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How to Turn a Casserole into a Delightful Gumbo

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Okra. Some say it's slimy, some say it's the best fried vegetable on any southern table. I would have to agree with the latter. However, I have found a different recipe that is a cross between country and creole. Continue reading to transform a casserole into seafood gumbo. Okra and Rice Casserole adapted from Southern… Read More About This!

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Sick and Tired of Doing Lemonade the Old Way? Read This! thumbnail

How many of you sold lemonade at a childhood stand? How much money did you earn? If you'd had these recipes at such a young age, you might have made more! How many books did you read that made you think that a glass of lemonade would quench any thirst? If the old way didn't quench… Read More About This!

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All Fired Up for Fourth of July

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My son and future daughter-in-love are headed to Birmingham over the Fourth of July. I am fired up! Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen Firework - Katy Perry Made in the USA - Demi Lovato All American Girl - Carrie Underwood Party in the USA - Miley Cyrus Philadelphia Freedom - Elton John American Pie -… Read More About This!

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6 Slap-Yo-Mama Strawberry Recipes

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It's strawberry season! They are my favorite fruit of all and now is the time to get the freshest, juiciest, sweetest berries for several of my treasured recipes. A few facts about strawberries you might not know... Don't rinse strawberries before you are ready to eat them. They will spoil quicker. May 21-27 is Strawberry… Read More About This!

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Meatloaf Soup

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The first year of my marriage, I was very excited to prove my abilities in the kitchen to my new husband. As such, I brought many of my mama’s and my husband’s mom and grandmother’s recipes with us to Auburn, AL., where we were still in school. One of the first I decided to try was… Read More About This!

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Baby Bloomin’ Onions

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One of our favorite appetizers is the "Bloomin' Onion" from Outback. I was so excited when I found this recipe on Spoon Fork Bacon. The baby size onions make a great option for an appetizer night at home. I have to warn you. These pictures are graphic and for adult cooks only. In other words... I… Read More About This!

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Hush Puppy!

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There are many stories about how the hush puppy came into being. These delicious, fried cornmeal balls have been served in the south for centuries, but their origin is unconfirmed. Some say they were created by a group of nuns in New Orleans, who had come over from France. Others say that hush puppies were… Read More About This!

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The Legend of the Mardi Gras King Cake

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Do you know the legend of the Mardi Gras King Cake? I confess, that I didn't until this year. I have lived in Mardi Gras territory for almost 1/2 of my married life; but, have obviously been hit in the head with too many parade beads and moonpies. I have noticed the sugary pastries in… Read More About This!

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Can You Pass the Southern Cornbread Test?

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My grandmother did something that most southerners would say made about as much sense as tits on a bull. ;0 She made her cornbread in an aluminum cake pan. Horrors!!! Although, she may have never made her cornbread in a cast iron skillet, my nanny definitely passed the southern cornbread test. We could smell it cooking from… Read More About This!

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Fruitcake or Doorstop? How Do You Describe It?

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I did a brief survey on Facebook, asking my friends what their first thought was about fruitcake. One in particular described it as a "brick-like-thing," which made me laugh out loud. So, how do you describe fruitcake? Is it a dessert or a doorstop? The response on Facebook was almost unanimous. "YUCK!"  But then, there… Read More About This!

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