Thursday, June 20, 2024

Cucumber Tomato and Onion Salad

A classic tomato salad with sweet onion and cucumber and a nicely balanced vinegar based dressing.

Cucumber Tomato and Onion Salad


I love cucumber, tomato and onion salad combinations and I eat them constantly over these hot summers, so I am always playing around with them.

It's pretty amazing how subtle changes in the same basic ingredients can completely alter the texture and taste in them and the dressing on this one is a great balance between tart and sweet to me.

Monday, June 17, 2024

Social Media Roundup Cookout Menu Ideas 3

What You Missed! Mint Infused Southern Sweet Tea, Cucumber and Onion Salad, Tri-Color Rotini Italian Pasta Salad, Southern-Style Potato Salad - My Way, Fresh Corn Casserole, Chile Cheese Tex-Mex Cornbread and Summer Berry Cobbler. Tap/click the photos or links below to see them all.
Social Media Roundup Cookout Menu Ideas 3 - What You Missed! Mint Infused Southern Sweet Tea, Cucumber and Onion Salad, Tri-Color Rotini Italian Pasta Salad, Southern-Style Potato Salad - My Way, Fresh Corn Casserole, Chile Cheese Cornbread and Summer Berry Cobbler. Tap/click the photos or links below to see them all.

Social Media Roundup Cookout Menu Ideas 3


Summer cookouts are in full swing, so we've been sharing on our social media some of those favorite beverages, salads, sides, mains and desserts that we all love to have when it's cookout time - even, yes, for those of us who don't really cook outside much!

We share regularly on social media during the week, but unfortunately, algorithms keep a lot of those posts hidden from our members there - even those who have actively "liked" the page! I've starting duplicating some of those shares in roundups right here on my website to let you know what you may have missed.

Friday, June 14, 2024

Johnny Marzetti Casserole - My Way

My version of Johnny Marzetti, a well-loved baked casserole originating in Ohio, made with ground beef and pork, the trinity of southern cooking, tomato soup, mushrooms, egg noodles and cheese.
My version of Johnny Marzetti, a well-loved baked casserole originating in Ohio, made with ground beef and pork, the trinity of southern cooking, tomato soup, mushrooms, egg noodles and cheese.

Johnny Marzetti Casserole - My Way


I know, I know... it's HOT! But this is one of my favorite casseroles to make, and I've made it twice here recently, so yeah, I'm sharing it, right in the heat of the summer.

Besides, it's a terrific potluck carry too that everybody enjoys.

There is something about the combination of textures and flavors here that make this an outstanding meal anytime of the year and perfect if you have a countertop oven (#ad), which is what I use the most these days anyway, especially in the summer.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Instant Pot Purple Hull Peas

Fresh, or fresh frozen purple hull peas, seasoned simply with salt pork, onion and chicken stock, quick and easy in the Instant Pot.
Fresh, or fresh frozen purple hull peas, seasoned simply with salt pork, onion and chicken stock, made quick and easy in the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Purple Hull Peas


Purple hull peas are my favorite southern pea!

They are part of the group of peas, that are really beans, and something that we love so much in the South. It's a summer favorite among many of us.

They are easy to grow too and easier to shell than they used to be when an afternoon of shelling once yielded sore and purple fingers!

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Air Fryer Baby Back Ribs

Baby back ribs, sprinkled with a dry rib rub and air fried with sauce applied in the last minutes of cooking.

Air Fryer Baby Back Ribs


Y'all, I swear. If I hadn't tried it for myself, I never would have believed you could successfully prepare baby back ribs - in an air fryer!

What??

In fact, the first time I made them I thought surely it was a fluke. So I tried it again.

Sure enough, it's true! And they are good y'all.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Social Media Roundup Cookout Menu Ideas 2

Social Media Roundup Cookout Menu Ideas 2 - What You Missed! - Old Fashioned Hand-Squeezed Fresh Lemonade, Fire and Ice Summer Salad, Mississippi Comeback Sauce, Baked Vidalia Onions, Pimento Cheese Finger Sandwiches, Southern Caviar - Black Eyed Pea Salad, Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese, Country Style Ribs with Pepper Jelly Barbecue Sauce and Creamy Peanut Butter Pie.
Social Media Roundup Cookout Menu Ideas 2 - What You Missed! - Old Fashioned Hand-Squeezed Fresh Lemonade, Fire and Ice Summer Salad, Mississippi Comeback Sauce, Baked Vidalia Onions, Pimento Cheese Finger Sandwiches, Southern Caviar - Black Eyed Pea Salad, Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese, Country Style Ribs with Pepper Jelly Barbecue Sauce and Creamy Peanut Butter Pie.

Social Media Roundup Cookout Menu Ideas 2


With Memorial Day and summer cookouts around the corner, we've begun sharing on our social media some of those favorite foods we love to have when it's cookout time - even for those of us who don't really cook outside much!

