Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sausage, Peppers and Onions with Beans

A quick skillet meal of sausage with peppers and onions, tomatoes, barbecue sauce, and beans.

Sausage, Peppers and Onions with Beans

I love this quick take on classic sausage and peppers with onions, adding in beans, making it much more filling and satisfying. It's kinda like if you took beanie weenies and sausage and peppers and married them.

I've used Italian sausage here, but you can use any kind of Italian-style sausage like chicken or turkey, or even a good andouille sausage, and I've also used those gourmet hot dogs that come with the steak packages you get as a gift at Christmas.

Nutritional Factoid: Did you know that while most canned beans are very high in sodium, draining and rinsing them gets rid of nearly half of the sodium level? And, just so you know, it also helps to reduce some of those gas-causing sugars too.


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

SAVE THE DATE! The Deep South Dish Cookbook is Almost Here!


I am so excited to share with y'all that my cookbook, Deep South Dish Homestyle Southern Recipes, is just about here! Isn't the cover pretty? For those of you wondering "where's the beef?" it's representative of one of our favorite Southern dishes - the vegetable plate - and is actually one of my personal photos and all of my personal recipes! The publisher thought that it was a perfect cover for a spring launch and so do I. Don't worry though - there's plenty of meat protein dishes inside and a few of them are even featured on the back cover too! (Fried chicken anyone?)

Never in a million years when I lost my job - and frankly my entire career - to a hurricane named Katrina, did I have any idea that I would find myself where I am today ... and now a published cookbook author too. No matter how down and out things seems folks, never give up. He might just have bigger plans for you too.


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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Cherry Berries in a Cloud

Cherry Berries in a Cloud, a vintage dessert that begins with a baked meringue shell, is topped with a cream cheese, whipped cream and marshmallow layer and finished with a cherry and strawberry pie filling.

Cherry Berries in a Cloud

I had all but forgotten about this vintage dessert until my daughter-in-law's grandmother Mimi showed up with a pan of it at one of our holiday gatherings. Not only is it delicious as it always was, but it's a perfect dessert for Valentine's Day too!

From my 70s Betty Crocker cookbook, one of my first cookbooks as a new bride!

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Duck Commander Family Foods

Faith. Family. Food. Check out this product review from Deep South Dish, for homestyle spreads, dips and Miss Kay's fabulous desserts, from Duck Commander Family Foods.




One of the perks of blogging is the opportunity to bring new products to your readers and I am so excited to introduce you to brand new products from Duck Commander Family Foods. Homestyle spreads, dips and desserts, you'll find that they taste just as if you prepared them in your own kitchen. Every single thing that I was able to sample was wonderful, tasted homemade and did not disappoint one bit. Any of these will make an awesome addition to your Super Bowl party menu this weekend, or any gathering or party you have planned this year.


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Friday, January 16, 2015

Ham Bone Dumplings

Belly warming and hearty, a slow stewed ham bone stock is finished with drop dumplings.

Ham Bone Dumplings

In the south, we'll drop some biscuit dough in just about any dish with a soup or stew consistency - beans, soup, stews, they're all game. All dumplings require is a full bodied stock and you're in business.

Starting ham and dumplings with a nice leftover ham bone, or absent that, a couple of meaty ham hocks, makes for a beautiful, rich stock base. The freezer preserved leftover holiday ham bone makes ham dumplings a pretty common thing in the first of the new year, especially when the weather outside's been frightening. Hey y'all, I know it's nothing like what our friends to the north face, but it's even been damp, dreary and downright cold down here in the Deep South of Coastal Mississippi! As I write this, I am seeing sunshine out of my office window for the first time in what seems forever.


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Monday, January 5, 2015

Cajun Shrimp and Pasta Skillet

A quick and easy skillet pasta meal, made with medium shrimp, andouille sausage and a simple sauce. May also substitute chicken.

Cajun Shrimp and Pasta Skillet

Happy New Year y'all! Yes, this is my first post of 2015 - actually my first post since mid-December. Life has been super crazy busy and it's been a challenge enough to keep active and relevant on Facebook lately the way that they run their algorithms for who sees what over there anymore. They certainly don't favor pages, especially small blogger pages. Geez.

Christmas with the grandchildren at our new house was a blast this year. They are all finally old enough to understand what's going on, and Grandma and Paw Paw probably went overboard, of course. I think that's partly our job now though. They have been out of school for 2 weeks on winter break, heading back to school tomorrow, so we also got to have quite a few full days with them too. We had fun figuring out where the elf would appear everyday and talking about the history of the ornaments on Grandma's tree. Frankly, it's the happiest Christmas I have had since the passing of my Mama.


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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Billie's Pecans

Cinnamon Spiced Pecans from Billie's Pecans

Billie's Pecans




I just love the opportunity to share a Mississippi company with y'all, so when Billie's Pecans contacted me to see if I'd like to try a sample, I was thrilled! Headquartered in Crenshaw Mississippi, the story of how Billie's came into existence, is one that any working mom can appreciate.


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Friday, December 12, 2014

Big, Fat, Juicy Skillet Burgers

Big, fat, juicy burgers, seared in a skillet and finished with a covered steam.

Big, Fat, Juicy Skillet Burgers

I don't know about you, but I don't just crave a good burger in the summer. I crave them all year round and especially after the big turkey and ham holidays.

While grilling isn't all that seasonal down here in the Deep South to begin with, there are times when the wind is whipping up some chilly air, and we aren't fond of standing out in that, any more than we are the sweltering humidity of high summer. Or, we just don't feel like hauling everything outside. I grill plenty of burgers, but I sure do love doing them in a skillet too, and this is my favorite method.


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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Book Review - Christmas All Through The South




If you love the south and especially if you love Christmas in the south, this is the book to have - whether you gift it to yourself, or someone else. I literally spent hours with this book, sometimes smiling in agreement, sometimes a little teary eyed. It took me a little while to write this review because I literally devoured this book over time.


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Monday, November 24, 2014

Cornbread Sage Dressing with Gravy

A classic cornbread dressing made with day old cornbread, traditional sauteed vegetables and seasoned with sage.

Cornbread Sage Dressing with Gravy

Wow y'all! I cannot believe Thanksgiving is just days away now. Where does the time go? Before we know it, Christmas will be here, speaking of which... I put my tree up and started decorating this weekend, which is the earliest ever for me. There were a few reasons for starting a little early this year, and none of them have to do with blogging.

First, well... we moved this year and I wanted to make sure my tree would fit in the new house! I bought one of those Bethlehem Lights LED instant-power trees (LOVE!) a couple of Christmases ago, and while it fit fine in the family room where I had a cathedral ceiling, I wasn't sure how it would fit in the new house that has standard height ceilings.

It fit, yay!

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