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.

Home-made Breakfast Sausage

Home-made Breakfast Sausage

 We're trying to come up with an alternative to high-sodium breakfast sausage; and we figure the best way to get that is to make it from scratch. So, W started with Alton Brown's recipe. I cut his salt from 2 teaspoons to 1, which cut the Sodium from 14% to 8%!...

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Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Milk

Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Milk

  Sherry gave me this book in 1986. It's Jeff Smith's  "The Frugal Gourmet." I've cooked a LOT out of this book. This dish is from Kenya. It's unusual to this southern guy's taste; but we like it. Try it!     Ingredients 3-4 sweet potatoes, peeled, and cubed 1...

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Low Sodium Breakfast Sausage

Low Sodium Breakfast Sausage

 Jimmy Dean’s Frozen Patties contain 560 mg of Sodium per serving. I found also, a home-made low-sodium sausage recipe here: https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=1369504 It comes in at a whopping 36 mg as compared to 560 mg for the Jimmy Dean ...

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Camellia’s Black Eyed Peas

Camellia’s Black Eyed Peas

 I adapted this recipe from a package of Camellia Black Eyed peas.  The original recipe called for sage and thyme. Plus, it only called for onion and garlic. I added the poblano, celery, and carrot. I liked the texture achieved by cooking the vegetables in a...

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Recording of “Southern Nights”

I use an 8 track digital recorder that is no larger than a cigar box. While it has 8 separate tracks which can be bounced, punched in, dubbed, edited, moved about, etc., the machine only allows two inputs at a time. This is no problem as long as I'm recording solo, as...

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Lagniappe

Lagniappe

  "Lagniappe" is where I put things that relate to cooking, but that aren't necessarily recipes per se (but which sometimes are). You might find some of this interesting.   BBQ Is Not a Verb Cajun Seasoning Fool Proof Boiled Eggs How Hot Is that Fire?...

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