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.