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Perfect Chicken & Dumplings

Homemade Chicken & Dumplings is a comfort food classic, featuring flavorful broth loaded with tender chunks of chicken, sweet carrots, fresh thyme, and fluffy dumplings. I absolutely can’t wait to share today’s recipe with y’all. In fact, as I type this, my mouth is watering and I wish I had a big bowl of chicken and dumpling goodness in front of me right now…at 11:17 p.m. Consider it a late, late dessert, or an early midnight snack, or maybe just {Read More}

Garlic & Herb Roasted Potatoes

Simple, delicious Garlic & Herb Roasted Potatoes are crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and loaded with flavor, thanks to garlic, fresh rosemary, and fresh thyme! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…roasting is my favorite way to cook vegetables! Roasting not only enhances the texture, but it also brings out a deep flavor and natural sweetness in just about any veggie. And potatoes? Well, they turn from ho-hum to downright magical after a nice stint {Read More}

Parmesan Orzo with Lemon & Thyme

Creamy orzo pasta is infused with the flavors of Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, and fresh thyme in this summer side dish that perfectly complements a variety of entrees, from baked chicken to steamed fish to grilled steak! I have a little story for ya, friends. And it’s about a pot of orzo that almost resulted in a house fire. So one fine afternoon last week, I decided to cook up this light, bright, and delicious Parmesan Orzo with Lemon & {Read More}

Honey-Glazed Carrots with Thyme & Lemon

Tender carrots are glazed with honey, seasoned with fresh thyme, and hit with a bright splash of lemon juice in this easy, delicious side dish that’s perfect for ushering in spring! Okay, friends…so I have a new strategy. Last week I was all about taking advantage of the remaining chilly winter weather with a warm and comforting crock pot chowder. But this week? I’m over it. I am beyond ready for spring and, starting now, I’m going to will it {Read More}

Slow Cooker Corn & Potato Chowder with Ham

Let your slow cooker do the work for you with this creamy, comforting chowder, loaded with sweet corn, hearty potatoes, and flavorful ham. Winter is about to wear me out, y’all. One day (today), it’s 30°. By the weekend, it’s supposed to get up to 80°. Every time we get a taste of spring it freezes again, and every time we resolve ourselves to more winter weather, warm temperatures and sunny skies tease us, if only for a few days. {Read More}

Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon ~ For Luck on New Year’s Day!

Black-eyed peas soak up the flavors of garlic, bacon, and thyme in this savory soup that is said to bring luck and prosperity when eaten on New Year’s Day…but is so tasty that you’ll want to make it all year long! January 1st is right around the corner, and in these parts, that means two things: New Year’s resolutions and black-eyed peas! In the south (and perhaps beyond? Please enlighten me!), eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day supposedly brings {Read More}

Grilled Sweet Corn with Italian Herb Butter & Parmesan Cheese

There’s not much you can do to improve upon fresh corn on the cob. But if you felt up to the challenge, might I suggest grilling it and then melting herb-studded butter and Parmesan cheese over the top? Last weekend my in-laws bought a bunch of fresh sweet corn from a roadside produce stand and were kind enough to share some with us. We already had plans to grill chicken for dinner that night, which I was thinking we’d Caprese {Read More}

Herb Baked Eggs

Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day. And if you start your day with Herb Baked Eggs, I guarantee that it will also be the most delicious. You can’t go wrong with a Barefoot Contessa recipe, folks. Many moons ago, when I was a child-free newlywed with spare time to actually do things like — oh, I don’t know — watch TV, the Food Network was on a lot at our house. A lot. Back {Read More}