Mandarin Orange Fluff

Fluff? No, I’m not talking about that marshmallow goo that comes in a jar. I used the word “fluff” in the recipe title because when the ingredients are combined and refrigerated, it results in a fluffy, creamy bowl of goodness. I recently made this for a group meeting at church. I had never made the…

Three Bean Salad

This salad has been around for years and shows up in many varieties depending on the choices of the cook preparing it. I remember trying three bean salad when I was younger and I didn’t care for the wax beans. I told my Mom your food should not squeak against your teeth when you eat…

Cheryl’s Taco Salad

This is the recipe for my Mom’s famous taco salad. Okay, maybe it’s not world famous but it was definitely highly requested at all our family reunions. I’m not sure where she picked up the recipe but I have vivid memories of her making this throughout my childhood. Now she’s in a nursing home and…

Crawfish Boil

In celebration of Memorial Day and our 13th wedding anniversary, I decided to do a crawfish boil for my husband. He misses the days when he was further south and could get fresh mudbugs. Here in Missouri, we are landlocked and fresh ones just don’t stay alive this far north unless we want to pay…

Pork Steaks

Pork Steaks, sometimes referred to as pork blade steak, is a steak cut from the shoulder of a pig. Most commonly found in the Midwest and more specifically the St. Louis, MO metro area, these steaks are a cheap cut of meat from the area of the pig usually used for pulled pork. That means…

Fried Cucumbers

Fried Cucumbers? No, I’m not talking about it’s more popular cousin, the fried green tomato. These are your everyday garden cucumber fried to perfection with a crispy panko coating. Ya’ll this is the essence of summer dinners in my childhood! My parents always planted a huge garden every summer and if there was an abundance…

Strawberry Hand Pies

Pie. Who doesn’t love it? That all-American goodness surrounded in flaky crust. To me there is a pie for every season. Heading into summer, I’m all about the fruit pies. The sweetness of summer fruit makes these hand pies irresistible. Plus there is just something fun about carrying around your own personal piece of pie….