Welcome to Syrup and Biscuits. I’m Jackie Garvin, the personality behind the blog.
Being born and raised in Alabama and entrenched in southernism was a gift. It gave me an identity. I am part of a culture that embraces gracious hospitality, manners, love of God and country, frugality, family values and good honest food. That’s who I am and that’s what I’m all about. A career move in 1985 brought my husband, two daughters and me from Mobile, Alabama to Tampa, Florida. Our son was born after we moved to Tampa. Mobile is a southern city that has retained its southern personality. Tampa is a city located in the southern part of the United States that doesn’t have a southern personality.
While raising our children in Tampa, it was important to me that I teach them about southern culture and their heritage. They don’t have my accent, but they are Southerners. I’m proud of that.
Currently, I reside in Valrico, FL with my husband, Sam, and my Basset Hound, Belle.
After a successful career as a nurse, corporate executive and business owner, I hung up my ballet slippers and retired in April 2009. Since retirement from the corporate world, l have busied myself with doing anything I wanted to and nothing I didn’t want to. My days are filled with writing and publishing my foodblog, Syrup and Biscuits , gardening, enjoying grandchildren, family and my husband.
I’ve written two cookbooks which you can read about here.
Currently, I’m a contributor to Southern Living and I’d love it if you’d give my author’s page a look.
We produce instructional cooking videos. Most recently, we use a cooking show style format. This format better suits my style than the quick tempo, shorter, hands-only videos. The cooking show format allows me to actually teach cooking. That’s where I excel and it’s what I love to do. If I can entertain in the process, that’s an added bonus.
Check out our videos here.
If you have a question or a comment, you can contact me directly:
Here’s other places where you can find me:
I’ve been honored to receive the following awards and mentions:
2014 International Biscuit Festival – 2nd place
Just a Pinch Recipe Club – Blue Ribbon for Blackberry Cobbler
Southern Food Network – 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards
You can find some of my work here:
InStyle, May 2016
Mobile Bay Magazine, November 2012. Featured two recipes.
Taste of the South Magazine, May/June 2014. Featured two recipes.
Tampa Bay Times
The Daily Meal
- Three Simple Spaghetti Recipes for Busy Weekday Nights
- 10 Great Sauces – slideshow
The Tacoma Examiner
The Tampa Tribune/tbo.com
The Mommy Page