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Mother’s Day Brunch – Moms this ones for you!

Mother’s Day Brunch – Moms this ones for you!

Nothing says Mother’s Day like brunch. I can assure mom loves it to, however what she does not like is the mess that comes along with the family breaking out all the pots, pans, and dishes! I am here to help with a super easy brunch menu that looks spectacular and taste amazing. This brunch...


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Thomas Thyme’s Crab Mac & Cheese

Thomas Thyme’s Crab Mac & Cheese

Thomas Thyme is in Vincent Country making his famous Crab Macaroni and Cheese. Pull up a seat, you are in for a yummy treat. This legacy-inspired recipe comes from his aunt, known throughout the family for her macaroni and cheese. Thomas has taken her recipe to the next level adding an entire dedicated layer of...


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Funfetti Cupcakes

Funfetti Cupcakes

We never need permission to celebrate ourselves. You are worthy of a celebration! Enjoy my funfetti cupcakes for any occasion, especially the special occasion of YOU.


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Blueberry Biscuits

Blueberry Biscuits

If there is one recipe to add to your repertoire, it is my blueberry biscuits. This recipe was developed at a Vincent Country Women’s Retreat. The secret ingredient is love. There are certain foods that go straight to your soul, soul to soul food! It is perfect for ...
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Seafood Dip with Biscuit Dippers & Pineapple Punch

Seafood Dip with Biscuit Dippers & Pineapple Punch

Entertaining has never been easier! Whether you are hosting a few or many, a great host    knows how to get the party started.  I am dishing up two crowd pleasing recipes – Seafood Dip w/ Buttery Herb Biscuit Dippers and a Pineapple Punch Bowl. Both recipes are super easy and ...
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Beef Stew

Beef Stew

During the holiday season time waits for no one. The nights and days start to blend together. We are busy planning for the big dinner, especially the week leading into the holiday. I do not know about you, but I get so deep into the preparation ...
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Spicy Peach Bourbon Wings

Spicy Peach Bourbon Wings

Heat and sweet, the perfect combination for game time chicken wings. I will eat just one said no one ever. Get ready to lick your fingers and suck on the bone. These Spicy Peach Bourbon Wings are delicious!


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Pineapple Upside Down Trifle & Banana Pudding Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Trifle & Banana Pudding Cake

Mother’s Day is a day earmarked to celebrate moms. As a mom, I am fully aware that my children have been nurtured and cared for by many women! Nurture is an innate quality that most women have naturally and are taught by the seasoned women before them. Mother’...
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Collard Greens

Collard Greens

Collard greens are my personal favorite green leafy vegetable. For me they drum up many childhood memories that span across the many kitchens of grandmothers, aunties, or any gathering worthy of the preparation of these tender and tasty greens. Bagged precut greens were not of that error. I very ...
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Cheeseburger Pie

Cheeseburger Pie

I remember growing up and wanting to get my cheeseburgers from a fast food joint. If you grew up in a home like mine, fast food burgers came far and in between. If we had groceries at home, there was absolutely no reason the go by food from somewhere else. Either you ate what was...


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Mini Cookie Butter Lemon Pies

Mini Cookie Butter Lemon Pies

  Dessert is a sweet delectable treat that should be enjoyed by all. There is a greater fear of baking than cooking savory dishes. Baking is a science, that is true. However, there are some simple desserts that even the person who never picks up a pot or a pan can achieve! This mini cookie...


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Turkey Pot Pie w/ Herb Biscuit Crust

Turkey Pot Pie w/ Herb Biscuit Crust

  Winter time is the right time for the comforts of a turkey pot pie, and if you have leftover turkey from the holidays this recipe is for you. Quite frankly, this pot pie recipe will work great with chicken, beef, ham, or no meat at all! The filling can be made in advance and...


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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Who does not like macaroni and cheese?!  In VINCENT COUNTRY, you will not find one. We are fans and are extremely particular about the preparation. There are many ways to prepare this soul-stirring comfort dish, and for us baked is the only way to go. Macaroni and cheese baked is considered a casserole. For special...


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Three Bean Turkey Chili

Three Bean Turkey Chili

Game on! Football season is getting down to the nitty gritty and VINCENT COUNTRY is all in. It is the perfect time to whip up Chef Tommi V.’s monster pot of chili. It yields enough for a game day party, or you can break it down into batches of three and freeze in ziplocks. Chili...


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Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie

There is nothing like a sweet potato pie! While some may favor pumpkin pie, hands down sweet potato pie wins over pumpkin pie in VINCENT COUNTRY. My family might send me to the woodshed if I even attempted to utter the words pumpkin pie. There is something very comforting and reminiscent of down south that...


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Peach Cobbler for the Vegan in All of Us!

Peach Cobbler for the Vegan in All of Us!

For people who subscribe to being carnivorous in nature (ME 😃) the term vegan causes our ears to perk up. Not because we are curious to try the food, but because it does not translate into food we will enjoy. That is a result of the misconception that vegan eating is a “diet”.  The bad...


