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About S. L. Watson
Life long Southerner who lives in Bowling Green, KY with spouse. Priorities in life are God and family.
I love to read, garden and take in every stray animal that walks into my yard including squirrels, birds and even the occasional raccoon or two.
Favorite authors are Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lynsay Sands, J. R. Ward, Hannah Howell and Joel Osteen.
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Canned beans are perfect for ethnic dishes. Canned beans are available in so many varieties and seasoning flavors. Canned beans are great for a protein packed addition to fresh salads, great for bean burgers and quick to add to your favorite soups. Keep your pantry stocked with a wide variety of canned beans to be used in your favorite recipes.
Beans are an economical and healthy main dish alternative. We still eat meat in our household but I try to feature bean meals several times a week. Mexican dishes and casseroles are our favorite meals and beans play a big part in providing nutrition and fiber. With time constraints on our lives, I also need a dinner that can be fixed quickly and one the family loves to eat. We absolutely love baked beans. I keep cans of baked beans in the pantry all the time.
We love spicy or flavored baked beans in burritos with onions, tomatoes and cheese, added to a salad, served over toast, baked potatoes and biscuits. Try the different varieties of beans available at the supermarket. Seasoned baked beans or other beans are great added to ground beef for burgers, stuffed into peppers, tomatoes, onions or squash.
Included are some of our "tailgater" favorites along with delicious appetizers for a quick get together.
Of course, no Southern cookbook is complete without homemade biscuits, gravy and cornbread recipes. There is a complete chapter dedicated to breakfast. In the South, we are famous for our delicious breakfast and this cookbook has all the recipes you will need for a southern breakfast in no time.
When your garden is in full bloom, you will find tons of recipes for fresh vegetables along with main dish items and casseroles.
Who doesn't love homemade breads, cobblers, doughnuts, pies and cakes? Over 100 recipes for the finest breads and desserts the South has to offer. I am sure you will find a few that you can't wait to try out on your family.
These days, everyone wants everything fast. The Instant Pot is all the craze but foods just taste better slow cooked. I love my Instant Pot but I still use my old fashioned slow cooker. I do not use the slow cooker function on my Instant Pot.
I love to make biscotti from quick breads. You can also make pancakes and waffles from most quick bread batters. You can serve your favorite muffins in a pancake, biscotti or waffle.
I convinced them to go meatless for a few meals each week in the beginning. It was a slow process to convince my family to enjoy meatless meals. I needed recipes that use everyday ingredients and were easy to find in the grocery store. I also wanted recipes that did not require hours of prep or cooking time. I started replacing two lunches a week with a meatless meal. Now our lunch is always a meatless meal along with some breakfast and dinners. If your family is not used to eating meatless meals, these recipes will satisfy their taste buds and allow them to eat their favorite foods. Try the recipes on your family and I am sure they will not miss the meat in these dishes.
I do use eggs, oil and dairy in some dishes. You can substitute vegetarian alternatives for eggs, cheese and oil in most recipes. This is not a vegan or vegetarian cookbook. This is about reducing the amount of meat my family eats and finding recipes they will eat but not feel deprived. I wanted to reduce the amount of meat we eat for health benefits. A great side benefit is we now eat a wide variety of sweet potatoes, hearty pastas, fruits, beans and vegetables. This was a process for my family. This did not happen overnight so don't expect miracles in a day. I serve vegetables and/or fruit at every meal. We eat 6-10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day now.
There is such a wide variety of frozen vegetables, fruits, rice, bean pastas and vegetable noodles available today. We would like to use nothing but fresh fruits and vegetables, but time does not always allowing for chopping and cleaning them. Use frozen vegetables and fruits to save time and money when you can.
It is extremely important to keep fresh fruit and vegetables on hand at all times. Over time, we learned to grab fresh fruit or raw vegetables for a snack and now we eat very few processed snacks. Most importantly, be patient with changing your eating habits. Your taste will change over time.
With spring and summer BBQ's and picnics fast approaching, this cookbook provides easy and tasty vegetable and fruit salads, side dishes and vintage jello salad recipes.
If your garden is over producing, let's just say this cookbook has you covered with tons of recipes for fresh vegetables. Numerous variations for tomatoes, slaw, zucchini, eggplant, okra, corn, green peas, broccoli, cauliflower, squash and all your southern favorites.
