whole lot of attitude. You won't be disappointed.
Homeade chicken noodle soup is super easy, fast and delicious. When you need the perfect comfort food, try this simple recipe. This homemade soup is perfect for a quick, delicious meal anytime!
Can we say Happy Accident, mon amis? Some things are destined, and in this case the Food Fairies guided my hand. I wanted a molten lava cake based on the red velvet so beloved in my Southern homeland - but it just wasn't working out like I wanted....
When I was five my grandmother taught me how to make apple pie. My grandparents had an apple orchard in their back yard, and I remember her being able to do more with apples than Johnny Appleseed. I also remember not wanting to take the time to...
If you're anything like I am, then you look for an excuse to put mushrooms into anything possible. This is one of my favorite go-to mushroom dishes.
The glorious homemade pastrami found in the Jewish delis of New York City can be yours with a few ingredients, a bit of time and just a little effort. See how easy it is to have this classic beauty!
An absolutely classic Irish dish is beef braised slowly in Guinness—a luscious Irish stout. This is a beef stew that is simple to prepare, but rich and hearty. Irish comfort food at its best!
Making a perfect sirloin roast is easier than you think. Pick the right roast, season it correctly, roast it off and you'll look like a culinary rock star in no time. Check out this awesome recipe!
I love this stuff. You can start this while housebound in a snowstorm. While caring for sick kiddos. While sitting around in your pj's and just not wanting to go out. No trip to the store required.
A comfort food classic, Southern chicken and dumplings are simply a matter of a little time and planning. Rich, intensely flavored, and full of homemade dumplings, this recipe is just about perfect.
Super healthy, incredibly delicious and loaded with flavor that pops, this lemon chicken en papillote recipe is also fast and easy to throw together. In just over half an hour, dinner is done!
Making corned beef at home is really a rather simple process - just brine it, then throw it in a crockpot. Check out how easy it is to make this wonderful dish yourself, at home, from scratch!
This is how Southerners make perfect, moist, crunchy, tasty fried chicken.
Despite the fact that pie crust seems to be identified as belonging in the realm of grannies and old ladies of all ilk, they're remarkably simple. Old ladies are viewed as the keepers of all things culinary primarily because of their ability to whip...
Kung Pao or Princess Chicken is the first Chinese food I remember eating. Daddy would take my sister and I to a place near the mall in Birmingham, Alabama when we were little. I adored it - crunchy and spicy, with that luscious sauce - it became my...
Red wine vinegar, shallots and garlic reduce quickly for a fabulous steak sauce. This sauce will change the way you enjoy steak. It's so savory and flavorful, plus it's easy to make!
Bacon jam is almost impossible to describe—until you taste it. Sweet, spicy, smoky, salty, it's an amazing combination of delectable goodness. Check out how easy it is to make it for yourself!
If you've never had real Irish soda bread, you're in for a treat. Just a few tricks and this simple, delectable golden treat will become a new favorite. Check out how easy it is to make this gorgeous bread for yourself!
Cast iron is wonderful stuff, but it does take some extra care and knowhow to keep it at its best. Here's all you need to know about maintaining its non-stick luster.
Pot roast is just an great dish. Comforting, satisfying on some visceral level, luscious and filling - IF its done correctly. Tender, succulent and juicy, served with perfectly braised vegetables and as much gravy as you can handle, it's flavorful...
I’ve heard it said that on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish. It does seem to be a holiday that almost everyone loves to adopt – regardless of their ethnic backgrounds. Most Americans whip out a batch of corned beef and cabbage in homage to...
I don’t get steaks very often, and I get very good steaks even more rarely. However, for my birthday (29th again, thanks for asking), my fabulous, wonderful awesome brother brought me a ribeye. Note I said a ribeye – I got the whole thing – 16...
Boxty, or Irish potato pancakes, are simple to make and delicious to eat. Crusty golden brown outside and fluffy and tender inside, these are economical and just plain delicious.
Southern-style sausage gravy is a pretty simple affair with only a handful of ingredients. Rich, decadent, and packed with flavor, this recipe will have your family begging for more!
Want to know the role that acids play in cooking? Cooking acids are the most beutiful flavors - bright and fresh, and using them can bring an entirely new dimension to your dishes. Vinegar, citric acids, wine - all have starring roles, and can elevate your foods to star quality.
Au jus -- the real, homemade au jus -- is actually a simple matter, and so easy to do at home. Check out how easy it is to get this liquid culinary gold yourself, and for little money and less effort!
When I first began tinkering with Thai recipes years ago, I kept running across 'toasted rice powder' as an ingredient. I couldn't find this - even though I had access to several Asian markets. No matter what I tried I drew a blank. I found all...
Want the perfect chicken burger? Rich flavor, a juicy interior, and a tender patty are easy to perfect with just a few quick tricks. Check out how easy it is to make a fabulous burger with chicken!