Kitty Shrimp & “Grits” Bites

Kitty Shrimp & "Grits" Bites

These crunchy seafood treats will make your cats happy. Grits aren’t great for them, but when corn is ground into meal, it’s safe for making these little shrimp nuggets. You can sub canned tuna for the shrimp if preferred. My dog loves these, too!

How to Host a Pig Picking… and P.S., barbecue is a noun, not a verb!

....a southern tradition ~ the pig pick'n

Ahhh… the good ole southern NC pig picking! Here’s all you need to know to host one for yourself. Nothing is much finer than gathering friends and family to pick pork, is there?

Deviled Crab Hushpuppy Waffle & Pickled Seafood Medley ~ The New Southern Seafood Platter in Our State Magazine

Deviled Crab Hushpuppy Waffle and Pickled Seafood Medley

We love a seafood platter in the summertime — especially one that features fresh, local fish. Here, we imagined what a modern twist on this classic dish might look like with these Deviled Crab Hushpuppy Waffles and Pickled Seafood Medley!

Buttermilk Bisque… with roasted turnips, pears and leeks

Warm up from the inside out with this creamy, “winter white” soup. Or serve it chilled! Roasting the produce adds another layer of flavor, and even turnip-haters will find those root veggies tasty. Serve with cornbread and cracklins.

Country Ham Lollipups with Molasses Mustard

Ham biscuits and corn dogs … now there are a couple of fair favorites … along with those hot and crispy hushpuppies in the education building. I’ve combined this threesome into one fun food you’ll be sure to enjoy.

Summer Squash Spoonbread with Pimento Cheese

Tis the season … for scores of squash! Our spoonbread pairs pimento cheese with squash to create an all-in-one, veggie-laden cheesy bread. Add a cool summer salad and serve alongside some grilled goodies on the porch, along with an icy glass of lemonade.

collards + cabbage + frost = “cabbards” time…. with Crispy Cornbread Cookies, Molasses Bacon Butter & Pot Likker

The time has just about come for the annual “cooking of the cabbards” to fill the freezer!  Like a squirrel stowing away acorns for the winter, I too, “get my cook’n on” once our local collards have had a good kissing o’ the frost.  Some think that’s just an old tale, but not this gal,… Continue reading collards + cabbage + frost = “cabbards” time…. with Crispy Cornbread Cookies, Molasses Bacon Butter & Pot Likker

Creamy Fall (or anytime) Clam Chowder

Creamy Fall Clam Chowder

Don’t wait until fall to cook up a pot of this flavorful creamy clam chowder. And be sure to fry up a batch of Sweet Potato Hushpuppies to enjoy alongside it too.

Parmesan & Green Onion Cornbread Crisps

...you will please any crowd with these! Serve Parmesan Cornbread Crisps alongside my spaghetti (or yours), or with a dollop of my Creamy Swiss Pimento Cheese!!!!

Want to wow your company next time you serve spaghetti? Then make up a batch of these crispy crunchy Parmesan & Green Onion Cornbread Crisps! Who says you must only serve traditional bread when you can have these instead?

ahhh Collard Sandwiches… North Carolina culinary Heritage at its finest!

When it comes to "good eats," collard sandwiches win the prize! Make some for your holiday gatherings and pot lucks... and YOU will be the "it" guest!

Collard Sandwiches have a long history here in North Carolina. They are so tasty, feature some of our finest foods… and you will be the belle of the ball when you take to potlucks or serve at your own gatherings. Just MAKE SOME. It doesn’t get much easier. Sit some out and watch ’em disappear