Most people tend to think of Southern cooking as unhealthy as jello and Cool Whip are considered southern staples. We grow most of our own fruits and vegetables. We know where they come from and we eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables everyday.
Frozen fruit salads are the perfect end to a hot day. They keep well in the freezer and are very easy to make. The fresh summer fruits and readily available frozen fruits make the salads easy for everyday.
No matter what season it is, you will find plenty of recipes using seasonal fruits and vegetables. I've even included our favorite homemade dressings. They are a nice change of pace from bottled dressings.
This cookbook includes 400 of our favorite southern salads, side dishes, soups and dressings. No matter if you are a vegetarian, carnivore, low carb, gluten free or paleo, you will find recipes to fit your food plan.
I called my mother the Queen of Jello. We had a different jello salad most everyday. She could mold jello in anything. To this day, I still have a fascination with jello. My mother would fuss at me because I would stick my finger in the jello to see if it was ready. I still get impatient waiting on my jello masterpiece to set up.
I cook with everyday ingredients. I rarely buy specialty ingredients. If a recipe calls for a specialty ingredient, I usually look for other recipes. The ingredients in these recipes are commonly available at the grocery store.
I like to buy items that have multiple purposes. Casserole dishes can be used in many ways. All your favorite casserole dishes are included. One quart, 2 quart, 11 x 7 and 9 x 13 casserole dishes are all used in the recipes. I highly recommend investing in a quality set of casseroles dishes. I prefer dishes that have lids so I do not have to use aluminum foil. A lot of dishes have lids to store in the refrigerator after they are cooled and I really love them.
Whether you prefer your bars decadent or just want a satisfying cookie, you will find most any recipe you desire. With over 200 recipes, you can choose to make bars from scratch or with a little help from a mix and convenience ingredients. Fresh baked bars are waiting to be baked. Cookie bars are convenient to carry in the pan to parties, potlucks and barbecues. Grab your baking pans and whip up a fresh treat for your family.
With over 200 recipes, you will be able to cook many recipes your family will love. Some of our family favorite recipes are Vegetable Pancakes, Pork Chop Risotto Bake, Cheese Rice Strata, Spanish Rice & Meatballs, Boca Burger Rice Stuffed Peppers, Mushroom Rice Soup, Creole Sausage Rice Bake, Chutney Rice Salad, Shrimp & Rice Salad, Southern Dirty Rice, Lemon Rice Pilaf and Orange Rice Pudding.
I like to make as many items from scratch as possible. Homemade recipes are budget friendly and I know what I am feeding my family. Prepared foods are loaded with sodium and many ingredients that I do not want to feed my family. Many recipes I have used for years but it is nice to have them all in one handy reference book. This is an excellent cookbook and reference source for beginning cooks, new brides and for anyone who loves cooking from scratch.
I love cooking for my family and friends. The information and recipes in this book are from decades of cooking experience. Everyone knows my freezer and pantry are always full. Family and friends know they are always welcome at my table. Single family members and friends tend to drop by for a quick meal or dessert. Having a full pantry and freezer makes it easy to make quick meals and share memories with them.
If you are looking for gourmet recipes or fancy ingredients, this is not the book for you. This is homemade and homestyle cooking at it best.
Stocking a freezer or pantry can be overwhelming in the beginning. It is also expensive to buy everything needed at one time. Stock your freezer and pantry a few items at a time. When I first started stocking my pantry, I spent an extra $5 each week on items for the pantry. Start slowly and steadily increase your pantry items. If you are making rice, make double the amount and freeze the extra. If you are browning ground beef, cook a double batch and freeze the extra meat. Start slowly and steadily increase your freezer meals based upon your freezer space, time and money.
Casseroles are a huge favorite in my house. I make casseroles several times a week. They are perfect for busy families. Casseroles can be made ahead and reheated when ready to eat. On days where life does not allow us to eat together, a casserole is perfect.
With 90 recipes, you will find any number of main dish pies or savory filled turnovers to please your family. Also included are our favorite hash recipes. Hash is great for a quick and hearty meal using leftovers.
Having prepared pie crust or dough on hand in the freezer will allow you to make a quick and easy meal in no time. I have included 3 of my favorite crust recipes for savory pies or turnovers. All the crust recipes freeze well and are easy to make.