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Roasted Broccoli with Pecans

July 17, 2015
by Jackie Garvin
Roasted Broccoli and Pecans. Broccoli florets and pecans tossed in a lemon garlic vinaigrette and roasted until the broccoli starts to brown.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I crave broccoli. That’s good news and bad news. Good news is that broccoli is a powerhouse of vitamins, nutrients, fiber and all sorts of good things. Bad news is that my cravings consume me. I  fixate on my craving and eat it until I gorge myself out on it… continue reading »

Two Meat Sloppy Joes

July 8, 2015
by Jackie Garvin
Two Meat Sloppy Joes. An All-American standard made with ground beef, ground pork, peppers, onions and a BBQ-y sauce.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin If any of you out there have never heard of a Sloppy Joe sandwich, please raise your hand. I would like to meet you. Sloppy Joes are about as American as apple pie and hamburgers. The history of the origin is debated. Some credit Sloppy Joe’s bar in Key West,… continue reading »

Okra Jalapeno Fritters

July 4, 2015
by Jackie Garvin
Okra Jalapeno Fritters. Sliced okra and chopped fresh jalapeno peppers mixed in a batter and fried. Served with Comeback Sauce.

Summer in the deep Deep South is no joke.  Yes, we have splendid winters and spring is nice but summer is a wee bit challenging. Of course the oppressive heat and humidity gives us something about which to complain.  Chronic complainers have no shortage of material. The trade-off is that we harvest all sorts of… continue reading »

Rustic Tomato Pie

May 29, 2015
by Jackie Garvin
Rustic Tomato Pie. A free-formed butter crust with an herb goat cheese filling topped with fresh sliced tomatoes.

If I had to consider the rest of my life without homegrown tomatoes, I suppose I would survive. I didn’t say I’d be happy about it. And, I don’t think I’d ever stop thinking about them or craving them. There’s something special about homegrown, vine ripened tomatoes that goes beyond the magnificent flavor. Maybe we… continue reading »

All-American Grilled Hamburgers

May 24, 2015
by Jackie Garvin
Homemade Grilled Hamburger (2)

Plain ol’ hamburgers.  What’s so good about them?  Everything.  Identified as decidedly all-American, hamburgers are a connectional food within our culinary melting pot.     They’re eaten in every culture and cuisine that consumes beef. Backyard cookouts will feature hamburgers and hotdogs more often than anything else.   When we had out-of-town company at our house,… continue reading »

Herb and Parmesan Grilled Corn

May 23, 2015
by Jackie Garvin
Herb and Parmesan Grilled Corn.. Fresh shucked corn is slathered with a compound butter containing fresh herbs, Parmesan cheese and a seasoning blend, wrapped in foil and grilled

It’s as hot as blue blazes in the deep Deep South. We’re whining already and it’s still May. Year after year, we whine about the heat of summer.  Year after the year, the heat of summer comes upon us. You’d think we’d learn that whining does us no good.  We can’t seem to help ourselves.… continue reading »

Skillet Pepperoni Biscuit Pizza

May 11, 2015
by Jackie Garvin
Skillet Pepperoni Biscuit Pizza from "Biscuits: sweet and Savory Southern Recipes for the All-American Kitchen"

Goodness gracious day in the morning!  We’ve got so much going on and so many blessings. We had a book launch/tasting party/signing party for Biscuits: Sweet and Savory Southern Recipes for the All-American Kitchen on April 28 in our backyard. I had some talented people help me turn out an awesome event.  We had 117… continue reading »

Turkey and Sausage Gumbo

April 24, 2015
by Jackie Garvin
turkey sausage gumbo (2)

Soup, stew and gumbo are favorites. I love to cook them and I love to eat them. Contrary to what some folks believe, I don’t consider cold weather  the only fittin’ time for eating soup, stew and gumbo. We eat them year round.  I’m a sucker for anything that cooks in one pot. Even if… continue reading »

Spicy Pimento Cheese Biscuit Bites

April 11, 2015
by Jackie Garvin
Spicy Pimento Cheese Biscuit Bites. Small biscuit cups filled with pimento cheese , topped with a pickled jalapeno slice and baked.

Something happened Thursday that I’ve never experienced and, most likely, will never again. The event was so intense and emotional that I was exhausted by the night’s end. I held the story of my life in my hands.   My copies of the cookbooks  shipped from the publisher.  While I’ve read the manuscript 1,000 times… continue reading »

Corned Beef Dinner

March 17, 2015
Corned Beef Dinner. Corned Beef Brisket slow simmered for hours on the stovetop with added cabbage, carrots, and potatoes.

Corned beef and cabbage is a dish associated with St. Patrick’s Day and fairly well forgotten the rest of the year. Ironically, this dish isn’t traditional Irish fare on St. Patrick’s Day, or any other day. Also, it’s such a fine meal, we need to eat it more often. I’ve never baked corned beef and… continue reading »