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Shrimp Creole

September 19, 2015
by Jackie Garvin
Shrimp Creole (2)

I woke up in the middle of the night, a few nights ago, thinking about Shrimp Creole. I suppose that means I dreamed about it. Maybe. I rarely remember my dreams. What made me think or dream about Shrimp Creole is a mystery, but that’s okay. Maybe some of you out there want a recipe for… continue reading »

Buttermilk Pound Cake

September 12, 2015
by Jackie Garvin
Buttermilk Pound Cake

You don’t have to read much of my stuff to know that I value tradition and love heritage recipes. I woke up with pound cake on my mind today and decided to try my hand at a traditional pound cake that contained a pound of each of flour, butter, eggs and sugar, hence the name… continue reading »

Funeral Sandwiches

September 4, 2015
by Jackie Garvin
Funeral Sandwiches. Virginia ham and Swiss cheese on Hawaiian rolls, marinated in a savory butter sauce and baked. Serve warn or at room temperature

One of my cherished Southern traditions is feeding people when they need it the most. You’ve just had a baby.  We’re going to feed you and the whole family. New in the neighborhood?  We’re bringing you some kind of fresh baked good that’s loaded with sugar. Just lost your job? Here we come with a… continue reading »

Tomatoes and Rice

August 31, 2015
by Jackie Garvin
Tomatoes and Rice. Onions cooked in bacon grease and combined with tomatoes and rice.

On our recent book promotions tour for Biscuits: Sweet and Savory Southern Recipes for the All-American Kitchen, we had the occasion a couple of times to eat butterbeans. What I call butterbeans might be known to you as tiny green limas. Well, to me, they’ve always been, and will be forever more, butterbeans.  It’s summer… continue reading »

Sparkling Blackberry Lemonade and a GIVEAWAY

August 19, 2015
by Jackie Garvin
Fresh squeezed lemon juice, blackberry puree, sparkling water and Equal come together for a refreshing beverage.

Sponsored ad A refreshing beverage is a treat in any season but they’re most appreciated in the summer.  Everyone enjoys a rocking chair on the porch with a summer sipping cold beverage in their hand.  I’ve teamed up with Equal® 0-Calorie Sweetener to bring you a delightful beverage in celebration of National Lemonade Day, August 20,… continue reading »

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 »