• Chicken,  Dinner,  Flavors,  Grilling,  Proteins,  Recipes,  Southern

    Grilled Honey Barbecue Chicken

    A perfectly grilled, juicy chicken breast is a thing of beauty – and once you have mastered this take-it-slow technique, chicken success on the grill will be guaranteed, every time! Don’t be afraid of the lightly spiced paste, I was worried my children wouldn’t go for it. But slathered in the sweet honey glaze? They gobbled dinner right up! Print Honey Barbecue Chicken Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 6   Consider making a double batch of the spice paste and honey glaze. With dinner insurance in the fridge, you are just a step away from a savory dinner - simply brush some on grilled or seared meat, pork, fish or shrimp. The flavor…

  • Recipes,  Sides,  Southern,  Vegetables

    Southern-style Green Beans

    Green beans are a favorite of mine – grilled, roasted, steamed, sauteed – always delicious and enjoyed by the kids. But sometimes I crave them softer and more unctuous, and only a long-cooking time can coax out that level of flavor. I made these for Sunday dinner a few days ago, and served them alongside a baked ham. There’s an element of nostalgia in a meal like this…it’s comforting, delicious and feels like home – all on a plate of simple food. Print Southern-style Green Beans Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 8   I was a little apprehensive to make these beans for my kids, because they loathe mushy food, so instead of the…

  • Dinner,  Pork,  Recipes,  Soup,  Southern

    Black-Eyed Pea and Pork Chili

    This recipe was inspired by a chili article I read in Fine Cooking magazine. I have made sofrito for years, as a flavoring base in all types of soups, stews, braises and casseroles. But I have never ROASTED my sofrito as this article suggested, and WOW, it really intensified the flavors and made this delicious chili even better! One of the things I love about cooking – there is always a new skill, a new technique to learn and try. This is not a quick recipe, but on a cold weekend afternoon, I can’t think of anything more fun to do then make a big batch of this recipe. There…

  • Dinner,  Recipes,  Seafood,  Southern

    Shrimp & Grits

    A favorite of Jeff’s, and one of those dinners that I get excited to make AND eat! I love shrimp and grits and I know I’m biased, but I think my version is one of the best. This dinner is a great choice when you are entertaining – but don’t increase this recipe to serve more than 6…it’s fine to have to sauté the shrimp in two batches but beyond that you will feel chained to the stove, and what’s the fun in that? If you are looking for a perfect side, look no further than a salad with my Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette. My dear friend Carol from Brentwood, Tennessee,…

  • Recipes,  Salads,  Southern,  Vinaigrettes

    Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette

    I LOVE this dressing! If you spend enough time on my website, you will see that I am a little obsessed with vinaigrettes and marinades, and this is one of my favorites. This dressing is also one of those crowd-pleasers that is always a big hit at family gatherings, baby showers, you name it…people will ask for the recipe! Make a big batch for the fridge and you not only have a delicious vinaigrette but a marinade option for chicken, meat, pork or fish. Print Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 2¼ cups   While I call it “Vidalia Onion” Vinaigrette, any sweet onion works well, is much easier to find,…

  • Cooking for a Crowd,  Pork,  Recipes,  Southern

    Pulled Pork

    I have loved making pulled pork for years, and now with such a big family to feed, I love it even more! Over time I have experimented with so many techniques for cooking the pulled pork – grilling, smoking, searing –  but the one that works best for me, and is the most consistent and hands-off? Low and slow oven cooking. Tender and moist pork every time! Of course store bought condiments are fine, but if you are feeling particularly inspired, my barbecue sauce is sooo good with the pulled pork. http://gatherconnectempower.com/2016/07/classic-barbecue-sauce/ A new favorite is the chow chow sauce shown in the picture, find the recipe with my Southern Pork…

  • Chicken,  Love your leftovers,  Recipes,  Salads,  Southern

    Remoulade Chicken Salad

    Remoulade with anything…yum! After seeing a recipe for it with chicken salad in a mayo heavy sauce, I was inspired to come up with a light and healthy version using Greek yogurt. A great way to use leftover chicken and it tastes incredible! If you don’t have any leftover chicken, now is the perfect time to make my super simple poached chicken recipe. http://gatherconnectempower.com/2016/06/poached-chicken/ Print Remoulade Chicken Salad Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 4   One of my favorite ways to make chicken salad! This recipe would also be great at a Southern-inspired brunch (you could serve it on small biscuits) or perfect for a picnic. Happy cooking! Ingredients ¼ cup Greek yogurt -…

  • Dinner,  Flavors,  Pork,  Proteins,  Recipes,  Southern

    Southern Pork Tenderloin

    Pork tenderloin is such a great weeknight dinner solution, but this recipe is also interesting enough for company. The flavors in the rub give the tenderloin a subtle kick, but it’s mild enough for your kids to dig right in. All of the kids loved this dinner and I was left with just a few pieces after all of the older boys went back for seconds! The chow chow is a cinch to make, adds some grown-up interest to the meal and can be done ahead of time. The chow chow keeps great in the fridge and play the elevated and much more interesting mustard role in your fridge…enjoyed on…

  • Appetizers,  Cooking for a Crowd,  Recipes,  Southern

    Pimento Cheese Dip

    Jeff needed some “guy food” to take to poker night and I love to make anything the older boys really enjoy. I have noticed that all of them LOVE pimento cheese. It was so much fun playing around with this recipe – I was inspired by several Southern Living Recipe Collections. I streamlined in every direction and this really came out a winner! Print Pimento Cheese Dip Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 8 cups   I made this as a huge recipe which I know is crazy but I needed two batches – one for poker night and one for a bday celebration the next night. Feel free to halve! I specified this…

  • Recipes,  Sauces,  Southern

    Alabama Barbecue Sauce

    This humble little Mason jar doesn’t look like much, but inside is the most addicting and delicious sauce ever! The older boys, Jeff and I drizzle this on everything! I started working on this recipe to serve with brisket and pork a few weeks ago when we used our smoker for the first time. Since then I have made it each time we barbecue. In my weaker moments I like to dip ripple potato chips in it! Print Alabama Barbecue Sauce Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 1¾ cups   This sauce has become a staple in our fridge! Aside from tasting great with all type of barbecue it is also amazing on grilled…