Daddy’s Garden and Tomato Recipes

Tomatoes and Daddy's Garden . . . Ripe, juicy tomatoes are the king of a garden. When they are home-grown and allowed to ripen on the vine, they are full of healthy vitamins and minerals, that our bodies need. In fact, they are packed with Vitamins A and C, calcium, potassium, and lycopene. And, the flavor of vine-ripened tomatoes far exceeds that of those shipped into the stores. Though we think of tomatoes as a vegetable, they are actually a fruit. I found this to be interesting, my state, Arkansas, uses tomatoes as both the state fruit and the state vegetable. Most people who eat tomatoes slice them for sandwiches, toss them in salads, or cook them in sauces. Some people can them or make juice. But anyway you eat tomatoes,  they are … [Read more...]

Jennifer’s Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese, an easy side dish!

Jennifer's Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese . . . an easy side dish! My daughter-in-law, Jennifer, made her Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese as a side dish for our Family Easter Dinner. The recipe I usually make is Mama's Macaroni and Cheese which has to bake in the oven. But, since the oven was full of Hash Brown Potato Casseroles, Unbundled Green Beans, and then Grandmama Hall's Buttermilk Biscuits, Jennifer's stovetop mac and cheese was the perfect choice to add another needed side dish! Making Jennifer's Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese . . . Jennifer's Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese has just a few ingredients which makes it simple and easy to prepare: a package of noodles a box of Velveeta cheese milk butter And, making it is … [Read more...]

Four Potato Casseroles for your Easter Dinner!

Four Potato Casserole for your Easter Dinner . . . Our four favorite potato casserole recipes are Mama's Hash Brown Potato Casserole and Grandmama Hall's Scalloped Potato Casserole, our Mashed Potato Casserole, and, of course, Grandmama Hall's Potato Salad, which, technically, isn't a casserole:) All are perfect for your family's Easter Dinner. The first two are traditional, while the Mashed Potato Casserole is a new one on our list. And, Grandmama's Potato Salad is always an excellent choice to go with your Easter ham. Mama's Hash Brown Potato Casserole Recipe. . . My mother found her Hash Brown Potato Casserole recipe when we were young marrieds with our own small families. I can't remember a holiday without this potato casserole … [Read more...]

Sweet and Spicy Glazed Carrots for a not-so-typical side dish!

Sweet and Spicy Glazed Carrots for a delicious side dish! A few years ago, I ran across this recipe for Sweet and Spicy Glazed Carrots. I had never particularly liked carrots, but after tasting these, immediately, my thoughts and taste changed regarding this often-overlooked vegetable! Where I would hardly ever eat them before, I couldn't eat enough of them! Why carrots? Carrots are available throughout the year and are relatively inexpensive. That makes them an excellent vegetable choice to keep on hand at all times. Plus, the carrots are associated with many health benefits. You can read an article about this on Some of these health benefits include: Cardiovascular Vision Anti-Cancer With all the … [Read more...]

Unbundled Green Beans, an easy side dish!

Green Bean Bundles. . . unbundled! Green beans are a go-to vegetable/ side dish in my family. And, we have found a NEW way  to make them--Unbundled Green Beans! Over the years, we have made these green vegetables a number of ways . . . Hazel's Green Beans, and Green Bean Bundles to name two of our favorites. But, after eating Kristy Mott's green beans, which were just like our Green Beans Bundles, but UNBUNDLED, I decided to rename this dish as Unbundled Green Beans! Kristy had brought this side dish to Candace during her recovery period following surgery. Her green beans were an immediate hit with the family! In fact, Candace said even to this day, her kids think Kristy's are the best . . . even better than Candace's!  After that, … [Read more...]