NEW!! HELPFUL HAMBURGER STROGANOFF

When the kids were little (and we were broke), we ate Hamburger Helper quite often. The kids loved it and it was cheap and easy, so it became part of our regular supper rotation. Their favorite variety was the Beef Stroganoff mix... >>READ MORE HERE>>


PERFECT ROASTED POTATO WEDGES

I was leafing through an old community cookbook and came across a recipe for “Russian Banquet Potatoes” which caught my eye. There were no photos in the book but what drew my attention was...>>READ MORE HERE>>


SHUT YO' MOUTH FRY SAUCE

I woke up today and had a massive craving for French fries! Well, actually, I had a craving for fry sauce. Hello, peri-menopause, you wretch! So happy to have survived puberty and pregnancies to deal with mood swings, acne, cravings and...>>READ MORE HERE>>


SHORTCUT CROCK POT HAMBURGER STEAKS

I work from home now (one of the only good things that came from 2020!) but before that, I left home for the office around 7AM every morning then didn’t get back until about 6PM....>>READ MORE HERE>>

3-INGREDIENT CROCK POT CHICKEN TACO MEAT

I’ve seen at least two dozen recipes for crock pot chicken tacos and they all have one thing in common: salsa (or Rotel or something similar). While I was eager for a recipe for easy chicken taco meat, the recipes with salsa always put me off a bit...>>READ MORE HERE>>

SMOTHERED BEEF & BEAN BURRITO BAKE

My men-folk are “meat & potato” guys and aren’t too fond of many vegetables. And even though one is 50 and the other is almost 15, I do just what I did when my kids were little: I hide, sneak and smuggle vegetables...>>READ MORE HERE>>

MEXICAN RESTAURANT-STYLE RICE

My family LOVES to eat at our local Mexican restaurant. They will choose going there over any other restaurant 9 out of 10 times. And the thing that every single one of us makes sure to order each time?...>>READ MORE HERE>>

NO-BOIL NO-BROWN ITALIAN SAUSAGE & PASTA BAKE

I recently saw a recipe for baked ziti using uncooked pasta and thought it sounded too good to be true - just dump and bake! It was a vegetarian recipe but I knew if I ever tried it, I’d want to add meat because my family would revolt if...>>READ MORE HERE>>


BAKED BLACKENED COD

Growing up, one of my favorite things to eat was Blackened Rockfish. Rockfish is what we call large striped bass here in my neck of South Carolina and we caught ours in the Congaree River which starts in Columbia where the...>>READ MORE HERE>>

CHARLESTON RED RICE

When you’re from South Carolina and take a beach vacation, more often than not, you seek out the smaller, less popular beaches to avoid the crowds and [cough] tourists. Growing up, our hidden coastal getaway was Edisto Beach which is...>>READ MORE HERE>>

BLACK FOREST OREO DESSERT

My recipes fall into a few basic categories: classic recipes almost everyone’s heard of, Southern favorites, family recipes I grew up with, original recipes I developed and… then… there are the recipes that came about from pure-T accident...>>READ MORE HERE>>

CHEESY PIEROGI & KIELBASA CASSEROLE

Other than the pierogi and kielbasa, you probably already have all the other ingredients you need to make this in your pantry and fridge. And who knows, maybe you have the pierogi and kielbasa. Maybe you’re awesome like that...>>READ MORE HERE>>


PECAN CREAM POUND CAKE WITH THE BEST PECAN CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

If you want to win the cotillion bake sale, outshine your sister-in-law at Sunday dinner or otherwise prove your baking prowess, this is the recipe for you! If you want to be the one known for THE BEST pecan cream cheese frosting in six counties...>>READ MORE HERE>>


SOUTHERN-STYLE CROCK POT CHICKEN & RICE

I have wanted to try cooking a big batch of rice in a recipe like this in a slow cooker FOREVER! I never did because I was scared since rice can be so persnickety and who wants to spend a whole day and a bunch of chicken on...>>READ MORE HERE>>


KOREAN CUCUMBER SALAD

When I tell you this is my latest obsession I am not exaggerating one bit!! The first time I made this I ATE IT ALL in the span of just an hour or two while the family watched a movie. I texted my BFF a picture of the empty bowl and admitted...>>READ MORE HERE>>


CRISPY CHICKEN FRITTERS (MADE WITH CANNED CHICKEN!)

Oh, 2020, ain’t you something. The only good thing I can say about this year is that it’s what caused me to create this recipe. And I looooove this recipe! When the Coronavirus first hit, the grocery stores emptied around here...>>READ MORE HERE>>


EASY ITALIAN SAUSAGE & CHEESE MANICOTTI

I’m going to add personal chauffeur to my list of job skills because I swear, sometimes I feel like I spend more time driving my kids around than I do anything else. And they don’t tip! Or give me gas money...>>READ MORE HERE>>


ONE-BOWL BROWNIE COOKIES

You know that corner piece of the pan of brownies that everybody fights for? The one that has the lacy, chewy, crackly edges that makes for the perfect bite because it’s nuzzled up next to the fudgy, pillowy soft part of the brownie...>>READ MORE HERE>>


NO-BAKE MONSTER COOKIES

Husband and our oldest are in Canada visiting family. And I am OVER IT. At first I thought it would be a fun change of pace for it to just be me and the younger kiddos for a few days… we’d eat at restaurants Daddy doesn’t like, we’d... >>READ MORE HERE>>


