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A Snowy Weekend – Let’s Have Barbecued Meatballs

Over the weekend we had a significant snowfall here in the foothills of North Carolina.  Actually, it is my favorite type of snowfall.  It began on Friday afternoon with big fluffy flakes of snow.  It continued through the night and snowed for a short period of time on Saturday morning.  I think our accumulation totals was eight inches.

Another reason I liked this snow is because it happened on the weekend and we didn’t have to go to work and could just enjoy watching it snow.  I was also appreciative of the fact that it was snow and not sleet or freezing rain.  The kids in our neighborhood had a good time in the snow but it was extremely cold all weekend.  Of course, I don’t think kids ever admit they are cold when they are playing in the snow.

Here are some pictures:











Before the snow, I had chosen the following recipe to share with you.  I thought it was such a comforting recipe for a cold January day.  Of course, I love barbecue so it really appealed to me.  It is from a recipe book from a local cook that compiled recipes of her friends and family and named the book, “Susie’s Dinner Bell.”



I hope you enjoy the recipe.  If you are experiencing a snowy day, I hope you are safe and warm.  Thanks for stopping by.

Broccoli Casseroles

I know the trend now is fresh vegetables and farm to table menus, however, I love to browse through my old cookbooks and I will find recipes that I really enjoyed.  I was browsing through the St. Stephens Lutheran Church (Hickory NC) cookbook published in 1984.  I purchased the cookbook for 10 cents at a yard sale.  It is very special to me as it belonged to a fellow church member that has passed away.

I remember this type of casserole from that time period and I might even make one of them for our Christmas meal.  They are simple to make but all the flavors blending together make them very tasty.


Probably in 1984 there wasn’t much concern for preservatives or using cream of mushroom soup.  I think women in 1984 wanted to prepare tasty meals for their families and did not feel guilty about taking shortcuts.

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Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese

I know you have probably heard “Life happens while you are making other plans.”  That statement came to mind over the weekend as I was baking goodies and planning meals for the Christmas weekend.  I was thinking that as we are making all of the plans for the holidays we are still busy preparing meals for our family every day.  I really get to the point where my brain just gets tired of thinking.

I try to prepare simple meals as we prepare for Christmas and the crock-pot helps me to save time..  I have been wanting to make macaroni and cheese and when I saw this recipe in my “Crock-Pot The Original Slow Cooker Recipe Collection I thought it looked simple.  I think it would be a good choice if you are having guests over the Christmas Holiday. I am also including a recipe for Gratin Potatoes with Asiago Cheese that looks delicious. The bacon in that potato recipe makes my mouth water.


I hope these recipes help you to save some time during this busy season.  I think the crock-pot is one of the greatest inventions ever.

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Grits For Thanksgiving

To be honest with you, I have never thought of grits as a side dish for any meal.  However, as I was browsing through my Come To The Table Cookbook from the congregation at Duke University Chapel, I changed my mind.  I think either one of these recipes would be a great side dish for Thanksgiving.baked-grits

Cheese and grits is a great combination and would really be appreciated by anybody no matter where they are from.  Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Asparagus Casserole – The Pirate’s House Cookbook – Savannah, Georgia

Today, I am sharing a recipe from The Pirate’s House Cookbook, Savannah, Georgia.  It is a beautiful place to celebrate any holiday.

I think at Thanksgiving we sometimes ignore an inexperienced cook and I am sure the day can be overwhelming for a rookie.  I think today’s recipe would be a good choice if you are asked to bring a vegetable for a Thanksgiving feast.  I totally understand how we are evolving to only fresh ingredients.  However, at the same time, I can imagine an inexperienced cook dealing with fresh asparagus.


Of course, I know that if you are an experienced cook sometimes you just want to make something easy and I think this would be a great choice for an easy side for the Thanksgiving meal.  Isn’t it funny how you take two or three days to prepare the Thanksgiving meal and people expect you to cook again the next day?

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Sweet Potato Souffle

In the South sweet potatoes are a must for Thanksgiving day.  I think this would be a great choice as a side dish for the special day.

sweet potato souffle

This recipe is from Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House in Savannah Georgia.  I have many fond memories of spending Thanksgiving in the low country and Mrs. Wilkes was one of my favorite places there.

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Cherry Tomato Provencal By Ina Garten

I love tomatoes and I do not eat them in the winter.  I only eat fresh tomatoes in the summertime and I am always super excited about that first taste of the tomato in a wonderful sandwich on white bread with Duke’s mayonnaise.  I do have to admit that by the time August arrives, we are getting a little tired of tomatoes. I was browsing through one of Ina Garten’s cookbooks recently and saw this recipe for provencal cherry tomato gratin.  I made it for us recently and it is so good.  The cherry tomatoes I purchased at the farmers market were larger and so I only needed two pints of the tomatoes.

I love the wonderful flavors of this dish and it is a little different as we usually pair basil with tomatoes.  I know this is a recipe that I will continue to make in the future.




This recipe is in Ina Garten’s cookbook Foolproof.  I always chose Ina when I want to use a traditional ingredient and make it a little differently.  She is such a master of that.

Thanks for stopping by.  (Oops sorry about the little green strip in the title of the recipe.  That was my sticky note to mark the page.)


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