Layered Taco Salad

layered taco salad

This layered taco salad came out of my endless enthusiasm for making pretty much anything for dinner that has the word "taco" in it.  Good old regular tacos are one of the best things ever invented, so it stands to reason that anything that riffs off of tacos has a good chance of being a hit at the supper table.  Tacos, you never let me down.  And so now that it is getting to be the time of year when salads are the order of the day, I wanted to add yet another taco salad to my repertoire of taco deliciousness.  This time in a layered version, full of spicy meat, sweet cornbread, shredded cheese and lots of cool and crunchy veggies.  Here goes! Read More & Get the Recipe

Smoked Salmon Potato Bites

smoked salmon potato bites

I don't make things with smoked salmon that often - I'm not sure why, because whenever we have it I remember that it is tender and salty and tastes like the ocean.  But I tend to like it in little bits, like the recipe for everything scrambled eggs that I posted last week, which means that whenever I buy it I tend to have leftover smoked salmon in the fridge.  And while I always can and do whirl some of it into a salmon cream cheese spread, this time I decided to try it as part of a little appetizer.  Meaning that once again the Southern husband got appetizers for dinner.  (He didn't seem to mind.) Read More & Get the Recipe

Pasta with Buttered Sour Cream and Bacon


Sometimes when you are contemplating the inside of your refrigerator wondering what to make for supper, wonderful things can happen.  This was the case when I was contemplating the inside of my own fridge, gazing at the remains of a container of sour cream, the last couple of scallions in the bunch, a stick of butter and of course, the package of bacon that is always in there.  What happened next was pasta with a buttered sour cream and bacon sauce that is going into permanent rotation in our house! Read More & Get the Recipe

Butter Biscuits


This is one of what I call my secret weapon recipes.  Secret weapon recipes are those recipes that you can completely, totally, 1000% rely on to work Every Single Time, and that are also a little bit different and a whole lot of delicious.  I count my scrambled eggs with ricotta and chives in this category, as well as my recipe for naked ravioli and my beloved Blue Dory cookie recipe too.  These delectable biscuits are the biscuit version of my secret weapon recipe, and let's just say that the first time I made them, the Southern husband ate all of them.  In one day.  A full biscuit recipe, gone just like that.  It was both alarming and highly satisfying all at the same time...and here's how it's done. Read More & Get the Recipe

Beef Stroganoff Spaghetti and Meatballs


I love making the Southern husband his suppertime favorites. As a result, shrimp and grits are frequently on the menu, along with okra and various things made with scallops, and he's always perfectly happy with good old fashioned burgers on the grill.  But every now and again I remember that he loves beef stroganoff...and then I don't make it.  There's something that feels so fancy and serious about it that I just can't pull it together for a Tuesday night.  And then one day it occurred to me that maybe the Tuesday night version was not the steak and mushrooms and egg noodles version.  Maybe it was the meatballs and shallots and spaghetti version. Read More & Get the Recipe

Cookie Sheet BBQ Nachos


One of the things I am trying to get better about is putting up recipes that are around the right time for things you might be celebrating in your house.  In this case, I've got my eye on this upcoming Sunday, which is Cinco de Mayo.  Cinco de Mayo is, of course, a celebration of Mexican heritage and history (although in my family we also know it as my brother and sister-in-law's wedding anniversary.  They got married in Ireland. What can I say...we are a tricky international group, my family).  Anyway, here I am being all organized and offering you a completely inauthentic but very scrumptious recipe for cookie sheet bbq nachos to help celebrate the day. Read More & Get the Recipe