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 on The McCallum’s Shamrock Patch Blog.

Suppose 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. In that case, 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 added more Italian and Italian-American recipes on the blog and other cuisines for you to try. I will continue with more Iconic recipes in the future. As you know, those are my favorite foods.



Here are a few Southern Recipes to check out








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