Smothered Pork Chops

smothered pork chops

I will admit right here and now, I have a love/hate relationship with pork chops.  I have an infamous track record of picking up perfectly innocent, juicy-looking pork chops at the market and then cooking the life out of them until they are drier than dry can be.  However, the Southern husband is a big pork chop fan, so he has faithfully stayed by my side, eating dry pork chop after dry pork chop, waiting for the day that I will figure out how to make the tender, juicy pork chop of his dreams.  Well, wait no longer, love of my life...oh happy pork chop day! Read More & Get the Recipe

Barbecue Chicken with Alabama White Sauce

Barbecue chicken with Alabama white dipping sauce

We just got back from dropping the Southern daughter off at college in beautiful Clemson, South Carolina.  She's a senior now, but as all of you mamas with college kids know, one of the realities of dropping your babies off at college is that it Never Gets Easier.  Amid all of the packing and unpacking and trips to Walmart, there is this catch in your throat, and you immediately forget every naughty thing they have ever done and said because they are your baby and you are having to soak up every last glimpse of them right up until the moment you fiercely hug them goodbye.  And in the meantime if you are lucky enough to be sending them to Clemson, you eat some pretty fabulous barbecue.  Which immediately makes me want to make barbecue.  You'd think I would be able to come up with a South Carolina version, but this chicken barbecue with Alabama white sauce?  It's ridiculously good. Read More & Get the Recipe

Buttermilk Grilled Steak

Buttermilk grilled steak

One of my favorite, favorite, favorite recipes on this here site is the one for buttermilk grilled chicken, and I've gotten lots of emails from folks telling them that it is their favorite way to make grilled chicken too.  (It gives me such a warm fuzzy feeling to know that there's a nice big posse of folks all united in their love of buttermilk grilled chicken.)  Anyway, I figured what's good for the chicken might be good for the steak as well.  It couldn't hurt to try, right?  Yep.  It definitely didn't hurt. Read More & Get the Recipe

Buttermilk Cornmeal Pancakes


I recently posted a recipe for Gingerbread Pancakes with Buttered Apples (yum!), and as usual, the Southern husband was standing by in the kitchen as I worked on the recipe.  Also as usual, I was changing this and that and muttering under my breath about things that didn't go exactly right the first time.  And one of the things that didn't go exactly right was the griddle I used.  I have a gas stove and one of those griddles that sits on the burners, and it never heats evenly. Meaning that my pancakes took a while to cook right as I tried to figure out the best place on the griddle for each of them, heat-wise. Read More & Get the Recipe

Bibb Salad with Buttermilk Pepper Dressing


Okay, this recipe is about a lovely side salad, and I promise I will get to that very soon, but it's also about my love affair with mason jars.  The Southern husband bought me a case of twelve mason jars a while back, and they are arranged in plain sight on a shelf on the hutch in my kitchen.  I adore them and I want them where I can see them and where I can grab them whenever I need one, which is often.  Here are just a few things I have recently used them for... Read More & Get the Recipe