Baked Green Cheese Grits

Baked Green Cheese Grits

In Georgia, we take our grits seriously.  Whether it's Shrimp and Grits or Cheese Grits, we are ready for anything.  Show them how much you love them this St. Patrick's Day with this recipe for Baked Green Grits.  

Items needed:

3 cups Chicken Broth
1 cup Jim Dandy Quick Grits
1 stick Margarine (1/2 cup) (cubed)
Green Food Coloring
2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
2 large Eggs (beaten)
1 teaspoon bottled Minced Garlic
Pepper (to taste)
½ cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Non-Stick Cooking Spray

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8x8 inch or 2 quart glass baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. Over medium heat, bring chicken broth to a boil, then add grits. Stir and cover. Turn heat to low and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add margarine and stir until melted. Stir in desired amount of green food coloring. Add cheese and stir until melted. Add eggs and stir until blended. Stir in minced garlic and pepper until combined. Pour into baking dish. Top with parmesan cheese. Bake covered on the 3rd middle rack for 25 minutes.


Bourbon Balls

Make this special treat for your significant other this Valentine's Day!  Chocolate and bourbon always have a special place in my heart! 

·         9 oz. 60% dark chocolate chips
·         1/4 cup heavy whipping cream (or coconut milk for dairy free)
·         2 tbsp bourbon

For Caramel Swirl:
·         1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp butter
For Coating:
·         Cacao powder
·         Sprinkles
  1. Combine sugar and water for caramel in small saucepan on med. Heat for 10 min (1/4 cup sugar + 1/8 cup water)
  2. Add 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  3. Simmer 2 min, then add butter and remove caramel from heat
  4. Chop chocolate into small bits
  5. In a small saucepan heat 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream to simmer, remove from heat, pour over chopped chocolate in heat safe bowl
  6. Stir until smooth
  7. You may use the microwave in 15 second increments for additional melting help if necessary
  8. Let cool for 2 min and pour in bourbon, mix
  9. Swirl in about 2/3 of the caramel, marble style.
  10. Cover and place in fridge to chill for 1 hr
  11. Scoop out chocolate using a melon baller, roll gently between hands until round
  12. Coat in cacao or sprinkles by rolling ball on plate

Recipe courtesy of Brynn HouskaBreaking Bread XO

Thanks to David Nicholson Reserve for providing the bourbon to make this special treat! 


Dixie Vodka for the Holidays

Dixie is crafted from vodka 6x distilled from non-GMO corn. Dixie  then utilizes an innovative process called TerrePURE to strip out additional impurities post-distillation. Dixie comes in our base vodka, plus three all-natural flavors: Citrus, Black Pepper and Mint. As a corn-based product, Dixie is gluten-free.  Dixie Vodka is proudly blended and  bottled in N. Charleston, South Carolina. Contact your local package store to get The South's Best Tasting Vodka!

Here is my fave recipe from Dixie Vodka:

Just a Pinch Punch
1 bottle Dixie Mint Vodka
3 large tea bags (or 12 individual bags) for iced tea, or purchase your choice of pre-made sweet tea
4 cups water
1 cup sugar
fresh mint sprigs
4 cups of lemonade
8 lemon slices
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Remove from the heat and add in tea bags. Let tea bags steep for 5 minutes then remove. Stir in one cup of sugar until dissolved. Pour tea, lemonade, and vodka into preferred punch serving bowl. Add additional 3 quarts of water and stir together. Muddle handful of mint leaves in a separate bowl and add to punch ingredients. Cover and chill until cool. Fill mason jars with ice and pour in tea. Garnish with mint sprig and lemon slice.

Please drink responsibly.  


Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

In the South, Pecan Pie is a staple for any family gathering.  You know it is time for the holidays when we break out the bourbon for baking.  I hope you like this take on Pecan Pie with added chocolate and your favorite bourbon.

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Items needed:

1 (9-inch) frozen Deep Dish Pie Shell (thawed)
2 Tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
1/4 cup Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Light Corn Syrup
4 large Eggs (beaten)
2 Tablespoons Bourbon
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (melted)
1 ½ cups chopped Pecans
3/4 cup Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, salt, light corn syrup, eggs, bourbon, vanilla extract, butter, chopped pecans and chocolate morsels. Pour into pie shell. Bake on the 3rd (middle) rack for around 1 hour and 10 minutes or until the pie rises in the center and is set. Remove from the oven and let cool, then place in the fridge to chill for a few hours until ready to server.

*You can also omit the bourbon if you like and this pie is just as delicious!

BOGO RAGÚ at Publix + Baked Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

  • This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of RAGÚ® Pasta Sauce. All opinions are entirely my own.

Attention Publix shoppers, I have a deal for you!  RAGÚ® is running a BOGO (buy one, get one) event on ALL RAGÚ products at Publix NOW through Wednesday, October 11th. I know all of you love RAGÚ, so here is your chance to stock up on the family size jars of RAGÚ Cheese Creations Classic Alfredo Pasta Sauce   BOGO sales are always great and when you can purchase RAGÚ, you know you have struck gold.  Make sure to check out the Publix ad here for all the BOGO items.  

