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Hi, Y’all I’m Heidy Linn McCallum 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 to cook Traditional Southern recipes or better yet devouring delicious Iconic Southern recipes, Comfort foods, and reading about the fabulous history behind the recipes you love eating, you have landed on the right page.

I launched The McCallum’s Shamrock Patch Blog back in 2013, sharing family-friendly, Iconic, and traditional Southern favorites among family and friends. By 2018 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 history behind the recipes.

My 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 an amazing historical foundation because of the fantastic influences of so many unique cultures coming together during the early settlement of the United States. 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 last August after living in Olive Branch Mississippi, near the Tennessee border for over 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. If you have any questions or comments, be sure to voice them in the comment section I love to hear from Y’all, so don’t be strangers feel free to introduce yourselves.



Current News/Work

Hey there Y’all, as you know I have been posting about every few weeks, however after taking some time to work on The McCallums Shamrock Patch blog doing updates to some of your favorite recipes, adding recipe cards, and more info, as well as starting to update old images, I am ready to get in full swing of things again and share more wonderful Southern recipes and Cherished Italian-American family ones. Stay tuned for future updates!



After taking a few months off to work on the blog and update the backend of some of our favorite recipes, I decided to take an incredible Campaign with Montchevre Cheese and if you enjoy Montchevre Goat Cheese, Heirloom vine-ripened tomatoes, Prosciutto, peppery Arugula, fresh basil, garlic, and warm balsamic I have an excellent recipe for you to check out. It’s so easy it’s ridiculous yet delicious. Drop by and see  the recipe for  Goat Cheese Tomatoes and Prosciutto on Ciabatta Bread


Summer is on the horizon Y’all,  Hosting the Ultimate BBQ is a priority in The South, so get those charcoal grills out, fire the coals up, and get ready for the biggest, most flavorful, juiciest burger on a Pepperidge Farm® Hamburger Bun you’ve ever had to date. Can you say, ” Darn Delicious?” Want some great tips for Hosting The Ultimate BBQ plus a Great Burger recipe for your next BBQ? Check out my newest work with Pepperidge Farm®.



A few Iconic Southern Specialties to check out:



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




    Thanks for stopping by!

    Much love and Kisses!

    Heidy L. McCallum




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