July 27, 2014

Easy 3-Ingredient Chocolate Ice Cream {no machine needed}

Love Chocolate Ice Cream?  Make your own at home! ... Easily, with just three ingredients, and no machine needed.  You just can't beat that.

Finally, I say ... finally!!!  Huh, you ask?  Finally what?

Finally  the time of our actual move has arrived!  So the next time I enjoy this yummy, easy ice cream it will be in the comforts of my new home.  That's right, we close on our new home this week!  But man alive, ...

July 25, 2014

Sauteed Green Beans with Oregano

Sauteed Green Beans with Fresh Oregano are a quick, easy, and flavorful way to enjoy those wonderfully fresh summer green beans.  Get your fill of summer's produce before it's gone!

I've been trying to better about eating more veggies lately.  See, I'm a carb addict, so sometimes veggies get bypassed for ... well ... let's just say for less healthy options.  But I am  trying to be better.  I swear.

Fortunately, summer's fresh produce and garden bounty make eating more veggies lots easier!  And how quickly you can get these sauteed fresh green beans with oregano on the table helps, too.

July 23, 2014

Broiled Zucchini with Feta Crumbs

Three words for this Broiled Zucchini with Feta Crumbs ~ Quick.  Easy.  Yummy.  If you've got tons of zucchini coming from your garden, you'll want to check out this fabulous way to enjoy it.

Every couple of months I do one of my absolute favorite things ~ I take out a big stack of cookbooks, my 'torn-out-of-magazines' recipe folders, and my 'to create' idea notebook and spend several hours combing through them ... compiling a list of the dishes and recipes I'd like to work on testing and making over the next couple of months.  I could spend hours and hours culling through recipes, and be quite happy.  I usually end up with a list longer than I could possibly cook in an entire year!

When I sat down at the start of the summer to compile my list ...

July 20, 2014

Banana Pudding Icebox Cake {Dang, it's good}

You know those desserts that ... after just one bite ... make you say, "Dang!  This stuff's GOOD!"  Yup, Banana Pudding Icebox Cake is one of those  desserts.  It'll have you going back for seconds ... or thirds.

Oh my word, we are in love with this Banana Pudding Icebox Cake.  It was infatuation at first sight.  But then quickly turned to true love at first bite.  And I think Banana Pudding Icebox Cake will be in our lives for a very, very long time.

Yes, it's that  good.

July 19, 2014

Southern-Style Green Beans {vs. 'Northern-Style' ~ The Great Green Bean Debate}

How do you take your green beans?  Simmered & soft Southern-style ... or still-crisp, lightly steamed & vibrantly green Northern-style?  That  is the 'Great Green Bean' debate in our family!

When I moved from Vermont to North Carolina ... goodness, 20 years ago ... I learned there was a difference ... a big  difference ... in how Northerners and Southerners cook their fresh green beans.  See, there's Southern-style, simmered on the stovetop for a good piece, soft, and dullish green.  And then there's Northern-style ...

July 16, 2014

Mark's Ultimate Marinated Vidalia Onion & Tomato Sandwich

Piled high with fresh in-season marinated sweet onions and garden tomatoes, these Marinated Vidalia Onion & Tomato Sandwiches are the ultimate in simplicity and summer yumminess.

One thing my husband Mark is going to miss when we move in a couple of weeks are the onion & tomato sandwiches he loves to get at The WoodShed restaurant in Stanley, NC.  See, they're kinda an institution in these parts.  Super simple.  No fuss.  And totally yummy.  To my husband, they're the ultimate marinated onion and tomato sandwiches.

So, since I'm sweet sometimes, I decided to figure out how to make them before we move away.  The hubby says I have them recreated beautifully!  In all their super simple yumminess and glory.

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