Banana Jam!

There they are again.   Those brown speckled bananas that you were SURE were going to be long gone by now, but no…here they are.  But before you reach once again for that trusty banana bread recipe, walk on the wild side with me.  Break out the brown sugar and the cinnamon and let’s make some easy, no scary canning involved, spicy, creamy banana jam.  Yep, banana jam.

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Pasta with Broccoli Pesto

That’s right, you heard me.  BROCCOLI pesto.  Bright and colorful cheesy deliciousness spooned over your favorite pasta, sprinkled with parmesan cheese and loaded with good and good for you green veggies.  And it takes all of 20 minutes to put the whole thing together, which makes it not only delicious but super-speedy, which is my absolute favorite combination of things.  But let’s get back to the whole broccoli part of the pesto thing for a sec, shall we?
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No Fear Cheese Souffle

For the longest time, I was afraid of cheese souffles.  Afraid the way the dog is afraid of thunderstorms, or the way the Southern husband is afraid the Georgia Bulldogs are going to lose to to Auburn.  A deep sense of foreboding and visions of deflated, soupy cheese lurked before me.  And then I tried actually MAKING a few cheese souffles, and you know what?  Easy. Reliable.  Festive.  Delicious.  And no fear!
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Chicken with Bacon Mustard Sauce

Not only does this recipe call for one of my favorite ingredients (hello, bacon!), but it also uses one of my favorite ways to cook chicken…a method that I learned from various recipes I have gotten from my mama, and a method that is guaranteed…guaranteed, I tell you! – to leave you with chicken that is moist and tender.  Tender chicken is a wonderful, wonderful thing, but when you top it with a zingy bacon mustard sauce?  Now we’re talking.
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Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pulled Pork

Pork has always been a little bit of a challenge for me.  I seem to have this magical ability to take a perfectly lovely piece of pork and cook it so that it is, well, DRY.  And so pork and I tend to avoid each other until the Southern husband reminds me that he does love pork for supper every once in a while, and then I give the old college try one more time.  And just to prove that the whole if at first you don’t succeed thing is actually sometimes true, please meet a plate of tender, sweet, I can’t believe I finally did it slow cooker brown sugar pulled pork.  Oh Happy Day!
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Easy Cake Batter Fudge


Oh, this fudge.  I have to admit, when I first made it, I was thinking the whole time that while I knew it was going to be addicitively scrumptious (because, FUDGE), it also fell into the category of other, well, down-market items I have been known to serve my innocent family.  Frito Chili Pie, for example.  But hey, we can’t do fine dining all the time, right?  And, it’s cake batter fudge!  But as it turns out, later in the day I got some indisputable proof that my humble cake batter fudge was a little bit more upscale than I had been giving it credit for.
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