Green Goddess Dressing

Green Goddess Dressing is a beautiful minty colored green blast from the past made with plain Greek yogurt, buttermilk, Duke’s mayo, chervil, chives, anchovy, tarragon, lemon juice, and freshly ground pepper. It’s perfect for your Springtime freshly made salads.

It has been said in the past that Green Goddess Dressing’s origin points to the Palace Hotel in San Francisco in 1923 when the hotel’s executive chef Philip Roemer wanted something to pay tribute to actor George Arliss and his hit play, The Green Goddess. He then concocted this dressing, which, like the play, became a hit.

I have to admit I am an avid collector of anything vintage, including recipes.This dressing is right up my alley and definitely a delicious blast from the past on a wonderful crisp and cool salad. I adore the natural minty tinted color as well as the flavor of this dressing.

Green goddess dressing

I bet a few of you are wondering a few things…

What is Chervil? : Chervil, aka French parsley, is a delicate annual herb related to parsley.It is commonly used to season mild-flavored dishes and is a constituent of the French herb mixture fines herbs. Continue reading

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Southern Pimento Cheese Spread

Pimento Cheese aka Southern Caviar is one of our favorite delicious iconic Southern Staples , it ranks right up there with our fried okra, cornbread, and collard greens. You’ll find us Southerners slathering it on several things such as celery, soda crackers, Triscuits, grilled cheese, hot dogs, hamburgers, deviled eggs,  and even on sweet rolls as little finger sandwiches.

Pimento Cheese is a serious matter to us Southerners; don’t you kid yourself  we all have our own unique family recipes and techniques to making this tasty menu item. My Pimento cheese has to have a little texture, not too creamy, not too chunky,just right. The pimento also needs to be roughly chopped instead of finely chopped to suit my preferences.

Pimento Cheese aka Southern Caviar is one of our favorite delicious iconic Southern Staples that you'll find us slathering on several things such as celery, soda crackers, Triscuits, hot dogs, hamburgers, deviled eggs, or even on sweet rolls as a little finger sandwich. Made from scratch using Sharp cheddar cheese, mild cheddar cheese, cream cheese, pimentos, mayonnaise, cayenne, paprika, garlic powder, other spices, and a dash of hot sauce.You’ll likely never find processed American cheese or Velveeta cheese gracing my Pimento Cheese recipe, instead, you’ll find only sharp cheddar, mild cheddar, and cream cheese. Don’t you dare try to sneak Miracle Whip in my Pimento Cheese recipe either, oh no that’s almost grounds for a  good ole fashioned girl fight! Continue reading

Southern-Style Red Potato Salad

Every Southern Belle takes great pride in her Southern-Style Potato Salad, I add only the best ingredients to mine such as Red Potatoes, real mayonnaise, yellow mustard, dill pickles, green bell peppers, Vidalia onions, crisp green celery, and hard-boiled eggs with a hint of chopped fresh parsley as a garnish, perfectly budget-friendly for any gathering or occasion.

No matter where you head to in the Southern region of the good ole US,  you can bet your bottom dollar one of  side dishes we may serve at dinners, potlucks, picnics and any other gatherings is our Southern-Style potato salad. You will run into many styles and varieties of this iconic recipe, however, you can also lay 10-1 we are all gonna use 3 common ingredients, potatoes, eggs and real Mayo.

Every Southern Belle takes great pride in her Southern-Style Potato Salad, I add only the best ingredients to mine such as Red Potatoes, real mayonnaise, yellow mustard, dill pickles, green bell peppers, Vidalia onions, crisp green celery, and hard-boiled eggs with a hint of chopped fresh parsley as a garnish, perfectly budget-friendly for any gathering or occasion.Now the Southern culture is not the only culture that loves a  good delicious potato salad as a side dish. So depending on who makes  this yummy menu item will depend on the style and ingredients used in the salad. Continue reading

Southern Style Coleslaw

Southern Style Coleslaw will be a family favorite among your friends and guest at family BBQ’s as well as Summer Potlucks. Combining crunchy red and green cabbage, sweet pickle relish, celery seeds, grated carrots and crisp celery with simple spices and a mayo base for the perfect Southern-style side dish to complement your favorite Summer dishes.

Our beloved modern coleslaws  have been traced back to the ancient Romans, who served a dish of cabbage, vinegar, eggs and various spices.The Dutch immigrants in New York state grew cabbage around the Hudson River that they were known for using  in a shredded cabbage salad named koosla.

Southern ColeslawThe vinegar-based varieties of coleslaw seem to have a long history in the USA.  A recipe in The Sensible Cook: Dutch Foodways in the Old and New World, made by the author’s Dutch landlady in 1770, mixes thin strips of cabbage with melted butter, vinegar, and oil. Continue reading

Tuna and Macaroni Salad

Tuna and Macaroni Salad is a simple, fresh tasting and a budget friendly recipe we have made over the years in my household. Solid white albacore tuna, al dente macaroni, hard boiled egg whites, diced red onions, fresh parsley, sliced dill gherkins pickles, mayonnaise and a hint of freshly squeezed lemon juice make this Summer salad a winning combination for your next cookout.

As a small child, I loved my mom’s Southern-Style Tuna and Macaroni Salad to a point of no return and then back again. Yes, that’s a lot of loving isn’t it? Over the years, I have changed her recipe slightly and it has become more delicious than ever to me.

Tuna and Macaroni SaladNow, what did I change from Mom’s recipe? Not a lot, however, Mom uses freshly canned sweet pickle relish, Miracle Whip, yellow onions, and eggs or lemon juice is not added to her recipe. Over the years as my taste buds evolved, I guess some changes came about to her salad. Continue reading

Chicken Applicious Salad with Fresh Basil

This simple Chicken Applicious Salad with Fresh Basil is such a hit with adults and children alike! It combines a Delicious Chicken marinated in ALL Fresh ingredients, Crisp apples, and Fresh Basil! We have also lightened it up by cutting our mayo in half, and using Greek Yogurt to replace it! It’s a simple Lunch treat you are going to be extremely HAPPY with for sure!

Chicken Applicious Salad with Fresh Basil

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Redneck Tacos

Red Neck Tacos are a far cry from the traditional Taco  you and your family may be used to having made with tender delicious Pulled Pork doused in the finest barbecue sauce resting on a delicious corn cake, topped with a homemade crunchy coleslaw, fresh ripe tomatoes, and cheese.

Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, Located on 7238 Nolensville Road, Nolensville, TN Was featured on Diners Drive-Ins and Dives awhile back…and I have to say this caught my eye immediately I told my husband that I was going to these delicious looking Red Neck Tacos. It seems like it took me forever and a day to make them and I am so glad I did now. I’m not sure why because after making it and eating it for lunch today, I am in LOVE!

Redneck Tacos By The McCallum's Shamrock PatchI bet you are suddenly asking “What IS a Redneck Taco???” Well, I am sure going to tell you. “Pork, Coleslaw, BBQ sauce and all served on a corn cake” You can either start from scratch or this recipe is fantastic for leftover pulled pork and coleslaw – I happened to get lucky by having leftover pulled pork from another night. Continue reading