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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 »

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

October 20, 2014
by Jackie Garvin
Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes. Boiled Yukon gold potatoes mixed with buttermilk, butter, salt and pepper.

I don’t know that I’ve ever met a person who doesn’t like mashed potatoes.  Even fussy eaters who have a hard time finding anything much they like, love mashed potatoes.  Do yourself a favor and try making Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes. Honestly, fresh mashed potatoes aren’t a whole lot more trouble than instant mashed potatoes. Sure,… continue reading »

Game Day Roundup – 17 recipes

October 12, 2014
by Jackie Garvin
Game Day Recipes. 17 easy favorites for game day.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, let me clue you in. A lot of folks in the South are a fool about football. I will admit, for fear of having my genuine handwritten, laminated, verified and recorded “Authentic Southerner” name badge ripped from my blouse, I’m not crazy about football.  I’m mean, it’s… continue reading »

Old Fashioned Popcorn Balls

October 10, 2014
by Jackie Garvin
Old Fashioned Popcorn Balls. Freshly popped popcorn balls coated with a butterscotch-y candy coating

When you stop to think about it, there’s a whole mess of food that we associate with fall. Just think of all the food festivals and carnivals that take place this time of year.  My goodness.  You can eat yourself silly with all the candied apples, pumpkin this-and-that, funnel cakes, pumpkin-this-and-that, smoked turkey legs, pumpkin-this-and-that… continue reading »

Baked Pork Chops with Mushroom Onion Gravy

September 30, 2014
by Jackie Garvin
Baked Pork Chops with Mushroom Onion Gravy. Seasoned pork chops browned and cooked in a gravy of mushroom, onions, garlic and white wine.

When my daughter, Amy, was little, she loved the way I made Baked Pork Chops using condensed cream of mushroom soup.  Much to her delight, I had her special dish waiting for her when she got home from her weekend confirmation retreat when she was 12 years old. I thought she might come home too… continue reading »

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