Chicken and Rice Casserole – Easy Weeknight Supper!

  • 3 chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups instant white rice
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can cream of celery soup
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup butter, sliced
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
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Bob’s Salsa

Bob is a guy that I met in Phoenix, Arizona circa 1994.  He worked in an AT&T call center that I was visiting for sales training.  Everyone in the office was raving about Bob’s salsa so I asked him for the recipe and have made it often through the years.  I found myself with a plethora of tomatoes from my Dad’s garden so looked up Bob’s recipe and decided it was time to share the yumminess!… Read More » “Bob’s Salsa”

Thai Chicken and Shrimp Noodle Salad

A ton of ingredients…but a short prep list!



  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons Asian sweet chili sauce*
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce* (such as nam pla or nuoc nam)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 9 ounces (250 grams) bean thread noodles**
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 12 cooked peeled deveined medium shrimp
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups bean sprouts (about 3 1/2 ounces), rinsed
  • 1/2 English hothouse cucumber, very thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves, torn if large
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 1 red jalapeño chile with seeds, sliced into thin rings
  • 2 tablespoons chopped toasted peanuts
  • 1 lime, cut into 6 wedges

*Available in the Asian foods section of most supermarkets and at Asian markets.… Read More » “Thai Chicken and Shrimp Noodle Salad”

Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chicken

Source:  Boys Ahoy

  • 2 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts or chicken thighs, cut into cubes
  • 5 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 large bell pepper, seeded and chopped (I used a green pepper)
  • 1 (5 oz ) can tomato paste
  • 1 (14 oz) can coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and halved OR 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  1. Grease your slow cooker with Pam.
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Italian-style Roasted Chicken and Vegetable Toss


  • 2 bone-in chicken breast halves (about 2 lbs)
  • 1 cup peeled fresh baby carrots
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 2 medium zucchini, cut into 1 inch chunks (about 3 cups)
  • 1 medium red or green bell pepper, cut into 1 inch chunks (about 1 cup)
  • 8 oz fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (optional)
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t black pepper
  • 2 T balsamic vinegar
  • 1 t dried Italian seasoning, crushed
  • 8 oz Mediterranean blend salad greens
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 375F. … Read More » “Italian-style Roasted Chicken and Vegetable Toss”

Berry Angel Food Dessert

My mom made this for Memorial Day and we simply could not get enough of it!  I went to Alabama to visit her this weekend and lucky for us….she made it again!  I particularly love the fact that she made me my very own gluten free version that nobody else could touch but me! (per Mama’s rules)


  • 1 10 inch angel food cake
  • 1 8 oz packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 8 oz container of thawed cool whip
  • 16 oz vanilla or tapioca pudding
  • 1/2 quart fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 quart fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 quart fresh raspberries
  • 1 18 oz jar strawberry glaze


  1. Crumble the cake into a 9×13 inch dish.
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Simple Molasses Cake

Q and A with Kathleen Grissom, Author of The Kitchen House and Glory Over Everything

Q: At times in the novel, you can almost smell the hearty foods being prepared by Mama and others. In your research, did you find any specific notes or recipes from kitchen houses that you can share with your readers?

A: In 1737, William Byrd, founder of Richmond, wrote of the many types of fruits and vegetables available in Virginia.… Read More » “Simple Molasses Cake”

Melon Berry Blast Pops

Source:  Kroger mail


  • 2 cups cubed watermelon
  • 2 cups raspberries
  • 1/2 cup full-fat canned coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice


  • Blend watermelon, raspberries, coconut milk, honey and lime juice in blender.  Pour mixture through fine sieve into pitcher, pressing it through with back of spoon as necessary.  Then pour puree into popsicle molds and freeze until firm. 
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Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad



  • 2 cups fingerling potatoes, halved lengthwise (about 10 ounces)
  • 2 cups small red potatoes, quartered (about 10 ounces)
  • 2 cups small blue potatoes, halved lengthwise (about 10 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 3 hard-cooked large eggs, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced


Place fingerling and red potatoes in a saucepan; cover with water.… Read More » “Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad”

Ribs (an easy “cheater” recipe)

This is definitely an easy cheater “recipe” but I had to share because they are just so delicious.  We picked up a pack of these ribs Sunday after church and my 14 year old and I cooked them all afternoon checking on them periodically in between rounds of Mexican Train Dominoes.  My boys are hearty eaters and devoured them but we still had enough for leftovers which they gladly devoured on Monday!… Read More » “Ribs (an easy “cheater” recipe)”

Oven Roasted Broccoli

Source: The Food Network/Alton Brown   Ingredients

1 pound broccoli, rinsed and trimmed
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan or sharp Cheddar

Watch how to make this recipe.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.… Read More » “Oven Roasted Broccoli”

California Avocado & Egg Casserole

Source:  Bare Root Girl
Thanks to Jenny R. for sending my way!


1.5 lb. russets or sweet potatoes (about 2 medium), shredded

2 tbsp. avocado oil

½ tsp. sea salt

¼ tsp. black pepper

1 medium onion (any), chopped

1 lb. breakfast sausage

1 large avocado, chopped

3 c. spinach, roughly chopped

4 oz.… Read More » “California Avocado & Egg Casserole”

Impossibly Easy Breakfast Bake

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Impossibly Easy Breakfast Bake (GF)

GF = Gluten Free

For some reason I end up at a lot of breakfast meetings. People bring the yummiest smelling and looking things to share. There’s always a ton of biscuits, bagels, grits, fruit, and breakfast casseroles. Unfortunately since I have to eat gluten free I gravitate towards fruit only because I don’t want to bore all the chefs with questions about what they put in their grits and casseroles.… Read More » “Impossibly Easy Breakfast Bake”

Coconut Spiced Fish Stew

Submitted by Foodie Patty:
Source: Aprons from Publix


  • 2 limes, for juice
  • 4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 2 medium sweet onions, coarsely chopped
  • 3 medium bell peppers (assorted colors), coarsely chopped
  • 4 fish fillets (such as tilapia, snapper, or cod); 1 1/2 lb
  • Large zip-top bag
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 (14.5-oz) can diced tomatoes with garlic, undrained
  • 1 (14-oz) can light coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped


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Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese

My friend. DeAnn H. made this for a group of friends recently after getting us all hungry talking about it at a PCMS baseball game.  I haven’t made it yet but I ate some and it was yummilicious!  Yes I ate the pasta!  DeAnn is so awesome…she made it with gluten free pasta for me!  It was soooo good we all raved about it and everyone plans to make it for our kids!… Read More » “Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese”