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Chick-Fil-A Copy Cow Recipe

We LOVE. I mean  REALLY LOVE  Chick-Fil-A® around here. Somehow the craving hits hardest on Sundays though! And as we all know, Mr. Cathy has made it company policy from the very beginning that  the stores would be closed on Sunday, so that his staff can enjoy worship at their personal houses of worship and with their families. Wonderful policy if you ask me, but I digress. I've always been one to taste all the subtleties of my food and when ... Read More »


Southern Fig Preserves

Spring is here. And that means all sorts of good things from the garden, and the market. Fresh veggies. Artichokes (some of my favorite things) Fresh Fruits straight from the tree. Figs!  I love figs, fresh, dried (I used them in cookies and cakes) and fig preserves. This Southern Fig Preserves recipe has been in my recipe box for forever, and though I can't remember where it came from  exactly, I remember the first taste of these like it was ... Read More »


Simple Sloppy Joe Thursday

Midweek meals always seem to be a challenge. Growing up, Thursday dinners usually were sandwich nights, tuna salad reigned supreme. It was easy to make, fed a crowd, and it didn't matter what time the crew sat down to eat. My favorite sandwich, however, was the Sloppy Joe. And though, the folks at Hunt's have made a mint off of  Manwich Sauce, I still like the original homemade variety better. Plus, now I use my own organic ingredients and ... Read More »


GranMa’s Skillet Biscuits

Welcome! Its Day 4 of our Birthday Celebration here at Simple Plate. Read on to enter and don’t forget to enter the first three days giveaways here, here and here. TGIF!!!  I'm looking forward to the weekend! How about you? Weekends in THIS southern home bring all sorts of great breakfast treats. Sundays bring on the biscuits, gravy, bacon and eggs, and occasionally a side of hashbrowns.  And no, as much as I'd like to say someone else gets ... Read More »


Simple Homemade Granola Recipe

Welcome 'Yall to day three of our party! Read on to enter and don't forget to enter the first two days giveaways here and here.   I love oatmeal. Yep, I said it. Not everyone does, admittedly. For all of my childhood I  equated oatmeal to wallpaper paste. Thick, and gooey and not very tasty unless it was laden with brown sugar and cinnamon or a pat of butter and regular old table sugar. Not too appetizing at the least. But that is what it ... Read More »


Meat Stuffed Bell Peppers

Day two of our Birthday Party! Thanks for dropping by!  Yesterday, when I opened my mailbox, my copy of the spring edition of Where Women Cook was there! Yippie! I'll bet I've told anyone who'll listen,  how much I LOVE this magazine. And if I haven't told YOU, I LOVE THIS MAGAZINE!   I've loved it since the very first droolworthy issue. Its one of those you keep. Like the piles of Southern Living Magazines I've amassed over the years, its ... Read More »


The Most Dangerous Recipe Ever

Today, Simple Plate (the blog) is 2! And every two-year old KNOWS a birthday party is a MUST.  So, to quiet my inner 2 year old, WE'RE HAVING A PARTY!  And You are getting the presents.  Of course, you'll need to do a few things to participate in the party, but they'll be fun I promise. Everyone knows my theory about life. It's short. So you should eat dessert first!  So lets start with the cake! Several years ago, when I'd decided to ... Read More »


Blue Cheese Potato Salad

Southern women pride themselves on their cooking. And a memorable potato salad is but one of the jewels in the southern cook's crown. I particularly love potato salad. And Spring brings on all sorts of occasions to show off my mad skills with my 'tater salad' recipes. Recipes by the thousands can be found for potato salad, and most are copies of copies, passed down from mother to daughter, friend to friend and recipe book to cook. Most are good, ... Read More »


Shrimp Scampi Fra Diavolo Recipe

  Fra Diavolo (Italian for "Brother Devil") is the name given to a spicy sauce for pasta or seafood. We like a little heat with our food .We love garlic. We love seafood. And butter? Its all I'll use. This is a go to recipe for me, and frankly one I've used and embellished over the years. Nothing is perfect the first time yanno. So adjust the flavors to your family's liking. You can leave out or reduce the red pepper flakes if you're serving ... Read More »


Deep South Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

I have a serious love affair with all things dairy. Particularly cheese. (yeah I know) I'd been craving a great home made mac and cheese (no blue box powder here) and found this gem in a box of recipes and old cookbooks I'd bought a few years ago in an estate auction..I hit the jackpot folks! All sorts of southern goodness laying in that box! ... Read More »


Southern Fish Tacos & Trail Slaw Recipe

Coastal living encourages recipe creativity. Seafood is so readily available and with creole cajun in my blood, we're always adding a dash of 'bam' to dinner.. Here's one of my favorite mid week dinners.Ingredients 4 tilapia filets (you can use any fish that is fairly firm. Catfish, Halibut and Grouper are our favorites) 3 large eggs beaten til frothy 1/4 cup Creole mustard 1 teaspoon hot sauce juice of 2 meyer lemons 1/4 cup white ... Read More »

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Uncle Louie’s “Black Jack” Whiskey Balls Recipe

"Uncle Louie" loved the holidays! He loved the bird, the dressing , the Italian sausage and most of all he loved the goodies. These were one of his favorites he requested every year. These pack a 'punch' but the flavor mellows over time. Similar to Rum Balls, Uncle Louie's "Black Jack" Whiskey Balls Recipe is just the thing to bring a bit of the South to your holidays!   Uncle Louie's "Black Jack" Wiskey Balls   Save Print Prep ... Read More »


Slow Cooker Holiday Dressing Recipe

This slow cooker holiday dressing  recipe  is one your whole family will enjoy! There are hundreds of ways to make dressing for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Every family has their own special add ins. We like the mushrooms. Feel free to delete them if your family doesn't like them. Its important that your mixture look like loose cooked oatmeal once you've added everything. I've given hints to fix your mixture if its too loose or too stiff. ... Read More »

prize winning fajitas

Prize Winning Fajitas!

