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garlic recipes

Off The Rack: Recipes With Garlic

It's time to bust out your rack again...your spice rack.  This week we are exploring the savory and delicious world of garlic.  Isn't garlic one of everyone's favorite spices?  In addition to being delicious it wards off the evil vampires...right?  Now it's time to take that spice off the rack and make these simple recipes with garlic. Pasta with Garlic-Herb Olive Oil Sauce Season With Spice Avocado Hummus Kiran Tarun Crab Cakes with ... Read More »

cinnamon recipes

Off The Rack: Recipes With Cinnamon

When was the last time you explored your rack; your spice rack that is?  It is full of flavor, ideas, and YUM!  I am going to start taking a spice "off the rack" and sharing recipes that use that spice.  Maybe you will find a few good ideas you never thought of.  I know I found a few today when I was searching for a featured spice.  So now I present to you... Recipes With Cinnamon   Simple Apple Tart Lemonpi Honey Cinnamon Pretzel ... Read More »

ham casserole

Creamy Ham Casserole

Ham is a year round Southern Favorite. And a Creamy Ham Casserole is no execption !  With Easter around the corner you're likely going to be looking for ways to use all that left over ham and this recipe is sure to please! Its never too early to plan!   If you're looking for the best easter recipes and DIY, check out our Pinterest Board, Simply Easter.     We've got lots of goodies there and adding more daily!  But after Easter we ALL have ... Read More »

st. patrick's day desserts

St. Patrick’s Day Desserts

Are you Irish, or do you just like to celebrate St. Patrick's Day?  I, for one, look forward to making a savory Irish dinner with warm Irish soda bread each St. Patrick's Day.  But one cannot live on dinner alone...dessert recipes are a must.  You just need to have some sweet treats to end (or begin) the day.  These St. Patrick's Day Desserts are perfect for your celebration.  Green Velvet Whoopie PiesLove From The Oven Mint Oreo ... Read More »

easy recipes

Crazy For Cookies

Who doesn't love cookies?  It seems there is a cookie for everyone.  Soft, chewy, crispy, sweet, tart, chocolate, frosted... The list goes on and on.  Here are some cookie recipe ideas that are sure to be family favorites... If you want to share.  But don't worry, these are easy recipes so you can make a batch for yourself and the family.  Homemade Samoa Cookie Recipe Baby Gizmo Orange & Pecan Cookie Recipe Aesthetics & ... Read More »

soup, stew, and chili recipes

Soup, Stew, and Chili Recipes

The air still has a slight chill which means it is still the season for hearty soups, stews, and chilis.  There is something so right about curling up with a hot bowl of your favorite comfort food on a cold day.  Have you been looking for some new recipes to add to your arsenal?  I've compiled 6 tasty soup, stew, and chili recipes that are sure to chase away the cold weather blues. Tomato Basil Soup Skinnyluscious French Provincial Beef ... Read More »


Snake Bite Chili

This time of year we love a hearty dinner. Something warm and comforting after a day of full on rain or snow. This Snake Bite Chili recipe is a perfect middle of the week dinner! But mind you, like my friend Lori says, "Chili isn't a last minute meal". It truly is an all day or 2 day deal. (its always better the second day as any Chili afficanado will tell you!) Cooking this in the crockpot insures you don't have to 'watch and stir' or risk ... Read More »

death by chocolate dessert ideas

Death By Chocolate Dessert Ideas

Who loves dessert?  Now... Who loves chocolate?  What if we took dessert and chocolate and wrapped it up into one perfect package?  That's what we've done with these death by chocolate dessert ideas.  Because if you have to die... It may as well be by chocolate... Right? Chocolate Truffle CookiesPlayin With My Food    Chocolate SouffléSeasons & Suppers Dark Chocolate MousseWhite On Rice Couple  Chocolate TartStarving Chef  Chocolate ... Read More »

valentines day desserts

Valentines Day Dessert Recipe Ideas

It's that time of year when red and pink is draped over everything and heart shaped treats abound.  It's Valentines Day... A day to spoil the ones you love with attention and of course... tasty delights.  I've found some delicious Valentines Day dessert recipe ideas to make your day a little less stressful and a lot more LOVE-ly. Brownie and Raspberry Trifle Bakers Royale Chocolate Souffle Handle the Heat   Valentines Sandwich ... Read More »

chinese new year's recipes

Chinese New Year’s Recipes

I love Asian food.  I would call it a sickness but really... There is nothing sick about it.  Asian food is delicious!  And what better time of year to cook some of your favorite Chinese or Asian food dishes than Chinese New Year?  Don't worry if you don't have time to search the internet or thumb through your recipe file... I already found some amazing Chinese New Year's Recipes that you can make.    Ginger Scallion NoodlesInquiring ... Read More »

super bowl recipe round up

Super Bowl Recipe Round Up

Are you ready for some football; or maybe the commercials?  One thing we can all agree upon... The FOOD. Who doesn't love food? The Super Bowl is a perfect occasion to kick back, relax, and eat some of your favorite snacks with your family and friends.   The big game day is a great excuse to put on your stretchy pants and eat your heart out.  There are so many fabulous Super Bowl recipes around how do you decide what to make?  It's simple.  I've ... Read More »


