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Smoked Petit Jean Bologna with Smoked Jalapeno Mustard BBQ Sauce

My recent recipe collaboration with Petit Jean Meats is now posted on their website. I shared our method for smoked bologna, plus a smoked jalapeno and mustard barbecue sauce on their recipe website, Petit Jean Eats, today. Two smoked recipes for the price of one? Well, not really. The recipes are free. But certainly they are […]

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Turnip greens with chickpeas and tomatoes

We celebrated Husband’s last year in his 20s with a “meat brunch” (his idea, not mine) over the weekend. The party was a fun, casual, backyard affair with meats of every variety and a few brunch standards as well. Husband learned a few new tricks on the smoker, and I learned that you can, in […]

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Pimento Cheese

Every so often I get a taste of something that captivates my taste buds beyond redemption. Infatuation. Obsession. All-consuming passion. This weekend, I fell under the spell of pimento cheese. I was served a pimento cheese appetizer with house-made bread and butter pickles at a rehearsal dinner on Friday night and ate not only my […]

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Southern Pecan, Raisin & Coconut Granola

Homemade granola is such an easy, delicious breakfast. I love the flavor of the homemade stuff better than store-bought and I also love that there aren’t any strange preservatives. I’ve experimented with several different granola flavors, like cinnamon-raisin swirl and almond joy. The flavor combinations and customization options are endless. This recipe uses sorghum molasses to add some […]

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Savory Corn & Cheddar Waffle Ham Sandwich with White Cheddar-Mustard Sauce

I gave myself a bit of a Spring Break this week from sharing delicious recipes! The reason wasn’t a glamorous vacation, or even a staycation, or even leaving work at a reasonable hour. Nope, I felt like zoning out after work, but this was not possible due to the four dogs we had in our […]

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Honey & Brown Sugar Biscuits

Making biscuits from scratch is so easy. Honestly, it takes less time for me to whip up a batch of homemade biscuits than it does to muster up the courage to pop those terrifying cardboard tubes open. It’s an adult jack-in-the-box, as far as I’m concerned, and I am not a fan! The active prep […]

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Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Lentil Chili

The holidays are over, the tree and decorations have all been tidied up until next year, and we are just settling in for the rest of winter. We’ve been a bit relaxed over here in the Sparkle Kitchen lately. Especially Ketch:  Quiet nights in demand unpretentious dinner. We are already slacking from our first month […]

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Bacon and Blue Cheese Dip

My favorite spot for appetizers is Theo’s. We had an amazing bacon and blue cheese dip last New Years Eve at their Union Kitchen location. They serve the creamy, meaty dip hot, with kettle chips, and it’s pure indulgence at its most, well, indulgent. We rang in the new year happily and with plenty of bacon.This […]

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Parmesan Chicken Baked Eggs with Cajun Skillet Potatoes

When I first started reading cooking blogs, phrases like “there’s nothing to it,” “it’s barely even a recipe,” and “it’s just the most simple thing ever,” really, really aggravated me. Well, I’d say in my head, thanks for wasting the internet to tell us all about the time you almost cooked. Your contributions to the […]

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Southern Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m quite sure that I’ve mentioned that I’m a morning baker. And a morning cleaner, laundry sorter, dog walker, reader, thinker, over-analyzer, etc. On this particularly frigid morning, I was working on my recipe for chocolate chip cookies. I wanted to make them “Southern.” I scoured the cupboards looking for Southern ingredients, which I spread […]

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