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Peach Cobbler No-Churn Ice Cream

July 25, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
Peach Cobbler No-Churn Ice Cream. An easy-to-make no-churn ice cream filed with the flavors of southern peach cobbler.

Summer is a season for laid back living and cool refreshing treats. Peach Cobbler No-Churn Ice Cream satisfies both requirements.  Peach cobbler and ice cream is nothing new. That’s a favorite combination is everybody’s book.  Try this twist on the old favorite and build peach cobbler inside the easy-to-make, no-churn vanilla ice cream. Use packaged shortbread… continue reading »

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

July 21, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. A homemade version of everybody's favorite salad dressing. Made with buttermilk, mayonnaise, fresh herbs and seasonings. Mixes in one bowl.

So, the story  goes that this dressing was originally called Buttermilk Dressing. It was popular with cowboys  on cattle drives because buttermilk was a  common ingredient in Cookie’s chuck wagon. (in case you’re too young to remember the TV show Rawhide, Cookie is what they called the cook).  The  name morphed into Buttermilk Ranch or… continue reading »

Summer Garden Tomato Sauce Pasta

July 13, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
Summer Garden Tomato Sauce and Pasta. Fresh picked summer tomatoes, oregano and parsley cooked with onions and garlic and served with Angel Hair pasta.

I don’t take my kitchen garden for granted. It’s a blessing to have the space, climate and inclination to grow vegetables, herbs, fruit, berries,  and flowers. The love of planting and growing was passed down by my grandparents. If mobility or health ever prevent me from digging, hoeing, weeding, transplanting, watering and harvesting, I hope… continue reading »

Pimm’s Cup Cocktail

June 29, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
Pimm's Cup Cocktail. An 18th century British cocktail popular at the Wimbledon Championships.

Pimm’s No. 1 is an 18th century concoction created in England by oyster bar owner, James Pimm.  It’s gin based and contains  liqueur, spice and fruit juice.  The actual recipe is a big secret known to only a handful of people. My introduction to Pimm’s Cup Cocktail was from Mrs. Eryl Hadler, wife of my husband’s… continue reading »

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Skewers

June 22, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Skewers. The flavors of chicken and sausage gumbo chargrilled on skewers.

Gumbo is a familiar dish in Cajun cuisine. Traditionally, it’s made with seafood and I’ve made a boatload of Seafood Gumbo in my lifetime.. At Thanksgiving, I often use leftover turkey for Turkey and Sausage Gumbo. Taking inspiration from the flavors of gumbo, I came up with a way to cook it on the grill in… continue reading »

Creamy Honey Lime Salad Dressing

June 17, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
Creamy Honey Lime Salad Dressing. Tart from lime and sweet from honey. Goes well with chicken and seafood.

Each time I go to the bank and take out a loan so I can afford to buy limes for the grocery store, I declare my intention to plant a lime tree in my backyard.  Well, it hasn’t happened yet.  But it will. I swannee, it will. I love to use limes in the kitchen.… continue reading »

Summer Berry Salad

June 14, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
Summer Berry Salad (3)

My family has a deep abiding love of fruit salads.  We usually include berries in a fruit salad but today I decided on a salad devoted exclusively to berries.  A simple Summer Berry Salad is a delicious mixture of berries dressed with a minty honey lime dressing. Serve it as a side or an afternoon pick-me-up.… continue reading »

Strawberry Blueberry Buttermilk Biscuits

June 12, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
Strawberry Blueberry Biscuits. Fresh strawberries and blueberries baked in a slightly sweet buttermilk biscuit.

The summer  berries are roaring in. Our strawberry season is over in central Florida but we have strawberries from California, and other growing regions, in the grocery stores.  Florida blueberries are especially good this year and are in full harvest at this time.  Our backyard blueberries have just started to turn. There’s many ways to… continue reading »

Southern Sweet Ice Tea

June 10, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
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To assimilate into Southern culture, there’s two things you should know.  First, when you see someone you know, you say,”How’s yo mama-nem?”  Don’t enunciate, for Pete’s sake, and ask, “How is your Mother and the rest of your family?’  Oh, no.  This whole sentence only has four syllables.  That’s all you need.  We understand it… continue reading »

Garden Vegetable Frittata

June 9, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
Garden Vegetable Frittata. Use leftover or fresh vegetables and top with salad greens for a vegetable heavy meal. A great "clean out your refrigerator" option.

When you find yourself with a little of this and little of that leftover vegetables, turn them into a frittata and you have a complete meal.  A Garden Vegetable Frittata is a great clean-our-your-refrigerator meal. In addition to using up leftover vegetables, it will take care of pieces and scraps of cheese, too.  I had… continue reading »