Category Archives: Cast Iron Cooking Recipes

Blueberry Cream Cheese Dessert Tacos Celebrate the New Bar Food

In August we are making our way to Asheville, North Carolina for the Asheville Wine and Food Festival. The three day event kicks off August 21 with ELIXIR a cocktail mix-off by over twenty of  the best bartenders in town. … Continue reading

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Buttermilk Fried Onion Rings

A friend gave me a bag of onions he picked on his farm and at first I honestly didn’t know what to do with them. I moved them from room to room, and then it dawned on me. Onion rings! … Continue reading

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Southern Buttermilk Fried Chicken from Retro Rose

This past Sunday, we had a good old fashioned Sunday Supper with buttermilk fried chicken, buttermilk blueberry pie, buttermilk salad dressing. Friends brought mashed potatoes and a flourless chocolate cake made with Guiness that I’m going to share with you … Continue reading

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Cookbook GIVEAWAY for Irish Pantry and Recipe for Stove Top Irish Soda Bread Farls

To celebrate St. Patrick’s day, I’m giving away the Irish cookbook,  Irish Pantry, by Noel McMeel to one lucky reader who resides in the United States. Sue has won the cookbook. Of all the cookbooks I get sent to take … Continue reading

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Rack of Lamb and Brussels Sprouts in Under 30 Minutes

The super bowl was about to start. You have to eat well on Super Bowl Sunday. Rack of lamb with roasted Brussels sprouts is a bit out of the ordinary for game day, but I had no choice. It’s a … Continue reading

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Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic and Video: How to Peel Garlic in 10 Seconds

Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic is an old classic with at least 40 ways to make it. Saveur Magazine has a recipe that says you can use up to 100 cloves. Nigella Lawson’s recipe seemed to be the easiest … Continue reading

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Autumn Brunch: Baked Eggs with Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts Hash

Sometimes good things lead to better things and that’s exactly what happened when these eggs made their way into yet another new dish. It was only last week that I discovered sunny side up eggs could be oven fried. From … Continue reading

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Roasting Chicken in Rock Salt

The next time someone calls you a chicken, take it as a compliment. I can’t imagine the world without chickens or the eggs they produce. I know I know, someone vegan will show me differently, but they’ll never convince me. … Continue reading

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Oven Fried Sunny Side Up Eggs

Editor’s Note: Since this post was written, I did this video. Oven Fried Sunny Side Up Eggs! Who knew. I didn’t know. I accidentally discovered this today when I was making bacon in the oven on my new Lodge griddle. … Continue reading

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Blackberry Cobbler in Mason Jars and a Little bit of Life’s Thorns

Blackberry cobbler can be made in a baking dish, a cast iron pan, or even in mason jars. The mason jars are perfect for picnics or school lunches, but I tend to bake in jars when I only want to … Continue reading

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Fresh Peach Cobbler and How to Peel Peaches

A few  years ago, I found the PERFECT peach cobbler on-line, that showed me how to peel peaches the easy way,  but Pinterest didn’t exist and I can’t find it anywhere.  Not finding it, I made this one up and … Continue reading

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Blueberry Thyme Biscuits with Blueberry Honey

I have a generous herb garden which leads me to baking things like blueberry thyme biscuits which call for a slathering of blueberry honey made by bees that pollinated the blueberry bushes where I picked these berries. These are not … Continue reading

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Red White & Blue Fluffy Biscuits

Hey America, here are some red, white and blue biscuits to celebrate your 237th birthday on July 4th.  They are fluffy, light and a slight variation on my most favorite buttermilk Southern biscuit.  I added in a touch more flour … Continue reading

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Bacon Cheddar Chive Biscuits for a Sunday Morning

Bacon Cheddar Chive Biscuits are the perfect biscuit for a Sunday morning. There is time to fry the bacon, grate the cheese and go out the garden to snip off some fresh chives. I mentioned morning, but these biscuits travel … Continue reading

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Quick and Easy Minestrone Soup and Cast Iron Dutch Ovens

Quick and Easy Minestrone Soup is for the person who doesn’t want canned soup, but doesn’t have six hours either. This is the minestrone equivalent to this quick version of chicken noodle soup. This may not be minestrone soup that … Continue reading

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Baked Frittata with Spaghetti and Broccoli

Baked frittata with spaghetti and broccoli could be baked frittata with any kind of pasta and veggie, because it’s all about using the left overs to drive home a protein packed, healthy breakfast lunch or dinner. I needed some cooking … Continue reading

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Shepherd’s Pie Made Two Ways, as an Entree and a Party Bite

We have a favorite “go to” easy recipe that we keep to ourselves. It’s not the kind of dish we typically share with others, thinking of it as too plain or simple. In the recipe category here it’s known as … Continue reading

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My Best Homemade Fluffy Southern Biscuits for My Southern Husband

Since posting this recipe I’ve received a ton of emails thanking me for this recipe, because it works! Read the comments to see some of the positive feedback I continue to get. I can’t thank my readers enough for taking … Continue reading

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Doug’s Five Minute, Five Hour, Five Bean Chili

Doug’s  Five Minute, Five Hour, Five Bean Chili  makes me think of something Mulan told Belle in the series “Once Upon a Time” convincing her that she could kill a scary monster. “I never thought I could fight for anything … Continue reading

