Sunday, August 2, 2015

Mrs G's Pepper Jelly Product Review

Mrs. G's Pepper Jellies are not your average pepper jellies. Loaded with flavors from sweet and hot peppers, like jalapeno and habanero, garlic, lime, ginger, mango and peaches, and hand-crafted in small batches, there's no commercial taste here - you'll swear these were made in your own kitchen y'all!



This has sure been one hot summer down south y'all! Has it always been this hot? Seems not to me but I reckon I probably say that about this time every summer. Mercy!

Now that I have a nice, shady covered patio with a ceiling fan though, since early spring I have sure been working my grills around here... instead of my oven. I don't mind cooking in the kitchen during the summer really - I just crank down the air and put a fan at the door - but grilling is faster, easier and doesn't heat up the kitchen at all, so it's an awfully nice alternative.


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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Grilled Pork Chop

Bone-in pork loin chops, first marinated in a brown sugar, vinegar and soy marinade, then grilled and brushed with a pepper jelly glaze to finish. Shown here with my chargrilled corn and grilled veggies.

Grilled Pork Chop

Everybody around the country who gets snow in the winter waits for the summer ritual of opening up their patio grill, but we grill all year round in the Deep South and honestly, summers here are really our least favorite time for grilling. Oh we do it, but it's hotter than hot, and not super pleasant.

Now that I have a nice, shady covered patio with a ceiling fan though, it's made a huge difference, and I have sure been working my grills around here! I think I've grilled more this last year than I did in years at my old house. Grilling is fast, easy and doesn't heat up the kitchen - which is a bonus in this summer heat. I've even baked on my Traeger pellet grill instead of using my oven! But... for me, there is one issue.


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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Frozen Watermelon Slush

Frozen chunks of watermelon stand in for ice cubes in this refreshing lemon-lime frozen watermelon slush.

Frozen Watermelon Slush

Here we go, another southerner whining about the heat, but frankly y'all, it's been unbearable for me this summer. Part of blogging on a full time basis, means that you work from home, and I tell ya, it's gets mighty comfortable here in more ways than one, air conditioning certainly being one of them.


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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Bacon Gravy

A homestyle gravy, made with a flour roux, bacon drippings and broth or water here, or for a creamy version, use milk. Shown served over a baked pork tenderloin and rice.

Bacon Gravy

Sunday I made a pork tenderloin. You know the ones - the packages of pre-seasoned pork loins that you literally don't have to do a thing to except pop in the oven or on the grill? Yeah, that's the one. My mother in law picks them up on sale from Winn Dixie all the time and the Cajun happened to comment how good one was when we were over there one Sunday. Lo and behold, next thing I knew she was sending him home with a couple. I told y'all, she's like that!


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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hot BBQ Pulled Pork Dip Made Easy with Byron's

A hot pork BBQ dip, made easy with Pulled Pork BBQ from Byrons.

Hot BBQ Pulled Pork Dip

Summer means BBQ and one of the biggest BBQ holidays of the summer is just around the corner - Independence Day! It's one of my favorite holidays with time spent with friends and family and festivals galore along the Gulf Coast the entire weekend. For those of us who live here, it often means time spent on the boat out and on the barrier islands, followed by backyard cookouts with all of our favorite summertime foods and songs like Lee Greenwood's classic "God Bless the U.S.A.," droning in the background.

Everybody is all decked out in their favorite patriotic gear, the never-ending supply of red, white and blue foods and drinks streaming in, and, of course, after the sun sets, heading to the beach to watch the always fabulous Biloxi fireworks shows, shot over the Mississippi Sound from Deer Island and the endless designs of light left in the air by backyard sparklers (that even I still enjoy swinging) spun around by our children.


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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Fire 'n Ice Watermelon Salsa

Fire 'n Ice Watermelon Salsa, made with bell pepper, jalapeno, red onion, garlic, lime and cilantro, and watermelon, shown here with my grilled shrimp and Frozen Watermelon Margaritas.

Fire 'n Ice Watermelon Salsa

I have already been eating cucumbers, cantaloupe, strawberries, watermelon and tomatoes, like I'm never gonna see them again, and summer only just arrived.

