One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta Skillet

As the new school year approaches here in the south, parents are wondering how they’re going to pull everything together in the next few weeks so that everything gets done and the new school year starts off smoothly.

I am no longer part of that group, however, I certainly empathize after doing it for so many years!

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Dr. Dean’s Famous Dressing

I have been making this dressing for many, many years. I love it especially on tri-color pasta salad with chopped fresh vegetables. You can also use it as a marinade for chicken.

It’s basically a mustard vinegarette that a friends husband concocted. His name was Dean and can you guess what his profession was? ; )

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Southern Potato Salad

I had prepared a potato salad recipe from my mother-in-law that served us well for years. It was good, we were happy.

About a year ago, I found this recipe for Southern Style Potato Salad on Budget Bites, which is one of my favorite food blogs. Beth, the culinary talent who develops the recipes, is a fellow LSU grad with a degree in Nutritional Science.

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Split Pea and Ham Soup

Even though it is officially Spring, it’s still cool here in the southeast. During these chilly weeks, before Spring shows up to stay, this flavorful soup will surely hit the spot.

This particular recipe is delicious and the best Split Pea and Ham soup I have tasted. If you have some leftover Easter ham, put it to good use and make this soup (remember to add the ham bone for even more flavor).

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Southern Shrimp Cakes

I love to order crab cakes when we’re visiting a great seafood restaurant. Making them at home is a challenge. Buying crab at the seafood department at my local grocers is incredibly expensive and the crab is in a tin or a small plastic container. Not very appetizing!

We love to substitute shrimp which is much more plentiful and affordable. This recipe is supposedly an adaptation of one from America’s Test Kitchen.

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Whole Wheat Pancakes

What a fun treat for Valentine’s Day morning! If you can rise a little early you can treat your family to the most delicious and healthy pancakes and oven-cooked bacon.

I love to make this, especially on weekend mornings when I have more time. You can use real buttermilk in the pancake recipe or this recipe for homemade buttermilk using milk and vinegar.

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Brownies

While I like extravagant desserts, the simple pleasures of a Blackberry cobbler, or a Coconut Cream pie, heck even a Reeses candy bar, make me every bit as happy!

This recipe for brownies, warm out of the oven, with a good quality vanilla ice cream is one of those simple desserts that is so good. Yum! Just remember to sift all your dry ingredients and the end product will be light and will taste so much better.

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