Strawberry Spinach Salad

 This  Strawberry Spinach Salad is one of my favorites! Its no secret, I've hit the treadmill this new year! And making changes in our diet have been easier than I thought.  With delicious choices like this, I cannot go wrong!  The dressing for this salad is semi-homemade ( a departure for me) but perfect and not too sweet! Top this salad with a handful of blue cheese or feta crumbles and a few chopped nuts and you've got a meal fit for a ... Read More »

mama's chicken pot pie

Mama’s Chicken Pot Pie

This time of year I long for comfort.  One of the best ever comfort foods comes straight from my mama's kitchen. Mama's Chicken Pot Pie (with a few easier steps) is sure to please even your pickiest eater.  And its even beautiful enough to take center stage when you have guests!  Mama made her crusts from scratch,  and while I love homemade pie crusts, sometimes you just need to substitute a frozen or refrigerated crust for time sake. So, I'm ... Read More »


Italian Cream Cake

Becky left me an email earlier this month, wanting  my recipe for Italian Cream Cake. Well, as it happens, that's my favorite birthday cake, and guess what ? My birthday was this week, so I made one. And can I just say. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!  This is layer on layer of  to die for flavor ! Much more Southern in heritage than Italian, this cake's close cousin is the Hummingbird Cake that I dearly love as well. It's popularly served at weddings, ... Read More »

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Vegan Pumpkin Pie

The Holiday season is upon us, which in the south means two things. Cooking and Baking. This Vegan Pumpkin Pie is an all american favorite sure to please even the pickiest eaters at your holiday table. Top with a spoonful of fresh whipped heavy cream and voila! The perfect dessert at Thanksgiving and Christmas! Many thanks to Dr. Daisy Sutherland for providing this family favorite!   Vegan Pumkin Pie   Save Print Prep time 30 ... Read More »


A Hot Southern Mess™

These pulled pork stuffed potatoes are what I call a 'Hot Southern Mess™' because you get all the comfort of a slow cooked pull pork combined with a creamy coleslaw served over a piping hot slow baked potato. A real mess to look at but oh so temptingly tasty. Substitute a medium sized sweet potato and what's not to love? Here in the Heart of Dixie we love our barbeque. We don't push that love to the side, just because the weather's cooled off ... Read More »


Potato Corn Chicken Chowder

 Cool fall days. They're finally here and so I get to whip out my best soup recipes. This weekend's choice is my Potato Corn Chicken Chowder recipe. This my friends is true comfort food ! All the things you love from potatoes to bacon and then some. Garnish this tasty delight with  a sprinkle of crispy bacon and green onions and a little grated cheddar and you have a hearty, belly warming dinner, sure to please your hungry gang!  Dress this up ... Read More »


Southern Shrimp and Grits

Grits are a must in southern cooking and this Southern Shrimp and Grits Recipe is no exception! We love our grits in the south and they're not just for breakfast! If you've never been south of the Mason Dixon line, odds on you've never truly enjoyed these yummy bites of deliciousness. For those of you familiar with polenta (basically its yellow grits and a few more things) you'll love the creaminess of this grits recipe.  Alton Brown of Food ... Read More »


White Bean Chicken Chili

Football season brings on the tailgate classics. This White Bean Chicken Chili Recipe has been a favorite of ours for years. I find I'm partial to it over traditional chili because of its freshness with the lime juice being added at the end.  I'm a brand loyalist when it comes to canned beans so I always use Bush's White Cannellini Beans. Feel free to substitute if you wish, but using them always guarantees the taste and consistency we ... Read More »


Pumpkin Bread Pudding Recipe

Fall is here! And with fall comes all the rich earthy comfort smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, apples and pears. Today I've taken a fresh look at a southern favorite desert, bread pudding. I've added a few of my favorite flavors like cinnamon and wham, a Pumpkin Bread Pudding Recipe! Who could ask for more? Grab a print and let me know what you think! Southern Pumpkin Bread Pudding   Save Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 30 mins ... Read More »


Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

Who doesn't love ice cream in the summer? Frankly, who doesn't love ICE CREAM? Mostly I'm a vanilla girl, (with a dose of chocolate or caramel on top)  But this!? This easy chocolate ice cream cake recipe is without a doubt the cure for anyone's chocolate craving and ice cream craving. (Not to mention, the candy craving.) All rolled into one decadent dessert. Planing a party? This will be a hit!  And its quick and easy! 5.0 from 1 ... Read More »


Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe

Southern Living calls it the Pâté of  The South. I just call it yummy. Comfort and food all on one plate, it just doesn't get any better than this! Pimento cheese is so ingrained into southern culinary heritage, most of us find it difficult to believe that people from other parts of the country have yet to taste this delicacy.  I was flabergasted to say the least when I discovered friends from the west coast  had never even tasted pimento ... Read More »


Deb’s Best Rib Sauce Recipe

Thick or thin? Spicy or Sweet? Red or White?  Southern barbeque and rib sauces are as varied as the people who use them. Here's the lowdown on 'the secret' sauce and seasoning rubs. White Sauce: An Alabama favorite, developed by Bob Gibson almost 80 years ago, served with smoked chicken, its a mayonnaise-vinegar sauce, creamy and delish! Yellow Sauce: South Carolina's claim to fame, brought to them back in the 1700's when the Germans settled ... Read More »


Tiropita Savory Cheese Pie Recipe

Today  I'm out on the road, and I'm turning the cooking over to a great cook and wonderful blogger, Nikki from Chef in Training. I'll be back next week. In the mean time, show her some love in the comments here. And, if you have a recipe you'd like to see here on Simple Plate,  simply submit it with our Recipe Submission form. Don't forget your images!  I fell in love with triopitas back in my home town as a young woman. Our Greek community had a ... Read More »