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Roasted Strawberries

March 4, 2015
by Jackie Garvin

The winter strawberry capital of the world is a grand place to live in the winter. The strawberries are abundant and the climate is mild. Occasionally, we do get temperatures that drop below freezing at night. The strawberries farmers spring into action and employ methods to protect their precious ruby crop. If a strawberry freezes… continue reading »

Meyer Lemon Bars

March 1, 2015
by Jackie Garvin
Lemon Bars. Sweet and tangy soft Meyer lemon cookie bars with a shortbread crust.

I don’t know that I’ve ever met someone who doesn’t like Lemon Bars. I suppose they’re out there somewhere in the big ol’ world, but I can tell you that our paths have never crossed. Never. Lemon desserts are a favorite of many.  I guess it’s that sweet and sour combination that’s irresistible.  Like sweet… continue reading »

Chili Roasted Sweet Potatoes

January 10, 2015
by Jackie Garvin
Chili Roasted Sweet Potatoes. A savory dish of sweet potatoes, sweet onions, chili powder, salt, pepper and garlic powder. You're missing out if you've never tried sweet potatoes as a savory.

We awoke to a definite nip in the air. For that matter, we went to bed with a nip in the air.  The temperatures took a nose dive yesterday. We had to turn the heater on which isn’t a common occurrence in central Florida. Brisk weather is a treat for us. It seems to energize… continue reading »

Slow Cooker Hot Mulled Apple Cider

December 24, 2014
by Jackie Garvin

I never realized how much I love Hot Mulled Apple Cider until recently. Sam and I were visiting Colonial Williamsburg in the middle of December. We’ve been there several times before but this was our first winter trip.  Take my word for it when I tell you it gets cold in the Tidewater region of… continue reading »

A Supper of Chicken and Vegetables

December 15, 2014
by Jackie Garvin
Chicken and Vegetables. A one pot meal of layered vegetables topped with seasoned chicken thighs.

My husband and I agreed several years ago to modify the way he and I exchange Christmas gifts. Instead of stressing over the perfect Christmas gift, we agreed that we would give each other a trip. Of course, the trip he gives me is the same trip I give him. We take a trip together,… continue reading »

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pork Chops

November 30, 2014
by Jackie Garvin
Slow cooker Brown Sugar Pork Chops. A coating of brown sugar, salt and spices add flavor to the chops and provide a BBQ-y type sauce in the slow cooker.

Brown sugar and pork. Pork and brown sugar. Brown sugar and pork with just the right balance of sweet, savory and spice. Seriously. I could end the narrative right here and right now because I really don’t need to say anything else about the flavors of this dish. Except I will say the sweet and… continue reading »

Fried Apples

November 11, 2014
by Jackie Garvin
Fried Apples. Sliced apples cooked in butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Serve for breakfast or along side a pork dish for supper.

Southern cuisine gets a bad rep for frying too much. Yes, it is true that we fry. Yes, our ancestors use this cooking method intentionally. For one, it’s a quick way to prepare food.  If you’ve ever visited us in the summer, we know we just about burn slap up down here.  It’s H-O-T!  It’s… continue reading »

Country Fried Steak with Gravy

November 3, 2014
by Jackie Garvin
Country Fried Steak with Gravy. Seasoned breaded cube steak fried and served with homemade gravy.

Whether you know it by Country Fried Steak with Gravy, Chicken Fried Steak or Steak and Gravy, it’s all the same and it’s all good. This is a hearty, stick-to-your ribs supper. You won’t be standing in front of your pantry or refrigerator two hours after eating looking for a snack. I must warn you… continue reading »

Pumpkin Pie Biscuits

October 23, 2014
by Jackie Garvin
pumpkin pie biscuits

Prior to the age of 50, I wasn’t empathetic to women over the age of 50 who complained about their inability to lose weight. I quickly dismissed their concerns and chalked it up to lack of motivation on their part. Then, one fated day, I turned 50. Oh, lawd. My clothes shrunk overnight. Overnight, I… continue reading »

Baked Sweet Potato with Rum Raisin Sauce

October 21, 2014
by Jackie Garvin
Baked Sweet Potatoes with Rum Raisin Sauce. Baked sweet potatoes topped with a sauce made from rum, raisins, butter and brown sugar.

For twenty-two years, we made annual trips to Barbados, W.I. for my husband’s work related meetings. Barbados, an island located where  the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean, has beautiful jewel-toned water that you expect to see in the Caribbean. In addition to world-class beaches, Barbados in home to Mt. Gay Rum Distillery,  established in… continue reading »

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