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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
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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 »

Country Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

June 5, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
Country Honey Mustard Salad Dressing. An all-purpose sauce made with common ingredients. Use as a salad dressing, marinade, sandwich spread and more.

I describe this as country because I use plain ol’, ordinary, everyday yellow mustard instead of the more commonly used Dijon mustard in this dressing. The variety of mustard available on the grocery store shelf is impressive.  More often than not, I reach for yellow mustard. It’s dependable, familiar and versatile.  Plus, it stands up… continue reading »

Potato and Pea Fritters

June 3, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
Potato and English Pea Fritters. Leftover mashed potatoes mixed with English peas and green onions.

During Mother’s Day Dinner, my daughter, Marcia, remarked how much she liked the English peas her Dad cooked that day even though she’s never liked English peas.  I reminded her that she was very fond of Creamed Potatoes and  English Peas I cooked for Easter Dinner. She said, “Maybe that’s it! I’m eating  peas along… continue reading »

Melissa’s Southern Cookbook Review

June 2, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
Melissa's Southern Cookbook

The giveaway contest is closed.  Click here if you’d like to purchase a copy of Melissa’s Southern Cookbook.     I’m always proud and happy for my buddies when  good things happen to them.  When I can share their success with you, that’s even better. Melissa Sperka is the author of the immensely popular southern… continue reading »

Blackberry Crush No-churn Ice Cream

May 31, 2016
by Jackie Garvin
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Three  ingredient no-churn ice cream is the season’s latest Internet sensation. It’s made with whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract.  It’s a no-fuss, no-stress method of ice cream making that gives you homemade flavor. You can eat the vanilla ice cream just like it is and you’ll love it.  You can, also, add… continue reading »