We've got you covered for beverages and cocktails, appetizers, dips, salads and sides as well as main dish offerings and summer desserts!

We share on social media regularly every day, but unfortunately, algorithms keep a lot of those posts hidden from our members there who have actually "liked" the page! I've starting duplicating some of those shares in roundups right here on my website.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Social Media Roundup Cookout Menu Ideas 1

Social Media Roundup Cookout Menu Ideas 1 - What You Missed! - Southwestern Chip Dip, Cucumber Salad with Creamy Buttermilk Herb Dressing, Beer Braised Hot Dogs, General-Purpose Grilling Marinade, Memphis-Style Southern Dry Rub Grilled Pork Spareribs, Baked Bean Medley, 'Bacon Ranch Cold Baked Potato Salad and 'Mandarin Orange "Pig Pickin'" Cake.
Social Media Roundup Cookout Menu Ideas 1 - What You Missed! - Southwestern Chip Dip, Cucumber Salad with Creamy Buttermilk Herb Dressing, Beer Braised Hot Dogs, General-Purpose Grilling Marinade, Memphis-Style Southern Dry Rub Grilled Pork Spareribs, Baked Bean Medley, Bacon Ranch Cold Baked Potato Salad and Mandarin Orange Pig Pickin' Cake.

Social Media Roundup Cookout Menu Ideas 1


Memorial Day is just about here y'all!

As the commemoration of our country's servicemen and women who have died in the line of duty, Memorial Day also kicks off the unofficial beginning of summer in the U.S., with all kinds of events across the country, and, of course, yummy barbecues!

It's a long summer ahead of us, and I just heard that it's gonna be even more hot and muggy than usual. And possibly more tropical storms and hurricanes to deal with too. Ugh.

Well, I say, let's just enjoy the food for now!

We've begun sharing some of those favorite foods we love to have when it's cookout time - even when we may never cook outside! Favorite beverages, appetizers, salads and sides and of course those main dish ribs, chicken, steaks and such, and let's not forget summer desserts!

Friday, May 17, 2024

Tuna Salad with Apple

A classic tuna salad made with the addition of grated apple and served here on griddled Texas Toast.
A classic tuna salad made with the addition of grated apple and served here on griddled Texas Toast.

Tuna Salad with Apple


Not long ago, my sister in law told The Cajun she was getting rid of some old cookbooks and asked him if I might like them.

Since physical libraries don't hold onto cookbooks for very long these days and the older cookbooks are extremely useful tools for recipe research, I'm never one to turn down cookbooks, so I said of course! 

Most of them were older Southern Living annuals and back then, not only were they summaries of the year's recipes shared from the magazine, a lot of folks don't realize that many Southern Living recipes started much like you see with Taste of Home - they were recipes submitted by readers! 

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Social Media Roundup Seafood Favorites 2

Social Media Roundup - Seafood Favorites 2, What You Missed! Gulf Coast Style Pan Fried Crab Cakes, Hushpuppy Breaded Fried Shrimp, Godchaux Mixed Seafood Salad with Creole Vinaigrette Dressing, Seafood and Eggplant Dressing and Spicy Orange Pecan Shrimp Stir Fry

Seafood Favorites 2


We've been sharing more of our classic favorites on social media lately and of course, considering I live right along the Gulf Coast that is very often seafood and certainly a lot of shrimp recipes!

I do love shrimp and it's a very versatile protein.

Of course Fridays have always been a seafood day here where I live, as much as Mondays have always been a red beans and rice day, but we have amazing seafood here along the Gulf Coast so any day can be a seafood day!

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Buttermilk Mustard Fried Chicken

A whole cut up chicken, soaked in a seasoned buttermilk and mustard marinade, then dredged in a seasoned flour, deep fried and finished in the oven.  Pictured here with roasted potatoes and black-eyed peas.
A whole cut up chicken, soaked in a seasoned buttermilk and mustard marinade, then dredged in a seasoned flour, deep fried and finished in the oven. Pictured here with roasted potatoes and black-eyed peas.

Buttermilk Mustard Fried Chicken


Like many Southerners, I love fried chicken, especially when it's prepared well. Although pretty rewarding in the end, it is a little messy frying it at home though and frankly takes practice,  meaning you need to keep making it often to perfect the processes!

You know. Like Grandma did.

For those reasons, lots of folks satisfy those occasional fried chicken cravings with take out these days and while really great fried chicken can be found at sit down restaurants, you can also find it at locally owned gas station counters, at regional grocery store delis like Winn Dixie and Rouses in my neighborhood, at local sit down or take out buffets like Hartz, Cajun's and Broome's and fried chicken places like Popeye's and KFC.

The one problem? Have you seen the prices?

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