Southern Zipper Peas (Lady’s & Baby Lima’s)

Named Zipper Peas for the way the pod opens when the fibrous strand down its center is pulled, these peas are grown primarily in the southern states due to the warm climate. Freshly picked from their pods, zipper peas have a mild-flavor, are a great source of protein and a classic Southern comfort food. I…

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Anson Mills Red Rice

  Cast-iron pots and pans have a long-standing tradition in American cookery, and Lodge Cast Iron has stood the test of time. I recently completed a project with this great company for The Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook- Cooking form Coast to Coast, that includes two of my recipes.

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Best Deviled Eggs

I absolutely love deviled eggs and so does my husband, the purist. Phil raves about my mama’s deviled eggs (and her potato salad), who does not fill hers with things like chopped pickle but rather likes to keep it simple. This recipe is quick and easy and can be the base for so many other…

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Pandemic Pepper Jelly

When anyone asks how I’m doing with the self isolation these days, my come back is that I’m putting the 19 in COVID-19. Pounds that is! I have literally eaten more carbs in one month than I’ve eaten all year. Mainly due to my husband being under stress with his medical job, and me noticing…

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Egg Salad Supreme

Egg Salad is simple to prepare, and brings back a flood of memories from my childhood. In my early years, family vacations included long drives to visit my relatives in Alabama, Georgia and Florida. We’d set out in the family truckster, the name I gave my my parents olive green and gold station wagon with…

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Gumbo Z’ Herbs or Green Gumbo

  Southerners love their greens. A time honored tradition, greens have held an important role for well over a century and there is no other vegetable that is so unique to the region. Greens do not form a compact head, and therefore I am referring to mostly kale, collards, turnips, spinach, mustard, even dandelion. I…

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Lionfish Tacos

There has been so much talk about eating Lionfish lately, though I have been eating it for some time. It is a sweet, light, white, flaky fish that has a firm texture and has a taste somewhere between grouper and mahi mahi. The fish itself has venomous spines, but the meat is not poisonous. Many…

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Crab Stuffed Avocado aka Galatoire’s Crabmeat Maison

I’m sharing one of my favorite New Orleans recipes adapted from my Galatoire’s cookbook, which is one of my favorite New Orleans restaurants. It’s called Crabmeat Maison. Galatoire’s is an iconic and James Beard Award winning restaurant nestled in the heart of the French Quarter. It’s cuisine is anchored in French Creole traditions, which reflect…

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Shrimp Remoulade

New Orleans has been on my mind quite a bit lately, especially with Mardi Gras on the calendar this month. There is always something exciting happening in The Big Easy! When recently invited to create a recipe for Stonewall Kitchen using one of their mustards, I chose the horseradish as I knew it would make…

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Red Beans & Rice – Not Just For Washday Anymore!

Red Beans & Rice, a New Orleans Monday washday meal, where the Sunday ham bone gets put to use, is a recipe I learned how to prepare at the age of fifteen when living in New Orleans. It is one of my top comfort foods, in the family recipe box now, and has been perfected…

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My Famous Chili

Just like good gumbo, everyone has their favorite chili recipe. Texas beef with no beans, white chicken chili, even vegetarian, but my famous chili is a flavor packed version with black beans for added fiber, and to create texture. Since our kids were little and heading out to trick or treat with my husband pulling…

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