I love being there right  when the door opens to get my hands on some RAGÚ. It is always such a great deal when you can purchase these items at a discounted price, and buy one get one free, makes for great savings. If you don't shop at Publix, now would be a great time to start!   After checking the Publix ad, make your shopping list and run to your nearest Publix.

I purchased a family-sized  jar of RAGÚ Cheese Creations Classic Alfredo Pasta Sauce during a recent shopping trip at Publix.   I easily found it on the aisle with the pasta sauces, right next to all my favorite RAGÚ varieties.  RAGÚ Classic Alfredo is a thick, creamy Alfredo sauce that’s packed with Parmesan and Romano cheeses. It is made with real cheese and fresh cream so it is bursting with flavor. It is great on a variety of dishes including Chicken Alfredo.

I decided to make this yummy Baked Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo.  It is a simple recipe using ingredients I know my family loves and I hope yours does, too.


4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
10 ounce bag  frozen broccoli
21.5 ounce jar of  RAGÚ Cheese Creations Classic Alfredo Pasta Sauce
2 cups of grated Italian Blend Cheese.

Start by laying  the chicken thighs in a  2 1/2 quart casserole dish.  Salt and pepper to the chicken to your taste.  Put the bag of  frozen broccoli on top of the chicken making sure to separate each piece.  Pour the entire jar of RAGÚ Cheese Creations Classic Alfredo Pasta Sauce over the top, making sure to cover to chicken and broccoli.  Sprinkle the cheese on top. Put in a 350 degree oven for an hour, until cheese is melted and is golden on top.   Let  cool 10 minutes before serving.

I hope you have enjoyed this recipe!  Make sure to check out the BOGO Event at Publix and purchase the 21.5 ounce family size jars RAGÚ Cheese Creations Classic Alfredo Pasta Sauce !   


How to make the best Pumpkin Cheesecake

If you're a fan of all things pumpkin, this recipe is for you.  And it's cheesecake  Yes, yummy, yummy cheesecake.  If you have fresh pumpkin, use it.  I use canned for this recipe and everybody loves it.  Make two.  Make three,  Just make it.  You and your family will be delighted. 

Items needed:


1 ½ cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
3 Tablespoons Light Brown Sugar
4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (melted)

In a bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and light brown sugar. Stir together, then blend in melted butter with fingers. Press into the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of a 9 inch spring form pan.


3 (8-ounce) packages Cream Cheese (softened)
1 cup Sugar
1 (15-ounce) can Pumpkin
3 large Eggs
1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon Ground Cloves
1 ½ teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup Sour Cream

In a large mixing bowl and with an electric mixer, beat cream cheese while slowly adding sugar. Beat in pumpkin. Beat in eggs. Beat in cinnamon, cloves and vanilla extract. Beat in flour and then sour cream. Pour into crust. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees on the 3rd rack for 1 hour. Center should be set. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely. Place in the fridge for several hours to set.


1 ½ cups Heavy Cream
2 Tablespoons Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

In a large mixing bowl and with an electric mixer, beat heavy cream, sugar and vanilla extract on medium-low speed for around 5 minutes until soft peaks form. Serve with pumpkin cheesecake.


How to make Vampire Sangria

'Tis the season of all things spooky.  I DARE you to try this Vampire Sangria!   Don't be scared to try the recipe below.

    2 oz. Apothic Dark sangria 
   1 oz. Fos Greek Mastiha
   2   Black grapes
   1 Orange slice
    Purple sugar rim

Let me know if you  try this SPOOKY drink! 


Witch Finger Pretzel Sticks

Items needed
1 bag Pretzel Rods
1 (12-ounce) bag Green Candy Melts or Wafers
Vegetable Oil
Sliced Almonds
Wax Paper
Wire Rack

Place a sheet of wax paper under a wire rack. Lay out a couple of sheets of additional wax paper. Pour sliced almonds in a small bowl, set aside. In a small and narrow bowl, heat half a bag of wafers along with 1 teaspoon vegetable oil in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until completely melted. Tilt bowl and dip half of the pretzel rod down in the melted candy, turning to coat. Using your finger, run along the back of the pretzel to remove excess melted candy, then place on the wire rack. Place a sliced almond at the tip of each pretzel for a fingernail and let sit for a couple of seconds on the rack so that more candy drips off, then remove and run finger along back of pretzel again to smooth out candy coating. Place on a clean sheet of wax paper to harden.

*Use 1 teaspoon vegetable oil along with each half bag of wafers. Have damp towels handy while dipping pretzels. You will need to wipe the excess melted candy off of your fingers.


