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Skillet Pepperoni Biscuit Pizza

May 11, 2015
by Jackie Garvin
Skillet Pepperoni Biscuit Pizza from "Biscuits: sweet and Savory Southern Recipes for the All-American Kitchen"

Goodness gracious day in the morning!  We’ve got so much going on and so many blessings. We had a book launch/tasting party/signing party for Biscuits: Sweet and Savory Southern Recipes for the All-American Kitchen on April 28 in our backyard. I had some talented people help me turn out an awesome event.  We had 117… continue reading »

Turkey and Sausage Gumbo

April 24, 2015
by Jackie Garvin
turkey sausage gumbo (2)

Soup, stew and gumbo are favorites. I love to cook them and I love to eat them. Contrary to what some folks believe, I don’t consider cold weather  the only fittin’ time for eating soup, stew and gumbo. We eat them year round.  I’m a sucker for anything that cooks in one pot. Even if… continue reading »

Spicy Pimento Cheese Biscuit Bites

April 11, 2015
by Jackie Garvin
Spicy Pimento Cheese Biscuit Bites. Small biscuit cups filled with pimento cheese , topped with a pickled jalapeno slice and baked.

Something happened Thursday that I’ve never experienced and, most likely, will never again. The event was so intense and emotional that I was exhausted by the night’s end. I held the story of my life in my hands.   My copies of the cookbooks  shipped from the publisher.  While I’ve read the manuscript 1,000 times… continue reading »

Corned Beef Dinner

March 17, 2015
Corned Beef Dinner. Corned Beef Brisket slow simmered for hours on the stovetop with added cabbage, carrots, and potatoes.

Corned beef and cabbage is a dish associated with St. Patrick’s Day and fairly well forgotten the rest of the year. Ironically, this dish isn’t traditional Irish fare on St. Patrick’s Day, or any other day. Also, it’s such a fine meal, we need to eat it more often. I’ve never baked corned beef and… continue reading »

Irish Soda Bread

March 15, 2015
by Jackie Garvin
Irish Soda Bread - vertical

Regardless of whether  you have an Irish heritage, many  scramble for Irish dishes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. You know, if folks are smart, they will make sure to connect food or foods to a holiday when they establish the holiday. There’s a much bigger fuss made over food holidays than non-food holidays. Think about… continue reading »

Roasted Strawberries

March 4, 2015
by Jackie Garvin
Roasted Strawberries make a beautiful syrup.

The winter strawberry capital of the world is a grand place to live in the winter. The strawberries are abundant and the climate is mild. Occasionally, we do get temperatures that drop below freezing at night. The strawberries farmers spring into action and employ methods to protect their precious ruby crop. If a strawberry freezes… continue reading »

Meyer Lemon Bars

March 1, 2015
by Jackie Garvin
Lemon Bars. Sweet and tangy soft Meyer lemon cookie bars with a shortbread crust.

I don’t know that I’ve ever met someone who doesn’t like Lemon Bars. I suppose they’re out there somewhere in the big ol’ world, but I can tell you that our paths have never crossed. Never. Lemon desserts are a favorite of many.  I guess it’s that sweet and sour combination that’s irresistible.  Like sweet… continue reading »

Chili Roasted Sweet Potatoes

January 10, 2015
by Jackie Garvin
Chili Roasted Sweet Potatoes. A savory dish of sweet potatoes, sweet onions, chili powder, salt, pepper and garlic powder. You're missing out if you've never tried sweet potatoes as a savory.

We awoke to a definite nip in the air. For that matter, we went to bed with a nip in the air.  The temperatures took a nose dive yesterday. We had to turn the heater on which isn’t a common occurrence in central Florida. Brisk weather is a treat for us. It seems to energize… continue reading »

Slow Cooker Hot Mulled Apple Cider

December 24, 2014
by Jackie Garvin
Slow Cooker Hot Mulled Apple Cider. Apple cider with oranges, lemons, brown sugar, cloves and cinnamon sticks

I never realized how much I love Hot Mulled Apple Cider until recently. Sam and I were visiting Colonial Williamsburg in the middle of December. We’ve been there several times before but this was our first winter trip.  Take my word for it when I tell you it gets cold in the Tidewater region of… continue reading »

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 »

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