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

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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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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 Milk and Honey Corn on The Cob

This recipe for Southern Milk and Honey Corn on The Cob will be one of the best corn on the cob recipes you will have ever try this season hands down; made with delicious Florida sweet corn, simmered slowly in whole milk, organic honey, unsalted butter, and seasoned to perfection with Cajun spices, kosher salt, and freshly ground peppercorns. So darn good you won’t even bother with extra butter or salt.

Sweet corn used to be a sign of summer when I lived up north and the midwest, but in Florida, it’s a crop for the fall, winter, and spring. So now is the perfect time for me to get a head start sharing some of my favorite springtime and Summer recipes such as my recipe for Southern Milk and Honey Corn on The Cob.

This recipe for Southern Milk and Honey Corn on The Cob will be one of the best corn on the cob recipes you will have ever try this season hands down; made with delicious Florida sweet corn, simmered slowly in whole milk, organic honey, unsalted butter, and seasoned to perfection with Cajun spices, kosher salt, and freshly ground peppercorns.In sunny Florida, we tend to enjoy deliciously super sweet varieties of corn, They have more natural sugars than some of the other varieties of corn, which tend to bring out the natural flavors more so when simmered in milk, honey, butter, and seasoning. Continue reading

Southern-Style Green Beans and Red Potatoes

This wonderful recipe for Southern-Style Green Beans and Red Potatoes is made with pure Southern love; combining freshly picked, vibrate green beans, sweet Vidalia onions, sliced red potatoes, and thick sliced hickory smoked bacon slowly cooked to perfection.

There’s a secret to my Southern-Style Green Beans and Red Potatoes that some may not know; while others know all too well. Southern food is usually slow cooked with a lot of loving tender care and kind hands. Over the years, I have heard the phrase and always smiled that knowing smile when I did, “Nothings gonna happen in this kitchen with-in 10 minutes that’s gonna turn out good girl.”  I have to tell you 99.9% of the time it’s true.

southern green beans and potatoesMy lovely grannie Nettie was born and raised in Tennesse during a more simple time period with strong Southern family traditions and glorious simple Southern recipes that were deliciously filling and worth every bit of the extra time and attention of making them. Nothing tastes better at dinner than a batch of fresh, vibrant snap beans aka green beans, with sliced red potatoes, onions and hickory smoked thick sliced bacon slowly simmered to perfection. Continue reading