Parmesan Pretzel Bites

Parmesan Pretzel Bites // @speckledpalate for @mycookingspot

I have a thing for pretzels.

It’s been a part of my life since I was a kid. We’d visit my family in Pennsylvania once a year, and when there, we always inevitably ended up at the mall, which prominently featured an Auntie Annie’s, my favorite mall food snack.

Back then, we didn’t have an Auntie Annie’s in Memphis, so it was a special treat.

And my pretzel obsession grew. I’m partial to their Cinnamon-Sugar Pretzels, though I love a good savory pretzel every once in a while, too. [Read more…]

Mandarin Kale Salad

Mandarin Kale Salad // Erin Skinner of The Speckled Palate for My Cooking Spot

Kale and I have a history of misunderstandings.

In fact, it wasn’t until we moved to Dallas that I cooked kale at home. I’d tried kale at restaurants, and it wasn’t my favorite, so I never attempted to make it on my own… and then we joined a CSA.

With our CSA that fall and winter, we received bunches upon bunches of collards, mustard greens and kale. I, obviously, had no idea what to do with them, but that quickly changed since we had so many that needed to be consumed.

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Bacon Collard Greens – New Year’s Day Tradition For Good Luck

Bacon Collard Greens // Erin Skinner of The Speckled Palate for My Cooking Spot

According to Southern lore, eating greens on New Year’s Day will bring you good luck in the new year… and maybe a bit extra cash, too.

Because New Year’s Day is happening this week and because I’m a sucker for traditions like this, I’ve made my favorite recipe for collard greens.

Spoiler alert: It’s super easy and crazy delicious! [Read more…]

Four Layer Baked Sweet Potato

Four Layer Baked Sweet Potato // Erin Skinner of The Speckled Palate for My Cooking Spot

This might be the ugliest dish I’ve shared with y’all to date.

It might not be pretty, but I can promise y’all that it’s delicious… and really, that’s all that matters. (Says the girl who was weirdly selective of cookies and every other food when she was a kid because I only wanted to eat pretty things. I know. Good thing I grew up and realized that beauty had nothing to do with taste, right?)

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