I'm a born and bred Southerner now living in the Midwest (temporarily!). I learned to cook by watching and helping my grandmother and great-grandmother, both of whom were wonderful Southern cooks who cooked by "feel" rather than by measuring. And that's how I cook now, too. Recipes are more of a suggestion than instruction for me. I love to garden and use my fresh veggies in my creations, especially salsa and hot sauce, which are my specialties.

Protein No Bake Drops

Peanut butter, whey protein powder, and peanuts are rolled into balls for a compact protein boost for an on-the-go snack.

"Pie" for Breakfast Shake

Rating: 5 stars 5
The flaxseed meal in this shake is reminiscent of graham crackers, and with the fruit and coconut milk, really tastes a bit like pie. Hence the name was born. The shake is loaded with healthy fats and fiber to keep you full and energized right through to lunch.

Natural Protein Bars

My husband loves a store-brought protein bar, but they are so expensive and have ingredients you can barely pronounce. I thought I could do better and modified a candy recipe. They turned out perfect, and he loves them!

Basque Chicken

I love Basque chicken but lost my favorite recipe during a move. I decided to come up with my own version which was an instant hit with my hubby.

Southern Sweet Potato Pie

Rating: 5 stars 47
This is a very unique sweet potato pie recipe, given to me by my mother. It's quite sweet, with a lighter texture than your typical sweet potato pie. If you like sweet potatoes and you have a sweet tooth, this one's for you!

Turtle Fudge Clusters

Rich and creamy nut clusters with a fudgy texture and flavor reminiscent of Turtles.

Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies

Soft and chewy oatmeal cookies perfect for fall! The pudding can be either instant or cook and serve. I use an organic cook and serve pudding mix due to ingredients I avoid in instant, and it works well. The caramel bits I use come from King Arthur Flour, but Kraft also makes them. The KA ones are a bit softer than Kraft.

Banh Mi Burgers

Rating: 4.5 stars 32
I whipped up these burgers for a weekend meal after a Saturday morning visit to the farmer's market and a peek in the fridge told me I had baby cukes to use. They aren't traditional, but they were a hit and instantly became a favorite with the hubby and me.

Blueberry Mojito Tea Bread

Rating: 3 stars 1
I love mojitoes and had some blueberries to use. Since I was in a baking mood rather than a cocktail mood, I created a way to use those flavors in a quick bread. We love it.

Quick-Simmered Pizza Sauce

Makes a thick and rich sauce that tastes like it took hours to make but comes together in minutes.

Almond Banana Berry Muffins

I created this heart-healthy muffin recipe after making a similar one from my favorite vegetarian website. I make these slightly-sweet muffins at least 2-3 times a month now, and my family loves them. We've used all kinds of berries, and they are all equally delicious--if you are using srawberries, be sure to chop them first. Hearty and dense, they're great for a healthful breakfast or snack, and they're portable for lunches.

Cherry Almond Oatmeal

I came up with this quick and easy recipe in an effort to change my family's mind about oatmeal. It was a big success, and they frequently request it now.