Southern Creamy Crab Dip Recipe

Southern Creamy Crab Dip is one of the snacking staples found in my house during late spring and early summer. Made with a big heap of traditional Southern love and delicious tasting ingredients; such as imitation crab meat, cream cheese, mayonnaise, minced celery, red onions, spring onions, diced pimento peppers, diced jalapeño, fresh chopped parsley, dill, and Cajun seasoning.

I know many of y’all have had the pleasure of tasting a hot crab dip, but if you haven’t had a cold Southern Creamy Crab Dip you have been missing out on a good thing. This dip is perfect for entertaining during poolside parties, family picnics, and even card night with the besties.

This Southern Creamy Crab Dip really should be called a Creamy Crab Spread but somehow over the years this cold, creamy, decadent, southern deliciousness became known as Creamy Crab Dip. Don’t ask me who did it or how it happened, somewhere along the way someone decided spread was not in the cards and just renamed it. Continue reading

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Pastitsio – Greek Lasagna

Pastitsio – Greek Lasagna is one of my childhood favorites made with comforting layers of long tubular pasta, a delicious homemade Mediterranean meat sauce spiced with ground cinnamon, allspice, cloves,  nutmeg, this classic Greek dish is topped with creamy béchamel and Kefalotyri cheese and guaranteed to be a family favorite for the dinner table.

Pastitsio – Greek Lasagna is one of those wonderful Mediterranean pasta recipes that take me back to my teen years in Ohio. It reminds me of two things, the holidays with my friends and one of my favorite festivals in Warren, Ohio that Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church hosts every year; The Greek Fest. This year will be their 50th Annual hosting of the Greek Festival, one of the largest Greek festivals in Ohio.

Pastitsio is one of the cherished classic Greek recipes I used to beg my friends to ask their mom’s for. In the beginning, no one was budging for my request of their cherished recipe for that delicious baked pasta, it actually took me years to earn the rights to the recipe. That request of mine required me to watch a few amazing women make their traditional family recipes several times to get this recipe on point. Moral of the story, if you want something special you need to be willing to put the labor and time in to make it properly. Continue reading

Southern-Style Bean Salad

This sweet yet Tangy Southern-Style Bean Salad is the perfect side dish for potlucks, Church gatherings, and family picnics. It’s a super easy recipe to make; combining fresh flash steamed green beans, kidney beans, black-eyed peas, white beans, black beans, chickpeas, red onion, cilantro, and a deliciously fresh tasting simple to make homemade dressing.

Southern-Style Bean Salad is my a spinoff of the 60’s generation of Three Bean Salad. The great salad revolution began in the early 1960’s like so many other cultural cuisines in America. In the decade of more natural and organic ingredients; many Americans were first introduced to bean salads in the sixties, not to mention rice, Bulgar, wheat, all of which were destined to become increasingly popular in the near future.  The original 3 Bean Salad of the 60’s consisted solely of the combination of marinated or pickled kidney beans, chickpeas, and green beans.I know it’s been a good deal of time since I have even thought of that bean salad, so I decided that a good old-fashioned Southern update was in order for this recipe. I decided that three measly types of beans were not going to cut it. I wanted to pay more of a Southern homage to my Bean Salad and decided white beans, black-eyed peas, and black beans would combine really well with the fresh flash steamed green beans and kidney beans. Continue reading

Funeral Potatoes Recipe

Whether you’re  hailing from Utah and refer to the recipe as Funeral Potatoes or a Southerner from Mississippi that calls it Hashbrown Casserole, this recipe is pretty darn delicious if you ask me or any of the folks I have made it for. It’s really the perfect casserole for the holidays, work potlucks, church functions, any gathering that requires a covered dish. Just simply combine shredded hashbrowns, extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded Colby-Jack cheese, cream of chicken soup, cream cheese, sautéed onion, and minced garlic.

The list of names for this casserole dish that uses those famous frozen hash browns is almost endless depending on where you live in the United States. I have heard them called, Church Lady Potatoes, Christmas Potatoes, Heartstopper Hashbrown Casserole, Ward Potatoes, Cheesy Potato Casserole,  Pittsburg Potatoes, as well as  Church Social Potatoes by some.
You might ask, “How did this casserole ever became known as Funeral Potatoes in Utah?” It seems about 15-16 years ago  Funeral Potatoes became a staple served at dinners given for bereaved friends and family after a Latter Day Saints funeral. I’m sure they were being served up in Utah long before they were fondly nicknamed, “Funeral Potatoes” Continue reading

Southern Baked Bean and Ground Beef Casserole

Southern Baked Bean and Ground Beef Casserole is another iconic Southern covered dish our family loves to share at family functions, Church Potlucks, picnics and even on some of the spring and summer Holiday gatherings.

