Let’s get personal

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.


I launched The McCallum’s Shamrock Patch Blog back in late 2013 as a hobby, sharing family-friendly, Iconic, and traditional Southern favorites among family and my closest friends. By 2020 my family blog has 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.


Southern food- The McCallums Shamrock Patch Blog (1)Southern cuisine has a tremendous historical foundation because of the foreign influences of so many unique cultures coming together during the United States’ early settlement. It’s truly a great combination of Native American, African, French, Spanish, Greek, Scottish, Irish, English, and a few 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.


Currently, I moved back to Florida after living in Olive Branch, Mississippi, near the Tennessee border for over a year.  At heart, I’m a Florida girl who loves the year-round warm temps and bright sunshine. I hope you enjoy reading about some of the fascinating histories behind the recipes I make, and our family enjoys it. If you have any questions or comments, be sure to voice them in the comment section. I love to hear from you, Y’all, so don’t be strangers; feel free to introduce yourselves.



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, adding more Pro Tips and Frequently Asked Questions! Of course, I have been adding new recipes for you to try out as well. 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.




A few Iconic Southern Specialties to check out:



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



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