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This American Plate is a lifestyle blog focusing on everything related to food, including recipes, dining experience reviews, dinner tablescapes, and vegetable and herb gardening. I’m glad to have you here, so please take your time. There’s no need to rush. 🙂 Be sure to follow This American Plate on Facebook, Instagram and Feedly.


  • Naked Chocolate Raspberry Cake

    February 9, 2015
    naked chocolate raspberry cake | This American PlateChocolate. Oh, chocolate. Many of us really enjoy it in all of its forms including hot chocolate, candy bars, ice cream, and cake. Can you believe that at one point in my life I didn’t care for chocolate at all? I must admit that it’s still not my favorite dessert, but every now and then, I simply want a slice of chocolate cake. So I decided to make a small six-inch cake that would be easy to make and not filled with fat and sugar, especially since I’m on a journey to a better me. This meant that I’d have to forgo chocolate frosting. After ... Read more »
  • Chicken Sausage, Peppers & Mushroom Pizza

    February 8, 2015
    chicken sausage peppers pizza | This American Plate Pizza is my absolute favorite food, so I decided on Super Bowl Sunday to take a shot at making a somewhat homemade healthy version using a whole-wheat crust. Originally I planned to also make the sauce, but I took a different route since I was running a little low on energy after having to fix my ice maker. I had an unopened jar of Harris Teeter Puttanesca, which I purchased not realizing it had olives in it. I do not like olives. I think they taste like dirt so I figured using the sauce as pizza sauce would be a great ... Read more »
  • How to Make Quick Pickled Radishes

    February 2, 2015
    Pickles fall a close second behind my all time favorite snack — popcorn. Crunchy, sour and spicy pickles are my top picks, but I won’t turn down slightly sweet but tangy cucumber pickles and other pickled veggies including carrot and radish daikon. Last year, I started making my very own quick refrigerator pickles. It’s super easy. My first batch of pickles included regular large cucumbers, sliced thin, packed into a jar, and seasoned with mustard seed, chopped dill, red pepper flakes, minced garlic, salt, sugar, and vinegar. Within 24 hours they were ready to eat. Oh my, were they delicious and crunchy. I ate the entire ... Read more »
  • Project 365: Radishes

    February 1, 2015
    Radishes | This American PlateDay 32 Radishes are one of those vegetables that are beautiful in color, but only seem to get love as a topping for salads. I’ve gotten hooked on making and eating refrigerator pictures, and have a batch of them in the fridge waiting to turn into pickle goodness. I will post the recipes for the two types of radish pickles that I made this weekend. In the meantime, here are a couple of photos of the radishes before and after pickling.     Read more »
  • Slow Cooker Grits

    February 1, 2015
    slow cooker grits | This American Plate I used my small 2-quart Crockpot slow cooker to make these stone ground grits overnight. They were delicious and ready to eat right out of the Crockpot. All I had to do this morning was scramble my pepper and onion eggs and cook up some bacon to complete breakfast. This recipe is so easy.   The best part is that you can refrigerate any leftovers that you may have to use as sides for the next day’s lunch or dinner. The grits are delicious, and would go well with pan-seared pork chops or barbecued chicken. Slow Cooker Grits Adapted from Spicy Southern Kitchen Serves: 4 Ingredients 1 cup stone ground grits Not instant or ... Read more »