How to make a Halloween Graveyard Cake

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Let the chocolate fun begin!  My kids love helping me make this Halloween Graveyard cake every year.  Topped with  all things spooky and covered with chocolate frosting, it is sure to delight. This is the easiest thing you will make because it calls for boxed cake mix, Milano cookies, pretzels and Peeps.  If you cannot find the Peeps, you can always use large marshmallows and draw the eyes on ! I hope your family enjoys making and eating this as much as mine does.👻👻

Items needed:

1 (15-ounce) box Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
1 (5-ounce) package Chocolate Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
1 cup Sour Cream
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 cup Warm Water
4 large Eggs

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 inch pan and line with wax paper. In a large mixing bowl and with an electric mixer, beat together cake mix, chocolate pudding mix, sour cream, vegetable oil, warm water and eggs. Pour batter into the pan. Bake on the 3rd (middle) rack for around 35 minutes or until center is set. Remove from oven and let cool completely, then turn over onto a large cake plate or board and remove the wax paper.

Frosting & Decorations:

6 cups Powdered Sugar
2/3 cup Cocoa Powder
1 ½ sticks Unsalted Butter (3/4 cup) (room temp.)
1/3 cup Milk
1 ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies
Candy Corn and Pumpkins
Pretzel Sticks
Ghost Peeps
Halloween Sprinkles

Combine powdered sugar and cocoa powder, then sift into a mixing bowl and set aside. In a large mixing bowl and with an electric mixer, beat butter with powdered sugar/cocoa mixture alternating with the milk. Beat in vanilla extract. Frost cake with most of the frosting, reserving a small amount to place in a quart size freezer bag. Cut a very tiny slit in the corner of the bag and pipe words like “RIP & Boo” onto the Milano cookies, then set aside to let the frosting dry. Using candy corn, make a pathway on top of the cake. Line pretzel sticks on both sides of the pathway, going around the sides of the cake to make a fence. Cut small slits on top of the cake and place Milano cookies a little ways down in them for the graves. Place ghost peeps on top of the cake and decorate with Halloween candy and sprinkles.

Have you ever made a spooky creation for Halloween?  


Savory Shrimp Sliders

If you love shrimp, this recipe is for you!  Combine with herbs and spices to make a savory meal. Definitely not an average slider.  If fresh shrimp is available to you,it's even better!


1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp unsalted butter
3 tbsp olive oil, divided
2 cups peeled and cooked shrimp
2 tbsp parsley minced
3 cloves garlic ran through a garlic press


1/2 tbsp lemon pepper
sea salt to taste
freshly cracked black peppercorns to taste

Rinse and pat dry shrimp.
Place the shrimp into a large bowl.
Add the lemon juice, parsley, 1 tbsp of olive oil, garlic, lemon pepper, sea salt, and freshly cracked black peppercorns. Toss the shrimp to evening coat with ingredients.
Place a cast iron skillet or non-stick skillet over med-high heat. Add the remaining 2 tbsps of olive oil.When the oil is hot, place the shrimp one by one into the hot oil. Do not pour the shrimp into the skillet; you don't want the liquid, just the seasoned shrimp.
This recipe uses pre-cooked shrimp, so you are just getting the shrimp hot. Remove shrimp and place into a bowl. Set aside.

French Buns, sliced and toasted

In a large cast iron skillet over med-high heat, add 1 tbsp of olive oil. Spread butter over each half of the bun. Place the cut side of the bun down into the hot olive oil and toast until golden brown. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

red bell pepper sliced
cucumber sliced
red onion sliced
romaine lettuce thinly sliced into ribbons
jalapenos thinly sliced
sriracha mayo
roasted red pepper bruschetta

Build Sliders:

Place both side of the toasted bun on a plate. Spoon about a tablespoon of roasted red pepper bruschetta onto one-half of a bun, add shrimp, red onion, and romaine ribbons.
On the remaining half of the sliced toasted bun add sliced red pepper, cucumbers, jalapenos, and sriracha mayo.

Bring both sides together and enjoy.

Have I successfully made your mouth water?


Penne a la Vodka Recipe & a Giveaway!

This past winter, Momma Lew had the chance to get some insider tips from Chef Lorenzo of Academia Barilla on how to cook pasta perfectly! Find out those tips and get her recipe for homemade Penne a la Vodka here! untitled I've teamed up with Momma Lew to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a wonderful prize pack from Academia Barilla and Bialetti! You will receive Assorted Academia Barilla pasta and merchandise and the Bialetti Pasta Pot and Mineral DS cookware! One winner per household, email address, or home address. If you have won this prize on another blog you are ineligible to win again. Winner must have a U.S.-based address to receive the prize. Giveaway will end 5/10 at 11:59p ET. Good luck!   18155865_10155051937781183_1263294704996033781_o  

20 Summer Salads To Eat When The Weather Gets Hot

Warmer weather is upon us and so is the need for refreshing salads. Check out this list of  20 Summer Salads To Eat When The Weather Gets Hot!

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