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.
Medium White Sauce

Medium White Sauce

  I found this recipe in at Mother's house. It had been clipped from a  box of corn starch called "CREAM Corn Starch." I've never heard of it. Ingredients 1 1/2 T butter 1 T corn starch 1 cup milk 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper Directions Melt butter in...

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Buzz Magazines Recipe Trove

Buzz Magazines Recipe Trove

 We get The Bellaire Buzz Magazine once a month. I enjoy flipping through it to see what's going on in the neighborhood. Children, school, pets, etc. I always check out  the Chef's Corner feature and the Recipes sections.  

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Cajun Shrimp Pasta

Cajun Shrimp Pasta

 Ingredients 1 pound small or medium shrimp; peeled and deveined12 ounces bow tie pasta2 tablespoons olive oil1 tablespoon minced garlic2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning1/3 cup white wine14 cup unsalted butter1 1/2 cups heavy cream1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese; finely...

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