Homemade Mint Iced Tea

Ladies and Gentlemen, today’s blog post Homemade Mint Iced Tea has been brought to you by a good friend of mine and the author of the fabulous blog Bunny’s Warm Oven,  I am super excited to have Bunny join us every other week on The McCallum’s Shamrock Patch Blog to share her wonderful recipes with all you amazing readers.

Iced Tea preferences are as personal as cornbread recipes depending on where you live in this great country of ours. Whether you drink it hot or cold,  sweet or plain,  nobody will argue that iced tea rules in the summer.

The fresh mint my husband planted in the garden last year is making its appearance.  The sight of those bright green, fragrant leaves always makes me think of summer on Gilberts Creek. My husband and I live next to the Kentucky River in a valley. Winter keeps us and our neighbors from venturing out much, summer is our time to enjoy the beauty of where we live together.

This recipe for Homemade Mint Iced Tea isn’t written in stone, it’s meant to be tweaked to your personal taste. It’s a guideline, a place to start if you’ve never made Homemade Mint Tea before. I started the tea by going out to the garden and picking the tops off of two fresh mint plants. I washed them and left the leaves attached to the stems, which saved me from fishing out each leaf later on. Continue reading

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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

BROCCOLI APPLE SALAD

Crisp broccoli, Pink lady apples, celery, cranberries, raisins, shredded carrots, and sunflower seeds come together to make an amazing salad with delicious flavors and various textures. The creamy dressing on top makes this Broccoli Apple salad absolutely delicious.

Broccoli Apple salad is one of those salads that’s so deliciously good, it’s hard to remember it’s the main ingredient is broccoli. Broccoli has long been a  love-hate relationship with many adult and children alike over the years. However, Broccoli Apple salad recipe has always been a huge hit with my children and family thankfully.

broccoli-apple-saladI  totally love broccoli as long as it’s not just bland steamed broccoli tossed on my plate. That’s where I draw the line with broccoli. I also won’t eat overcooked broccoli; it’s just kinda downright gross. What’s your broccoli pet peeve?
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Easy to make Holiday Pumpkin Bread with Dollar General

The Holidays are stressful enough without adding undue frustration to them by going crazy in the kitchen or spending a ton of unnecessary cash on ingredients you can find right at your local Dollar General Store.I don’t know about y’all but the Dollar General is my “Jam” yes that’s right I said it… I can go right on my smart phone at home or in the Dollar General parking lot and download the current coupons and be shopping for all my favorites.

My latest craving is for my Easy to Make Holiday Pumpkin Bread with NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Morsels; oh my goodness it’s deliciously easy to make. Just imagine all your favorite yummy fall ingredients in one loaf, sliced, topped with creamy real butter and a cup of hot steaming coffee and flavored cream. I might just have to proclaim it a little slice of heaven y’all.

You are going to love this deliciously moist, perfectly spiced Easy to Make Holiday Pumpkin bread. It's perfect for all the Fall and Winter Holidays with melting real butter and a steaming hot cup of coffee with your favorite creamer flavor by the warm fire with friends.I decided to drive down the road to my Dollar General which is literally about 1/2 of a mile from my house which makes it convenient and take advantage of the digital coupons they have for my shopping list today. Who doesn’t like saving money on all their favorite ingredients? Continue reading

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel and Walnuts + Giveaway

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel and Walnuts has to be one of the best cheesecakes, I have made to this date, with a thick, rich, creamy mixture of cream cheese, pumpkin, caramel, and walnuts that are spiced with nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice, the  texture and taste is perfect in every way.

Special thanks to my friends over at Simply Concord for providing the delicious Caramel Dip for my new recipe, as well as 6 more containers for my lovely readers to try out for themselves and see how wonderful Caramel Dip can taste; that has no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup and is Non-GMO. Be sure to enter the giveaway below, so I can mail you a container of this fabulous tasting caramel dip.

