Chicken and Dumplings [RECIPE]

Chicken and Dumplings (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Chicken and dumplings are a Southern staple. They’re one of those dishes that is pure, classic comfort food and there are loads of different methods to make them out there. I think we even have a couple recipes for them on this site already.

Funnily enough, this isn’t a dish I grew up eating because my mom never made it once. (I called and checked!) But growing up in the South, there were plenty of other places to find it, including local restaurants and friends’ kitchens, so I get a hankering for it now and then.

When I put this one together last night, Heather and I both agreed that I’d achieved greatness. Or as one of our friends back in Ohio always says, I put my foot in it ! I hope your family loves it as much as we do. Happy eating, y’all!

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Make New Memories with Twists on Old Recipes in Southern Living’s ‘Recipe Revival’ [REVIEW]

Southern Living's RECIPE REVIVAL

Southern Living puts a new twist on classic recipes with Recipe Revival. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

We have been Southern Living readers for decades, although neither of us were born when the magazine debuted in 1966. We’ve also collected their cookbooks for years, and they are among some of the most dogeared volumes in our culinary library. That’s why we are always delighted when one of their new cooking titles hits bookstore shelves, because we know that it is going to be filled with tried-and-true recipes we can’t wait to make ourselves. Their latest addition, Recipe Revival, is no different.  Read more of this post

King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese [RECIPE]

King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese

King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese satisfies your comfort food cravings! (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

It’s finally autumn and temperatures are dropping in Texas. So now is the perfect time to whip up all that tasty comfort food you’ve been craving. While the original King Ranch Chicken recipe uses tortillas, we like this version which combines the same classic flavors we love with gooey mac and cheese. We hope you love it! Read more of this post

Chicken Spaghetti [RECIPE]

Chicken spaghetti

Chicken spaghetti is a Southern comfort food favorite, but I kick it up a notch with a dash of Texas heat!
(Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

If you grew up in the South like I did, you know that every time there is a gathering, whether it is for a wedding, funeral or even a community picnic, someone will undoubtedly bring a casserole dish filled with chicken spaghetti. It is simply one of those staples that every Southern woman (and many of the men) seems to know how to make, and everyone’s recipe is just a bit different from the last. Here’s my take on this comfort food staple, with just a dash of Texas heat thrown in for good measure. I hope you love it! Read more of this post

Southern Style Baby Back Ribs

Southern Style Baby Back Ribs

Our Southern Style Baby Back Ribs are infused with flavor from a spicy sweet rub containing brown sugar, cayenne pepper and a blend of two paprikas.

Growing up down South, I had access to some of the best barbecue available. Whether served in a full-service restaurant or at a roadside stand, everyone seemed to have their own secret recipe. Upon moving to Cincinnati, I discovered that places like Montgomery Inn dish up a sweeter sauce, which I’m still getting accustomed to. Our Southern Style Baby Back Ribs, however, is reminiscent of the spicy ribs I always get in places like Memphis, Dallas, and New Orleans. Be sure to allow enough time for the rub to permeate the meat, and the longer it can sit the better. The result is full bodied flavor and an aroma that is out of this world.

PREP: 5 minutes + 2 – 24 hours to marinate
COOK: 2 1/2 hours


  • 2 racks baby back ribs (4 pounds total) or pork spareribs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Hungarian paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Spanish paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 90 heat unit (if available)
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup favorite barbecue sauce
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges (optional)


  1. Sprinkle the ribs generously with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, combine the Hungarian and Spanish paprika, sage, cinnamon, cumin, cayenne, and brown sugar. Rub the mixture into the meat and place in a resealable plastic bag in the refrigerator for at least two hours, but overnight if possible.
  2. Temper meat at room temperature for 30 minutes prior to cooking.
  3. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place ribs on baking sheet and roast for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, turning every half hour to cook evenly. If using spareribs, cook an additional half hour. Serve with barbecue sauce and lime wedges on the side, if desired.

TIPS: Serve ribs with a cole slaw or potato salad, slow-cooked baked bean medley and Texas toast for a true Southern meal.

YIELDS: 4 servings

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