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

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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

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

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

BROCCOLI APPLE SALAD

Crisp broccoli, Pink lady apples, celery, cranberries, raisins, shredded carrots, and sunflower seeds come together to make an amazing salad with delicious flavors and various textures. The creamy dressing on top makes this Broccoli Apple salad absolutely delicious.

Broccoli Apple salad is one of those salads that’s so deliciously good, it’s hard to remember it’s the main ingredient is broccoli. Broccoli has long been a  love-hate relationship with many adult and children alike over the years. However, Broccoli Apple salad recipe has always been a huge hit with my children and family thankfully.

broccoli-apple-saladI  totally love broccoli as long as it’s not just bland steamed broccoli tossed on my plate. That’s where I draw the line with broccoli. I also won’t eat overcooked broccoli; it’s just kinda downright gross. What’s your broccoli pet peeve?
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