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Hi, Y’all. I’m Heidy Linn McCallum. Let’s get personal. I’m the quirky, sometimes nerdy, food history-loving writer, recipe developer, food photographer, and cook around here on The McCallum’s Shamrock Patch Blog.

If you love learning about cooking Traditional Southern recipes or, better yet, devouring delicious Iconic Southern recipes, Comfort foods and reading about the incredible history behind the recipes you love eating, you have landed on the right blog.

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I launched The McCallum’s Shamrock Patch Blog in late 2013 as a hobby, sharing family-friendly, Iconic, and traditional Southern favorites among family and my closest friends. By 2022, my family blog will have developed a considerable fan base of those seeking the art of cooking delicious Southern Favorites and Italian-American Cuisine and the recipes’ history.

My Southern-born and raised husband, Ben, grew up on Southern Foods, so of course, I like to serve up his favorite recipes such as Chocolate Grits n Berries, Chocolate Gravy with Bacon, Sausage Gravy and Biscuits, Egg Salad, Fried Green Tomatoes, Tomato Pie, Collard Greens, Black-eyed Peas, Spicy Fried Chicken, Fried Dill Pickles, Gumbo, Jambalaya, Milk and Honey Corn on the Cob, Cornbread, Fried Okra, and so forth and so on.


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Southern cuisine has a tremendous historical foundation because of the foreign influences of many unique cultures coming together during the United States’ early settlement. It combines Native American, African, French, Spanish, Greek, Scottish, Irish, English, and other cultures.


On the other hand, I was brought up in a family household where both delicious Italian-American Comfort foods and Southern foods were served during meals, so you will also find me sharing a few of my favorite Italian-American family recipes as well on the blog from time to time to spice things up a bit on the blog.


Update: Currently, I have moved from the Sunshine State to Alabama.



Current News/Work

  • Hey there, Y’all. I have been diligently working on the blog to make it more enjoyable and user-friendly by adding a new layout, updating some of the recipes and older photos, and adding more Pro Tips and Frequently Asked Questions! Of course, I have been adding new recipes for you. I hope you are enjoying the new look and feel of the blog.
  • Lately, I have been adding more Italian and Italian-American recipes on the blog and other cuisines for you to try out. I will continue with more Iconic recipes in the future. As you know, those are my favorite foods.




Here are a few Iconic Southern Specialties to check out:



      1. Ambrosia 
      2. Authentic Cajun Red Beans
      3. Beef and Biscuits Casserole
      4. Cajun Flavored Hoppin’ John
      5. Cajun Fried Gator Tail 
      6.  Carrot Apple Salad 
      7. Chocolate Grits n Berries
      8. Chocolate Gravy with Bacon
      9. Chow Chow Relish
      10. Classic Sausage Chicken and Okra Gumbo
      11. Collard Greens
      12. Corn and Rice Casserole
      13. Cornbread
      14. Cowboy Caviar
      15. Crawfish Boil
      16. Eggplant and Corn Casserole
      17. Fried Dill Pickles
      18. Fried Green Tomatoes
      19. Frog Legs Garlic Hopalong Cassidy
      20. Green Gumbo
      21. Hamburger Steaks Smothered in Gravy
      22. Milk and Honey Corn on the Cob
      23. Old-fashioned Southern Meat Sauce
      24. Pickled Eggs and Beets
      25. Pineapple Casserole
      26. Red Crawfish Gumbo
      27. Shrimp and Grits
      28. Sausage Gravy and Biscuits
      29. Southern Banana Pudding
      30. Southern Baked Bean and Ground Beef Casserole
      31. Southern Coleslaw
      32. Southern Corn Salad
      33. Southern Chicken and Dumplings
      34. Southern Creamy Crab Dip 
      35. Southern Egg Salad
      36. Southern Fried Cabbage
      37. Southern Fried Green Beans 
      38. Southern Greens and Sausage Soup
      39. Southern Ham Salad
      40. Southern Macaroni Salad
      41. Southern Macaroni and Tomatoes 
      42.  Southern Meat Sauce 
      43. Southern Pea Salad
      44. Southern Potato Salad
      45. Southern Pimento Cheese Spread
      46. Southern Tomato Pie
      47. Southern Corn Pudding Casserole
      48. Southern Cornbread Dressing
      49. Southern Sausage and Biscuits Casserole
      50. Southern-style Succotash
      51. Southern Smothered Pork Chops
      52. Southern-Style White Beans and Ham
      53. Spicy Fried Chicken
      54. Spicy Southern 15 Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage
      55. Strawberry Fluff Salad 
      56. Strawberry Pretzel Salad
      57. Sweet Potato and Pecan Pie
      58. Watergate Salad, aka Pistachio Pineapple Delight 



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