These days, Southern food is all the rage in restaurants – fried chicken, pimento cheese, and fried green tomatoes are popping up everywhere. Aren’t we all just trying to eat more healthfully, though? It sure doesn’t seem like Southern food fits in there.
If you want delicious home cooked food with a Southern twist but you’re trying to feed your family fewer processed foods, you’ve come to the right place.
The truth is, cooking from scratch – like your Southern grandma – is nourishing for the soul and it doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming!
“Chattavore has allowed me to try different foods I’d never considered before…I’ve learned different techniques, as well.” -Michelle
“Thank you so much for posting this sausage ball recipe! This is holiday food for my family as well. Like you, I do not keep Bisquick around the house, so this was perfect. This is now my go-to for bringing to parties to share. Everyone loves them and it’s a little way to share my Southern roots while living far away from “home”.” – Kortni
Just think – you can cook the homey comfort foods that you and your family love without a truckload of processed ingredients or convenience foods! I’m not promising that I never slip in a little mayo from a jar or American cheese, but you can be sure that 90% of the recipes on Chattavore are made from scratch. Even better, you can get most of them on the table on a Tuesday! For those of you who are really short on time, there are also plenty of slow cooker and pressure cooker recipes.
So who is the blogger behind Chattavore? Hi! I’m Mary! I live near Chattanooga, Tennessee with my husband Phil and my cat Stella, and growing up, I was surrounded by delicious food at church potlucks, family gatherings, and, of course, at home. Much of that food contained convenience foods – canned soups, cake mixes, etc. My mom never shied away from a can of cream of chicken soup! As a new wife, I continued cooking the same foods I had grown up with: slow cooker pot roast with onion soup, spaghetti with jarred sauce, chicken casserole with cream of chicken soup, and cakes made from boxed mixes. It was definitely tasty, but over time I became obsessed with Food Network and realized that there was another way.
Determined to learn how to cook from scratch, I immersed myself in cooking shows and cookbooks. In a few short years, I transformed myself from a convenience cook to a from-scratch cook and decided to update some of the favorites that I grew up with to 100% homemade versions. Almost everything I cook is from scratch, including foods that are traditionally made with processed ingredients. People often believe that Southern food is always fried, processed, and unhealthy or that cooking from scratch is just too time-consuming. I’ve proven otherwise, though, with my from-scratch Southern cooking.
On Chattavore, you’ll learn how to make simple, rib-sticking foods without mixes or cans. Instead, you’ll start from scratch with fresh ingredients and learn tools and tricks that will allow you to recreate your favorite family recipes and even get dinner on the table when it seems like there’s “nothing in the house to eat”.
You’ll find great recipes, like White Lily Biscuits and Gravy (a Saturday favorite), Cheesy Chili Mac in the Pressure Cooker (a hearty crowd pleaser that’s made all in one pot), Quick Southern Green Beans (just like you’d find at any Southern potluck, but way quicker!), and Italian Cream Sheet Cake (because any layer cake is 100 times better when you take the easy route and make it a sheet cake!).
“I have had great luck with your recipes. They are all delicious, and the kind of things I really like to make for my family, me, and my dorm boys.” – Jessie (a dorm mom at a private school)
“I am drawn to Chattavore because it is local, right in my hometown. I keep coming back for recipes and restaurant reviews.” – Jennifer
I want to hear from you! Tell me about yourself and what recipes and restaurants you would like to see on Chattavore.