How To Make Homemade Mayonnaise

homemade mayonnaise

My journey towards learning how to make homemade mayonnaise started a little over 30 days ago, when the Southern husband and I started out on the Whole 30 eating plan (and more on that later), but let me just say this right now: among the many other benefits of this past month, having to make my own mayo was a game-changer.  As someone who routinely makes her own ricotta cheese, butter and jam (and all of these are both ridiculously easy and one million times better than the store bought variety), you'd think at some point it would have dawned on me that mayo might fall into that category.  But no, I've only figured out a few weeks ago that eggs, olive oil, mustard powder, salt and lemon juice, my handy immersion blender and 5 minutes are the only things standing in between me and mayo that leaves the jarred stuff in the dust. Read More & Get the Recipe

Warm Ham and Potato Salad

warm potato ham salad

We are smack in the middle of fresh vegetable season...they have us surrounded, and I love it.  I'm looking for any and all ways to fresh-vegetable-up every meal we have, and this is one of my new favorite ways of dealing with the piles and piles of fresh green beans.  I buy them by the boatload at our local farm market, and while I am perfectly content to crunch on them just as they are, they are also the perfect mix-in with ham, baby potatoes and a light mustard dressing.  Quick and easy and summertime delicious! Read More & Get the Recipe

Honey Mustard Roasted Brussels Sprouts Pasta

honey mustard Brussels sprouts pasta

It's hard to put into words what it feels like to be the only, and I mean only person in your house who loves Brussels sprouts.  The Southern husband, the guy who has bravely and enthusiastically embraced everything from grilled macaroni and cheese sandwiches to chocolate-dipped bacon draws the line at Brussels sprouts.  The Southern daughter and her posse?  Hahahahaha.  Not even the dog will eat them with me, and she once ate a piece of the driveway.  (Not kidding.)  But I know, I just know there are other Brussels sprouts lovers out there, and so this one is for you guys.  My Brussels sprouts soul-mates. Read More & Get the Recipe

Easy Honey Mustard Salmon

honey mustard salmon

Well, we made it to the other side of another delicious Thanksgiving, and I don't know about you, but I had some good eats.  Turkey, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, creamed onions, pumpkin pie, stuffing and did I mention pumpkin pie?  And so now I am beginning to put together the glimmerings of my Christmas menu, but in between now and then I am going to sprinkle in some good and good for you healthy suppers so that I have a fighting chance of fitting into my Levis in 2015.  And one thing we'll be having more than once is this scrumptious and super easy honey mustard roasted salmon. Read More & Get the Recipe

Chicken with Bacon Mustard Sauce

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. Read More & Get the Recipe

Lobster and Brie Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

lobster and brie grilled cheese sandwiches

There's nothing that warms my hungry little heart quite like a good old grilled cheese sandwich.  I do love the classic, made with buttered bread and American cheese, but I also like to push those grilled cheese boundaries, which has taken me everywhere from macaroni and cheese grilled cheese sandwiches to grilled cheese croutons.  But this open-faced lobster sandwich covered in melty Brie cheese?  I make have finally found the pinnacle of grilled cheese sandwich heaven. Read More & Get the Recipe