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Come on over! The Soup’s on!


I can feel it.

It’s in my bones. It’s officially the dawn of winter here in the Deep South, and all I can say is that it’s about time!

This time of year I always crave one thing- soup.

Soups. Chilis. Stews. I love them all. But, I do play a few favorites and there are a few that I return to time and time again for a classic winter warming.

So, make a big, big batch in your dutch oven or crock pot and then freeze your leftovers for another night when you are running low on time and still want all the comfort and flavor slow-simmered soups have to offer.

Here are a few I return to over and over… and I think you will too!

Crock Pot Ham & Bean Soup

Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup is the perfect meal to come home to and easy to make. No soaking is required, just place your ingredients in the slow cooker and this recipe is effortless! Dinner is ready when you are!

This is a shortcut miracle soup that begins with Hambeen’s 15 Bean Soup from your grocer’s shelves and ends with a totally amazing supper! If you aren’t crazy about ham, I have also had great success with ground Italian sausage or even slices of smoked kielbasa as well. It’s all perfectly delicious and so, so satisfying.

Pasta a Fagioli

I first fell in love with this soup as a young girl at the local Olive Garden, and the truth is, I still love it as an adult, but I love my version of this recipe even more than the kind that comes with unlimited salad and breadsticks.

amazing-slow-cooker-soupThis recipe has been adapted for your crockpot and it’s full of hearty Italian flavors, lots of veggies, beans, pasta, and herbs.

You will love it!

Zesty Chicken & Rice with Lime and Cilantro 

Is there anything in this world more comforting than chicken and rice?

Not for me at least!

Zesty Chicken & Rice Soup, and Finding Pleasure and Gratitude at the Bottom of an Empty Bowl

And this recipe is a zesty, Tex-mex version of the classic with big, bold flavors of both lime and cilantro. And, it’s absolutely delicious!

Serve with some tortilla chips and sliced avocados for a great meal, anytime!

And, pro tip, when you are shorter on time, opt for pulled chicken off a rotisserie chicken from your favorite retailer.

Blissful Butternut Squash Soup 

Slow Cooker Blissful Butternut Squash Soup – an EASY crock pot recipe with very little prep and only 6 ingredients!

For a great Vegan soup that eats in a very non-Vegan way, try this Butternut Squash Soup from SkinnyTaste. It’s super simple, only 5-6 ingredients, and is both Gluten-free and Paleo!

I am very partial to Butternut Squash soups this time of year. Love the color and love the flavor!

With a big piece of crusty bread for dipping and maybe a simply-dressed tossed salad on the side, I don’t know anyone who would turn this down!

And speaking of another 5 ingredient soup…

5-Ingredient Black Bean Soup 

Another tremendous recipe that is both easy to make with just a handful of ingredients, but is also incredibly economical as well.

5 Ingredient Black Bean Soup Recipe -- full of amazing flavor, and ready to go in just 20 minutes!

I love a big ladle of black bean soup served over some hot, brown or white rice for soaking up all that rich bean broth. So comforting!

And a tip for this recipe? If you prefer a smoother finish, like I do, just simply pulse your salsa in a food processor before adding to the soup and it will become a part of the broth and not be quite as chunky as pictured above, but still, every bit as delicious!

Crockpot Magic White Chicken Chili 

White Chicken Chili by is delicious magic in your slow cooker!

“Magic” because you dump all the ingredients in a crockpot, walk away, and come back to something totally amazing, comforting, and delicious!

I’d choose a white chicken chili over red beef chili any day of the week.

Hoping these soups give you some ideas and some inspiration to pull out the crock pot, Dutch oven, or Instapot and get cooking!





Gameday Tailgating Recipe Roundup!

It’s that time of year again!

Chills up and down my arms.

Heart rate picks up a bit.

My wardrobe suddenly consists of primarily black, white, red, and shades of gray.

When Monday morning conversations around the water cooler start with, “Wow! Did you see that play?”