This Casserole is a total cinch to make; combining VanCamp’s pork and beans, crisp bacon, lean ground beef, sweet red bell peppers, Jalapeno peppers, sweet onions, BBQ sauce, spicy brown mustard, and brown sugar.

If you have ever resided or visited the South and you’ve been to any gatherings at all where the community shares a covered dish aka casserole, then chances are you have tried a variation of Southern Baked Bean and Ground Beef Casserole. If not you are missing out on one of the best tasting Southern casseroles.What are you waiting for?

Let me just tell you this recipe is so darn good you will even find this being served at the homes of Trisha Yearwood,  Paula Dean, and Ree Drummond, just to name a few who know a good Southern covered dish at family gatherings. Now if one of y’all tell me you have no clue who these lovely women are; I am just gonna cry myself to sleep tonight. Continue reading

Dill Pickle Dip

Mention Dill Pickle Dip to me and I will proclaim to you, it to be, What dreams are made of on a warm spring day here in Mississippi. It’s that deliciously simple to make dip we love to serve at family shindigs and church potlucks. I mean just the ingredient list alone gives me endless smiles thinking about it;  cream cheese, crunchy baby dill pickles, red onions,  fresh dill weed, minced garlic, and a subtle hint of Cajun Spice to bring it together.

Dill pickle dip reminds me of those delicious little ham, cream cheese, and dill pickle pinwheel sandwiches we devoured in the 80’s and 90’s as children. It’s the perfect dip to serve with crunchy kettle chips, soft pita bread, or your favorite crackers. Trust me if you love dill pickles you are surely going to swoon over this Dill Pickle Dip recipe.

Here in the South, we don’t wait for Game Days or the Christmas holidays to break out our favorite dips and spreads; those recipes are an all year around affair. We love to serve them at our gatherings and watch them disappear off the table like nobody’s business. In fact, we wait in anticipation to see how fast they vanish.

I like using those crunchy baby dill pickles in my recipe for Dill Pickle Dip, they just seem to have that wonderful crunchy texture and the perfect amount of dill pickle flavor. I always save about 5-6 of them that I thinly slice and use as a garnish for the top of the Dill Pickle Dip. Just gives it that fancy schmancy look we all love to see. Continue reading

Cowboy Caviar {Black-eyed Pea Salsa} aka Texas Caviar

Cowboy Caviar {black-eyed Pea Salsa} aka Texas Caviar is the delicious Southern cousin of Mexican Black Bean Salsa made with black-eyed peas, sweet corn, diced red plum tomatoes, chopped spicy jalapeño peppers, crisp celery, diced cucumber, red onions, finely sliced green onion, chopped fresh cilantro, and served with crunchy tortilla chips.

Southerners love their black-eyed peas, and the state of Texas is the birthplace of Cowboy Caviar {Black-eyed Pea Salsa} aka Texas Caviar. Cowboy Caviar aka Texas Caviar was created in the lovely state of Texas around 1940, by Ms. Helen Corbitt, the director of the food service for the Zodiac Room at Neiman Marcus in Dallas, Texas. Here’s the twist y’all, Ms. Helen Corbitt was actually a native of New York, not Texas.

I don’t know about y’all but I can surely forgive Ms. Corbitt for not being a native Southerner, since she created one of my favorite Southern iconic appetizers; bless her little heart, if it weren’t for her we might not have ever thought of this amazing concoction made from black-eyed peas on our own. So a big thank you is going out to that lovely fiery redheaded Northern gal.

Ms. Helen Corbitt was the notoriously famous for being the director of the food service at the Zodiac Room, in the Neiman Marcus in Dallas, Texas. She first served her well-known Black-eyed Pea Salsa on New Year’s Eve at the Houston Country Club. Ms. Corbitt, would later also serve the Black-eyed Pea Salsa at the famous Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas, where then dubbed by its nickname, “Texas caviar,” as a humorous poke at real caviar, an expensive hors d’oeuvre of salt-cured fish roe. Continue reading