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Homemade Tartar Sauce Is Sure To Compliment Southern Fried Catfish {Granny's Recipe}

Homemade Tartar Sauce , ridiculously easy dipping sauce to make and eat with Southern Fried Catfish, Salmon, and most any seafood.  It uses ingredients that are already in your kitchen. There is a restaurant close to us that serves the best catfish, but what they serve before you ever get the catfish is a favorite.  They bring out these little bowls of sliced onions, green tomato relish, and coleslaw with baskets of hush puppies.  We sit there and eat until they bring the fish out.  By then I am stuffed. This recipe comes from my Mother.  She made  Homemade Tartar Sauce  not just for when we were eating  catfish , but also for the times she made her  Salmon Croquettes . The recipe is easy with few ingredient and one that you cannot go wrong with.  It is more about the ratio of the onions and pickle relish.  We like ours on the oniony side rather than on the pickley side. Mixing it up is the same.  One thing I do today that my Mother didn't do is to pat dry the

The Very Best Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes {There is more to sweet potatoes than just #pies and #casseroles}

The Very Best Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes, slices of sweet potatoes covered with a buttery brown sugar mixture and cooked until the edges are caramelized.  A side dish that graces tables in the south especially around the holidays. The season for sweet potatoes is ending here in East Texas and farmers are getting ready to plant for the next season.  I had several small sweet potatoes left in my bin and decided to make my husband some Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes to go with a pot of Purple Hull Peas, Skillet Fried Okra , and a pan of Cornbread . You know here in the South we are known for eating a meal consisting of vegetables only. These candied sweet potatoes are buttery sweet--almost close to being the dessert to the meal instead of a vegetable. A sweet lady at the office where I use to work with gave me a secret to making the best Candied Sweet Potatoes. Sweet Potatoes have a lot of water in them so rather than boil them in water and then ca

Southern Fried Catfish (An Icon of Southern Cooking}

To my delight, my oldest grandson, Elijah called me last week, and asked me if he could bring me some catfish over to the house, and we have a fish fry.  The answer is always yes when it comes to my grandchildren asking me to make them something, and this time was no different.   Southern Fried Catfish ---who can resist? There are two rules in my house when frying catfish, one is the oil is hot enough to light a match when tossed in the oil, and two, NEVER stir the catfish while frying.  This cools down the oil and causes the fish to hold the oil, and be greasing.  As for the breading, we use  simple ingredients--a cornmeal mix and plenty of salt. The basic truth here in Texas is Southern Fried Catfish is an icon of Southern cooking.  There maybe some discrepancies on how to fry and bread catfish, but there are no discrepancies on it being a Southern classic.

Chocolate Cherry Blossoms {Behind The Curtain Dessert Challenge}

I am happy to participate in Behind The Curtain Dessert Challenge this month hosted by a blogger friend, Sheryl from Lady Behind The Curtain .  This month's challenge is cherries and chocolate, so today I am bringing  Chocolate Cherry Blossoms.  These cookies are easy and quick to make into a holiday treat.  Valentine's is today and what better time to make them.  All you need is 4 ingredients, a bought cookie mix, butter, cocoa, and an egg.   The cookie mix has a perfect texture, and I went with the Cherry Cordials to push down in the center.   You may want to use Cordial Kisses if you prefer, but there is just something nostalgic about the cordial cherries I couldn't pass up.  I have fond memories as a child getting them for a Christmas gift.

Wow Your Valentine with this ~ Valentine's Day Breakfast For Two!

Making your Valentine's a lovely breakfast doesn't have to be expensive or time consuming.  Keep it simple and sweet! One of my husband's favorite ways to eat an egg, is an egg in a hole. To put a little WOW in this somewhat boring way to eat an egg, I decided to make Valentine's Egg In A Hole . Arn't they cute?   French toast is another favorite of my husband's. So I thought why not make some Cu te French Toast Hearts out of the little hearts from the egg in a hole---genius don't you think? I thought it was, although, I know there are others out there who have probably thought the same thing.  Shh, he doesn't know that! This breakfast in itself is gorgeous, but if you would like to put a little more WOW in this already gorgeous breakfast, serve some dipping chocolate in a  small bowl and fresh fruit.  We are having fresh pineapple, since that is my husband's favorite.  I know there are a lot of his favorite in the pos

Jennifer's Hot Artichoke Dip {Super Easy Dip for a Super Bowl Party!}

I always request my daughter, Jennifer to bring her Hot Artichoke D ip to our Super Bowl party.

Homemade Ranch Dressing {Originally started out in the South being called Buttermilk Dressing}

Homemade Ranch Dressing takes on a whole new taste that cannot be matched with the store bought kind. 

Southern Pecan Chewies {The Best Kept Secret In My Kitchen}

These  Southern Pecan Chewies  are just that--soft, chewy, loaded with pecans, brown sugar, and butter. When I was getting ready to plan our menu for the Super Bowl Party, I knew I wanted to make some brownies that I had seen over on Pinterest.