Just Another Friday Night in the Kitchen

After a week of eating out, because no ones schedule was the same by the end of the week, as it started out on Monday, tonight was a perfect night to stay in, relax, and kick off the weekend. Our menu for tonight was Roast Beef Hash, Garlic Bread, Bread & Butter pickles, and fresh pear…

Man Up Chili Cook-Off

Once a month our church has a Men’s Ministry Fellowship.  Last month was a BBQ dinner, followed by a guest speaker. Great time of fellowship and encouragement. This month the men were to make their best pot of chili, for the chili cook off.  Several have found it funny that they had a chili cook…

Oven Pot Roast

Noting says home cooked meal like a pot roast with potatoes and carrots. Traditional Sunday after church lunch with family.  Great to put in the crockpot, cook while everyone is off to work and school, come home, and dinner is ready.  Today, I cooked this roast  in my cast iron dutch oven. Probably my favorite…

Trip to Sam’s

Saturday we took a short road trip to Sam’s to stock the freezer and pantry.  This wasn’t my usual trip that would include prepping and cooking meals for the freezer.  This was a get us through the next month of Summer lunches, and picnic dinners at the soccer fields.  Essentially, there was a bunch of…

What’s for Dinner?

“What’s for dinner?”, is the first question I was asked during a late afternoon phone call.  Followed by, “not chicken”.  Several thoughts quickly ran through my head.  1.) we just had lunch a few hours ago; 2.) our schedule has been changed a few times this week, so everything is frozen; 3.) I haven’t even thought about dinner. As…

Quick Saturday Lunch

Headed to Sam’s to stock the freezer and pantry. Before we left I threw together a quick lunch. You know you can’t buy groceries hungry or you will buy one of everything.  Didn’t have much left in the fridge or pantry; hence the reason for our trip.  Leftover chicken salad from the deli earlier in…

Mango Salsa

I shared with you over the past couple of days about my trip to the local produce store, and my lack of self control to stick to my list.  Am I the only one that can’t go to a store and only buy what’s on my list? When I saw the large display of mango’s,…

Boiled Peanuts & Sweet Tea

This time of year is perfect time for a gathering of friends and family for a Peanut Boil.  A few of you may be asking, what is a Peanut Boil?  Well, it’s literally what it sounds like.  A gathering of friends and family around  a huge pot of boiled peanuts.  Typically in the back yard…

Fried Taters & Chicken Wings

Made a quick trip to our local produce store this morning to pick up some fresh fruit for the week.  As always, I left with a few more items than I had planned. Anxiously headed home to spend a few hours in the kitchen, making a couple of family favorites. First on my list, boiled peanuts!  Boiled…

Leftovers for Lunch

It’s Tuesday, first day back to work after a long weekend, for some of us. For me, it was the first day back to the office after a weeks vacation.  Last minute meeting didn’t allow time for lunch.    Anticipating an unsynchronized schedule,  I cooked extra on Saturday so we’d have lunches and dinners later…

Happy 4th of July

Tonight’s dinner is not your traditional 4th of July BBQ.  Living in the South, it is HOT today!  Too hot to grill burgers on the grill, so we opted for a twist on burgers and potato salad.  Hamburger Steak, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Steamed Broccoli and Cauliflower, Garlic Bread, and Strawberry Pie for dessert.  (after…

Welcome to Tara’s Southern Kitchen Blog

Do you feel like your dinner menu is a repeat of last week?  Are you a busy family, rushing home after school and sports activities, and wonder what’s for dinner?   I hope that  through this blog I can share some of the helpful tips, and menus, that keep my family around the dinner table,…