Thursday, March 5, 2009

Hey Good Lookin'......

What Ya Got Cookin?!?!

One of my absolute favorite things to do is cook. It really is a way of showing people I care about them. I think it is just a southern thing to do. I get it from my Mama, who is one of the best cooks I know. I know everyone says that about their moms, but I'm serious! I would put her up against some of the best cooks in the world, and I think she could teach them a lesson. Other than my mother, my other cooking guru would have to be Paula Deen. I LOVE HER!! Seriously, she got it right. I watch all those cooking shows on the Food Network, but she is the only one I can relate to. I mean, that is the kind of food we eat around here! All that fancy cooking that Giada and the Barefoot Contessa do, I don't have a clue where to start. Nor can you find all the ingredients in a small town like ours. With Paula, I never have trouble making her dishes and they always turn out great!

Yesterday, I was watching her show and she was making all kinds of different breakfast dishes. Personally, I'm not a huge breakfast eater, but she made it all look so good! It is the hubby's favorite meal of the day, so I decided to try this this morning. *Note: I'm usually not up in time to cook him breakfast, but little man decided to get up at 6:30, so it seemed like a good opportunity :) I must say, it really was delish!

Isn't it pretty?! I broke out the fancy glasses and everything! haha
Basically all you do here is layer: grits, bacon/sausage, scrambled eggs, and cheese. She added half and half to her grits, but I didn't have that, so mine weren't quite as creamy as hers! Another tip Paula suggested was adding water and sour cream to your eggs before you scramble them. I was a little hesitant, but it really was good, and made them extra fluffy!

I guess I was on a roll today, because tonight for supper I made one of my Mama's famous recipes! 5 cheese Ravioli. Chef Boyardee and got nothing on this! I would definitely recommend it. If you like Italian, it is a nice break from the usual spaghetti. *Note again: I pronounce Spu-Get-E like most southerners. Again, I'm not fancy like Giada, so you won't hear me putting my Italian dialect in there! She drives me crazy. How can you have an accent sometime and not one sometimes. Sorry, got off on my soap-box a little there!

1lb package Italian Sausage links peeled
2 Garlic cloves minced
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 onion finely chopped
1 jar Tomato/Basil sauce (your choice)
1 package of frozen 5 cheese Ravioli

1. Brown and Crumble sausage, olive oil, garlic, and onion in large pot.
2.Add Sauce and simmer for 30 min until thickens
3.Add Ravioli and 1 1/2 cup of water to mixture. Cook for 15 minutes on medium
*Suggested to serve with: leafy green salad, Italian bread, and Mama's tiramisu.

And, while I was preparing my meal, little man hung out in the kitchen and watched! A few Cheerios and he's happy! A "little" man after my own heart :)


  1. All this food is making me hungry! Girl, you a one great cook!

  2. You go girl with your bad self and your cooking skills. I'm proud of you. I agree with your about your Mama's cooking. She has made some of the best food I've ever put in my mouth. Chuck and I ate at The Lady & Sons in Savannah...It was delcious!

  3. Your son is SSOOO stinking cute! Ohh...try the breakfast dish in a styrofoam cup-We have it here at a small local resturant and they call it "Breakfast in a cup" (styrofoam that is). It totally melts and gets all warm..Yum....You know this would be fav in our house!

  4. I was so excited you left a comment on our blog! You have such a pretty family and I enjoyed reading your blog. I will add you to my daily read list so I can keep up with you guys in Alabama and get some good recipes! :) Also, your photograghy is wonderful!

    Gretchan Jennings

  5. Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog! I am excited to have a new blog friend to stalk ;) Your meals look so yummy... I am going to try that ravioli recipe. I am such a cook at heart and love having the time to do it right now! I watch the Food Network 24/7 but there are times when I have to turn Giada off because of that fake accent... Drives me nuts!! xoxo

  6. Hi Amber,
    Thanks for signing up to follow my blog. Your family is so cute and I know you will be a "must read" for me. I am a big Paula Deen fan too. I tivo episodes I know I will not be home to watch and have all her cookbooks. I have always thought those breakfast cups looked so good but I have never tried them. Glad to find a new blog to "stalk"!


  7. Great recipes! thanks!
    Your pics are gorgeous!