Southern-Style Bean Salad

This sweet yet Tangy Southern-Style Bean Salad is the perfect side dish for potlucks, Church gatherings, and family picnics. It’s a super easy recipe to make; combining fresh flash steamed green beans, kidney beans, black-eyed peas, white beans, black beans, chickpeas, red onion, cilantro, and a deliciously fresh tasting simple to make homemade dressing.

Southern-Style Bean Salad is my a spinoff of the 60’s generation of Three Bean Salad. The great salad revolution began in the early 1960’s like so many other cultural cuisines in America. In the decade of more natural and organic ingredients; many Americans were first introduced to bean salads in the sixties, not to mention rice, Bulgar, wheat, all of which were destined to become increasingly popular in the near future.  The original 3 Bean Salad of the 60’s consisted solely of the combination of marinated or pickled kidney beans, chickpeas, and green beans.I know it’s been a good deal of time since I have even thought of that bean salad, so I decided that a good old-fashioned Southern update was in order for this recipe. I decided that three measly types of beans were not going to cut it. I wanted to pay more of a Southern homage to my Bean Salad and decided white beans, black-eyed peas, and black beans would combine really well with the fresh flash steamed green beans and kidney beans. Continue reading

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Southern Baked Bean and Ground Beef Casserole

Southern Baked Bean and Ground Beef Casserole is another iconic Southern covered dish our family loves to share at family functions, Church Potlucks, picnics and even on some of the spring and summer Holiday gatherings.

This Casserole is a total cinch to make; combining VanCamp’s pork and beans, crisp bacon, lean ground beef, sweet red bell peppers, Jalapeno peppers, sweet onions, BBQ sauce, spicy brown mustard, and brown sugar.

If you have ever resided or visited the South and you’ve been to any gatherings at all where the community shares a covered dish aka casserole, then chances are you have tried a variation of Southern Baked Bean and Ground Beef Casserole. If not you are missing out on one of the best tasting Southern casseroles.What are you waiting for?

Let me just tell you this recipe is so darn good you will even find this being served at the homes of Trisha Yearwood,  Paula Dean, and Ree Drummond, just to name a few who know a good Southern covered dish at family gatherings. Now if one of y’all tell me you have no clue who these lovely women are; I am just gonna cry myself to sleep tonight. Continue reading

Cowboy Caviar {Black-eyed Pea Salsa} aka Texas Caviar

Cowboy Caviar {black-eyed Pea Salsa} aka Texas Caviar is the delicious Southern cousin of Mexican Black Bean Salsa made with black-eyed peas, sweet corn, diced red plum tomatoes, chopped spicy jalapeño peppers, crisp celery, diced cucumber, red onions, finely sliced green onion, chopped fresh cilantro, and served with crunchy tortilla chips.

Southerners love their black-eyed peas, and the state of Texas is the birthplace of Cowboy Caviar {Black-eyed Pea Salsa} aka Texas Caviar. Cowboy Caviar aka Texas Caviar was created in the lovely state of Texas around 1940, by Ms. Helen Corbitt, the director of the food service for the Zodiac Room at Neiman Marcus in Dallas, Texas. Here’s the twist y’all, Ms. Helen Corbitt was actually a native of New York, not Texas.

I don’t know about y’all but I can surely forgive Ms. Corbitt for not being a native Southerner, since she created one of my favorite Southern iconic appetizers; bless her little heart, if it weren’t for her we might not have ever thought of this amazing concoction made from black-eyed peas on our own. So a big thank you is going out to that lovely fiery redheaded Northern gal.

Ms. Helen Corbitt was the notoriously famous for being the director of the food service at the Zodiac Room, in the Neiman Marcus in Dallas, Texas. She first served her well-known Black-eyed Pea Salsa on New Year’s Eve at the Houston Country Club. Ms. Corbitt, would later also serve the Black-eyed Pea Salsa at the famous Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas, where then dubbed by its nickname, “Texas caviar,” as a humorous poke at real caviar, an expensive hors d’oeuvre of salt-cured fish roe. Continue reading

Southern-Style White Beans and Ham

Nothing quite adds a little  Southern goodness in your mouth like a big ole pot of slowly simmered Southern-Style White Beans and Ham topped with  fresh sliced garden fresh green onions, diced jalapeño peppers , and served with freshly cooked collard greens and a nice  warm buttery slice of cornbread.

My recipe for Southern-Style White Beans and Ham has layers and layers of wonderful flavors starting with cooking the dried white Northern beans in a rich vegetable stock , adding diced ham, sliced celery, chopped yellow onions, diced jalapeño, fresh herbs, and Cajun seasonings to really add a great slightly spicy layer of flavor to the Southern-Style White Beans and Ham

In case you didn’t catch what type of beans I used y’all,  the secret is out they’re Northern Beans, yes you heard me correctly, I did say, “Northern Beans” Oddly enough many of us Southerners like to use those wonderful Northern beans in our pot of Southern-Style White Beans and Ham, who would have thought we would do that in the south, raise your hand?