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Healthy Strawberry Spelt Pancakes and Bradley Kountry Acres Strawberry Picking

Have you ever picked your own strawberries? We did this last week and it was one of best field trips we’ve done. Bradley Kountry Acres, a family owned farm, less than an hour outside of Nashville in Cottonwood, Tennessee is … Continue reading

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Beef Short Ribs Braised in Red Wine with Spinach Mashed Potatoes

I swing both ways in the kitchen. I like to make what I call my five-minute meals like this grilled salmon which makes  an ordinary day of the week seem celebratory because the food is so good. Then on other … Continue reading

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Autumn Apple Pie Baked in Cast Iron

The cool of Autumn in Nashville is just a tease.  During October and November we will alternate between  wearing shorts and flannel jammies many times. Last Monday, it was a shorts and  ice cream day. On  Tuesday, the temperature suddenly, … Continue reading

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Baked Pork Chops with Rosemary, Apples and Caramelized Onions

Homer: Are you saying you’re never going to eat any animal again? What about bacon? Lisa: No. Homer: Ham? Lisa: No! Homer: Pork chops? Lisa: Dad, those all come from the same animal! Homer: Heh heh heh… ooh… yeah… right, … Continue reading

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Aretha Frankenstein’s Buttermilk Biscuits and Six Tips for Making Great Biscuits

Editor’s Note: Since this post, I have found what I believe to be the best buttermilk biscuit and wrote about it here. It’s a triumphant moment when you can bake a good biscuit. Scratch that. It’s a triumphant moment, when … Continue reading

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Baked Oysters Spinach and Panko Breadcrumbs, and How to Shuck Oysters

When making oysters, I immediately went to this website to refresh myself with the list. For those who are not sure what sustainable means, it’s quite simple. Some seafood are over fished, and this upsets the oceanic atmosphere and eco … Continue reading

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Cast Iron Cooking: One Hour Roast Chicken with Tarragon and Oranges

Yes, it’s just another roast chicken recipe, but I just don’t think there can be enough variations on America’s, possibly much of the world’s favorite dinner. The lovely thing about roast chicken is the versatility. The left overs will give … Continue reading

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End of Summer Corn and Yellow Zucchini Stir-Fried in Cast Iron

Corn and zucchini are our good summer friends. Is there room for one more idea? I don’t pretend to run a gourmet kitchen, although at times, it might appear that way. Four out of seven nights this is how we … Continue reading

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Cast Iron Cooking: Oven-Fried Chicken with Aromatic Spice Rub

When your Italian mother nags you to no end for your recipes, you know you’re doing something right in the kitchen! I called Retro Rose to come to dinner just to show off a little. You see, Retro Rose is … Continue reading

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Magda Zucchini Bake, When Chubby is Better than Slender

Do you like surprises? I do, especially when I go to the farmer’s market and see something I’ve never seen before. And, this happens frequently. I ask myself, “where have I been?” Eating on the moon, or just too comfortable … Continue reading

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Cast Iron Baking: Salmon Encrusted with Potatoes

What do you do when you have a beautiful piece of wild salmon ready for the grill and torrential rain hits the deck? You turn to your friend, Mr. Cast Iron Pan, for a little help. But, it has to … Continue reading

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Spring Picnic: Chicken Roulade with Rainbow Chard

The first food I ever cooked for a crowd without anyone’s help was picnic food when I was 15. I Back in those times, picnic food meant fried chicken and potato salad, both of which I was a master at. … Continue reading

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Cast Iron Broccoli Basil Mozzarella Frittata

This is my first “baked” frittata. I have always followed in the footsteps of my mother, grandmother, great grandmother and made my frittatas on top of the stove, a method that takes a lot of practice and confidence, perhaps even … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Cast Iron Roast Chicken with Lemons

Last November I attended the Food Buzz Festival in San Francisco and was fortunate enough to have a free night to dine with a fellow food blogger, Peter G. We went to the Zuni Cafe, and at his suggestion we … Continue reading

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Cast Iron Cooking: Blueberry Walnut Buttermilk Pancakes: My Own Throw Down

Are you like me, a city girl who thought cast iron cooking was “old fashioned” only for certain southern dishes, just not done any more now that we have our super duper all clad or YUCK teflon pans. Do you … Continue reading

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Blue Corn Bread with Pine Nuts

I have made cornbread six times in the last two weeks and I thought I was going to say “this is my last corn bread for a while” But, I know it’s not. I made two cornbread pans with an … Continue reading

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Savory Pear, Fennel and Chicken Tarte Tatin

This is my entry Battle Fennel and the Royal Foodie Joust hosted by the Left-Over Queen. Inspired Taste won last month creating Guiness Burgers with Butternut Squash Fries making them eligible to pick the ingredients for this month. Delightfully, they … Continue reading

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“Are You Sure We’re Not in Italy?” Thin Crust Pizza

Continuing in my series of Purple Food, candy onions have been one of my most rewarding discoveries, and are high in flavonoids and are considered a super anti-oxidant. One recent lazy Sunday night, D.C. and I sat on our deck … Continue reading

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