CHICKEN SCAMPI with GARLIC PARMESAN RICE

Did you know that scampi is an actual thing? I didn’t! I was doing a little research before I wrote this recipe post and learned that scampi isn’t merely a way of cooking garlicy shrimp but it’s actually the original crustacean used... >>READ MORE HERE>>


MEXICAN STREET CORN (ESQUITES)

I don’t have some amazing story about how I first came to try Mexican Street Corn. I wasn’t hiking through Guadalajara, I wasn’t at some resort in Cabo. I... errrrm... well, I fell in love with it at Chili’s. Ha! .... >>READ MORE HERE>>


SPIFFY JIFFY CORNBREAD

I grew up eating Jiffy cornbread, which we referred to a ‘sweet cornbread’. We also made a more rustic, homemade cornbread that wasn’t sweetened, which we just simply called ‘cornbread’. Jiffy is made with flour and cornmeal … >>READ MORE HERE>>


CROCK POT CHICKEN & GRAVY

I am so completely IN LOVE with this recipe! It’s taken me several attempts to get it juuuuust right but now that I have, we eat this all the time! Husband even asked for it again last weekend, which is saying a lot since he doesn’t… >>READ MORE HERE>>


THE BEST CHOCOLATE SHEET CAKE

This cake is so decadently delicious and sinfully addictive that we call it the dang devil cake! When you make it you won’t be able to stay out of it because it’s the devil, I tell ya! The last time Mama brought this over to the house… >>READ MORE HERE>>


BEEF STROGANOFF

You know how there are certain favorite recipes that you associate with people? Like, when I think of chicken and dumplings, I think of my Nanny. And how I’d walk into her house and there would be strips of pastry covering every surface of... >>READ MORE HERE>>


TACO RICE SKILLET WITH QUESO

A one-pan skillet dinner recipe made with ground beef, taco seasoning and Mexican style rice drenched in an easy queso cheese sauce. My baby boy’s absolute favorite type of food in the world is Mexican. When the family’s going... >>READ MORE HERE>>


HAMBURGER & POTATO CASSEROLE

Our house used to be the default party house. Husband and I both love to entertain and we have a pretty cool backyard for kids (pool, basketball, trampoline, cornhole, etc.) so everyone always seemed to land at our house on the weekends... >>READ MORE HERE>>


IMPOSSIBLE 5-INGREDIENT CHOCOLATE CAKE

I’ve mentioned them before, but we have two families that we spend a lot of time with. We’ve all sort of become family to each other over the years and it’s great because none of us has much family in the area. Anyway, we got together one night to celebrate a birthday and my friend, Amanda, had made a chocolate cake... >>READ MORE HERE>>






13 comments:

  1. Where have you been , just came across your site, Love it.

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  2. Your site has changed my whole way of thinking! I am just coming into my own with cooking and I love all of your stories/recipe's. I cant wait to try them all!!!! Thank you

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  3. Love your comments on the recipes. As far as the Jailhouse Rice-maybe hubby was thinking of Elvis as he was pacing the floor, "dancing to the Jailhouse Rice..."!

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  4. How do I preserve my amish 30 day cake starter! Do I have to feed it?

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  5. I am always amazed at how I can get one newsletter from you and end up printing off 5-8 recipes. I have made your Crock-Pot Pulled Pork and Greasy Rice so many times I have lost count. When the roasts go on sale then that is the one that is made - nobody ever turns that down. Your family and community are so lucky to have you - you are doing a great job!

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  6. I seen your Friendship Cake recipe & read through the comments. I have made this recipe for more than 30 years. I have never put the starter in the refrigerator. I strain it thoroughly & put it on a shelf until I use it the next year. I'm 77 & still alive! 😁

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  7. Hey Mandy, just wanted to say hi to you sand to let you know that i make at least 1 of your recipes every week. It is usually 4 or 5 but for sure at least one. I love the way you cook, and your recipes. by the way did you ever get to make the Moko Loco, recipe? I hope you liked it as much as we do here in my house. Thank you Mandy for the great recipes and I will talk to you soon.
    Donna

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  8. OMG Mandy
    I made your hush puppies for dinner last night, along with you Salmon patty recipe, what a hit it was. I did however make a huge batch of hush puppies and I'm glad I did, we all ate like pigs, but it was so good. Thank you so much. Donna

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  9. Hello Mandy,

    I'm loving your recipes so much. Some reminds me of my passed on Grandma and Aunties recipes. I'm so glad I came across your page thru Favesouthernrecipes. Again thank you for posting your prize possession's. :)

    Nell

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  10. I absolutely love all of your recipes! I have made many, many of them Thanks so much

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  11. I love love love your recipes Mandy, I'm making your beefy bean burritos tonight

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  12. I love love love your recipes Mandy, I'm making your beefy bean burritos tonight

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Hi there! While I’m not able to respond to every comment, I try hard to answer any questions that haven’t been addressed in the post, recipe or in other comments.

I can tell you now 1) I have no idea if you can substitute Minute Rice or brown rice in my recipes because I’ve never used them and 2) If I know how to convert a recipe to a Crock Pot version, I will make a note about it (otherwise, I don’t know).

And though I may not respond to them all, I do read each and every comment and I LOVE to hear from you guys! Thanks, y’all! - Mandy