Wednesday, June 30, 2010

4th of July Menu Ideas and Recipes

Check out my newly updated page of July 4th menu ideas and recipes - just pop by right here to view the list!

I can't believe that it's almost the 4th of July!!  Course the fireworks have been popping around my house ever since the stands opened a few weeks back.  Last year we had a front row seat on a boat in the Gulf to watch the Biloxi firework display and I hope the oil in the Gulf and the weather from tropical storm Hurricane Alex doesn't interfere with our view this year.

Here are a few of my favorite hand picked recipes you might want to consider if you're still looking for menu ideas for your celebration.  There's plenty more in the archives under the "Past Post Archive" over there in the right hand sidebar, and also in my e-Cookbook - though I confess I'm a bit behind in updating those manual links. 

Hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July!

More Salads

With Compound Butter Blends

More Burgers

More Ribs

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Shrimp with Bow Tie Pasta Salad

Bow tie pasta, onion, bell pepper, celery and black olives with seasoned boiled shrimp, dressed with a creamy mayonnaise and mustard vinegar dressing.
Bow tie pasta, onion, bell pepper, celery and black olives with seasoned boiled shrimp, dressed with a creamy mayonnaise and mustard vinegar dressing.

Shrimp with Bow Tie Pasta Salad

This pasta salad recipe for shrimp with bow tie pasta is hands down one of my summertime favorites, but honestly it is great for any time of the year. It's a great dish to make when you need something for a potluck, church social, and any party you have in mind.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Roasted Red Pepper Pimento Cheese

A lovely pimento cheese made with roasted red peppers.

Roasted Red Pepper Pimento Cheese

I don't what it is about pimento cheese, but I sure love it. Yeah, I even like the stuff in the little containers in the refrigerator case at the market, though I admit, homemade is so much more delicious, and just super easy to throw together. A southern favorite, and of course, like most traditional and old fashioned recipes, every southern cook has their own way of making it too. I happen to have a couple of my own, but I love this one that replaces those little jars of chopped pimiento peppers with flavorful roasted red peppers.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Introducing House-Autry Mills


Whew y'all, it has been the dog days of summer around here for sure.  You know that sun is beating down when you have to put on sunscreen to take out the trash for pete's sake!  Well, who couldn't use a little bit of help to cut down on time in the kitchen, and House-Autry is a sure bet to get supper on the table in record time and with practically zero effort too!

I was introduced to House-Autry Mills products by my dear friend Christy over at Southern Plate, when she asked if I would be interested in partnering with her to try the products and share my experiences with them. Well, imagine my surprise when I received this gorgeous basket, chock full of a variety of the House-Autry Mills products, and a few nice kitchen goodies thrown in.

It even came with a handy skimmer, a super high quality, flour sack apron, a Brite-Weave flat weave checkered kitchen towel and a nice, thick oven mitt! I instantly fell in love with these accessories.

But the star of the show ... look at all of these products I got to try!! I was in heaven I tell ya!

Now, seeing as this was my first experience with trying House-Autry products, I wanted to stay pretty authentic to the intention of each of these coatings, so I used them as directed. There are loads of recipes on the House-Autry website though, with other ideas for using these and their many other products. And get this ... on my last trip to Walmart, what did I notice on the baking aisle but these lovely, bright red packages, so House-Autry is probably available right in your neighborhood too!

While House-Autry Mills is new to me, I learned they are actually about to celebrate their 200th birthday.  The House family migrated to North Carolina from England in 1812 and established their first mill in Newton Grove.  In 1967 they merged with the Autry Brothers Mill and House-Autry Mills was born and now sell a wide variety of products from corn meal, to hushpuppies, onion ring coating, and traditionally seasoned breaders and coatings, cornbread and biscuit mixes. Be sure to look for them at your neighborhood grocer!

The first thing we tore into was the box of Hushpuppy with Onion mix.  It comes together in just mere seconds and is just a matter of frying them. I used my deep fryer and a small cookie scoop - which is larger than the recommended teaspoon - but is what I always use to make hushpuppies. I ended up with 18 delicious little fritters - tender on the inside, crunchy on the outside and just the right amount of onion flavor. Yum - we loved these!

Not in the mood for hushpuppies? Use the mix to make something else, like Squash Casserole or Zucchini Fritters or, it's great used as a breading too, like on pan-fried pork chops, although...

Next up, is the House-Autry Pork Breading.

