Spicy Shrimp and Creamy Parmesan Grits

Spicy Shrimp and Creamy Parmesan Grits

Spicy Shrimp and Creamy Parmesan Grits




My recipe for Spicy Shrimp and Creamy Parmesan Grits combines the sweet, briny flavor of shrimp with the creamy comfort of grits.  The sauce is spicy, and slightly acidic, which balances nicely with the rich, creamy grits.  This is a recipe you’ll come back to over and over again, because it is easy, comforting, and absolutely delicious. Continue reading “Spicy Shrimp and Creamy Parmesan Grits”

Extra Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Extra Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Extra Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken





Extra Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken is the king of all comfort foods.  The combination of crisp, crunchy, breading and moist, juicy, meat is the culinary equivalent of a hug from your grandmother.  This recipe is perfect for a Saturday afternoon picnic, served with waffles for brunch, or for a classic Sunday dinner.  Whenever you decide to eat it, I’m sure you’ll love it. Continue reading “Extra Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken”

Sweet and Savory Sweet Potato Waffles

Sweet and Savory Sweet Potato Waffles

Sweet and Savory Sweet Potato Waffles





This recipe for Sweet and Savory Sweet Potato Waffles is a great variation on the classic breakfast.  These waffles have the crisp crust and fluffy interior of traditional waffles, but the sweet potatoes provide a deeper, more complex flavor.  Try these for breakfast, or better yet in the classic soul food dish chicken and waffles. Continue reading “Sweet and Savory Sweet Potato Waffles”

Korean Stir Fried Vegetables

Korean Stir Fried Vegetables

Korean Stir Fried Vegetables





Korean Stir Fried Vegetables are a great, quick and easy side dish, that is both familiar and a little different.  We’ve all had stir fried veggies, but the addition of gochujang adds a little bit of funk that sets these apart from a traditional stir fry.  These Korean Stir Fried Vegetables are a great accompaniment to Korean Grilled Pork Chops.  Give them a shot, and don’t forget to leave a comment to tell me what you think. Continue reading “Korean Stir Fried Vegetables”

Korean Grilled Pork Chops

Korean Grilled Pork Chops

Korean Grilled Pork Chops



Korean food is one of the least appreciated ethnic foods.  We’ve all had Chinese, Japanese, and Thai, but Korean seems to get forgotten.  These Korean Grilled Pork Chops are a great introduction to the flavors of Korean food.  The familiar aromatic flavors of ginger and garlic combined with the fermented spice paste gochujang and the Korean chile powder gochugaru provide the flavor base for Korean cuisine.  These Korean Grilled Pork Chops presents the flavors of Korea with the familiar All-American staple, grilled meat.  Try these pork chops with Korean Stir Fried Vegetables. Continue reading “Korean Grilled Pork Chops”

Baked Rigatoni with Sausage and Swiss Chard

Baked Rigatoni with Sausage and Swiss Chard

Baked Rigatoni with Sausage and Swiss Chard





I loved baked pasta.  This Baked Rigatoni with Sausage and Swiss Chard is packed with meaty, savory flavors that are more reminiscent of a spaghetti bolognese than the typical cheesy baked pasta.  A lot of baked pasta dishes, which I love by the way, are heavy, cheesy, and dense.  This dish is a little lighter but just as flavorful.

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Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Mediterranean Couscous Salad





Mediterranean couscous salad is an easy, flavorful side dish that can be on your dinner table in less than a half an hour.  Couscous, like rice, is a perfect canvas for flavor.   This Mediterranean couscous salad can be served hot as a base to soak up the sauce in stews and braises.  Or, you can serve it cold as a light side dish. Continue reading “Mediterranean Couscous Salad”

Corn and Jalapeno Hoe Cakes

Corn and Jalapeno Hoe Cakes

Corn and Jalapeno Hoe Cakes 





These Corn and Jalapeno Hoe Cakes are half pancake, half cornbread, and 100% delicious.  You can eat these with butter and syrup for breakfast or serve them on the side of a pot of collard greens.  The corn and jalapenos add sweetness and spice, that take these hoe cakes from ordinary to extraordinary.

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Quick and Easy Shrimp Étouffée

Quick and Easy Shrimp Étouffée

Quick and Easy Shrimp Étouffée





Étouffée is a spicy gravy that consists of sauteed shrimp and vegetables that is traditionally served over rice.  This Quick and Easy Shrimp Étouffée is my version of the New Orleans classic.  The inspiration for this dish came from The Warehouse in Alexandria, Virginia.  I had a dish of fried catfish smothered in shrimp and crawfish étouffée.  The fish was fried perfectly, but the étouffée was a little bland for my tastes.  My version of shrimp étouffée is a little spicier and has more of a deep seafood flavor.  Whether you smother some fried catfish, or serve over rice, this shrimp étouffée is quick, easy, and delicious. Continue reading “Quick and Easy Shrimp Étouffée”

The World’s Best Banana Bread

The World's Best Banana Bread

The World’s Best Banana Bread



Banana bread is one of my favorite things to bake.  What makes The World’s Best Banana Bread is the streusel topping and the rum glaze.  The texture of the nuts are a great elevates the texture of the moist soft loaf, and the sweet, slightly boozy rum glaze sends the flavor of this bread into orbit. Continue reading “The World’s Best Banana Bread”