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Boiled Peanuts

August 17, 2014
by Jackie Garvin
Boiled Peanuts. The ultimate Southern snack food. Green peanuts are boiled in a brine until tender.

Yes, ma’am! Boiled Peanuts, also known as goober peas,  are the bomb-diggity of Southern snack foods. The origin is disputed. By some accounts, they first came to be during the Civil War. Soldiers boiled them in salty water to preserve them and extend their shelf life.  This account is highly unlikely since there’s evidence that… continue reading »

Blueberry Lemonade

August 15, 2014
by Jackie Garvin
Blueberry Lemonade with fresh berries

Our last harvest of Meyer lemons yielded several dozen.  I juiced them all and measured out 2 cup portions for freezer bags. Meyer lemon juice freezes well and doesn’t lose any of its fresh taste in the freezer. I place one sliced lemon in each bag, rind and all, and I think that helped keep… continue reading »

Garlic Herb Focaccia Bread

August 12, 2014
by Jackie Garvin
Garlic and Herb Focaccia Bread. Make quick work of this bread by starting off with a frozen loaf of prepared dough. #garlic #herb #focaccia #bread

 I love craggy, shaggy, bumpy, lumpy loaves of bread. Honestly, I think they’re a work of art.  All those uneven spots and dents gives personality  to the bread and brings it to life.  Bread that’s formed by hand, punched, stretched, dented and sprinkled with oil, herbs and aromatics creates an interesting specimen that reminiscent of… continue reading »

Southern Living Cookbooks Review and Giveaway

July 31, 2014
Image: courtesy Southern Living

Heirloom Recipe Cookbook
The Southern Cake Cookbook
By: Southern Living Magazine Editors
Publisher: Oxmoor House

Rustic Peach Pie

July 25, 2014
by Jackie Garvin
Rustic Peach Pie

Simple reduces stress.  That statement is simple and powerful. Can I get an amen? Simplifying our lives is a way to weed out stress. Simple to me means wild flowers instead of roses, clothesline dried clothes instead of machine dried, quick suppers instead of complicated dinners. Simplicity is what draws me to rustic. Anything rustic:… continue reading »

Blackberry Pie with Butter Pie Crust

July 13, 2014
by Jackie Garvin
Blackberry Pie with Homemade Butter Crust. A three ingredient blackberry filling baked in a homemade butter crust. #blackberry #pie #butter #crust #southernfood

The blackberries, they are a-comin’ in! I can’t imagine a summer without blackberries. Summer berry pickin’ has been  a routine since I was a pup. Finding a wild blackberry patch is near impossible where I live, so I planted my own.  Be sure to scroll down and check out seven more blackberry recipes! We pick… continue reading »

Peel and Eat Shrimp

July 10, 2014
by Jackie Garvin
Peel and Eat Shrimp #shrimp #seafood #gulf #southernfood

July 10 was a big day around our house. We celebrated by stuffing ourselves silly with Peel and Eat Shrimp.   It’s the day I submitted the manuscript for my first book to my publisher, Skyhorse Publishing.  and it’s my fifty-ninth birthday. Yes, 59 years old, five decades plus 9 years. The fifty-ninth anniversary of my… continue reading »

Tomato Goat Cheese Salad and Fried Okra Croutons

July 8, 2014
by Jackie Garvin
Tomato, Goat Cheese Salad with Fried Okra Croutons #tomato #goatcheese #okra

The due date for my manuscript is two days away, T minus 2 days. Gosh, I really don’t know what to think about that.  Part of me is ready to turn it in and get on with something else while I wait for the edits to come back. Part of me thinks I need to… continue reading »

Sage Roasted Chicken Thighs

June 29, 2014
by Jackie Garvin
Sage Roasted Chicken Thighs. Seasoned thighs oven roasted with fresh sage. #chicken #sage #southern

Well, well.  I’m coming down the home stretch of finishing my cookbook manuscript.  Of course, this is crunch time and I don’t mean potato chips. It’s a time crunch.  I’m T minus 11 days and counting.  It’s seems paradoxical to say that I have so little time for cooking because I’m writing a cookbook.  Now… continue reading »

Triple Berry Southern Sweet Ice Tea

June 25, 2014
by Jackie Garvin
Triple Berry Sweet Ice Tea. A sweetened puree of berries is added to Southern Sweet Tea to make a refreshing summer sipper. #berry #southern #sweet #ice #tea #beverage

Here we are again. Another summer in the deep Deep South. It’s too hot for front porch sipping but we certainly enjoy our sweet ice tea sitting in air conditioning. We’re hitting pools, lakes, rivers, streams, creeks, water sprinklers and the Gulf as often as we can possibly work it out. I mixed up Triple… continue reading »