Nothing quite adds a little Southern goodness in your mouth like a big ole pot of slowly simmered Southern-Style White Beans and Ham topped with fresh sliced garden fresh green onions, diced jalapeño peppers , and served with freshly cooked collard greens and a nice warm buttery slice of cornbread.If you have ever lived anywhere remotely near the South you have probably had some version of Southern-Style White Beans and Ham at one time or another. We grew up on these wonderful filling Soup beans served quite often near the fall and winter time. My mom makes her a little different from I do; I love veggies and spicy foods so I like adding celery, yellow onions, and jalapeño in mine she likes her more basic and to the point. Continue reading

The Mississippi Pot Roast Recipe

The Mississippi Pot Roast Recipe by Robin Chapman has taken the Pinterest nation of pinners hostage and refuses to let go of them anytime soon. I’ve watched the Mississippi Pot Roast craze for over four-plus years, it’s honestly one of the recipes we bloggers watch in awe and wonder how in the Sam hell did that happen?

The Mississippi Pot Roast Recipes odd and somewhat unlikely ingredients of Chuck roast, an entire stick of real butter Yes, I said “Entire stick of butter”, dry Ranch dressing mix, dry Ad jus gravy mix, and pepperoncini made my head swim in the get go wondering what this Pot Roast would taste like. Would it taste salty? Would it even remotely taste good with that combo of ingredients?

I decided to research this Mississippi Pot Roast recipe a little more 4 years later, wondering who the heck the original Mississippi Pot Roast Recipe developer was…Where did she/he get this idea to toss these odd ingredients together? Why was the recipe named The Mississippi Pot Roast Recipe ? Was this person even remotely from Mississippi, I needed to know the answers to my questions immediately, I could no longer be content with just speculating anymore.

The Mississippi Pot Roast Recipe has taken the Pinterest nation hostage and refuses to let go anytime soon. I have been watching the Missippi Pot Roast craze for the lat four years, it's honestly one of the recipes we bloggers watch in awe and wonder how in the Sam hell did that happen? It's odd unlikely ingredients of Chuck roast, a stick of real butter, dry Ranch dressing mix, dry Ad jus gravy mix, and pepperoncini made my head swim in the get go wondering what this Pot Roast would taste like. Would it taste salty? Would it even remotely taste good with that combo of ingredients?Finally, my mind could rest a bit, upon a Google search I found the developer of the Mississippi Pot Roast; Robin Chapman, the one and only, the originator of the recipe that literally that has been said to have broken the internet, taken Pinterest by storm via over 1 million pins, and caused 9 tenths of us bloggers jowls to drop in awe . Now to answer the other impending questions… Continue reading

Southern-Style Corn and Potato Soup

Southern-Style Corn and Potato Soup is the perfect soup that’s an exception to the rule during the summer months. Creamy, thick, and delicious are some of the keywords that come to mind when eating this Southern-Style Corn and Potato Soup. Made with leftover fresh sweet corn on the cob, sliced russet potatoes, bite-size smoked sausage slices, chopped sweet red mini peppers, celery, heavy cream, garden fresh herbs, and Cajun seasoning.

My mama has always taught us, waste not, wants not, and this recipe is a perfect example of not wasting valuable ingredients. The liquids off of that sweet delicious corn are alone are like liquid gold in this recipe for Southern-Style Corn and Potato Soup, the flavor is out of this world.

Southern-Style Corn and Potato SoupI know some of y’all are thinking it’s kinda hot outside for soup, isn’t it? Well, as I said early on this is an exception to the summer soup rules, as this is the perfect time of year for the sweet delicious corn on the cob the recipe calls for. This soup is literally a corn and potato lovers dream. Continue reading

Easy Southern-Style Coca-Cola Cake

Down in the Southern states, we are known for loving and adoring our Southern-Style Coca-Cola Cakes. What’s a Coca-Cola Cake you ask? It’s a sinfully delicious, chocolaty cake, made with pure love, fluffy white marshmallows, and one of our all-time favorite cold refreshing drinks; Coca-Cola

I know some of y’all Northerners are wondering why we tossed those odd ingredients in that chocolate cake? Now those two ingredients may seem a bit odd, however, here in the South, they are the secret ingredient to a perfectly rich, sinful,  delicious,  slice of heaven.

You’ll find the Coca-Cola Cake is a must  for our Southern social gatherings, church potlucks, and family celebrations. The bubbly Coca-cola adds a sweetness and fluffy airiness to the Coca-Cola Cake that you can’t make with an ordinary chocolate plain Jane cake.

After sifting through a million recipes on the worldwide net; I was a bit overwhelmed with a ton of claims to the original recipe when it came to the creation, different versions of Coca-Cola scratch cakes, and a nice fat headache. On a last-ditch effort,  I decided hit up one of my favorite sources for food history and what did I find?

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