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Dixie & Eli’s Crock Pot Macaroni & Cheese

Growing up in a rural Southern Baptist church meant church dinners.  I can’t think of anything more exciting than the anticipation leading up to a Sunday pot-luck, covered dish, high calorie, comfort-food-rich Sunday church dinner.  Ladies would start bringing in … Continue reading

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Lakeside Chicken Chili

I know; I know!  It has been FOREVER since I have posted a recipe.  To be quite honest, when I started working in Newton-Conover City Schools and then started on my doctorate at the same time, I was pretty busy! … Continue reading

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Lakeside Tomato Pesto Bruschetta

Last weekend, I was trying to clean out my refrigerator and use some herbs and vegetables while they were still fresh.  So, I began to create a pile on my kitchen counter of the items I needed to use in … Continue reading

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Seasoned Pork Chops

There is nothing worse than a dry, chewy pork chop that tastes like leather.  Ick!  I have had a few of those in my day.  I am always looking for a quick and easy way to improve on pork chops.  … Continue reading

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Butterscotch Pie

I was born on my grandfather’s birthday in November of 1972. Stacy Brewer, who was my maternal grandfather, a firm believer in traditional gender roles, and the unquestionable innocence of Richard M. Nixon, told my mother – when my birth … Continue reading

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Crock Pot Lasagna

Once I acclimated to life in college at Western Carolina University in the fall of 1991, I didn’t make many trips home to Wilkes County, but when I did, my mother would always ask me what I wanted for dinner.  … Continue reading

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Crock Pot Apple Crisp

Ok, it’s official!  I am obsessed with Pinterest.  I know that I have been behind everyone when it comes to this web 2.0 tool, but I knew myself well enough to know that if I got started that I wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Chicken and Dumplings

No one can make chicken and dumplings like my grandmother could.  She would start with a whole chicken and let it stew all day with butter, chicken broth, salt, pepper, and flour, and then she would make her own biscuit … Continue reading

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S’Mores Cookies

One of our favorite pastimes in the spring and autumn is to build fires in the fire pit, listen to music, watch boats go up and down the lake, and relax with friends.  I always make sure to have the … Continue reading

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Tender London Broil

It’s not often that I can whip up a new meal that takes me back to my childhood in a vivid way. This London Broil recipe does just that. My mother and grandmother used to make incredible roasts, stew beef … Continue reading

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