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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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

Lemony Tarragon Chicken Salad

Lemony Tarragon Chicken Salad it has a clean fresh taste, with a positive upside; Lemony Tarragon Chicken Salad is so easy to make in a matter of minutes; combining  diced chicken breast meat, freshly roasted chopped red peppers, crisp green celery, chives, mayonnaise, freshly squeezed Florida lemon juice, garden fresh Mexican tarragon, a little kosher salt and freshly ground peppercorns.

I know y’all love a good recipe for Chicken Salad and this Lemony Tarragon Chicken Salad is just what the doctor ordered to chase the winter blues away. Besides its citrus season in The Sunshine State and frankly,  it’s the perfect time to bring out the non-mama-drama recipes that y’all love and crave.

Have you ever got just got so tired of eating all those non-stop handy-me-down casseroles you just want something yummilicious and simple to make for lunch or even dinner? Don’t get me wrong, I know y’all love those winter casseroles; but how many times can we eat that same Mississippi Pot Roast or John Wayne Casserole from Pinterest?

Lemony Tarragon Chicken Salad it has a clean fresh taste, with a positive upside; Lemony Tarragon Chicken Salad is so easy to make in a matter of minutes; combining diced chicken breast meat, freshly roasted chopped red peppers, crisp green celery, chives, mayonnaise, freshly squeezed Florida lemon juice, garden fresh Mexican tarragon, a little kosher salt and freshly ground peppercorns.Speaking of that Mississippi Pot Roast recipe, did you notice now some people are classing up the name a bit and calling it, “The Pepperoncini Pot Roast?” Call it what you will, it’s the same darn Pot Roast with Italian Dressing VS Ranch Dressing. Funny thing is my mama lives right in Olive branch, Mississippi, and had no clue about Mississippi’s glorious Pot Roast on Pinterest until a few years back; and then I even jumped on the bandwagon making it myself. Continue reading

Green Goddess Dressing

Green Goddess Dressing is a beautiful minty colored green blast from the past made with plain Greek yogurt, buttermilk, Duke’s mayo, chervil, chives, anchovy, tarragon, lemon juice, and freshly ground pepper. It’s perfect for your Springtime freshly made salads.

It has been said in the past that Green Goddess Dressing’s origin points to the Palace Hotel in San Francisco in 1923 when the hotel’s executive chef Philip Roemer wanted something to pay tribute to actor George Arliss and his hit play, The Green Goddess. He then concocted this dressing, which, like the play, became a hit.

I have to admit I am an avid collector of anything vintage, including recipes.This dressing is right up my alley and definitely a delicious blast from the past on a wonderful crisp and cool salad. I adore the natural minty tinted color as well as the flavor of this dressing.

Green goddess dressing

I bet a few of you are wondering a few things…

What is Chervil? : Chervil, aka French parsley, is a delicate annual herb related to parsley.It is commonly used to season mild-flavored dishes and is a constituent of the French herb mixture fines herbs. Continue reading

Purple Potato Salad Recipe

This vibrant looking Purple Potato Salad is Easy to make and deliciously gorgeous to look at on the dinner table; made from a spectacular tasting colorful medley of small purple potatoes, new potatoes, small red potatoes, crunchy baby dill pickles, crisp celery, red salad onions, sliced carrots, and garden fresh herbs.

It’s Springtime and the colorful veggies are popping up in every market here on the Memphis border, that means there’s a fresh bag of those brilliantly purple colored potatoes we all love and adore in stores here as we speak. I don’t know about you, but there’s something to be said for a lovely springtime Purple Potato Salad Recipe that you can serve with your favorite dinner items.

Awhile back my friend Francesca invited me over to dinner and made her mom’s version of Purple Potato Salad and by the way, it was delicious. Shortly after that decided I wanted to do my version to shall with all of you while purple potatoes were in season.

If you’re one of our diehard hardcore potato lovers but suddenly cut down on eating potatoes due to their bad reputation of being high in carbs/starches and causing weight gain, you may be in luck. Recent studies show it could be the potato you choose in addition to how the potato is prepared or cooked that make the difference. Instead, why not opt for some of these colorful purple potatoes? Continue reading

Lemony Italian Pasta Salad

Lemony Italian Pasta Salad is a quintessential salad recipe to have this spring combining Rigatoni pasta noodles, pepperoni, ham, grape tomatoes, red onions, quality black olives, green olives, sliced sweet peppers, Romano cheese, and a delicious homemade lemony Italian Salad Dressing.

Every Italian-American family has their own version of pasta salad, there really is no specific recipe for  a traditional Pasta Salad, only many variations, depending on on-hand ingredients in each  Italian-American household

One of the most important ingredients is the pasta noodles, I can not stress enough to you; cook pasta until it is al dente, firm to the teeth yet tender. Many Americans cook pasta until it is too soft, a minute or two less of cooking time then the directions on a package will give you authentic Italian pasta.

Lemony Italian Pasta SaladAnother key to making perfect pasta is to use a large cooking pot, better yet a pasta pot if you have one and plenty of salted water; this will stop the pasta from sticking to the bottom or each other and will also ensure every inch of pasta will be cooked through perfectly. Continue reading

Shrimp and Berry Salad with Avocados

Shrimp and Berry Salad with Avocados is a super simple, addictive,  deliciously, healthy, lunch or light dinner idea you can readily make in no time flat with fresh ingredients such as crisp romaine lettuce, succulent gulf shrimp, red tomatoes, red onions, chickpeas, ripened avocados, juicy raspberries, and sweet blackberries.

I love Gulf shrimp and I’ll be quite frank with you, if I see Gulf Shrimp on sale and they look good, I am buying them in mass quantities. I will find any excuse I can to use them in my recipes they are just that darn delicious. Hence one of my favorite recipes is my Shrimp and Berry Salad with Avocados.berry-vinaigrette-salad-recipeCan you believe it’s March? I mean summer is only 3 months away and I totally miss the warm sunshine state I lived in for so many years. I have lived near the Memphis border for a little over 6 months and darn you Mississippi you ar still rather chilly to this Floridian girl. So I am in desperate need of a Florida meal now and Shrimp and Berry Salad with Avocados definitely will be my go to Florida meal today on this chilly day. Continue reading