Allie

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Eggplant Parmesan

Last week while visiting my parents house for the day my dad and I made a visit to my uncles garden. He was on vacation with his family and told us to " help ourselves" to some of his goodies. I walked away with cucumbers, collard greens, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, and eggplants.  While thinking up ways of putting my collection of produce to use I realized it had been a while since I made eggplant parmesan. It may be 90 degrees here in Charlotte right now but that didn't stop me from wanting  this cheesy, baked comfort dish....more

Whole-Wheat Banana Muffins

There are tons of uses for overripe bananas. I find myself secretly getting excited when I see them turning brown because it means baking will commence and good things are about to happen in the kitchen. Like all my other muffin recipes these whole-wheat banana muffins are simple to make and healthy....more

Mushroom-Lentil Burgers

You simply can't beat a good burger, loaded down with your favorite toppings, and sandwiched between a bun. I'm not a vegetarian but when it comes to burgers if I have a choice between a meat patty or a veggie filled one, nine times out of ten I am going for the veggie.  I want my veggie burgers to have taste, substance and texture and this patty delivers on all accounts....more

Rhubarb Bread

Lately I have been feeling inspired in the kitchen. I think it has a lot to do with the weather and all of the fresh produce available to us at the moment. I am finding myself flipping through my recipe binder and tearing new ones out of magazines gathering ideas and looking for new things to try. Even for someone who writes a food blog, the motivation for cooking can ebb and flow, so I am  embracing this time and the burst of energy I feel in the kitchen....more

Southern-Style Baked Beans

This side dish screams summertime. In fact I have had these pictures saved for months and months just so I could write this post and publish it at just the right time. This is not a recipe that should be put aside and forgotten. Now that memorial day has come and gone in my book that means summertime is here and these baked beans need to be as well. This is my moms recipe and definitely one of the most requested dishes at cookouts and pool parties....more

Healthy Strawberry Jam

This week we met our play group at a local strawberry farm for a fun morning of strawberry picking and picture-taking. I ended up getting close to four pounds of strawberries but I clearly underestimated our ability to polish off this many strawberries seeing as how it’s been two days and I am already planning another trip back. These were THE BEST strawberries I have ever had. They are sweet and juicy and beautifully ripe just as they should be....more

Honey Mustard Sauce

The other day I shared with you my recipe for gluten-free baked chicken tenders and today I want to share with you the honey mustard dipping sauce that I served them with. This sauce is so simple to put together using four simple ingredients that most likely you already have on hand. It's a much healthier alternative to store-bought brands and the use of Greek Yogurt makes it high in protein....more

Banana Donuts with Peanut Butter Glaze

 I was looking for something new to make with overripe bananas when my inspiration for this recipe came about. Instead of reverting to my usual banana bread or banana muffin recipe I decided to use them in the form of a donut. I couldn't decide on what type of glaze to add until I was pouring a cup of coffee and my love affair with peanut butter and banana came to me. A banana bread like doughnut glazed with a sweet peanut butter frosting. Need I say more....more

Lighter Southern Style Deviled Eggs

 It's time for April's recipe redux challenge. This months theme is: ...more

Focaccia with Blue Cheese Crumbles

Focaccia is a flat oven-baked Italian bread that is soft in texture. Bakers often add indentions to the top of the dough to relieve bubbling on the surface of the bread....more