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It’s the return of college football, y’all! And if you are anything like me, you have had a countdown going for the last 30 days or so. Or, if I am being honest with myself, I have had a countdown going since mid-January.

So, in celebration of this time honored tradition, I am spilling all my favorite tailgating recipes in this Tailgating Recipe Round-up to get you ready for all your future game days! Because we all know that a great game day starts with a great spread…a great tailgating spread that is.

So, whether you are tailgating beneath the cover of an oak tree, under a tent in a parking lot, outside on a patio, or right in front of your television, here are some recipes that I rely on. These are recipes that are tried and true, delicious at room temperature, transport well, and feed all the hungry fans!

Best Ever Texas Caviar 

love this stuff! I eat it before football season, during football season, long after football season has ended… I eat it year-round!

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It is so fresh, so easy to make, and even easier to gobble up. Pack a few extra bags of chips… you are gonna need ’em!

Hot Chile Corn Dip 

This was my all-time favorite tailgating dip recipe from my former dairy-full life. I loved this dip! Still do, just have to be careful about the quantity of cheese anymore. But, all that to say, I dream about this dip!

Creamy, ooey, gooey, spicy, and rich. Everything a warmed dip should be and so much more!

Make Ahead Party Sandwiches 

These simple make-ahead Ham & Cheese Sandwiches, or as we refer to them, “Party Sandwiches” are a snack that my grandmother has been making since I was young, and at any family gathering that they appear at, they are instantly swarmed and consumed.

They are a cinch to make, and my favorite part of this recipe is that you can prep them the day before, layer them in a foil, disposable pan or a Pyrex dish, keep in your refrigerator covered, and then just heat and serve when you hear the whistles sounding for kickoff!

Special Cheez-Its 


An addictive munchy, crunchy, salty & tangy snack that I just can’t seem to get enough of! These were shared with me my freshman year at UGA by my sorority sister’s father and I make them just about every season. It’s a taste of nostalgia for me. But, I enjoy them even more when Kacina and I are together for a UGA game!

Also, these are great for road-trip games! That is, if the bag even makes it to the tailgate.

Apple Dipping! 

Spiced Caramel Apple Dip Recipe. YUM.

One of my tailgates would simply not be complete without a sweet apple dip. It’s a family tradition for about 10+ seasons now. In fact, Mom used to slice apples on Fridays, dip the slices in lemon juice, and place them in huge gallon sized Ziploc bags ready for the tailgate the following day. And it was, inevitably, the first snack to go on game days.

I have two dips that I love- a Caramel toffee dip & the new-comer, an Apple Pie Spice dip. Both have similar ingredients and both will keep you coming back for more!

Classic, Southern Deviled Eggs 

Easily, these are my father’s favorite buffet items at any social gathering- tailgates, church picnics, family reunions. And these are simple and absolutely perfect!

Finally, we have to round out these savory items with some sweet bites!

Red Velvet Cupcakes 

Red Velvet for 2 very important reason…

  1. They are delicious.
  2. They are bright bulldawg red!

Triple Chocolate Brownies 

Yep! You read it right.

3 kinds of chocolate in 1 delicious (and easy) homemade brownie mix.

These are so good, and the flavor is so complex, that you will be ditching the boxed mixes.

And, one more idea…

Sometimes your kickoff is early in the day and your tailgate could consist of non-traditional items such as coffee, hot chocolate, biscuits, and bagels. So, for those early kickoffs, I have a few ideas for that as well!

Pumpkin Muffins 

What says “fall” quite like a pumpkin muffin?


So, whip up a batch of these the day ahead of game day and everyone can enjoy this baked good with coffee and great conversation.

Homemade Granola Bars 

Every fan can appreciate the energy that these granola bars will give them as they cheer on their team!

So, do you have any fan favorite game day recipes? Share them with me! I am always looking for new ideas and recipes.

So, have a great Week 2 and….

Georgia, Hail to Thee!