Category Archives: Sides

Simple Coleslaw

I don’t know what it is about the word “Coleslaw” but it never looks like it is spelled right to me.  Maybe because I have never actually pronounced it like it’s supposed to be, it’s either “Slaw” or “Coslaw”.   Blame it on Texas.

Anyways. It’s really simple to make.  I mean, really really simple.

I cheat and buy the prepacked cut up cabbage.   If you for some reason are morally against this, feel free to buy some cabbage and cut it up, add some shredded carrots to it.

This recipe is for two bags, and a lot of people.  For a smaller version, just divide by 2.


In a bowl mix the dry ingredients:

3/4 Cup of Sugar

3/4 Tablespoon Onion Powder

1 Teaspoon Salt

1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper



Then then add the wet ingredients and whisk together

5 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice

3 Tablespoons of Vinegar

1/3 Cup Buttermilk

3/4 Cup of Milk

1.5 Cups of Miracle Whip or Mayo


I didn’t start out with a big enough bowl, so make sure you don’t run into that problem like I did….No need to ruin perfectly clean dishes.


Then quickly toss with the cabbage/carrot mixture and refrigerate.

I told you it was easy.  Stupid Easy.

Also, vinegar and lemon juice can mess with regular milk…so don’t leave the wet ingredients sitting alone for to long.   I don’t know if it would do anything, but I do know you can make buttermilk by adding those two to regular milk….so I don’t risk it.


It needs to be cold when you serve it, it will take a few hours.  Make sure to mix it up before serving, some of the liquid will pool at the bottom.





Creamy Potato Salad

When I was a kid I use to LOVE when my mom made potato salad, it was amazing.

When I moved away as an adult it took a few times to get it close to how she made it, but it eventually happened.

This recipe will easily feed 12 people.  It’s the perfect side for burgers, pulled pork, hot dogs, anything really.

Also, be prepared because this is a large portion.

It’s not the traditional way people make it, it’s creamy and delicious.

I usually like to ramble on, and tell some nice little story….but I did that already and my computer froze.  So this is the second time around, now I am just wanting to finish this post.   So here is the short version:

Step one, peal and place five pounds of potatoes in a large pot, and then heat.


Cook them till fork tender at a simmer.




Drain well and put in a large bowl.

While it is still hot add and mix well:


1.5 cups of Mayo (or Miracle whip if you have a mayo aversion.)

1/2 Cup of Mustard

2 Teaspoons of Salt

1/2 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

1/2 Teaspoon of Onion Powder

1/3-1/2 Cup of Dill Relish (depending on your preference)


2-3 Boiled Eggs

½ Cup of diced black olives.

final pot salad

When you’re done feel free to top with paprika, just to give it some color 🙂

I also like to put it in a different bowl after mixing, just so it looks clean.


I like to mix everything a little at a time, I do the mayo first, then the mustard followed by the seasonings….tasting as I go.

You want the Mayo to be blended in with the potatoes, not just soupy in the bowl.

Add the Mayo until the potatoes are no longer dry.

Remember, it is going to taste a bit different cold!

This does take a bit to make, but trust me when I say it is worth it!

No one remembers the person who brought the supermarket potato salad, but they will remember you for this.

Also please remember that it gets stronger the longer it sits….Don’t overdo the mustard.  You want it to be yellow, but not overpowering.


Please try to also make sure that your potatoes are mashed up and mixed well, try to avoid large chunks for people to bite into.


Hope this recipe works for you!


Old Fashioned Cornbread.

Cornbread could be considered a southern classic.  It is an easy quick bread that can be paired with many crock pot meals on a busy day.  I recommend doing this in a cast iron. You will also need bacon grease for the pan (or vegetable oil if bacon grease isn’t available, I understand not everyone has a mason jar filled with it next to thier stove).

1.5 Cups of Cornmeal

1/2 Cup of flour

1 Tablespoon of Sugar

1 Teaspoon of Salt

1 teaspoon of baking soda

2 Teaspoons of Baking Powder

1/3 cup of bacon grease or vegetable oil


1.5 cups of buttermilk


2 eggs.


First thing, put grease in a cast iron, about three tablespoons and put it in the oven at 425 to preheat.

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Mix dry ingredients with the grease…

Then take the buttermilk and mix with eggs, I forgot to take a pic with the eggs mixed.  So you have to use your imagination on this one.  beka iphone pics 754 - Copy


Now combine the buttermilk/egg with the dry mix.  Stir till just combined.

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Now, here comes the fun part. Take that hot cast iron and pour in the mixture (make sure the oven is fully preheated) It will sizzle, this is what gives it a good crust.

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You can see it is frying. Don’t worry about the grease.  It’s good for you.  Now bake for about 25-30 minutes at 425!

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