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Mean Green Turkey Burgers with Spinach Feta Pesto

Mean Green Turkey Burgers with Spinach Feta Pesto

Troy is a meat and potatoes kind of guy. He could easily go days without a vegetable, and not even realize he has deprived himself of nature’s promises! He is such a carnivore 😆! If I prepare them he has no problem eating them, but due to his work schedule and travel, he is the...


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Curry Shrimp Pasta Salad

Curry Shrimp Pasta Salad

It is summertime, and with summer comes barbeques and a many variety of celebrations. I always enjoy the menu selection during this time of the year. There is nothing like charred meats on the grill, but no summer celebration is complete without the sides to accompany the barbeque. There are staples, such as, potato salad, macaroni salad, coleslaw, and a faithful toss salad. All good in a nostalgic kind of way. I like to mix it up, some staples with some surprises. This year I added my “Curry Shrimp Pasta Salad” to the repertoire. It is a sure crowd pleaser and may just...


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Nana Edie

Nana Edie

If you grew in a kitchen similar my Nana Edie’s, you know there are no recipes! You watch and observe. In my case, I could not just sit on the sidelines. The attraction to cooking came early and runs in my DNA. I come from a long line of amazing chefs. Yes, I used the term chef, because that is exactly who they were. They cooked for the entire neighborhood on a daily basis. That sounds like a restaurant with customers to me! The difference is, it was a labor of love, and the compensation was watching...


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Roasted Tomato and Three Cheese Quiche

Roasted Tomato and Three Cheese Quiche

Yields 2 – 8” 1 – 10” deep dish Preheat oven to 350°F Ingredients: 8 Eggs 2 c. Heavy Cream 1 t. Salt 1 t. Pepper 12 Roasted plum tomatoes, diced – recipe on blog 4 oz. Smoked Gruyere cheese 4 oz. Colby cheese 4 oz. Jack cheese Tri-color tomatoes Fresh cracked pepper Pie crust...


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Pie Crust

Pie Crust

Yields 2 —8” to 10” pie crust Ingredients: 3 c. flour 1 t. salt 4 oz. (1 stick) chilled butter diced into small pieces 1 ½ c. iced water Combine dry ingredients into a large bowl Add butter pieces to dry, use a pastry cutter or back of a fork to cut butter into dry...


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Roasted Plum Tomatoes

Roasted Plum Tomatoes

Yields 12 Preheat oven to 325° F Ingredients: 6 Plum tomatoes, halved olive oil Balsamic vinegar Salt Fresh cracked black pepper Place tomatoes on a baking sheet lined with foil. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Place in oven for 40 min. Remove and cool.


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Coarse Blue Grits

Coarse Blue Grits

It is always fun to take a very traditional staple and funk it up. VINCENT COUNTRY loves grits! I decided to use blue coarse grits instead of traditional grits. To me there is a nuttier flavor and they cook up smoother. They are not a typical grit found in the grocery store, at least I have not found them. I order them fresh from a milling company. It is a fairly simple recipe. My tip is to stir often. 6 c. water 1 T Salt 2 c. Blue coarse grits 8 oz. mascarpone Salt and pepper to taste Put water and salt into a saucepan, bring to a boil. Reduce water to medium, add grits while stirring constantly with a whisk. Add mascarpone to grits, continue to stir consistently. Reduce heat to low and...


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Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad

Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad

Fresh corn on the cob just rings warm weather and barbeques! The weather has transitioned (fingers crossed) and it is time for outdoor entertaining. This a very simple salad power packed with flavor and vibrant colors. Ingredients: 8 Ears of corn 1 Pint grape tomatoes ¼ c. green onion, chopped 3 stems fresh oregano, remove leaves from stem 4 Fresh basil leaves 2 t. salt ½ t. pepper 2 t. Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb ½ c. Olive Oil 2 T. Balsamic vinegar Cut fresh corn off cobb, place in medium...


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Salmon Cakes

Salmon Cakes

Fish cakes are common place in southern kitchens. If you are like our family, transplants in the north, fish cakes were a menu staple as well. Our grandparents and great-aunties & uncles continued to pass along the legacy—inspired cooking. Fishing is an enjoyable pastime and creating dishes to accommodate the buckets of fish that made it into the kitchen required thoughtfulness and ingenuity. These salmon cakes are drawn from that inspiration, coupled with finding ways to incorporate the tremendous health benefits of omega-3 fatty acid found in salmon. Yields 48 —1oz. patties 24 —2oz. patties 16 —3 oz. patties Preheat oven to 375 °F 2 lbs. Salmon filet 2 T. Butter ¼ c. Maple syrup Salt and pepper (to taste) Line a baking pan with foil. Place Salmon on pan, season with salt and pepper Cut butter into four slices and place down...


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Blueberry Whole Wheat Waffles

Blueberry Whole Wheat Waffles

Waffles have become a menu item for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A simple addition of fruit elevates the mundane to magnificent! Blueberries are nutritious and antioxidant rich.   Yields – 12, 4×4 waffles Ingredients: 3 c. whole wheat flour (I use King Authur) 1 ½ t. baking powder 1 t. salt 2 T. sugar 3 c. milk 3 egg yolks 1 t. vanilla 1 stick of butter (melted) 3 egg whites (whipped to a soft peak) 1 pint fresh blueberries Separate egg...


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