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Warm Brussels Sprout Salad with Bacon

There are two things that Southerners just know…the first is that bacon makes everything better. Secondly, we have a way with words…


Warm Brussels Sprout Salad with Bacon
Shaved brussel sprouts with bacon, cranberries and pecans.
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  1. 4 slices bacon
  2. 1 1/2 - 2 cups brussels sprouts, shredded or shaved
  3. 1/2 cup pecan pieces, toasted
  4. 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  5. 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  6. 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  7. 1 tsp sugar
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
  9. pepper to taste
  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon until crispy and set aside to crumble.
  2. Reserve about 1 tbsp of bacon fat in skillet.
  3. Whisk together vinegar, dijon mustard, sugar, salt and pepper and set aside.
  4. Heat bacon fat over medium high heat and add shredded brussels sprouts, let cook for about 5 minutes.
  5. Pour the vinegar mixture over the sprouts and continue cooking, stirring occasionally for 5 more minutes.
  6. Stir in dried cranberries letting mixture cook for 5 more minutes.
  7. Add crumbled bacon and toasted pecan pieces, stir well and let cook for a few more minutes.
  8. Serve warm.
Trader Joe's Shaved Brussel Sprouts

Shaved Brussel Sprouts


Dried cranberries

Brussel Sprouts and Bacon

Warm Brussel Sprout Salad 

Every time I go to Trader Joe’s, I discover something new and fabulous. I had never eaten a brussels sprout a day in my life until I discovered shredded brussels sprouts in the produce section. Somehow a bag of shredded sprouts seemed much less intimidating than whole brussels sprouts…and besides that we all know that bacon makes everything better!


Modern Woman

Fried Green Tomato Wedge Salad

My great-grandmother, Nanny, was a modern woman before her time and if she were alive today she would have still broken the mold when it comes to strong, southern women.

Growing up in Mississippi, she had her sights on going to college in Tennessee to become a teacher and star basketball player. So she set out to make her way by selling tomatoes on the side roads of the Delta to get where she intended to go and never looked back.

Nanny was so independent that she once drove herself to Nashville, checked in the hospital for surgery not even telling my great-grandfather, Frandaddy. Her reply was that he didn’t need to know!

Nanny never slowed down, some of my fondest memories are picking vegetables in her garden and watching her tend to her beloved tomato plants. It was nothing for her to go out in the morning, wring a chicken’s neck and the next thing you know it was fried chicken for breakfast.

In her seventies, she won the Van Buren county beauty pageant, walked 10 miles to raise money for cancer and got up every morning to work-out on her stationery bicycle.

So yes, I come from a long line of strong, southern women. I like to think I have Nanny’s steely will and her love of tomatoes.  Enjoy an updated classic wedge salad with a modern twist!

For the blue cheese dressing:

1 – 4.4 oz light Boursin Cheese

4 oz light blue cheese crumbles

1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk

1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

salt and pepper

In a blender, combine Boursin cheese and buttermilk until you reach a smooth consistency. Add fresh parley, blue cheese crumbles and salt and pepper. Pulse a few times, until the blue cheese is incorporated. If you like a thinner dressing just add a bit more buttermilk. Chill until ready to serve.

For the fried green tomatoes:

2 medium, firm green tomatoes

buttermilk for soaking

1/2 cup cornmeal

1 cup flour

1 tbsp Cajun seasoning

Canola Oil for cooking

Slice green tomatoes in 1/2″ thick slices and place in between paper towels to soak up excess moisture. Let sit for about 5 minutes.

Place tomatoes in a shallow dish and cover with buttermilk. While tomatoes are soaking, combine cornmeal and flour in another shallow dish. Season well with salt and pepper. I prefer my favorite Cajun seasoning instead of salt and pepper for the extra kick.

In a large skillet, heat about an inch of oil over medium-high heat. Take tomato slices, shaking off excess liquid and dredge in cornmeal mixture, place in hot oil and cook for 4-5 minutes per side. After cooking, place fried tomatoes on paper towels to drain off excess oil.

For the wedge salad:

1 head iceberg lettuce, chilled

6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 red tomato, diced

hot jalapeno pepper jelly

blue cheese dressing

fried green tomatoes

Cut the iceberg lettuce into 6 - 8 wedges. Top each wedge with a spoonful of blue cheese dressing, diced tomatoes, crumbled bacon and fried green tomatoes. Drizzle a spoonful of hot jalapeno pepper jelly over the wedge salad before serving.


Need a fast hor d’oeuvre, pour the rest of the pepper jelly over a block of cream cheese and serve with Triscuits!

Southern Style Slaw

Southern Style Slaw

Wrapping up meat and three week with this cool, creamy salad just about sums up a good slaw. Some meals are just better with a side of crunchy, tangy slaw. I have never quite understood why some restaurants serve cole slaw in a small silver container on the side of your plate. It seems like an after thought and it’s usually not all that good.

In a meat and three or barbecue joint, the cole slaw is a pretty important side dish. With just the right amount of crunch and zest, a good slaw can compliment an already great meal. I love cole slaw on a good barbecue sandwich or a spicy taco and cannot even imagine a basket of fried fish with out it.

My version has a lot less mayo but still the same zip as a classic southern slaw.


2 cups cole slaw mix

2 tbsp 0% Fage greek yogurt

1 tbsp Hellman’s mayo

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 tsp sugar

1/4 tsp celery salt

pepper to taste

Combine yogurt, mayo, vinegar, sugar, celery salt and pepper in a small bowl. Gently toss dressing with slaw and chill at least 30 minutes before serving.

Leftovers? Make some meatloaf sliders. I use Sister Schubert’s wheat dinner rolls, top with meatloaf and spoonful of tangy slaw!