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Vegetable Casserole

Vegetable Casserole

GranMa Sandy’s Vegetable Casserole
A good way to get children to eat vegetables. GranMa Sandy often made this dish for her children and they always liked this crunchy vegetable alternative.

When I’ve made this dish, everyone seems to like it much more on the next day as leftovers. I’ve taken to making this dish the day before a holiday meal and placing it in the fridge. Then cooking it for 15 to 20 minutes before serving to thoroughly heat it up.

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Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

Vickie’s Scalloped Potatoes
One of our favorite items to set beside a great family feast. Not everyone in our family likes stuffing. So I began making a special potato dish to go along with those family holiday meals.

I’ve always loved scalloped potatoes, but it took some time for me to find a recipe I liked. And then longer to get that recipe just right.

Over time, with a little tweaks here and there, I finally settled on a hit. But after our young son decided he loved the dish too, I knew we finally had the right recipe. Not an easy task for a parent with a picky eater!

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Traditional Potato Wedges

Potato Wedges

Garrett & Vickie’s Traditional Potato Wedges
We’ve been experimenting with potato wedges for some time now. Our local deli has a recipe we absolutely adore and at least once a week, we picked up some chicken and wedges for a picnic by our favorite train station. What little boy doesn’t love watching trains and munching on chicken fingers!

By the time we started getting close to their recipe, the store was sold and the recipe changed…drastically. Now we’re going on memory, but I think we’re pretty close!

Preparation Time: 1.45 hour
45 min. prep time
1 hour fridge time

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Herb Potato Wedges

Herb Wedges

Vickie’s Herb Potato Wedges
Do something different for dinner with those potatoes. I don’t know about your family, but mine gets tired of baked or mashed potatoes for dinner. Ideally we alternate potatoes with rice, or some other side dish. But some meals just cry out for potatoes.

That’s how we experimented with potato wedges. This recipe came about on a warm summer evening. The boy child wanted wedges, but Dad wanted Fried Potato Slices. So I compromised, and made herb potato wedges. And everyone was happy!

Preparation time: 50 minutes  Continue reading

Fried Potatoes

Vickie’s Fried Potatoes

Vickie’s Fried Potatoes
Guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds. One summer night, we were grilling chicken for an outdoor dinner overlooking the lake. Tired of the usual side dish, we all wanted something different. Our problem, no one wanted to go to the store after a day in the water.

We came up with an idea to cook up some potato slices. But plain potatoes just wasn’t enough. And our Fried potatoes were born.

Preparation time: 45 minutes
Serves: 4 to 5

Ingredients:

  • 4 large potatoes
  • 1/2 small onion cubed or diced
    – You can use McCormick’s Minced Onion instead
  • 1 tablespoons of diced sweet basil
  • 1 tablespoon of diced parsley
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 stick of margarine (not butter)

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Southern Potato Cakes

Southern Potato Cakes

Mammaw’s Southern Potato Cakes
When I was young, my Mom always found ways serve leftovers that made them seem like an entirely new meal. One of my favorites was Potato Cakes. Left over mashed potatoes, fashioned into small individual cakes. They were always delicious.

I never helped make them when I was still living at home, so when I called and asked her how do you make potato cakes, she said “you just cook them in butter in a skillet”. So I fashioned the left over potatoes and fried them……yeah that didn’t work. I called back and told her about how they fell apart and she asks “well did you put flour in them?” No Mom, you didn’t tell me to do that.

You really need to go home and cook with your mom and write down the family recipes, because they didn’t seem to do that in my family. I learned how to make them by watching her and I’ve written it down to share with my son.

Preparation Time: 1 hour
Serves: Depends on how many leftover mashed potatoes you have.  We usually have enough to make 3 to 6 cakes.
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Potatoes Au Gratin

Vickie’s Potatoes Au Gratin

Vickie’s Potatoes Au Gratin
A simple way to spruce up your dinner table for the holidays. This is an easy recipe to make, though it does take some time to bake. It’s well worth it.

I found this recipe in a box at my Grandmother’s house. It was a clipping from the local paper, with hand written notes next to some of the ingredients and directions. I’m pretty sure those notes were made by my Maw. In our family, we called her Maw Stoots.  I’ve made my own little tweaks to the recipe to fit my families tastes. I hope you like it.

Preparation Time: 25 Minutes
Bake time: 1 to 1.5 hours
Serves: 6  Continue reading

Southern Fried Okra

Southern Fried Okra

Vickie’s Southern Fried Okra
One of Gary’s favorite southern foods is fried okra. He says it’s like eating popcorn and you just can’t get enough of it.

I make it for him about three or four times a year. For his birthday, our anniversary and on holidays.

Preparation time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 to 2 cups of fresh or frozen okra (thawed)
  • ½ cup Flour
  • ½ cup Corn Meal
  • 1 tspn salt
  • 1 tspn pepper
  • ½ stick of butter or margarine

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Green Bean Casserole

Sandy’s Green Bean Casserole

GrandMa Sandy’s Green Bean Casserole
A perfect way to spice up your veggies.  For Gary’s family, holidays often included this bean casserole that makes every celebration a little extra special.

It’s simple to make and is often found on southern tables for fall and winter dinners, or spring and summer picnics. It’s become a family favorite for the Hollands.

Preparation time: 50 minutes
Ingredients:

  • 2 med size cans of cut green beans
  •     (or 1 lbs frozen cut green beans)
  • 1 can Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 can of milk
    (use the mushroom can to measure)
  • 1 tsp of black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1lg. container of French’s French Fried Onion Rings

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Green Beans and Potatoes

Vickie’s Green Beans and Potatoes

Beans and Potatoes

A classic way to spruce up your vegetables. Beef stew is a popular favorite in my family. But sometimes stew isn’t really what you want.

One very cold winter day, we just wanted to warm up the house. Too snowy to take to the country roads. It was time to open the freezer and the cabinets to find something good for dinner.

Cleaning out the pantry, we found a sack of potatoes and some green beans in the freezer. And a dinner side dish, became dinner.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes, 3 hours to cook.  Continue reading