Spicy Southern 15 Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage

This hearty and delicious tasting Spicy Southern 15 Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage is perfect for chasing away the winter time blues. Made with some of the South’s favorite ingredients such as; smoked sausage, 15 different beans, fresh collard greens, onions, celery, green bell peppers, carrots, garlic, diced tomatoes with chiles,  Cajun seasoning, red pepper flakes, and Cayenne pepper served over white rice for the perfect balance of flavor.

This recipe for Spicy Southern 15 Bean Soup is definitely a go-to meal for those of us who love of beans and rice recipes. The combination of beans, rice, collard greens and smoked sausage are definitely a plus in my book. Add a bit of white cornbread and I’m in my own little word of happiness.spicy-southern-15-bean-soup-3First off I want to apologize and give you all a BIG Thank you for being here. I know it seems as if I have been a bit lax on sharing recipes and stories with y’all; for that I am sorry. We have had one crazy mess going on that started with a leaking pipe under the house foundation and ended with concrete floors being dug up, new tile laid in the kitchen, and all new carpet in the rest of the living area. Now hopefully we can get back on track and have a little less dramatic household in the future. Continue reading

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CAJUN FLAVORED HOPIN’ JOHN Recipe

New Years Day is nearly here and there are some Southern Traditions I plan to uphold; one of them being Cajun Hopin’ John along with a few other delicious Old Southern traditions. Hopin John like most Southern foods has a rich history to be told.

Now,  traditionalists may have a few words to say about my recipe, and that’s ok we all have our own specific traditions and family recipes we enjoy making. The original ingredients used to make Hoppin’ John were simple: one pound of bacon, one pint of peas, and one pint of rice.You couldn’t get any more straightforward or traditional than that back in the day.

cajun-flavored-hopin-johnIn  Sarah Rutledge’s The Carolina Housewife -1847, it’s important to know that everything was cooked together in the same pot. “First put on the peas, and when half boiled, add the bacon. When the peas are well boiled, throw in the rice, which must first be washed and graveled. When the rice has boiled half an hour, take the pot off the fire and put it on coals to steam, as in boiling rice alone.” Continue reading

Dried Chipped Beef Dip Recipe

The Holidays are the time when we all bring out our cherished dips and appetizers and one of our families favorites is my deliciously creamy, slightly salty,  Dried Chipped Beef Dip Recipe made with dried beef, cream cheese, sour cream,  mayo, diced onions, green onions, minced jalapeño peppers, Worcestershire sauce, and Cajun seasoning served over crusty bread or your favorite crackers it’s simply to die for.

The first Christmas dinner I spent with my husband and his family over 9 years ago, my sister-in-law Dawn brought a Dried Chipped Beef Dip to my Mother-in-laws Holiday dinner. I  really liked the texture and the flavor of the dried beef in her recipe, but I did not like how salty her Dried Chipped Beef Dip tasted. The saltiness was a little too overboard for me and my husband’s taste. Neither one of us is big fans of over salted foods.

The Holidays are the time when we all bring out our cherished dips and appetizers and one of our families favorites is my deliciously creamy, slightly salty, Dried Chipped Beef Dip Recipe made with dried beef, cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, diced onions, green onions, minced jalapeño peppers, Worcestershire sauce, and Cajun seasoning served over crusty bread or your favorite crackers it's simply to die for.I decided to keep her idea when it came to the Dried Chipped Beef Dip , but remove some of that heavy salt taste from her recipe. I must have made this recipe countless times till I got it to the exact taste and texture I was looking for. I had actually played around with her Dip recipe so much in the last 9 years, that it’s not even her recipe anymore, just her idea I guess. Continue reading

Copycat Popeye’s Spicy Fried Chicken

What’s not to love about Popeye’s Spicy Fried Chicken? Honestly, I am probably one of the biggest Popeye’s Spicy Chickens fans out there to date. I adore the taste of that  spicy, perfectly seasoned, crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside chicken so much that I had to do a copycat recipe for Popeye’s Spicy Chicken to share with y’all today. Trust me if you enjoy Popeye’s Spicy Chicken you are going to fall in love with this recipe for Copycat Popeye’s Spicy Fried Chicken.

On Popeye’s web page it says, “Over forty years ago in New Orléans, Louisiana, a taste sensation was born. What began with one small restaurant and one big idea turned into a craze that swept the nation and the world” ,  I  have to tell you I couldn’t agree more with that statement friends.

Popeye’s Mighty Good Fried Chicken was first opened in a suburb of New Orléans in St. Bernard Parish, on June 12, 1972, as “Chicken on the Run”, owned and operated by Mr. Copeland to compete against another well-known restaurant. In the beginning,  Al Copeland sold a more classic-style mild Southern fried chicken, however, business was a little on the slow side, and he realized he would have to sell a much spicier more kicked up version if they planned to impress the spice loving locals.

