Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Italian Sloppy Joes

SUPER EASY-TO-FIX ALERT! If you can saute a few veggies, open a can and fix some garlic toast, you're golden with this one! Seriously, anytime we have left over hamburger buns, traditional sloppy Joes are probably going to be on the menu. With a few substitutions, the Italian version blows that one out of the water. This dish is almost good enough to like more than lasagna. We paired it with a big healthy salad of Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, black olives and cucumbers. Since it's just Andy and myself, we had it again a few nights later. This recipe will feed four people or more depending on how you divide out the garlic toast.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Apple Jelly Made With Peelings and Cores

Who doesn't have apple trees growing their backyard or know someone who does and is letting them go to waste? Andy and I were picking apples (Granny Smith aren't quite ready yet) and I told him about a couple of apple trees that were growing on the land I owned many years ago. I remembered how our Amish neighbors always asked if they could gather them. Being the city girl I was, I said yes and couldn't understand how anyone could eat those little ugly apples. Little did I know, they were on to something. Fresh fruit raised with no pesticides, nasty coating  and who knows what else? Now I know better. These are so tasty, juicy, and are so much more healthier to eat. Spots and all.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Roasted Frozen Brussels Sprouts

I hear from a lot of people that they can't stand to eat Brussels sprouts. We are not those people. Granted, I have had a few bags of them that had a little "earthy" taste to them but I keep going back. I don't know what it is about them, but we can eat them like candy when they are roasted. When you read about all the health benefits of including these in your diet, maybe you could give them one more try. We started out fixing them with bacon and thought that was wonderful until we fixed them in a delicious gratin. Roasting them will not replace the gratin, but if you want EASY, here you go. Andy grilled a pork tenderloin; I steamed some carrots and we had a delicious, healthy meal in no time.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Jalapeno Popper Corn Fritters

Guest Recommendation and Contribution: Trent Kincanon 

Recently Andy had his work buddy Trent send me a FB message complete with the recipe and pictures for some Jalapeno Popper Corn Fritters. To quote Trent, they were: deeeelicious!! He gave me permission to use his pictures and said he Googled the recipe when I asked where it came from. I did a quick search and found the original recipe on ClosetCooking.com. I have followed Kevin Lynch's Closet Cooking blog for a long time so I don't know how I missed this one. Trent messaged me and Andy followed up with a text immediately after asking me to fix some. This week's menu is planned but Saturday night is looking pretty good for a plate full of these. We make squash fritters and potato fritters and love to eat them (more than we should). I feel pretty confident this one will probably get into regular rotation.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Grandma's Au Gratin Potatoes and Cabbage Casserole

When I started this blog in January 2012, I would have never dreamed of reaching the big 500.
I humbly thank you all for visiting as often as you do. ---Denise Grisham
Every Wednesday night is "Momma Night." When my Father passed away many years ago, we started having her over to eat supper with us on Wednesdays to give her a tasty reason to get out of the house. Typically, a phone call to my Aunt Kay is placed right after we eat on those nights. "Well, what did you serve your Mother tonight?" is the first question asked. If I tell her any type of pork, she ooos and aaaahs as I describe the meat and the accompanying veggies. One evening I had fixed au gratin potatoes. If you remember that post, we discussed my Grandma's recipe which included cabbage. As typical with my family, recipes were never written down.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Beef Ribs Smoked on the Bubba Keg

Do you see the juices glistening on this rib? Yes, they were that tender and that juicy! I always think of the beginning of The Flintstones cartoons and the drive in scene when I think about beef ribs. These ribs were massive! We have been wanting to fix them for some time and picked one lazy weekend summer afternoon. If you're from the South, you know how miserable the heat and humidty are...which made us choose the Bubba Keg to smoke these on. You can throw them on and pretty much forget about them until they are done. Just be sure to monitor the temperature! We grilled corn and okra to round out this delicious meal.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Squash and Zucchini Casserole

Summer 2016 will go down in our books as the "Summer of Squash." It is now August and we are stilling picking squash from the same plants. For us, this is unheard of. We've always planted a second time to get us through the summer. Amazingly, the deer have chose to totally ignore the summer squash. Unfortunately, my spaghetti squash and zucchini were not afforded the same treatment. Remember in the movie Forrest Gump where Forrest and Bubba are on the bus and Bubba was listing all the different ways to prepare shrimp? Well, you now have an idea of what we have gone through this summer.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Cornbread Dressing

Yes, it is August. With August, most Southerns know football season will soon be upon us and before you know it you will find yourself Christmas shopping and getting ready to prepare the family holiday menu.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Freezing Squash to Fry

Every day we are astounded at how much squash our garden has produced this year. The weather has been excessively hot and our county has experienced near drought-like conditions. This abundance must be the direct result of Andy's efforts after getting the soil test recommendations. The garden is getting run over with weeds; the deer have feasted on everything daily; but the squash is like my friend Martha would say: "hanging on like a hair on a biscuit!"

Friday, August 5, 2016

Putting on the Dog

"Well, aren't you 'Putting on the Dog?'" This saying has been one I've heard countless times since I moved to the South. What does this really mean and where did it come from? I did a quick Google search and found that "Putting on the Dog" is  when one makes a "flashy display" and it dates back to the 1860s and is a reference to the "lapdogs" the wealthy owned. In our household, my Mother preferred such comments as, "You have champagne taste and beer pockets" or my favorite, when she called after seven o'clock as we were just sitting down for dinner (supper), "Are you dining with the rich?" (It's called job, living out in the sticks and raising kiddos in the 1990s)

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


When you live in a small town, sufficient time must be alotted for visiting friends, neighbors and kinfolk when shopping. This is especially true if you go right before working hours, at lunch time or immediately after work. About a month ago I ran into my friend John White at Wal-Mart. (You can find several books he's published on Smashwords.com) We were catching up on what was going on in our personal circle and commenting on various world events and the like. We had a nice visit over by the book/magazine aisle and he left with me with a new food to add to the Grisham menu...Potacos. How have I not heard about this? I can't imagine why it never crossed my mind to fix it. You know we love a Barbecue Stuffed Baked Sweet Potato from time to time. I told him I would post about it as soon as Andy and I gave it a try.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Treasures Found in Recipe Boxes

The other day I saw a really cute Pinterest pin. It was a wall decoration consisting of matted and framed old recipe cards positioned around a rolling pin. As you can only imagine; I have quite a collection of recipe cards on hand to fill the bill. I am blessed with Grandmother Gaudette's recipe box (see repost below), Andy has Blake and Blair's Nanny or Granny's recipe box and I have one other in my possession that was headed...hold on, you won't believe this...for the trash!! More on this one later.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Denise's Goulash

Canning season has just wrapped up for yours truly! Nothing makes a person prouder than to have only one jar not seal properly the whole summer. One pesky pint of tomatoes held out pinging for me so I knew I had to get it refrigerated and used. Lasagna (I've been craving), stuffed shells or spaghetti? Which would it be? Lo and behold, the next day it seemed like every single social media outlet had posts about American Goulash. I haven't fixed that in ten forevers, so I thought I'd add my version out there while making use of the tomatoes.