Garlic & Herb Duck Fat Baby Potatoes

Add the fresh herbs and we've got ourselves a party."Duck fat" just sounds sexy. Say it out loud, in your lowest bedroom voice -- I'll wait...see?? Doesn't it sound naughty :) It's a wonderful fat. Bacon fat and duck fat are the yin to the potatoes yang. You can't go wrong with either of them. I have to buy my duck fat because I don't cook down enough ducks on the regular to make my own. This deliciously sinful tub of bird fat cost me about $6 from Wegmans and a little goes a long way. You only need about 2 tablespoons of it for all of these potatoes. They soak up the duck fat and get amazingly crisp and super golden brown.

Clean Eating: Quick & Easy Skillet Sweet Potatoes

skilletsweetpotatoes_thumbSince January 1, 2014, I've been focusing on my health and losing weight. I've lived off an 80% clean diet with plenty of exercise, and had to part delicious ways with my beloved heavy cream pastas, super cheesy yeast breads, and sugar-laden bowls of dairy. I mean, we still hook up from time to time -- but those days of eating them frequently WHILE sitting on my ass in front of a computer for 40 hours a week are long gone. I had to really focus on this. The hard work is continuing to pay off, as I'm down 40lbs and a crazy number of inches and still going strong. Don't get things twisted, I am still about the comfort foods -- I've just learned how to keep it cute.

Cranberry-Orange Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage

Cranberry-Orange Cornbread Stuffing with SausageListen, I love stuffing. I. Love. Stuffing. Nothing beats homemade stuffing. I knew that once I became an adult I'd have to make it from scratch like all of the lovely women in my family. You can seriously take your recipe variations to the moon, the possibilities of flavor are endless. That's because I truly believe everything tastes tastes with bread. Seriously, it's the one part of the meal that always fits no matter what. They serve a variation of bread with practically every meal in every cuisine, so when you take that concept and run with it, you get delicious stuffing.

Southern Style Black-Eyed Peas with Hamhocks

Southern Black-Eyed Peas with HamhocksMy boyfriend hates black-eyed peas. I don't blame him. Just about everywhere you go, you find the same gritty, muddy textured peas sitting in a thick, pasty gravy that ends up looking grey and unappealing. However, I love black-eyed peas -- I just don't love everybody's. Not too many people make this dish the proper way, and the end result is usually a mushy, mealy, disrespectful version of this southern classic. If you're tired of eating mealy, gritty black-eyed peas, grab my hand and let me take you on a journey.

Chicken Canzanese with Creamy Garlic & White Cheddar Polenta

chickencanzanese12Chicken Canzanese...pronounced "can-zan-ay-zee" is an incredible Italian braised chicken dish that you need to keep in your culinary rolodex. I can't really tell you how many times I've made this dish, because I've lost count. This is so delicious, you guys. It's so very flavorful and easy to do.

Buttery Buttermilk Biscuits

buttermilkbiscuits35Tyra mail! So I got an email from "JR" asking for a biscuit recipe. I figured I'd start with a pretty basic one...the buttermilk biscuit. There are about 3 or 4 different way's I make my biscuits, and this is one of them. With all versions, I keep the same basic principles but I may use a different kind of fat and liquid each time. Anyway, here's one version fo you.

Mixed Green Salad with Crunchy Shrimp & Lemon Vinaigrette

Recipe: Mixed Green Salad with Crunchy Shrimp & Lemon VinaigretteEvery time I visit Wegmans -- my holy grail food shopping mecca, I am guaranteed to overspend and buy stuff that isn't even on my list. Something I always get, that's never on my list is their big ass container of pre-washed mixed greens in the produce section. It's a salad lovers dream. I am admittedly bad at eating vegetables every single day, so this salad is my savior. I basically grab a handful, toss it with about a tablespoon of whatever vinaigrette I want to seduce my senses, and keep it movin'. I had a few leftover shrimp just relaxin in my fridge and realized I had a few other yummy fixin's to throw together. So I tossed a few shrimp with some seasoning, and lightly coated them with panko (Japanese breadcumbs, for those of you not in the know) and seared them until cooked thru and crisp. It turned out to be one of those yummy last minute dishes that you can prepare in minutes.