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 2021 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. 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. Classic Sausage Chicken and Okra Gumbo
      10. Collard Greens
      11. Corn and Rice Casserole
      12. Cornbread
      13. Cowboy Caviar
      14. Crawfish Boil
      15. Eggplant and Corn Casserole
      16. Fried Dill Pickles
      17. Fried Green Tomatoes
      18. Frog Legs Garlic Hopalong Cassidy
      19. Green Gumbo
      20. Hamburger Steaks Smothered in Gravy
      21. Milk and Honey Corn on the Cob
      22. Old-fashioned Southern Meat Sauce
      23. Pickled Eggs and Beets
      24. Pineapple Casserole
      25. Red Crawfish Gumbo
      26. Shrimp and Grits
      27. Sausage Gravy and Biscuits
      28. Southern Banana Pudding
      29. Southern Baked Bean and Ground Beef Casserole
      30. Southern Coleslaw
      31. Southern Corn Salad
      32. Southern Chicken and Dumplings
      33. Southern Creamy Crab Dip 
      34. Southern Egg Salad
      35. Southern Fried Cabbage
      36. Southern Fried Green Beans 
      37. Southern Greens and Sausage Soup
      38. Southern Ham Salad
      39. Southern Macaroni Salad
      40. Southern Macaroni and Tomatoes 
      41.  Southern Meat Sauce 
      42. Southern Pea Salad
      43. Southern Potato Salad
      44. Southern Pimento Cheese Spread
      45. Southern Tomato Pie
      46. Southern Corn Pudding Casserole
      47. Southern Cornbread Dressing
      48. Southern Sausage and Biscuits Casserole
      49. Southern-style Succotash
      50. Southern Smothered Pork Chops
      51. Southern-Style White Beans and Ham
      52. Spicy Fried Chicken
      53. Spicy Southern 15 Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage
      54. Strawberry Fluff Salad 
      55. Strawberry Pretzel Salad
      56. Sweet Potato and Pecan Pie
      57. Watergate Salad, aka Pistachio Pineapple Delight 



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