Archive for October, 2012

Creamed Spinach

I have never made creamed spinach before, and was honestly a little hesitant to try it for some reason. However, I really wanted some creamed spinach to go with the Parmesan Pork Chops I was making (recipe coming soon!), so I decided to try some!
The best thing about this was that the leftovers made a great dip to eat with tortilla chips!

Creamed Spinach

Adapted from Sunny Anderson

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

Cast Iron Blackened Catfish


My husband’s family is full of wonderful cooks, and one such cook is his Aunt Shari, whose Cajun roots are conveyed in her unique dishes. One dish she made for Mister Spice and me one summer was blackened tilapia; I am pretty picky (surprise, surprise) when it comes to fish, but I loved this recipe! The recipe is originally by Pat O’Carroll of Pat O’Carroll’s in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Aunt Shari sent me home with the recipe and instructions, and I decided to try it out on catfish this time!

Amazing Pumpkin Pancakes


Fall is in the air! This is without a doubt my favorite time of year. Beautiful Autumn colors, cooler temperatures, scarves and sweaters, boots, and most importantly, PUMPKINS!

Herb and I love to make different pumpkin goodies throughout the fall months. We have tried everything from pumpkin muffins to pumpkin chili!

Shortcut Asian Teriyaki Chicken and Rice



This recipe has become somewhat of a staple in the Herb household for a quick and easy meal all in one skillet. There are only a few ingredients involved, and they are items that I’ve learned to keep in the kitchen for us so we can whip this up in a hurry!

Tupelo Honey Cafe

Tupelo Honey Cafe is an award-winning restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina. Actually, with TWO locations in Asheville and now, as of October 15th, a store in Knoxville. The cafe has been featured in dozens of magazines (like Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Southern Living) and has even been on Rachel Ray’s “$40.00 a Day”. In October, I FINALLY got to visit the restaurant!  Though it didn’t  look crowded from the outside, there was an hour and a half wait to be seated.  It was a Saturday at 6:00 pm, after all, so Mister Spice and I perused the fun, local shops while we waited.

Herb’s Special Spaghetti


Nestle’s Chocolate Chip Pie


If you’re like me and enjoy pretty much anything that involves warm, gooey, chocolate chips, then this chocolate chip pie is for you! It’s NESTLE’s very own pie recipe, and in addition to being simple, it is heavenly!

NESTLE’s Chocolate Chip Pie

 Recipe Ingredients

  • One 9-inch, deep-dish frozen pie shell (I prefer Pillsbury)

Santa Fe Stuffed Bell Peppers


I hadn’t even heard of “stuffed peppers” until a few years ago. This was definitely not a recipe that my family ever ate while I was growing up, the main reason probably being Sister Spice’s pickyness! (And I will admit, I was a little bit picky as a child as well!)

Chicken Marsala IV


This chicken Marsala recipe is the fourth and final recipe in our very first recipe comparison! Wow, did we end with a good one!

Meaty, Saucy Lasagna

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