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Key Lime Pie

September 27, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
Key Lime Pie. An iconic Florida dessert made from Key lime juice, sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks and lime zest in a graham cracker crust.

When you think of the central part of Florida and southward, especially if you have a sweet tooth, an image of Key Lime Pie probably swirls around in your head.  It’s not thought of so much in the panhandle, and for good reason.  The panhandle closely resembles  south Alabama and south Georgia in personality and… continue reading »

Cuban Mojo Pork

September 22, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
Cuban Mojo Pork. Boston butt marinated in mojo sauce made from fresh orange and lime juice, cumin, oregano, cilantro and garlic.

The place we’ve made our home for the past 31 years, Tampa, FL, has a definite Latin influence. Cuban, Spanish and Sicilian immigrants settled in a section of town that came to be known as Ybor (pronounced ee-bore) City, mostly to work in the cigar factories.  A big part of any culture is the food… continue reading »

The “How To” of Biscuit Making(Recipe: Buttermilk Biscuits)

September 18, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
Three Ingredient High Rise Buttermilk Biscuits (VIDEO TUTORIAL). High and flaky buttermilk biscuits.

Biscuits have charm and personality.  They’re like the friend you always want to be around because they make you feel happy and cheerful.  While it may not be scientifically proven, those of us who spend time around biscuits, making them and serving them, know that they have special powers.  A hot  buttermilk biscuit, covered in… continue reading »

Hamburger Pot Pie with Herb Biscuit Topper

September 17, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
Hamburger Pot Pie with Herb Biscuit Topper. A family friendly meal of ground beef and vegetable filling topped with herb biscuits.

White Lily compensated me for this post.  All opinions are mine. #ad   I got an email from my friends at White Lily asking me if I’d help them celebrate National Biscuit Month. If there ever was a celebration in which I wanted to be included, it’s National Biscuit Month. Heavens to Mergatroyd! For one,… continue reading »

Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing

September 14, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing. A dip for fresh vegetables, favorite sauce for chicken wings and a salad dressing. Packed with protein, too. Mix all ingredients in one bowl.

When it comes to cheese, the more pungent the better for me.  That hasn’t always been the case.   Either I acquired a taste or my taste buds dulled.  All I know is that I love strong cheese now and it suits my taste with a most pleasant eating experience. Stilton? Bring it on. Roquefort? Yes,… continue reading »

Overnight Sweet Potato Belgian Waffles

September 11, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
Overnight Sweet Potato Belgian Waffles. Mix most the batter the night before. In the morning, add a few fresh ingredients including sweet potato.

The recipe for Overnight Sweet Potato Belgian Waffles is from my latest cookbook, Sweet Potato Love.  I love this recipe….and the cookbook. For years, I’ve made overnight waffles when we have house guests.  Most of the work is done the night before and you leave the yeast batter out on your kitchen counter overnight. I heard you… continue reading »

Caramel Oatmeal Cream Pie No-Churn Ice Cream

September 2, 2016
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Sometimes, sweet treats haunt me. I can’t get them off my mind. They pop up in my brain with no advance warning. When that happens, my mind causes me do things I shouldn’t. I’m not talking about anything illegal or unethical. What I’m talking about is a craving that is so hard for me to resist that… continue reading »

Slow-Cooker Beach House Pulled Pork

August 28, 2016
Slow-cooker Beach House Pulled Pork. A slow-cooker "clean out your refrigerator" recipe that starts with a Boston butt pork roast.

We had an extended vacation this summer in Plymouth, Massachusetts on White Horse Beach. The house we rented is near our daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.  The beach house is owned by a lovely couple, Mary and Joe, who were hospitable and warm.  They greeted us with a welcome basket full of goodies!  In addition to our… continue reading »

Southern Field Peas and Okra

August 27, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
Southern Field Peas and Okra. This variety shown is zipper peas. Cooked simply with smoked meat, okra , salt and pepper. The crown jewel of Southern summer vegetables.

Summer in the Deep South is hard on our bodies and spirits. The oppressive heat and humidity makes us wonder if we’re going to make it out alive. As miserable and grumpy as we get about the weather, summer is the season for some of our best fruits and vegetables. The crown jewel of Southern… continue reading »

Creamsicle-Inspired Ice Cream Layer Cake

August 26, 2016
Creamsicle-Inspired Ice Cream Layer Cake. A frozen pound cake, orange sherbet and vanilla ice cream. An easy ice cream treat that will remind you of a childhood favorite ice cream.

Summers at my grandparent’s house always meant trips to the store owned by Mr. Lovell Brooks near their home in the cotton mill village.  In the front of the store, to the right of the door as you entered, was a chest-type freezer where Mr. Brooks kept ice creams. We weren’t allowed to pick out… continue reading »