Dolly Parton's Famous Gravy Recipe

by 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, April 13, 2022

This Southern girl loves biscuits and gravy, I grew up eating it and I know my way around a skillet making it.   Dolly's recipe is seriously good, knock your socks off gravy.  This gravy thickens quickly and smells amazing from the thyme and pepper.   Don't be tempted to omit the thyme, trust me, it's what takes it over the top.  It's subtle, not overpowering.  


1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2½ cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream*

Biscuits sausage patties and bacon for serving


In a small bowl, combine the flour, salt, thyme and pepper. Gradually whisk in milk and cream until smooth.

Pour the mixture into skillet or saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes, or until thickened.

Serve over biscuits and sausage patties.

*If you want to reduce the calories use Half & Half or Fat Free Half & Half, that works well, also.

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Chick-fil-A's AUTHENTIC Carrot Raisin Salad

by 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, April 09, 2022

🥕 I absolutely loved this salad and they took it off the menu.  I've searched the web, looking for the "authentic" salad and found it on their website.  Chick-fil-A was kind enough to share if after they discontinued it.  This is so easy to make, and it's just SO good. ðŸ¥•

4 1/2 cups shredded carrots
1 (8oz) can or 2/3 cups crushed, unstrained pineapple
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 tablespoons fresh, unstrained lemon juice (no seeds)

Makes 13-14 servings

Simply mix all ingredients together and enjoy!  How easy is this.  

Note:  Finely shredded carrots do work the best for this recipe.  It's a little elbow grease, but use your box grater on the fine setting, turn on some music and start grating... 

They even give us a link to download a recipe card, what a great company this is.  Here's the click


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It's a WINNER ~ Hot Fudge Brownie Bread

by 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, April 07, 2022

It doesn't get any easier than this, it's a dump, stir and pour loaf of pure yummy deliciousness.  Grab your ingredients, get ready, set, go and voila you have a loaf of hot fudge brownie bread.  You can thank me later 😁


1 box of Brownie Mix, my favorite is Ghiradelli
1-11 oz. jar of Hot Fudge Sauce, Smuckers is great, so is Mrs. Richardson
3 large Eggs
1/3 cup Canola Oil

9x5 Loaf Pan


In a med bowl combine all of the ingredients, mix until smooth.

Spray a 9x5 loaf pan with cooking spray and fill about 3/4 of the way up.  Bake it at 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes, or until it’s cooked all the way through.  Test at 45 minutes and if it isn't done and it looks like it's getting too brown, poke holes in foil, make a tent and put over it loosely to finish cooking.

Note:  I'm a big believer in parchment paper slings, because your bread will lift right out.  Just spray the pan, take parchment paper, and fit lengthwise in the pan with the sides hanging up at the top, spray the parchment paper and your bread will lift right out.  Just let it cool about 10 minutes and go for it.  Here is an example for you.  Trust me, best tip EVER!

Serve it warm and gooey with a cold glass of milk or a cup of coffee.  SO . GOOD ! 


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Joanna Gaines Cilantro Lime Rice

by 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, April 04, 2022

Oh, this is a good one.  It's fresh, zingy, deliciously wonderful rice and this is coming from a girl who doesn't care for cilantro.  But in this dish, it just brings it all together.  I made her entire meal from an episode on Magnolia Table and it was delicious.  I'll be doing this again soon, for sure.


4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup basmati or long-grain white rice ~ I used basmati
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


In a medium saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium-high heat. Add the rice and sauté until the rice begins to brown a little, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork.

Meanwhile, in a small glass bowl, melt the remaining 3 tablespoons butter in the microwave, about 30 seconds. Stir in the lime zest and juice.

Pour the lime butter over the hot rice, add the cilantro, and stir until combined. Season with the salt and pepper.

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Ralph Lauren's Rum Glazed Brownies

by 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, April 02, 2022

These adults only brownies are Ralph Lauren's favorite. The secret to these brownies, other than the intense chocolate flavor, is the glaze on top.  It's spiked with a healthy dose of rum.  The rum breaks through the sweetness and gives these brownies a wickedly different kind of indulgence. It also makes it an adult treat since the glaze never gets hot enough to cook the alcohol off.
  Just leave a few without the rum glaze if you have kids in the house

Legend says that Ralph loved Nana’s brownies so much that he offered to put a brownie department in his stores so he would not have to wait until his October birthday when she would make another batch for him.


2 cups all-purpose flour 250 grams
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
6 oz unsweetened chocolate chopped (170 grams)
2 sticks unsalted butter 230 grams
3 cups sugar 600 grams
6 large eggs
1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts plus more for garnish

Rum Glaze

6 tbsp. unsalted butter 84 grams
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate chopped, always buy good quality chocolate
1/2 confectioners’ sugar
Pinch of salt
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
4 tbsp. dark rum or brandy 56 ml


Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 9×13 inch metal baking pan.  Make a saddle so you can lift cooked brownies out of pan by lining pan with parchment paper, coming up the sides enough to lift it out.  Also spray both the pan and the parchment paper with cooking spray. 

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

In a saucepan, melt the chocolate and butter with the sugar over medium-low heat. Remove from heat and stir until smooth.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs and vanilla until mixed but not frothy. Stir in the chocolate mixture and then the flour mixture until fully incorporated. Fold in the chopped walnuts.

Spread in the prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the edges are set and a cake tester comes out with a few crumbs attached. Let cool. The brownies should sink a bit as they cool, that's what you want, you don't want to overcook them.

Meanwhile, make the rum glaze: In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate over low heat. Sift in the confectioners’ sugar and salt. Stir in the vanilla and rum, and keep warm.

Spread the brownies with the warm rum glaze so that it drips off the edges. Cut into 2-inch squares and decorate each with a walnut half. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.


You can also sprinkle some chocolate chips on top before baking. 

HALF BATCH:  Use and 8 inch square pan and bake for 35 minutes or until internal temperature is about 208-210.  Brownies will puff up and sink a bit as they cool. 

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