Baked Rosemary French Fries

There is nothing more gratifying than some crunchy, well seasoned french fries. Of course, after making several healthy dishes for family and friends, I’ve been a little more thoughtful about making my favorite food more healthful. It was also important to use that bag of 5 pound potatoes I bought last week. So I present to you baked rosemary french fries.

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Spicy Shrimp and Grits

This spicy shrimp and grits recipe was very necessary after a hectic weekend. I needed a little reminder of my vacay with the ladies. A while ago my friends and I headed down to New Orleans for some good food and music. And that was just what New Orleans delivered. I couldn’t have asked for better food or a better time. It was just what I needed. No matter where we were, whether in a restaurant or a friend’s home, everything was delicious. So with the hectic weekend we’ve had and no sign of a break in sight, I’m missing New Orleans. Just a little.

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Bourbon Pecan Pie

It’s that time of year when people begin asking “what are you making for Thanksgiving?” “What type of pie are you having?” Pumpkin? Sweet potato? Well my friend threw out pecan pie. Huh. Well, that’s a new one for me. I’ve always stayed away from pecan pie because it’s always been too sweet for me. Of course, when we takes trips to the southern United States it doesn’t keep me from ordering it jus to see how it tastes.

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Sweet Potato Pancakes

What do you bring to a Thanksgiving brunch? Sweet potato pancakes. I’ve been mulling over this idea of Thanksgiving Brunch ever since we had brunch at my friends house the other weekend. The holidays can be a stressful time especially when there are so many family and friends to see. I remember when my husband and I were back and forth on the highway from afternoon until midnight trying to see all of our family during the holidays.

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Skillet Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread

My friend likes to have parties. For me, a party always bears the question, what do I bring? So, what do you bring you ask? I usually bring dessert. What’s wonderful about these get togethers, is that usually everyone contributes something. In turn, there’s always a dish or two that becomes the topic of conversation. At one of the parties, I was introduced to homemade cornbread.

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Mexican Pizza

My friends know I don’t need a holiday to indulge in food but Cinco de Mayo is this week and I just wouldn’t be a true American if I didn’t make a dish. True American. Yes, I said it. As my Mexican friends have made very clear, Cinco de Mayo is more celebrated in America than Mexico. Americans make a big deal over the Battle of Pueblo because it gives them a reason to party. Of course, it’s also a great opportunity to introduce Mexican culture. Typically with Mexican food and drink. Funny huh. But whatever works.

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Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

I’m not sure exactly when I decided I really liked Corned Beef and Cabbage. Though this is not a dish of my childhood it’s one that over the years, I’ve grown more and more found of. Though living in New York provided the opportunity to eat lots of different foods, I don’t remember eating dishes like corned beef or shepherd’s pie until I moved to New Jersey. Of course, as an adult I’ve never met a holiday I didn’t like. Especially, if it involved food. So for St. Patrick’s Day it’s Corned Beef, Cabbage and Potatoes.

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Baked Crab Cakes

Sometimes it’s hard to try to find balance during the holiday season. As a result some people find themselves buckling down when it comes to their finances others can’t stop spending. One area where we’ve become spendthrifts is food. We definitely treat ourselves to more rich or decadent or expensive foods during this time of year. One dish love to make sometimes for our New Year’s celebration is crab cakes.

 Several years ago we realized we go a little food crazy during the holidays. Since then we’ve put or planned a little extra on the side so we could enjoy whatever food we wanted during the holiday season. Besides, the holidays are meant to be enjoyed and that includes indulging in the foods you love.

One thing I try to do is clean out the fridge. I don’t mean throwing food in the garbage I hate waste. It’s actually why we started composting. I clean out the fridge by cooking the food that has ended up in the back of the freezer. The extra bits of stock, beef etc that sit in the back of the fridge. However, it also helps to make room in the fridge for the Thanksgiving ham or turkey. Lucky for me there was a bit of crab in the back of the fridge. Hello…

Crab Cakes

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients
  • 8 oz of crab meat, drained
  • 1/2 cup of bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon of  butter
  • 1 teaspoon of parsley
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon mayo
  • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon of old bay
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Melt butter and set aside to cool.
  • In a bowl combine crabmeat and all ingredients. Mix well.
  • Use mixture to make 4 patties.
  • Next place patties in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. (Mine ended up in the fridge for an hour.)
  • Grease a baking sheet and bake crab cakes for 25 minutes.

  • Turn crab cakes after about 12 minutes. Crab cakes should be lightly browned.

Serve these on hamburgers buns with tartar sauce and a squeeze of lemon or over a nice salad.

Add some french fries. Yum!!

Deconstructed Spinach Salad

The holidays get so busy I did not plan any specific dishes for the blog. But this deconstructed spinach salad was a life saver. My focus has been on trying to make an AIP Paleo dish to bring to my friend’s house for brunch. This dish allowed everyone big and small to get what they wanted and needed out of our brunch meal.

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