I love to cook. I just wish someone would go to the grocery store for me! Seriously—I share recipes on this page from my personal collection but absolutely love for others to post or share recipes with me so I can share with the Aha! Connection.

Meal Types Key Ingredients

chicken | shrimp

Applebee’s Bourbon Street Steak

“Yeah, we fancy like Applebee’s on a date night
Got that Bourbon Street steak with the Oreo shake
Get some whipped cream on the top too
Two straws, one check, girl, I got you” 

My kids have been asking to make Bourbon Street steak FOR-EV-ERRRRR. I finally gave in a looked up a copycat recipe. This one is adapted from… Read More »

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad Recipe

Submitted by Lauren Townsend for The Aha Connection

This salad is a great transition from summer to fall. Hearty, but doesn’t really require cooking and only gets better after a day in the fridge making it perfect for tailgates or parties.

1 9-10 oz. package of shaved Brussels Sprouts (I prefer Target or Trader Joe’s)

1 cup roasted, chopped hazelnuts

3 pieces cooked, chopped bacon

1/2 cup shaved Parmesan and/or Pecorino

Dressing: any lemon vinaigrette or

Whisk together 2 tablespoons of lemon juice with a teaspoon of honey.… Read More »

Alabama White Sauce


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl until smooth and well combined.
  2. Transfer to a lidded jar. Use immediately or let set in the refrigerator for 24 hours to let the flavors meld together.
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Mississippi Pot Roast

By Audra Anders for The Aha! Connection


  • Approx 3lb chuck roast
  • 1 packet ranch dressing mix (I used Hidden Valley Ranch Ranch Dip Mix because it is Gluten Free)
  • 1 packed au jus gravy mix (My mother-in-law uses McCormick’s but I found a gluten free gravy mix at Kroger and used that instead)
  • butter (1/4 cup sliced)
  • pepperoncini peppers (We used about 8 – I’ll use more next time)


  • Place the chuck roast in the bottom of your crock pot.
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Lauren’s Favorite Summer Cocktails!

by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

My favorite summer cocktails are PINK!

There is nothing worse than cracking open a watermelon only to find it’s not as sweet as you’d like. Cube that bad boy up and throw it in your freezer. Add to a blender with lime juice and zest and rosé. (You may have to do a couple batches).… Read More »

Roasted Broccoli

By Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

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Roasted Broccoli

3 out of 4 Townsends love roasted broccoli. I got all this out of the sale bin at the Buford Highway Farmers Market for $2.79. I bet you don’t hear that often. I chopped it up with 3 cloves of garlic, tossed with oil and salt and roasted at 450° for 20 minutes.… Read More »

Cochinita Pibil Tacos

By Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

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🌮🌮 Taco Tuesday🌮🌮 I dont get to eat tacos on Tuesdays ’cause of swim meets, but we made these cochinita pibil tacos earlier this week. Cochinita pibil is usually pork, marinated in citrus like sour orange, ancho and anise seasoning and wrapped in banana leaves, but this was just cooked in the crock pot.… Read More »

Lauren’s Potatoes

By Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

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Lauren’s Potatoes

I bought too many potatoes last week for a thing and so I roasted 8 or so tonight. Rinsed, cut, tossed in olive oil, minced 5 cloves of garlic, salt and pepper. Roast at 400° for 45 minutes.… Read More »

Summer Salads with Lauren

If you just want to make a quick mom meal before travel baseball/swim team/art camp/VBS here are two salads that I eat all summer long. They are super simple and make me so happy.

  1. Watermelon Feta salad. Watermelon, which we keep around all summer long, feta cheese, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. I eat this throughout summertime.
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Kristin’s Sausage balls


  • 2 cups of Bisquick
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 lb sausage (I usually use sage)


Put all together in large ziplock and let it get to room temp. Mix inside bag- I usually will mix it a bit then leave it then come back to mix again until it’s all mixed. Roll into balls and put on cookie sheet then freeze.… Read More »

Kristin’s Sausage Muffins


  • 2 jars Old English cheddar cheese
  • 1 lb sausage (cooked and drained)
  • 1 Tbls butter/marg
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash of hot sauce 
  • 1 pkg English muffins cut in half


Cook, mince and drain sausage. Combine cheese, butter, and sauces. Melt in microwave until smooth. Add sausage and mix together. Scoop mixture onto English muffins.… Read More »

Laura’s Late Night Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Late Night (or anytime) Grilled Cheese:


  • Sourdough Bread (you can use other bread, but NONE are as good as sourdough. Crusty fresh breads work best)
  • Real Butter
  • Variety of Cheeses, (I usually use cheddar, jack, and American or Swiss)
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper


Place one pat of butter on each end of each bread slice.  … Read More »

Kim and Shelley’s Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches



Cook chicken in crock pot, shred, mix with Moore’s Original Buffalo Wing Sauce, create sandwiches and serve with Famous Dave’s Spicy Pickles!  Yummy and easy!… Read More »

K. Ron’s Green Jacket Salad

K. Ron is originally from Augusta, GA and below is her version of the famous Green Jacket Salad from her home town.   You can find many versions online but hers in particular is delicious!


  • Bag of garden blend lettuce
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes diced
  • Spring Onions diced (use white and green parts)
  • Stacey’s Pita chips (crumbled)
  • Garlic Powder to taste
  • Italian Seasoning to taste
  • Oregano to taste
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Lowrey’s seasoned salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar and 1/4 cup vegetable oil for dressing


Mix together and enjoy!… Read More »

Avocado Feta Dip

Source:  K. Eith – Spring Break 2019


  • 4 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of finely diced red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves (I use three or four)
  • 4oz pkg crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley 
  • 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Half teaspoon dried oregano 
  • half teaspoon salt
  •  two avocados, chopped 


Stir together first nine ingredients; gently stir in avocado just before serving.… Read More »