November 18, 2015

Crunchy Oriental Ramen Salad

Remember this salad?! I used to get soooo excited when Mama would make this growing up because a) it was so delicious but, most importantly because, b) I totally thought it was something special and exotic!

I was flipping through one of my old family cookbooks the other day and came across it and had to make it! There are 40'leven different versions of this salad floating around out there but this has always been my favorite. You can change up the veggies lots of ways but I think [and Mama agrees] you must, must, must get the oriental flavored ramen for this because the seasoning packet is what makes this version so special. I decided to add oranges to this batch but they’re not part of the original recipe – just use what you like!

And pu-leeeeease spare me the comments about how fattening ramen is and how the flavor packets are full of sodium and dehydrated gargoyle tears and blah, blah, blah. Just because this recipe has ‘salad’ in the title doesn’t mean I’m implying it’s entirely healthy. IT TASTES DELICIOUS. Period.

Crunchy Oriental Ramen Salad using coleslaw mix and ramen noodles! This retro Asian inspired salad is always a hit!

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November 16, 2015

15 Bean Turkey Soup

I’ve been cooking dried beans since I was old enough to reach the stove. I’ve had just about every variety under the sun and I’ve loved them all. So when I tell you this bean soup is one of the best I’ve ever had, that’s saying something!

I wanted to craft a recipe folks could use with leftover Thanksgiving turkey. But I didn’t want to have to cook a whole turkey this close to Thanksgiving to do it so I used what’s likely some of the most underrated items in your grocer’s meat department or butcher shop: smoked turkey wings and legs!

I don’t know if it’s just my neck of the woods, but I haven’t been able to get good ham hocks around here for quite a while. I officially gave up on them a year or so ago after ruining a pot of crowder peas with punky ham hocks. And that’s when I joined the smoked turkey wing camp.

So, a few things to know about this soup! You can make it with plain ol’ leftover Thanksgiving turkey or you can make it any time using the smoked wings or legs. Or you could totally make this with chicken!

If you can’t find the 15 Bean Soup in your local grocery stores, ask for them! My grocery store now carries all sorts of products they didn’t have before simply because I asked for them. Just ask the cashier who to talk to to request a product and s/he will point you in the right direction. My store has a list at the Customer Service desk where they notate products their customers' request.

15 Bean Turkey Soup! Perfect for leftover Thanksgiving turkey and also easy to make with smoked turkey wings or legs.

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November 9, 2015

Southern Cornbread Dressing with Sausage

My family’s favorite Thanksgiving dish isn’t the turkey. It isn’t the sweet potato casserole. It isn’t the cranberry sauce. It isn’t the mashed potatoes.

It’s the dressing.


So why do we only cook it at Thanksgiving if we love it so much?? I decided to make my Cornbread Dressing with Sausage this weekend so you can have the recipe in time for T-Day but also to show you how easy it is to make anytime you want it. And if you use rich, high quality broth like College Inn (they even have Turkey Broth – holla!) it will taste just like something you spent all day cooking. P.S… I can always find the College Inn broths at Wal-Mart

When I want to make it extra special, I add sausage to my dressing. If you like, use the sage sausage for a little extra “thanksgivingny” flavor :o) Or feel free to leave the sausage out altogether. Without, this is a great base recipe for traditional southern style cornbread dressing.

Ever wonder why some people call it stuffing and some people call it dressing? What I've always heard (and what makes total sense to me) is if it goes in the bird, it's 'stuffing'. If you serve it as a side dish, it's 'dressing'.

Southern Cornbread Dressing with Sausage! This is a super easy recipe made extra special with sausage crumbles (optional) and cornbread.

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