I thawed out some bone-in pork chops to use the pork breading for frying. Just a quick dip in some water, shake off the excess, pop in a zipper bag to shake with the breading and pan fry or drop into a 375 degree deep fryer - done in about 8 minutes and nothing to it! The seasoning for this breading is just wonderful - nice and crunchy and full of flavor. Paired this with those hush puppies and some freshly picked and steamed garden green beans and supper was on the table in minutes.

Don't want pork chops? How about Chicken Fried Steak instead? You'll find all of the recipes on their website.

Next up, the House-Autry Southern Baked Pork Bake. I used bone-in center cut chops again and the same process - dip in water, shake off excess and pop into a zipper bag of the seasoning, shake and bake!  Bake them at 425 degrees, on a rack on top of a foil lined pan, and no turning - you'll have crispy, flavorful oven baked pork chops in about 15 minutes.

The Cajun loved this as much as his favorite fried chops and declared them "delicious!!" Some purple hull peas sauteed in black peppered bacon and Vidalia onion, and garden fresh sliced tomatoes on the side and in about 20 minutes, you have yourself a mighty fine southern meal I'm telling ya.

Not in the mood for this? How about some Southern Baked Crab Cakes instead?

Next up, House-Autry Southern Baked Chicken Bake.

Again, just a quick pass in some water, pop in a zipper bag with the coating and shake then bake. I wished that I would have had a cut up whole chicken to try this with, but I did have some boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I baked them at 400 degrees and it only took about 20 minutes.  This was a great oven baked chicken - nice crunchy coating, tender chicken inside and next time I might even coat the chicken with a bit of mayonnaise, or mustard before breading them. I might even toss in a little of my favorite Cajun seasoning!

The Cajun loved every one of these dishes and gave them all a two thumbs up and delicious seal of approval!  Good fresh taste, dinner on the table in minutes, can't beat that!  We've still got the Seafood Breading and the Chicken Breading to try, but based on our review of everything else these products are all winners.

Want to go ahead and try these products? Be sure to check out House-Autry Mills on Facebook and on Twitter and watch for coupons plus you can grab some great recipe ideas too!

The giveaway is closed. 

Congratulations to Donna B. aka @simplydab on Twitter! You are the winner of this fantastic House-Autry Mills gift basket.  Please send an email to me at with your name, mailing address & a telephone number (for shipping purposes only). Congratulations and enjoy!

Thanks for participating y'all!!

 One lucky winner will win a basket chock full of these same great House-Autry products, a metal skimmer, a high quality House-Autry flour sack apron, a Brite-Weave flat weave checkered kitchen towel and a nice, thick oven mitt! Yay!!


Simply leave a comment below - that's it! Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you though.


1. Earn one bonus entry by sharing this giveaway on your own Facebook page - then let me know you did here or at The Deep South Dish Family Facebook page.

2. Tweet the message below up to ONCE DAILY for extra entries!

Win a fantastic southern gift basket full of products from @HouseAutryMills & @DeepSouthDish

How about a couple more chances to win one?

I am thrilled to pieces to be partnering with several new-to-me bloggers to share House-Autry products with y'all, including Jyl of The Post-it Place, Jo of The Adventures of Kitchen Girl, Southern Beauty Magazine, and a couple of near and dear to me blogging friends, including my sweet Texas pal, Tina of Mommy's Kitchen and my Alabama sister-from-another-mother, and the host of this whole project, Christy of Southern Plate. {Be sure to click on over to Christy's blog for a behind the scenes tour of the mill.}  For more chances to win a beautiful basket like this one, be sure to drop by and visit each one of them to enter their giveaways too. {if their posts aren't up yet, just be sure to check back}

The Rules:

Giveaway closes at noon on Monday, July 5th, 2010 at 12:00 noon CST. 
➮Open to residents of the United States only please.
➮You must leave an email address in your comment, or be linked to a public profile containing your email address.
➮The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours from the time of that email to reply and claim their win before an alternate winner will be selected.

Disclosure: House-Autry Mills provided me with a gift basket of the products described, both for me to try and to giveaway to one reader.

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Weekend Cocktails - Watermelon Pomegranate Rum Cooler

I have talked before about the benefits of pomegranate juice and specifically the quality of POM Wonderful brand of pomegranate since being introduced to it last year. Back in the fall, I made several recipes using POM, so I was delighted when the POM Wonderful folks offered to send me another case to try some summer recipes. Loaded with powerful antioxidants and frankly pretty great just straight up, if you haven't gotten around to trying POM Wonderful, you should!

I had some chunks of watermelon in the fridge that needed to be used, so I thought that the combination of watermelon with POM juice for a nice weekend cocktail sounded pretty refreshing and it certainly was! You can of course make this a virgin drink by eliminating the rum and it's still a great punch drink.

