What a blessing to have been raised in Memphis by a country cook who knew what she was doing. Good cooking was just a way of life in our household and among our extended family. My mother prepared the best fried chicken in Tipton County according to my aunts, uncles, cousins, and great aunts & uncles; I have no reason to doubt their words of praise. I saw at every family reunion whose chicken was the first to go.

And my mother wasn’t the only good cook in our house. My daddy was a master at the grill and could throw together a variety of tasty snacks inside as well. He specialized in oyster chowder & Bleu Cheese Dressing; and sitting down with Daddy as we built snacks of smoked oysters, cheeses, crackers, olives, and anything else he could scrape together was a banquet in itself.

Italian Sausage Meat Loaf

 Meat loaf is hard to beat; and the leftovers are even better!   I pressed this one into a sheet pan, and it was superb!1 lb breakfast sausage1 lb mild Italian sausage2 eggsOatmeal (a handful or so)Allspice (Slight sprinkling)Garlic powder1 onion1 medium...

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Potato and Sausage Casserole

  Ingredients 6 medium red potatoes; sliced 1 lb breakfast sausage; crumbled 1 medium yellow onion; diced 1/2 pound mushrooms; cleaned and sliced 1/2 pound cream cheese; softened 2-3 cups grated cheddar cheese 1 lb frozen green peas; thawed Worcestershire Sauce...

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Cooking Links

  amazing ribs aluminum foil faq Thanks to Reynolds asparagus recipes – California Asparagus Commission apple cider vinegar by bragg apple-cider brochure from bragg Barbeque Bible beer can chicken debunked caramelized onions carrie willard’s cooking blog cacique...

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“Among the acts of love we as humans do, feeding one another is one of the most intimate.”  – – R. Byrd