I'm Anecia, a native Texan, Mom, wife, author, cook and photographer for SmartyPantsKitchen where I'm sharing Traditional and Contemporary Southern recipes for cooks of all levels. I have over 25 years experience in residential and commercial kitchens, as well as formal training in food science, food safety and nutrition.
My goal is to share the wonderful food of the South and to help anyone learn how to cook! There's nothing fancy or gourmet about my recipes--I try to keep it simple so even those who've never boiled water can learn to cook clean, wholesome food.
Here, you'll find a collection of tried-and-true Southern recipes, some contemporary and ethnic recipes, and useful tips and tricks for cooking and serving Southern-style, noting that not all Southern foods are fried!
My family hails from East Texas and Louisiana, so many of the recipes I share are from these regions. I share with you my Grandaddy's authentic Louisiana Shrimp Gumbo and the Best Restaurant-Quality Fried Catfish recipe you can make at home!
You'll also find some quick and easy skillet suppers, sauce, gravy and salad dressing recipes, and tips for keeping your Greens Green and your Cauliflower White!
Thanks for checking out my recipes!
See you in the kitchen!
This website is dedicated to the women who taught me how to cook, influenced and supported my love for all things culinary.
When I first talked to my Mom (below) about this foodie adventure she said," Oh, I think it's a great idea! I once had a recipe that said, "cook the chicken" but it didn't explain how to do it!!!" She has taught me how to make a killer pot roast, stewed okra and tomatoes, salmon croquettes and a delicious "school night" favorite we call, "Hamburger Meat and Rice."
Then there's my Aunt Darlene who could make the meanest bunch of fried doughnuts ever! She also made a mean chicken fried steak. And mashed potatoes. In fact, I never had a meal at her house that wasn't delicious!!!
Amy and I have been friends for forever. Her family hails from Mississippi, so her food background is a smidgen different from mine. Every time we chat, we end up talking about food.
Our girls are about ten years apart, and now in the kitchen with us. When we get together and cook, which is not often enough for me, we have fun, make messes and make memories!