Far as I'm concerned they need to move the official beginning of summer up, and just cut spring short, because in the Deep South spring is, oh, I don't know... about two weeks at most I'm guessing. Summer heat and humidity run right on in like it's been waiting. Much of the rest of the country has been pretty hot too from what I'm seeing, so clearly it's not just the south. At least some of y'all do get a reprieve once in awhile. We don't, at least not until it's pretty much winter. Apparently my body just needs hydration or something, because those cooling foods absolutely have been a regular part of my diet here lately.


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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Shrimp and Bowties in Fresh Tomato Basil Cream Sauce

Fresh shrimp in a tomato basil cream sauce, made from fresh tomatoes and garden herbs, and tossed with bowtie pasta.

Shrimp and Bowties in Fresh Tomato Basil Cream Sauce

Whew, things have been crazy here for a few months - a cookbook launch (something I never thought I'd do), 3 trips to Philadelphia for QVC (and I've still not seen any of the historical sights or had an authentic cheesesteak), and let me tell you... I don't know if it's because I'm pretty much a homebody and happy to be, or that I'm older, or both, but travel sure puts a strain on me these days, both for days before and days after. Then there was a very important family graduation, two potluck dinners with my Uncle Jim before he heads back up to Maryland (thanks for hosting Nikki!), a special honors recognition ceremony for my eldest grandson and a dance recital for my granddaughter.

Now that they are out of school and with summer activities lined up, they're here at the house with us more of the day, and we're also trying to help out where we can with getting them to and fro. The Cajun and I both love having the grandkids - we have a good time and we've both grown very close to them over the last year and I tell ya... they sure have their Paw Paw wrapped around their little pinkie promise fingers.


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Friday, June 12, 2015

Full Moon Bar-B-Que Ultimate BBQ Box Review

Rub - Top - Mop - Dip Check out the Ultimate BBQ Box from Alabama's Full Moon Bar-B-Que - one of the top ten restaurants in the U.S.! Southern Seasoning (rub), Chow-Chow (top), their award winning Bar-B-Que Sauce (mop) and the fabulous and famous, north Alabama white sauce (dip). Heaven in a box!




UPDATE: Congratulations to CathyN who wrote:
"I've always wanted to try the white sauce! We don't see that in East Texas!"
Shoot me an email Cathy to mary@deepsouthdish.com with your full name and a mailing address so we can get your gift box out to your right away!
Thanks for participating with our giveaway y'all. If you'd like to purchase one of these Ultimate BBQ Boxes, or any of the individual products shown below for yourself, please click this link to visit the Full Moon Bar-B-Que website.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have taken notice in a few posts here and there, some products from Full Moon Bar-B-Que making an appearance. You may have also noticed, one or the other has made its way into a few of my recipe posts here on the blog in the past few weeks too.

Well, that's because the good folks there at Full Moon were kind enough to send me a sampling from what they call their Ultimate BBQ box, containing their award winning line up of sauces and seasoning, including Southern Seasoning, Chow-Chow, Bar-B-Que Sauce and their Alabama White Sauce.


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Monday, June 8, 2015

Southern Living: A Southern Gentleman’s Kitchen Cookbook Review






UPDATE: Congratulations to Vicki L. who said...
"My husband and daughter love to cook and these recipes are amazing! A Southern Gentleman's Kitchen would be the best Father's Day gift for the two of them...and believe me the daughter is teaching her father many kitchen skills and it makes me so happy to see the two of them together in the kitchen!"
Please contact me at mary@deepsouthdish.com and let me know your full name and address as well as whether you would like the book personalized by Matt. Congratulations!
Just because I've now published my own cookbook doesn't mean I will stop bringing you new finds around the cookbook world, and here's one that is absolutely perfect for Father's Day!


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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Beer Marinated Grilled Chicken

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Chicken, marinated in beer, oil, vinegar and seasonings, then grilled and brushed with French dressing. Shown here with roasted green beans and sour cream, cucumber and onion salad. Fabulous.

Beer Marinaded Grilled Chicken   

I can't believe we've been in our new/old house over a year now. Wow, time is a flyin' y'all! This house is an older home... 20 years older even than the one that we left. It's had a few makeovers over the years though, and besides being close to the grandkids, there were so many features to the house that I loved, that even though we had looked at a lot of newer houses, I knew this was the one, as soon as I saw it.


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