All posts by: Yolande Kelly

Jamaican Saltfish Fritters with Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce

Jamaican Saltfish Fritters Saltfish or cod fish fritters, whichever you prefer to call them, are delicious. They’re one of those all-in-one bites that make it so you don’t need anything... Read More

5-Minute Sweet and Sour Sauce

5-Minute Sweet & Sour This 5-minute sweet and sour recipe is quick, easy and versatile. I use this as a dipping sauce for my saltfish fritters, on fried bits of... Read More

Cooking with Yolande – Coconut Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Coconut Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting Y’all know I don’t back down from a cooking or baking challenge, right? So when my husband’s birthday came around during quarantine this... Read More

Cooking with Yolande – Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze

First: The Lemon Glaze: 1 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar 1/4 cup of lemon juice The zest of one lemon 1 tsp of salted butter 1/8tsp salt MPORTANT NOTES: Be sure... Read More

Rasta Pasta: Penne Alfredo With Blackened Chicken Breast, And Red, Yellow and Green Bell Peppers

Named for the red, green and yellow bell peppers that bring vibrant color to the dish, this Rasta pasta is a play on the classic penne alfredo you know and... Read More

Pan Seared Salmon in Lemon Cream Sauce

We’ve all been to the chain hotels for weddings, anniversary parties, balls and what not and had the dry stuffed chicken breast and too-pink-on-the-inside-for-me steak. But, whenever the salmon in... Read More

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge

Cornmeal porridge is a Caribbean breakfast staple that brings childhood memories rushing back every single time I have it. It was one of those things that when you learned it... Read More

Easy and Delicious: Nick’s Diner Copy Cat Chili Recipe

As I think about the first time I set out to make chili, I’m realizing I might have a bit of an “anything you can do, I can do” complex.... Read More

Homemade Sloppy Joes

I’d like to say that it was my kids that prompted me to make sloppy joes at home one day, but they’re only 5 and 6 and the first time... Read More

Finger-Licking Fried Chicken

There’s nothing like crispy, juicy, fresh outta the grease fried chicken (Disclaimer, although tasty – anything fresh out of hot oil is well…hot. So proceed with caution and don’t burn... Read More

Cooking with Yolande: The Only Carrot Cake Recipe You’ll Ever Need

Carrot Cake  I never really ate carrot cake much as a child or adult, probably because I didn’t get it. I mean why would I want to eat a cake... Read More

Super Simple Cranberry Sauce

This recipe is one of those things that you make and say “that was easy, and so much more fresh and flavorful” than say that solid can of gelatin you... Read More

Deep Fried Turkey

Let me start by saying, if you do not have the proper equipment and space to safely deep fry a turkey, DO NOT DO IT. We ain’t tryna start no... Read More

Stuffing Muffins

Stuffing Muffins: Cubed Stuffing Mix Apples Celery Bay Leaf Onion Poultry Seasoning Olive Oil Salt Pepper Butter Parsley Chicken Stock 4 tablespoons olive oil 1 stick unsalted butter 1 fresh... Read More

Honey Glazed Carrots

Honey Glazed Carrots: I came up with the recipe one day after my husband fell in love with a seasonal dish at a local restaurant. Every time we ate there... Read More

Sweet & Tangy BBQ Chicken

Sweet & Tangy BBQ Chicken: Split Chicken Breasts Chicken Legs (Other parts as desired) Soy Sauce Coarse Sea Salt Granulated Garlic Onion Honey BBQ Sauce Ketchup White Sugar Preheat oven... Read More

Roasted Potatoes

Roasted Potatoes: 1 1/2 pounds small red-skinned potatoes 1/8 cup olive oil 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons minced fresh... Read More

Butter and Garlic Roasted Green Beans

Butter and Garlic Roasted Green Beans:\ Fresh String Beans ¼ Cup Slivered Almonds 3 Cloves Minced Garlic 1 Stick Unsalted Butter 1 Teaspoon Coarse Sea Salt 1 Teaspoon Coarse Black... Read More

Sweet and Sour Salmon

Sweet and Sour Salmon: Salmon 1 each red, yellow, green bell pepper Sweet and Sour sauce Soy Sauce Coarse Sea Salt Granulated Garlic Olive Oil Butter Pre-heat oven to 380... Read More

Cooking with Yolande: Grammy’s Mac & Cheese

Mac & Cheese: Macaroni Elbows Milk 1 Stick of Butter Flour 32oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese (Mild, Medium, Sharp) 1 each Red, Yellow, Green Bell Peppers Onion Green Onions Oil for... Read More

Candied Yams

Candied Yams: Sweet Potatoes Brown Sugar Cinnamon Jumbo Marshmallows (Not mini) This recipe is super easy and HANDS DOWN the dish everyone looks forward to most every Thanksgiving and Christmas... Read More

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Shopping List

While writing this blog I realized, Thanksgiving is a lot of work for those of us who cook and host! I make a LOT of different dishes, but that’s what... Read More

Cooking with Yolande – Take-Out Orange Chicken at Home

 I decided to try my hand at making that famous take-out orange chicken maybe 10 years ago for a few reasons. 1. I wanted white meat, not that sometimes strangely... Read More

Cooking with Yolande – Quick and Easy Fried Rice

There are recipes that call for “plain” steamed rice to allow the protein of the meal to shine. Usually things with lots of sauce or gravy like curry chicken, stir... Read More

Cooking with Yolande – Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Ingredients: Chicken wings, drumettes, or parts such as legs, thighs, breasts Soy sauce Sea Salt All-purpose seasoning (ie; Season All) Granulated garlic Softened Butter Walkerswood Jerk Seasoning Cooking Instructions: In... Read More

Cooking with Yolande: Sweet & Tangy BBQ Chicken

As moms the responsibility of what everyone is going to eat falls on us most of the time. That can become a burden really quickly when you work all day,... Read More

I Became a Mom and Stopped Being a Wife

  When AJ was born we were so in love with this little miracle God had blessed us with. We hugged and kissed him, never put him down. We watched... Read More

The Day I Gave Birth is Not the Day I Became a Mom

Many women would think of the day they gave birth as the day they became a mom. But, if you’ve read my blog “I Thought My Husband Was the Pullout... Read More

I Thought My Husband Was the Pull-out King, Turns Out I Have Infertility Issues

Throughout my twenties as many of my friends had those “oops” moments and I didn’t, I thought to myself “dang, we don’t have those problems, y’all man need to learn... Read More

He Wants Another Baby. I Don’t. Whose Feelings Matter More? (Part I)

I’m at a crossroads in my marriage. One where each road is a potential path to resentment. You see, my husband wants a 3rd child, and well…I don’t. Let me... Read More