Since the beginning  of time,  people have taken great strides in making the perfect cheesecake. Food historians will tell you the early methods of making cheesecake have been lost, however, we know that cheesecake was very a popular dish in ancient Greece. Small cheesecakes were also one of the many things served to athletes during the first Olympic Games held in 776 B.C. on the Isle of Delos.

pumpkin-cheese-cake-with-caramel-and-walnutsI am always amazed to read about the background and history of my favorite foods, especially something that dates back as far as cheesecake. I often wonder what the first cheesecakes tasted like, don’t you? I mean was the texture similar, was it different, what were the cooking methods used back then? One can only speculate as for the original cheesecakes, I am sure are a lost art long gone in this day and age. Continue reading

Cincinnati Chili Recipe and it’s many “Ways”

In the Roaring Twenties,  a new star would emerge on the food menu of the Cincinnati-based Empress Lunch Room owned by Greek immigrants Tom and John Kiradjieff, that recipe is what has been known for 90+ years as the famous Cincinnati Chili. A delightful iconic concoction made famous by its ingredients and Mediterranean vibe of flavors which included lean ground beef, beef stock, tomato paste, and a variety of  Mediterranean spices that were piled on top of a plate of spaghetti noodles and later topped with cheese, beans, and even onions in various spinoffs at other restaurants trying  copy the Empress Lunch Room’s famous recipe.

“Cincinnati Chili” has long been said to be a confusing to those that have never had the pleasure of eating this Iconic dish made famous by the two Kiradjieff brothers.  Many unsuspecting folks expect the flavor to be like that of a Texas-Style chili,  or any type of chili for that fact. I’m sure they were confused by Mediterranean spices they were tasting in this Cincinnati Chili. You will either love the unique flavor like I do or simply hate it, but I really think given a fair chance you’ll fall in the love with Cincinnati Chili just like I did.

In the Roaring Twenties, a new star would emerge on the food menu of the Cincinnati-based Empress Lunch Room owned by Greek immigrants Tom and John Kiradjieff, that recipe is what has been known for 90+ years as the famous Cincinnati Chili. A delightful iconic concoction made famous by its ingredients and Mediterranean vibe of flavors which included lean ground beef, beef stock, tomato paste, and a variety of Mediterranean spices that were piled on top of a plate of spaghetti noodles and later topped with cheese, beans, and even onions in various spinoffs at other restaurants trying copy the Empress Lunch Room's famous recipe.

The Cincinnati Chili made famous by the brothers Tom and John Kiradjieff, would inspire Greek Nicholas Sarakatsannis, who worked at the Empress Lunch Room in the late 1920s, to open his own restaurant called Dixie Chili in Northern Kentucky, serving a version of the  Cincinnati Chili concocted by Tom and John. Then later the Cincinnati Chili would yet again inspire another worker from the restaurant, Nicholas Lambrinides, in 1949 to open Skyline Chili in Price Hill and serve his own spinoff of the popular recipe.

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Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet

Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is a combination of crabmeat, cabbage, celery, sweet red bell peppers, mild cheddar cheese, cream cheese,sour cream, mayo, soy sauce, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and a touch of seasoning. The Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is then baked to a bubbly perfection in a 350-degree oven for about 30 minutes.

If you live near the Olive Branch Mississippi or Memphis area chances are you may have visited the Hunan Chinese Buffet on Goodman Road, it’s the Mississippi hot spot for lunch after church and always packed. There’s Crab Casserole on their American side of the buffet table that my mom loves so much. Every Sunday after church she piles a little on her plate and devours it, proclaiming it to be really good.Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is a combination of crabmeat, cabbage, celery, sweet red bell peppers, mild cheddar cheese, cream cheese,sour cream, mayo, soy sauce, freshly squeezed lemon juice and a touch of seasoning. The Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is then baked to perfection in a 350-degree oven for about 30 minutes.I decided while my mom was at work I would make the Copycat version of Hunan Chinese Buffet and surprise her tonight; it turned out delicious. It only took me about 40 minutes from start to finish to make it’s so simple and quick to put together and only needs to bake for 30 minutes. Continue reading