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Tuna Nicoise Salad

May 24, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
Tuna Nicoise Salad. A hearty salad made with tuna, roasted potatoes, green beans, boiled eggs and fresh tomatoes.

Two of my Bible study mates, Melonie Hall, Sheryl Francavilla,  and I are nearing the end of a year long study. We thought a little celebration was in order, plus we’re always up for feeding ourselves, so we had a meal at my house.  Melonie brought a delicious cheese and cracker tray to get us… continue reading »

Johnsonville Grillers – Steakhouse Onion

May 23, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
Steakhouse Onion with Roasted Garlic and Herb Sauce and Roasted Corn and Jalapeno Relish. @jvillesausage #jvillesausage #ad

National Burger Day is coming up May 28th. Backyards all over American will light up grills to cook our favorite sandwich: the hamburger. Johnsonville wants to inspire you to mix it up, get creative and use Johnsonville Grillers instead of ground beef burgers to celebrate. Johnsonville is well known for its quality sausage products. Now,… continue reading »

Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad

May 22, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad. The forerunner of modern pasta salads. Creamy, cool, sweet and tart. Full of flavor and nostalgia.

The word pasta was foreign to my ears for a large part of my growing years. We didn’t call anything pasta. We had macaroni, spaghetti and, occasionally, lasagna noodles. I was shocked beyond measure when I learned that spaghetti was the name of the  noodles and not the sauce. In my small little world, the… continue reading »

Savory Corn and Green Tomato Cakes

May 19, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
Savory Corn and Green Tomato Cakes. Cornmeal cakes with corn, green tomatoes and green onions.

I had a few more green tomatoes,  knocked from the tomato bushes by the storm, that I wanted to use before they started ripening.  A bag of frozen Silver Queen Corn begged to get used. Green onions are plentiful in my garden.  I’ve got good cornmeal. And Parmesan cheese that I need to use up.… continue reading »

Blackberry Bourbon Crush

May 16, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
Blackberry Bourbon Crush. Blackberries roasted with brown sugar, cinnamon, lemon slices and bourbon. The berries are crushed to make a syrup and used as a topping for ice cream, oatmeal, waffles, pancakes. Add to lemonade for blackberry lemonade.

Our blackberry bushes are starting to bloom which means blackberry season is around the corner. Honestly, I love growing and picking blackberries as much as eating them. Wild blackberry patches are scarce where we live. In fact, they might be non-existent.  I don’t recall seeing a patch since we’ve lived here so I planted some… continue reading »

French-style Salad Dressing

May 15, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
French-style Salad Dressing. Ordinary pantry ingredients are all you need for this dressing.

Frequently, my grandparents took us to a little restaurant after church near downtown Geneva, AL.  It was a small restaurant that probably qualified for hole-in-wall status. The details of the decor and menu have escaped my memory files. The only bit of memory that remains is a side green  salad with French-style Dressing served with… continue reading »

Stewed Navy Beans

May 13, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
Stewed Navy Beans with Rice (2)

For an economical meal, beans and rice is about as good as you can get. Beans have good protein and I always load my bean pot with vegetables so there’s a good variety of nutrients in every bowl. A tasty meal that’s economical and nutritious. Score! We like all sorts of dried beans and I… continue reading »

Green Tomato Skillet Cake

May 11, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
Green Tomato Skillet Cake. Spice cake with green tomatoes, pecans and raisins topped with a warm butter icing and toasted pecans.

Strong rain and winds ripped through recently. I’m always chomping at the bits to get out in the yard and survey the damage after a big rain storm.  We’ve got many big trees and those hard-headed limbs don’t always drop in a well-suited location. They don’t care about the most gaw-jus plant in your garden… continue reading »

Onion Filled Yellow Squash with Red Summer Sauce

May 9, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
Onion Filled Yellow Squash with Red Summer Sauce. Caramelized Vidalia onion and cream cheese filling in a yellow squash served with red summer sauce.

I love yellow (summer) squash but I get stuck in  a rut and resort to cooking it one way: stewed with sweet onions.    Man, oh man! We love it. If you’re into gardening, summer squash is easy to grow and produces like crazy.  You’ll be up to your eyeballs in squash in no time flat.… continue reading »

Slow-cooker Fiesta Pulled Pork

May 4, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
Slow-cooker Fiesta Pulled Pork. Boston butt coated in a flavorful southwest inspired rub and cooked with salsa in a slow cooker.

Tex-Mex and Southern cuisine have one key element in common: pork. Both use a lot of it in their daily recipes. Slow-cooker Fiesta Pulled Pork puts a South of the Border spin on a classic and well-loved Southern staple: pulled pork. I made a rub with a distinctive  cumin flavor which makes the pork well… continue reading »