Flank or Skirt Steak marinated just right with a mouthwatering kick.  Even Paula Deen would be envious of how wonderful these taste! Carne Asada Marinade [print_link] Summary: Traditional With A Southern Kick Ingredients 1/4 cup olive oil 1/2 cup red wine vinegar 2 limes squeezed 2 oranges squeezed 2 tablespoons fresh garlic crushed 1 small texas sweet yellow onion 1 tablespoon pepper salt to taste 1 tablespoon ... Read More »


An Apple A Day…

“Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square hole. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see ... Read More »


Super Secret Ginger Cookies

Over the past few days the alarms have sounded more than a few times as friends have asked for some of  my specialty cookie recipes. I've not been too proned to share the old family cookies, but if I don't who will? And now since most of the old folks have left our earthly home,  I think its time to share some goodies.. Yesterday was one of those days, and my dear friend Audrey needed some quick and easy cookies to bring for a party at her ... Read More »


Hummingbird Cake {CrockPot Version}

Who doesn't love cake?  Its my birthday this weekend and of course, I'm making my own cake, but you guessed it, in my crock pot! When southerners think cake, our minds turn to red velvet (another of my personal faves) , coconut and of course  Hummingbird Cake!  Hummingbird cake is an all time southern fave and was introduced to Southern Living readers in 1978 by Mrs. L. H. Wiggins of Greensboro, North Carolina. Her version was three layers tall ... Read More »


12 Step Program for Mile High Meringue

  In the south, we're serious about a few things. Crispy Fried Chicken, luscious potato salad, fluffy biscuits on Sunday morning and Pie. Pie of all kinds ranks high on the southern cooks dessert list, but especially Meringue pies. Lemon, Chocolate, Coconut and Key Lime just scratch the surface of what a good southern cook can top with her perfect 'mile high' meringue. Don't mention topping any of those pies with cool whip or whipped ... Read More »


What A Crock!

  I love my CrockPot .  Particularly in the cooler seasons its my favorite kitchen appliance. Soups to stews, roasts to chickens, cakes, breads, I can do em all in this little beauty. And all, without  paying much attention to it.  Now I ask you, what  man in your life could you say that about ? (I know)  Plus, using my CrockPot helps me save money, and we all like to save. It uses so little electricity (less than your stove-top or oven) ... Read More »

Spices in Measuring Spoon

Stressing, Dressing And Giving

Monday marked the beginning of my favorite season. The Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years triad of holidays. I love this time of year for other reasons of course. The smell of burning leaves on the weekends, the 'smell' of football season and tailgating (yeah it has its own scent), children trick-or-treating, the beautiful anticipation in the eyes of a child before Christmas. The list goes on. Probably my favorite part of Thanksgiving is the ... Read More »

Weekends Were Made For Soup

  I have a confession to make. I'm in love with my crock-pot.  Its the perfect size for Roasts, Soups, Stews and Chili. Its a big one. And if it ever quit, I'd run out and replace it with the very same item! This time of year, we start thinking about heartier meals on the weekends. The crock-pot gets a real work out. One of our favorites is my Southern Style Minestrone. Its a little bit country and a little bit Italian and ... Read More »


Southern Style Minestrone Soup

Super easy and a great way to get those vegetables in. Even picky eaters love this soup and cooking in a crock-pot means fuss free! Prep can be done the night before or even days before and additions frozen. We call it clean out the freezer soup around here, because I can use all the bits of frozen veggies I have left over to add in for extra hardiness. Southern Style Minestrone Soup   Save Print Cook time 6 hours Total time ... Read More »


Super Simple Caramel Apple Recipe

Long a Southern Favorite, caramel apples are a just right treat for fall! This super simple caramel apple recipe is one sure to please everyone. 5.0 from 1 reviews Super Simple Caramel Apple Recipe   Save Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 40 mins   Fall treat, easy to make. Author: Debbie Lawrence Recipe type: Sweets Cuisine: American Serves: 6 Ingredients 6 fresh apples -washed and dried ... Read More »


Sandwich Night Feast

Sandwich nights can become feasts with a little time and a little imagination! We love these anytime of year! Serve with coleslaw or a hearty bowl of soup. Don't forget those kosher dills! 5.0 from 1 reviews Ruben Sandwich Southern Style   Save Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 10 mins Total time 25 mins   Quick and Easy Game Day or Any Day Author: Debbie Recipe type: Main Cuisine: Southern Serves: 6 ... Read More »