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I aspire to be one of those people upon whom nothing is lost..... I was born, raised and enjoy life in the Mississippi Delta region (birthplace of the blues). The house I was born in was built by my parents and grandparents from a burnt out tobacco barn. It is still my home today. My earliest memories are of helping my parents pick cotton straight from a field awash in white and of foraging for wild herbs, garlic, nuts and berries with my grandmother....my Mammaw. I carried milk from a neighboring farmer in cans hung from a pole set across my shoulders and helped my mammaw churn butter by hand. All of our fruit and vegetables were home-grown and we always had fresh eggs from our hens. My interest in food started from a very early age. I was greatly influenced by my mammaw and mama. Cooking was seasonal and I remember looking forward to the new seasons produce with anticipation and pleasure. I have always been passionate about seasonal food and local produce. I also have a lifelong love of and passion for music, and in particular, the blues. While my music, or my attempts at music, are considered feeble at best, I still love to play everyday and enjoy swaying to the soulful sounds of famous blues musicians performing in Delta juke joints, clubs, and bars where the blues is as much a lifestyle as a style of music.  I enjoying all kinds of down-home dishes including inexpensive cuts of pork like pig’s feet, jowls, ribs, fried and bar-b-que chicken, catfish, crawfish, delta hot tamales, black-eyed pea, cornbread, mac-and-cheese, pimento cheese, biscuits, all kinds of greens, and sweet potato pie.

My Most Recent Ratings

Teresa's Crawfish Bisque

Teresa's Crawfish Bisque

Unusual, fairly easy and absolutely wonderfull! Used our own fresh caught crawfish and it's best to use the larger ones to make stuffing the heads easier. — jwranch 11/24/2012
Hot Crawfish Dip

Hot Crawfish Dip

I make this usin' fresh crawfish and a splash of pepper sauce. Love it! — Sujen 11/24/2012
Mississippi Fried Oysters

Mississippi Fried Oysters

Simple, easy, delicious! Nothin' more needed to be said. 11/24/2012
Roasted Pork Shoulder, Collard Greens & Tropero Beans

Roasted Pork Shoulder, Collard Greens & Tropero Beans

This is an extremely good recipe. I have made it a couple of times and it's worth the effort and the time. The recipe for the brine is missing one ingredient, it states "6 leaves; crushed". I don't know if it's correct but I used bay leaves which turned out great. — minerinho 11/24/2012
Classic Creamed Spinach

Classic Creamed Spinach

This wonderful recipe made a great addition to our Thanksgiving table. Everyone enjoyed this dish. Next time I will probably make it with a little more cheese. It is a great tasting dish for the little bit of effort that goes into making it. — sgrishka 11/24/2012
Lemon Grilled Catfish

Lemon Grilled Catfish

Deep fried is my staple but this version is great stuff. It is simple and very tasty – kind a hard to go wrong! — sgrishka 11/24/2012
Garlic - Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops

Garlic - Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops

I tell ya, some of the best dang pork chops I've ever made or had. Fantastic! — sgrishka 11/24/2012
Enchilada Casserole

Enchilada Casserole

Very delicious and very simple! A new family favorite! (Picture must belong on a different recipe. The picture does not match up with this recipe so don't worry all the green stuff on top or all the red sauce!) I've made the recipe twice. One time as is using ground beef, one time using left-over roast beef that I shredded and chopped. Both were great, I'll be making it again the next time I have left-over chicken or pork. A great everyday recipe that can easily be adjusted to suite family taste. — sgrishka 3/20/2012
Chilled Cream of Tomato Soup

Chilled Cream of Tomato Soup

This buttermilk tomato soup was most delicious. The use of fennel was unique and made it an exceptional soup. The tarragon added a nice background flavor as well. — sgrishka 3/20/2012
Double-Dipped Fried Okra

Double-Dipped Fried Okra

Really, really good recipe for crisp ,delicious fried okra! Definitely a keeper. — sgrishka 3/20/2012
Perfect Fried Eggs

Perfect Fried Eggs

It's hard to believe that you'd need a recipe for a fried egg but I have to say - the recipe did make some dammed fine eggs! I mean to say, this recipe won't replace my quick everyday - crack eggs into lots of hot bacon grease, use a spatula to baste top of eggs with hot bacon grease and serve - recipe. But for special occasions when I want impress - this is the go to recipe from now on - no doubt! — sgrishka 2/27/2012
Onion Topped Chicken and Potatoes

Onion Topped Chicken and Potatoes

Very easy simple recipe. I did use bone-in chicken breast with skin - my taste - so I figured they might need a bit more cooking. I seasoned the breast with my creole seasoning, stuck em in the oven as it heated up, 15 minutes or so, then followed the recipe as directed. It was delicious with my changes and I'm sure it's just as delicious as originally directed too! The onions on top were great! — Love7721 2/27/2012
Sandwich: Dijon Croque Monsieur

Sandwich: Dijon Croque Monsieur

I used my home-made mayo, creole mustard and this sandwich was fantastic! Great recipe! — katehandel 2/27/2012
Chocolate Walnut Pie

Chocolate Walnut Pie

Very good, it was easy to make, and it reminded me of my Mama! — SBBurwell 2/27/2012
Mary Lou's Hearty Cabbage Soup

Mary Lou's Hearty Cabbage Soup

I enjoyed this recipe. Really good! I think using a smoked hock would be a good variation. I will also try making the soup but substitute plain country ribs for the sausage for a pork flavored soup. Still - soup was very good as directed. — ciara 2/27/2012
Panned Mississippi Quail W/smashed Root Vegetables, Etc

Panned Mississippi Quail W/smashed Root Vegetables, Etc

I've made this recipe before during quail season here in Mississippi. It's an Emeril Lagasse recipe, it's a good recipe. I used the recipe off his web site so I know the recipe ingredients on this recipe are jumbled and messed up a bit! Is there any way to reorder the ingredients to read properly? 2/26/2012
Deep South Chocolate Pie

Deep South Chocolate Pie

I want to try this recipe but the ingredients seem to be a messed up! Jumbled up a bit maybe? Is there any way to reorder the ingredients to read properly? 2/26/2012
Cousin Parley's Hush Puppies

Cousin Parley's Hush Puppies

This was very good tasting recipe. The only change I made was, instead of 350 degrees, I was taught to heat the deep fat to 360, so when the hush puppies are added the temperature of the oil drops a bit and you are frying at 350 degrees. Only because I like things spicy, I think some finely chopped jalapeno pepper would make a good addition. — Pinkfon 2/26/2012
Oven-Baked Tex-Mex Jalapeno Pepper Rings

Oven-Baked Tex-Mex Jalapeno Pepper Rings

Very nice Jalapeno pepper recipe. I liked it a lot and will definitely be making it again, often! — sgrishka 2/25/2012
Grandma's Chicken and Dressing Casserole

Grandma's Chicken and Dressing Casserole

Very Delicious! A true Southern comfort food casserole very much like the dressing Mama made. The only thing I changed was to replace the two cans of chicken broth with our home-made chicken stock. We served it with our scalloped cranberries, baked yams and Creole roast pork. Thank you for such a delicious recipe. 2/25/2012

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