Remember to drink responsibly - enjoy!!


Watermelon Pomegranate Rum Cooler
From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish

2 cups of chopped seedless watermelon
1 (8 ounce) bottle of POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice
1/4 cup of grenadine
Juice of one lemon
1 to 1-1/2 ounces of rum
Lemon-lime soda like 7-up, Sprite
Lemon curls for garnish

Process the watermelon, POM juice, grenadine and lemon in a blender. Fill a tall glass with ice and fill the glass about 3/4ths full with the watermelon blend. Add the rum and top off with the soda and garnish with lemon curls.

Makes about 4 depending on glass size


Check These Out Too!

Southern Iced Tea Cocktail
Frozen Watermelon Margarita
Vodka Slush

Disclosure:  POM Wonderful provided me with free product.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Iron Skillet Blackberry Dumpling Cobbler

A tender, fluffy sweet buttermilk cobbler dough, dropped like dumplings into freshly stewed blackberries and topped with homemade whipped cream.

Iron Skillet Blackberry Dumpling Cobbler

When I was in what we used to call junior high school, it's hard to believe now, but we actually used to walk home from school a lot.  It wasn't that we didn't have an easier way home - we certainly did - but there was something much more peaceful about that long, casual stroll from school to home than there was riding in that hot, smelly bus.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Eggs in Purgatory

Eggs are dropped into a bed of fiery tomato sauce, made from fresh tomatoes paired with chunky Rotel and enhanced with bacon, onion and sweet bell peppers, and then passed in the oven to set, topped with cheese and served over cheese grits.

Eggs in Purgatory

Eggs in Purgatory is one of those recipes that I consider to be a lost classic. You don't hear about them much anymore, though thanks to us bloggers, they seem to be making a resurgence in the past couple of years. I see folks doing it all the time, but I have never been one to put ketchup on eggs, though I do love them with salsa, especially in a breakfast wrap. I absolutely adore these Eggs in Purgatory though, done up in a bed of thick and spicy creole tomato sauce. They are just delicious!

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Father's Day Menu Ideas

Photo Credit: The Daily Green

Need some ideas to put together a great Father's Day meal? Be sure to check my newest, updated menu of great Father's Day recipes by clicking right here!

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How about a roast? Do a Chuck Pot Roast on the stovetop, an Oven Braised Beef Eye of Round Roast with Pan Gravy or an Oven Roasted Beef Rump Roast with Mushroom Gravy instead.

Add some fantastic Mashed Potatoes, Southern Style Creamed Peas, Southern Style Green Beans, and add a refreshing summer salad like Fire 'n Ice Summer Salad? What man would not be thrilled with this special dinner?

Wanna keep it more casual? Take the grilling duties over and have a cook-out for dad with a Grilled Steak made using this Cajun Steak Marinade and some Open Roasted Red Potatoes with Rosemary on the side. Or how about an Oven Braised Beef Brisket?

Wanna just keep it simple? How about some delicious Crockpot Barbecue Beef, Spicy Italian Beef for Sandwiches, a New Orleans Style Muffuletta, or Yummy Hamburger Sandwiches instead?

Or grill up some Backyard BBQ Chicken, or an All American Burger, Country Bob's Cheese Stuffed Burger or Juicy Onion Burgers. Then add a Cold Baked Potato Salad, or a more traditional Southern Style Potato Salad, and maybe some Baked Beans on the side.

Does the dad in your life love veggies? Try his favorite vegetables on a Roasted Summer Veggie & Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing, or if you have a lot of squash coming in, do some Squash Fries or a delicious Summer Squash Casserole with crookneck squash. Still waiting on those tomatoes to ripen? How about some Fried Green Tomatoes?

Need some dessert ideas? There's a whole list of 'em right here, including Texas Sheet Cake, Homemade Southern Banana Pudding with Meringue Topping, Easy Homemade Southern Peach Ice Cream, Jimmy Carter Cake, the Best Brownies Everor maybe a Fresh Strawberry Pie to name a few!

Nothing appealing here? Just scan through my e-Cookbook or click on that "Past Post" archive in the upper right hand sidebar to browse the past recipe posts by date - you're bound to find something that strikes your fancy!

And later on in the evening, when things have settled down, why not give a Southern Iced Tea Cocktail, Mint Julep, Mojito, or one of my other adult beverages?

Hope you find something helpful and that you have a wonderful Dad's Day with the all of the fathers in your life!!

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