What’s not to love about Popeye’s Spicy Chicken? Honestly, I am probably one of the biggest Popeyes Spicy Chickens fans out there to date. I adore the taste of that spicy, perfectly seasoned, crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside chicken so much that I had to do a copycat recipe for Popeyes Spicy Chicken to share with y’all today. Trust me if you enjoy Popeyes Spicy Chicken you are going to fall in love with this recipe.Southerners tend to fry, we will fry almost anything you can think of, okra, tomatoes, pickles, steaks, pork chops, and fried chicken just to name a few of our Southern fried Cuisines. Why do we fry so many foods you might ask? I might have to answer that with another question, have you ever eaten any of those items above fried? Ummm mmmm , then you already answered your own question after thinking about it for a few moments. It’s pretty darn good, isn’t it y’all? Continue reading

Spicy Shrimp and Annie’s Homegrown Shells and White Cheddar

Spicy Shrimp and Annie’s Homegrown Shells and White Cheddar is a totally delicious and exciting new recipe made with Certified Grass-fed Organic Annie’s Homegrown Shells and White Cheddar, Shrimp seasoned to perfection with Cajun Spices, fresh Organic veggies; such as peas, red bell peppers, celery, onions sautéed in olive oil, unsalted butter, and smothered in a creamy white cheddar cheese sauce.

Over the years using certified organic grass-fed products has become so important to my family, as well as so many others. Believe me, when I say certified organic isn’t just for hippies anymore. Each day more and more Americans become aware of the need to know what they are nourishing their bodies with. A big Thank you to Annie’s Homegrown for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try their delicious products such as their Certified Grass-fed Organic Annie’s Homegrown Shells and White Cheddar.

Spicy Shrimp and Annie's Homegrown Shells and White Cheddar is totally delicious and exciting new recipe made with Certified Grass-fed Organic Annie's Homegrown Shells and White Cheddar, Shrimp seasoned to perfection with Cajun Spices, Organic veggies such as peas, red bell peppers, celery, and onions sauteed in olive oil and unsalted butter, smothered in a creamy white cheddar cheese sauce.

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Southern-style Bacon wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

Southern-style Bacon wrapped Jalapeño Poppers aren’t your ordinary old Jalapeño Poppers that you’ll find at your local watering hole or Bar and Grill, these deliciously spicy, smoky Jalapeño peppers have been hollowed out, then filled to the brim with cream cheese that has been seasoned with Cajun seasoning then wrapped in thick slices bacon and grilled to perfection on the Bbq.

If you loved the original-style Jalapeño Poppers, these Southern-style Bacon wrapped Jalapeño Poppers are going to totally blow your mind as soon as you pop one in your mouth; you’re going to wonder why you ever settled for merely serving those breaded and fried Jalapeño Poppers all these years for appetizers. I  almost  can imagine you murmuring to yourself, “For the love of Bacon why did I wait so long to try these delicious tasting addicting appetizers?”

Southern-style Bacon wrapped Jalapeño Poppers aren't your ordinary old Jalapeño Poppers that you'll find at your local watering hole or Bar and Grill, these deliciously spicy, smoky Jalapeño peppers have been hollowed out, then filled to the brim with cream cheese that has been seasoned with Cajun seasoning then wrapped in thick slices bacon and grilled to perfection on the bbq.Have you ever had the original poppers that were jalapeño stuffed with cream cheese or sometimes mild cheddar cheese, then battered and deep-fried? Basically, they pretty much remind me of an Americanized spicier version of Chiles Rellenos you can find served in most Mexican restaurants. Tasty sure, but not considered in my book to be damn delicious like Southern-style Bacon wrapped Jalapeño Poppers. Continue reading

Cajun-Style Crispy Onion Rings

You’ll seriously love how easy it is to make these Cajun-Style Crispy Onion Rings. If you enjoy a good ole fashioned homemade crispy fried onion rings and  Cajun Spices this is your Onion ring recipe you have waited for. Cajun-Style Crispy Onion Rings are made with Yellow onions, self-rising flour, self-rising cornmeal, Cajun seasoning, oregano, freshly ground black peppercorns, ground cayenne peppers, beer, Tabasco sauce, and fried perfectly crispy in peanut oil.

Summertime isn’t complete without having a side of Cajun-Style Crispy Onion Rings to complement a big juicy burger cooked on a charcoal grill in my families eyes. These Cajun-Style Crispy Onion Rings actually are good with almost any summer meal.

If you love good ole fashioned crispy fried onion rings and a Cajun Spices this is your Onion rings recipe you have been waiting all your life for; made with Yellow onions, self-rising flour, bread crumbs, Cajun seasoning, oregano, freshly ground black peppercorns, ground cayenne peppers, beer, Tabasco sauce, and fried to perfectly crispy in peanut oilOddly many folks who hate raw onions in recipes, seem to love onion rings for some reason; in my own son’s words, ” I love me some onion rings… but if you attempt to put an onion on my burger, I’ll kick your butt.” Continue reading