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  • Cat head biscuits really are huge, but they are soft, pillowy, easy drop biscuits you don't have to roll or cut.

Cat head biscuits

By |April 27, 2016|

Why are these called cat head biscuits? Some highly observant person looked at them and said “Hey. These things are as big as a cat’s head.” What a big observation that was. But the truth is, they really are huge and soft, and pillowy and wonderful. Oh–and easy. You don’t even have to roll these or cut them out. Just mix them up and drop them in the pan.  […]

  • Piled high with cheesy filling, overstuffed loaded potatoes take a microwave shortcut and are ready in just 30 minutes.

Loaded Overstuffed Baked Potatoes

By |April 26, 2016|

Loaded overstuffed baked potatoes–look at those piles of cheesy filling topped with green onions in a crispy potato shell. They only take 30 minutes and use a great microwave shortcut so you can make these any night of the week or for your next get together. 

No I didn’t burn the tops of these. Well, okay […]

  • Strawberry angel food lush is the perfect spring dessert and potluck star--plus it's easy to make!

Strawberry angel food lush

By |April 21, 2016|

Like my lop-sided strawberry angel food lush? That’s just how this dessert goes. Free-form layers of cake, cream cheese, whipped cream and tangy berries with all the goodness you can want in a spring dessert. Have a potluck or graduation around the corner? Try these in a big 9×13 or individual servings for a special touch.  […]

  • Chicken and broccoli with polenta is truly FAST to make and only looks fancy thanks to some serious grocery store shortcuts.

Chicken and polenta with broccoli

By |April 18, 2016|

You know what makes chicken and polenta with broccoli such a simple meal to make? We’re taking some serious help from the store today for a meal that you get to pile together in a bowl and devour in no time (literally, like 15 minutes). I know it looks fancy but that’s what happens when you are a professional trickster like I am.  […]

  • Low calorie, high protein and huge flavor in a 20 minute main dish? You get it all in tilapia with spicy fresh salsa. Just a few basic ingredients come together to taste like so much more.

Tilapia with spicy fresh salsa

By |April 13, 2016|

Tilapia with spicy fresh salsa is a healthy person’s dream. Or the busy mom’s dream. Thaw out some low-calorie tilapia, roast it and top it with a spicy pico salsa and it just morphs into a depth of flavor most people couldn’t get in 20 minutes. But you can. You are a flavor ninja.  […]

  • Southern to its roots, wilted lettuce salad isn't floppy lettuce with dressing. It's a sweet and sour flavor explosion. No floppy lettuce needed.

Wilted Lettuce Salad

By |April 10, 2016|

I asked a reader what wilted lettuce salad was and she said “Oh…I think I’ve had some of that before. You mean floppy lettuce that was too old to be served and we ate it anyway?” I laughed. Poor girl is from the West Coast, bless her heart.  […]

  • Whoa. This blueberry streusel cake is easy to make (you don't even need to soften butter) but it's sweet comfort at it's best.

Blueberry Streusel Cake

By |April 5, 2016|

Why is blueberry streusel cake one of the seven wonders of the world? Because it’s so easy to make–you don’t even need to soften the butter for this comfort classic. Made rich and tangy with TONS of sour cream, you just throw in frozen blueberries and an hour later, you can act like it was hard when you put it on the table. Throw some flour on your face and practice your best struggling baker act.  […]

  • A pomegranate avocado smoothie is my go-to breakfast many mornings. Low fat, packed with protein and boosted by fruit , it gets me through till lunch

Pomegranate smoothie with avocado

By |March 30, 2016|

Great time of day in the morning woman–have you lost your mind? And to answer you, no I haven’t. If you have never tried a pomegranate smoothie with avocado, let me just tell you what you’re missing. You’re missing rich, creamy, low-fat, protein-packed boosts of fruity goodness. That’s what. Open your mind with me for a moment… […]

  • Love fried chicken? Crispy fried chicken tenders are the crunchy, savory, perfect addition to any dinner table. Classic!

Crispy Fried Chicken Tenders

By |March 23, 2016|

Oh look. Another chicken recipe. In a rut much Rachel? This crispy fried chicken tenders recipe may be my last clucker (no that’s not a typo) for a while but I had too. Why BECAUSE THERE IS NO FRIED CHICKEN ON THIS BLOG.  How have I done that? I’m a southern cook. What in the world is wrong with me?! […]

  • I had a minute to grab this shot after everything was finished. I knew no one would believe me if I didn't.

How to birth a cow in your socks (Funny Farm Stories)

By |March 19, 2016|

Ready for a funny farm story? In this edition of This Country Life I’ll fill you in on how to loose two pairs of shoes in the mud (and cow poop) and birth a calf in your socks. Because you just can’t make this stuff up.  […]