Oh summer, how we’ve missed you. I think now is the perfect time to highlight a couple of simple recipes that perfectly reflect the lazy days of summer. Need a quick appetizer for pre-dinners or backyard patio parties? Try these caprese salad skewers. They take literally minutes to make, and they’ll go fast. And did you know that you can make s’mores at home without a campfire or a fire pit? Yep. These skillet s’mores are delicious, and they’re always a hit. 

Bon Appetit! 

This month, I’m taking into consideration the fact that many of us are incredibly busy. Whether you’re camped out at the ball park, running around to and from school (or teaching!), or just busily planning your summer vacation, these recipes will hopefully make feeding everyone a bit easier.  

I’m still crazy about my Instant Pot. I’m constantly coming up with new ways to use it, and this gumbo is excellent if I do say so myself. If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet, I’ve also included a slow cooker and a traditional method, too. 

Have you tried pudding cake before? It’s basically like having two desserts in one. This chocolate pudding cake will be a hit, I promise.  

Bon Appetit!  

Happy spring! I hope everyone had at least a little bit of a spring “break” this past month. If you just went to the beach, you know – it’s almost time for swimsuit season. That likely means you’re buckling down on your diet. Well, I’m here to help!  

I’m finally diving in and cooking with the Instant Pot. Where has this thing been all my life?! If you’ve got one, you know: this gizmo is a game changer. I’m having a blast discovering new recipes, and it really doesn’t get much easier than these teriyaki chicken tenders. Enjoy!

This month, I’m all about New Orleans. I just have the Mardi Gras spirit, I suppose. So, along those lines, I’ve offered up two of my favorite NOLA-inspired dishes. Red beans and rice is a classic dish, and it isn’t difficult to make. Just make sure you use the right seasoning (see below) and you’ll be just fine. And who knew you could make bananas foster pizza-style? Yep. Try this one and watch everyone’s faces light up when they dig in. 

As always, bon appétit! 

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope all of you had a great holiday break, but it’s time to get back to the grind now. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but after the holidays, I often want something different in January. This chicken saltimbocca is a perfect choice, and the sausage and cheese soufflé is a mouth-wateringly great option for breakfast, brunch – or any time, really. Both these dishes, in fact, are quick and easy to make.  

Bon Appetit! 

It’s time to kick back in the backyard (or anywhere comfy, really) and enjoy some cool, refreshing beverages. These are two of my favorite drink recipes.

Fall is officially here, though in Alabama, we don’t usually experience the “traditional” crisp autumn evenings. Still, this time of year, I always crave hearty fare – and this Crock Pot beef stew is perfect. It’s also a huge time saver, since I’m sure we’re all constantly on the go this time of year. And, if you’ve got a crew over watching the football game, this street corn dip is a huge crowd pleaser.  

Yep, it’s almost fall, y’all. But if you’d like to hang on to summer just a little bit longer, this month’s recipes may help. Few things say “summer” more than hot dogs, but if you’ve tired of the regular variety, give this Mexi-corn hot dog topper a try. And for a sweet treat, this M&M skillet cookie is a hit with everyone 

No doubt you’re super busy this month, but take some time to share a great meal with those near and dear. Bon appétit! 

Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s time to enjoy the new year with a little down time. The month of January always makes me want non-traditional food, and comfort food, and this lasagna soup is just the thing to satisfy. I don’t know many people who’ll turn down anything lasagna-related – including my husband and my daughter! Also, this honey garlic shrimp and noodles makes for a perfect, easy entrée.  

Here’s to a Happy New Year, and as always, bon appétit! 

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