Falling into This Vlog Thing…

Im not sure if it is technically called a mini episode, introductory vlog post, or channel trailer, but it is now up on the A Slice of Southern Illinois YouTube channel! The first vlog post features the crunching sound of fall leaves and a bit of the beautiful autumn scenery in Southern Illinois. Crafting with … Continue reading Falling into This Vlog Thing…

Last Minute Dip

Are you searching for a tasty dip or appetizer for last minute company or a get together? This dip is only three ingredients and literally can be made in seconds. All you need is a softened brock of cream cheese or Neufchâtel cheese, a packet of Sazón, and some basil pesto. Ingredients: 1 block of … Continue reading Last Minute Dip

Orange Bourbon Chocolate Brownies

These moist, indulgent brownies are the result of not being able to find my "good vanilla" and having to find suitable substitutions...INGREDIENTS:2 cups white sugar1 cup butter1/2 cup cocoa powder1 tablespoon bourbonThe juice of 1/2 of a small orange4 eggs1 1/2 cups all purpose flour1/2 teaspoon baking powderDIRECTIONS:Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a … Continue reading Orange Bourbon Chocolate Brownies

Ceasar Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

I had the freedom to experiment a bit on the 4th of July with some of the recipe trends I've seen floating around social media lately. A couple of these ideas that have sounded good to my family are the pasta salad with dill pickles and the one with ceasar salad. Since I didn't have … Continue reading Ceasar Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

Farmer’s Market Salsa Fresca with Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips

As we are heading full swing into the summer farmer's market season here in Southern Illinois, I am sharing a staple of sorts from my house: salsa fresca. I prefer somewhat of a kicked up pico de gallo. When time allows, I prefer to bake my own tortilla chips. Salsa Ingredients: 2 to 3 large … Continue reading Farmer’s Market Salsa Fresca with Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips

Corn, Ranch Dressing, and Giardiniera

Contestant Robyn opened her cooler on this Sunday night's episode of "Worst Cooks in America" and found the following three ingredients: corn, ranch dressing, and giardiniera. These foods had been chosen to represent Illinois. (Technically, the dart she threw at the map to choose her state landed in Southern Illinois --more specifically, Southwestern Illinois... ) … Continue reading Corn, Ranch Dressing, and Giardiniera

Dark Chocolate Carrot Cupcakes 

Since this is National Chocolate Cupcake Day, I am sharing my own recipe for dark chocolate carrot cupcakes. The spices tend to add some warmth and a unique flavor and depth to them. Enjoy! Cupcake Ingredients: Dry Ingredients: One bag shredded carrots, finely grated in the food processor (approx. 2 cups) 2 Cups flour 1/3 … Continue reading Dark Chocolate Carrot Cupcakes