Recipe: Southern Style White Cheddar Shrimp and Grits

I absolutely love shrimp and grits, but because I’m lactose intolerant, there’s only so much of it I can eat. Basically, how much do I want my tummy to be pissed off at me! This recipe is rich, but not as rich as it could be with tons of different cheeses and cream. What’s important is there’s butter, some cheese, and tons of flavors! Even better, I’m using ingredients that…

Recipe: Garlic Parmesan Pork Chops

Let me tell you, I love pork chops.  Yeah they’re bad for me, but they taste so good.  A lot of folks, especially in the black community stay away from pork. It may have something to do with an old bible verse. Anyway, I always think of it as the “other white meat”, at least that’s what they say in the commercials.  I can eat pork chops fried, sautéed, baked,…

Recipe: Crispy Southern Fried Chicken Wings

Fried chicken is one of America’s favorite food to eat, along with hot dogs, ice cream, and apple pie. There’s so many styles of chicken wings, bbq, grilled, sauced, or not sauced, but fried chicken wings are probably my favorite.  They’re easy to eat and you don’t have to worry about overcooking them like chicken breast, or undercooking them like chicken legs. Every year, there are multiple festivals in the…

Recipe: Deconstructed Peach Dumplings

I’ve been using a popular Peach Dumpling recipe I found on Pinterest for several years. Today, I decided to do something a little different – using part of the dumpling recipe but constructing it like a peach cobbler. For one, I don’t have to worry about unraveling the crescent rolls perfectly and then wrapping up the perfect peach slices.  That’s just too much work, and my family really doesn’t care….

Recipe: Creamy Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is my go-to meal for quick side dishes. It’s a holiday favorite with the family. You can’t have a barbeque or a Thanksgiving meal without it. While mac and cheese is supposed to be cheesy, it shouldn’t be that you’re eating all cheese. I’m not a fan of six to eight different cheeses in one meal.  Having a couple is enough for me. It’s taken me a…

Foodie Sheltering in Place during the Coronavirus

It’s June and during this time of the year, Chicago has many neighborhood food festivals to satisfy tastebuds. Unfortunately because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), all food festivals have been canceled in the Chicago area.  Yes, it’s been hard for this foodie. While many communities are sheltering in place, Chicago is slowly starting to re-open a lot of its restaurants for sit-down service. Although some communities have been awarded the opportunity…