Well, what can I say, y’all?
I’m a mama’s boy, and I have been since the day I was born. Some of my earliest memories from my childhood include smelling the amazing meals my mama was fixing for dinner. Mama cooked with love and her meals were a reflection of that love.
Growing up into a young adult, though, I tended to take a little too much comfort in all of the comfort food I grew up on. I was a little overweight at the time, and I wasn’t really taking care of myself the way that I should. I started working out with my friend Sam Carter. He started teaching me about diet and exercise, and in a lot of ways become another brother to me. He opened up a whole new world for me. My new lifestyle became a true passion of mine.
I started making changes in my life, but being a Southern boy with roots as deep as an oak tree, I didn’t want to give up all of the foods from my childhood. It became a fun challenge for me – almost like a game. I started replacing sour cream with greek yogurt and reduced-fat and lower calorie ingredients. You know, it’s a lot easier than most people think it is to cook healthy and easy meals at home without sacrificing those amazing flavors that everyone loves.
You might have seen my TV show, Not My Mama’s Meals on the Cooking Channel. I love sharing my recipe creations with my mom, and with viewers at home too. And that’s why my newest cookbook, From Mama’s Table to Mine, is so important to me and I can’t wait for y’all to see it.
It’s been a labor of love, and I can’t believe it’s finally here. Your families are going to love these dishes, the same way that I loved my mama’s dishes. The best part is that you’re going to feel great knowing that you’re feeding your family meals that are healthy for them too. This book has all of my favorite classic-style recipes, like Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, a delicious Bittersweet Chocolate Cheesecake, and mouthwatering Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken.
I hope y’all enjoy these recipes as much as I do – from mama’s table to mine…and from my table to yours.
doris in The Secret Garden on May 19, 2013 at 3:11 pm
I love reading about your family and seeing your pictures. I respect the fact that you are teaching your son's family values because so much of that seems to be going by the wayside anymore..maybe someday we will meet and by that time your son's may even have their own cooking show.lol..wishing you lots and lots of love from this country girl's kitchen to Brooke Deen's kitchen of love.
Linda Miller in The Makings for a Perfect Father’s Day on May 19, 2013 at 11:44 am
Love this idea. I want to do this for my sister n law for the new addition of the family. What a wonderful way to celebrate a new baby in the family.
Kimberly McKinney in How to Host a Sip and See on May 19, 2013 at 10:54 am
I love Orchids but fine it hard to kept alive for very long. I love the way you display
Syndie Reynolds in Paula’s Love of Orchids on May 13, 2013 at 10:59 pm