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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 »


September 12, 2014
by Jackie Garvin

I volunteered to chair a committee at our church and several people graciously agree to serve with me. We had our first meeting yesterday at my home. I felt the least I could do is furnish lunch for these lovely ladies with servant hearts. I decided on Salmagundi which  is always a hit with the… continue reading »

Most Popular Recipes weekending 9/6/14

September 7, 2014
by Jackie Garvin
Comeback Sauce

One of my favorite things to check each week is the list of the most popular recipes. This is one of those “behind the scenes” things that only I can see.  I love to see which posts you’re sharing and the recipes that piqued your interest. You’re very gracious to share and pin so many… continue reading »

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 »

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