Comfort

Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie

There is nothing like a sweet potato pie! While some may favor pumpkin pie, hands down sweet potato pie wins over pumpkin pie in VINCENT COUNTRY. My family might send me to the woodshed if I even attempted to utter the words pumpkin pie. There is something very comforting and reminiscent of down south that...
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Peach Cobbler for the Vegan in All of Us!

Peach Cobbler for the Vegan in All of Us!

For people who subscribe to being carnivorous in nature (ME 😃) the term vegan causes our ears to perk up. Not because we are curious to try the food, but because it does not translate into food we will enjoy. That is a result of the misconception that vegan eating is a “diet”.  The bad...
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Mean Green Turkey Burgers with Spinach Feta Pesto

Mean Green Turkey Burgers with Spinach Feta Pesto

Troy is a meat and potatoes kind of guy. He could easily go days without a vegetable, and not even realize he has deprived himself of nature’s promises! He is such a carnivore 😆! If I prepare them he has no problem eating them, but due to his work schedule and travel, he is the...
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Curry Shrimp Pasta Salad

Curry Shrimp Pasta Salad

It is summertime, and with summer comes barbeques and a many variety of celebrations. I always enjoy the menu selection during this time of the year. There is nothing like charred meats on the grill, but no summer celebration is complete without the sides to accompany the barbeque. There are staples, such as, potato salad, macaroni salad, coleslaw, and a faithful toss salad. All good in a nostalgic kind of way. I like to mix it up, some staples with some surprises. This year I added my “Curry Shrimp Pasta Salad” to the repertoire. It is a sure crowd pleaser and may just...
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Nana Edie

Nana Edie

If you grew in a kitchen similar my Nana Edie’s, you know there are no recipes! You watch and observe. In my case, I could not just sit on the sidelines. The attraction to cooking came early and runs in my DNA. I come from a long line of amazing chefs. Yes, I used the term chef, because that is exactly who they were. They cooked for the entire neighborhood on a daily basis. That sounds like a restaurant with customers to me! The difference is, it was a labor of love, and the compensation was watching...
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Roasted Tomato and Three Cheese Quiche

Roasted Tomato and Three Cheese Quiche

Yields 2 – 8” 1 – 10” deep dish Preheat oven to 350°F Ingredients: 8 Eggs 2 c. Heavy Cream 1 t. Salt 1 t. Pepper 12 Roasted plum tomatoes, diced – recipe on blog 4 oz. Smoked Gruyere cheese 4 oz. Colby cheese 4 oz. Jack cheese Tri-color tomatoes Fresh cracked pepper Pie crust...
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Pie Crust

Pie Crust

Yields 2 —8” to 10” pie crust Ingredients: 3 c. flour 1 t. salt 4 oz. (1 stick) chilled butter diced into small pieces 1 ½ c. iced water Combine dry ingredients into a large bowl Add butter pieces to dry, use a pastry cutter or back of a fork to cut butter into dry...
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Roasted Plum Tomatoes

Roasted Plum Tomatoes

Yields 12 Preheat oven to 325° F Ingredients: 6 Plum tomatoes, halved olive oil Balsamic vinegar Salt Fresh cracked black pepper Place tomatoes on a baking sheet lined with foil. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Place in oven for 40 min. Remove and cool.
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Coarse Blue Grits

Coarse Blue Grits

It is always fun to take a very traditional staple and funk it up. VINCENT COUNTRY loves grits! I decided to use blue coarse grits instead of traditional grits. To me there is a nuttier flavor and they cook up smoother. They are not a typical grit found in the grocery store, at least I have not found them. I order them fresh from a milling company. It is a fairly simple recipe. My tip is to stir often. 6 c. water 1 T Salt 2 c. Blue coarse grits 8 oz. mascarpone Salt and pepper to taste Put water and salt into a saucepan, bring to a boil. Reduce water to medium, add grits while stirring constantly with a whisk. Add mascarpone to grits, continue to stir consistently. Reduce heat to low and...
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Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad

Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad

Fresh corn on the cob just rings warm weather and barbeques! The weather has transitioned (fingers crossed) and it is time for outdoor entertaining. This a very simple salad power packed with flavor and vibrant colors. Ingredients: 8 Ears of corn 1 Pint grape tomatoes ¼ c. green onion, chopped 3 stems fresh oregano, remove leaves from stem 4 Fresh basil leaves 2 t. salt ½ t. pepper 2 t. Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb ½ c. Olive Oil 2 T. Balsamic vinegar Cut fresh corn off cobb, place in medium...
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