Southern Alabama Specialties

Recipes and folklore from the Gulf Coast. Like this favorte recipe, Garlic Shrimp Linguine, gets a nod from Creole cookery and blends new and old world flavors in making one fine dinner.

Grilling Year-round on the Gulf Coast

Life is good on the Gulf Coast as you'll find folks grilling and barbecuing all types of fine foods. Burgers, dogs, steaks, wings, ribs, pork, chicken, beef, seafood, gator, heck ... if it lives around here, we eat it!

Cake Making in the South

A real classic ~ Lemon Pound Cake with Citrus Glaze.

Sunday Dinners are Sacred in the South

An establishment in these parts, sitting down at the dinner table for a family meal is a way of life for many of us. It is quality time well spent sharing our blessings. Enjoy our recipes.

Gulf Coast Seafood Recipes

Platters like this are often on tables around Mobile Bay especially when there is a Jubilee. A Jubilee only occurs in Mobile Bay - find mouth-watering recipes under the Fish and Seafood categories.

July 11, 2015

Our Favorite Burgers

Smoky Texan Hamburgers


Top 10 List of My Favorite Burgers

many from my blogging buddies.


Summertime is a great time to grill hamburgers, heck, burgers of any kind. And I don't know many that can do it better than my friends I've met over the years while posting recipes online.

Here are my favorites (11 if you count the one above) I've kept at the top of my list, in no particular order, that is . . .

Lea Ann's Blue Cheese Burger
Michele's Chile Relleno Burgers
Robyn Savoie's Turkey Cheddar Chipotle Burger 
Dara's Smoky Burger Sliders 
with Grilled Pineapple & Chipotle Mayonnaise
Catherine Pappas' Burgers with Sweet and Spicy Pepper Relish
Lindsay's Burgers with Blackened Barbecue Rub by Chef Ryan
My Award Winning Summertime Tasting Hamburgers
Claudia's Italian Style Hamburgers
Catherine Pappas' Old Fashion Hamburger with Sweet and Spicy Onion
a Man's Hamburger

July 3, 2015

number 1 grilling holiday: Fourth of July.

Buttermilk Brined Grilled Chicken, photo
Celebrate with these Favorites!

It's no wonder we enjoy outdoors celebrating our Independence Day, there's so much to do. Besides watching fireworks, Americans enjoy grilling and picnics on the fourth more than any other holiday. According to U.S. News and World Report, Americans spent approximately $2.4 billion at the supermarket for Fourth of July (2012 stats).

Here are some more interesting facts from Bloomberg.

  • Americans purchase over 700 million pounds of chicken the week of July 4th making chicken the most popular item to throw on the grill.
  • 155 million hot dogs are consumed on the fourth. That's enough to stretch from Washington DC to Los Angeles - 5 times.
  • 1 out of 6 beef products (like hot dogs, hamburgers, steaks) come from the lone star state of Texas. Americans enjoying beef on the fourth ranks lower than chicken or pork.
  • The average Independence barbecue meal averages 1,667 calories . . . actually lower than most think.
  • One of the most common side dishes for the holiday is baked beans. North Dakota supplies 34 percent of the beans produced in the United States.
  • "There's nothing better than an ice-cold beer" rings true on the fourth as over 24 million cases are sold during the holiday period.
  • Apple Pie is the most popular dessert on Independence Day and is synonymous with Fourth of July.
  • We all scream for ice cream in the United States around Independence Day, as National Ice Cream Day is celebrated on July 3 and July is National Ice Cream month.

Now for some of my Favorite Recipes:

Potato Salad with Deviled Egg Dressing

Creamy Southern Pasta Salad

Fresh Green Beans and New Potatoes

Sweet Grilled Vidalia Onions

Baked Beans with Brown Sugar Recipe

How to Barbecue Chicken and Poultry

Drick's Mojo Chicken

Old Fashion BBQ Grilled Chicken

Award Winning Summertime Tasting Hamburgers

Hamburger Skewers for Picky Eaters

4 Hot Dog Recipes

Pulled Pork - grilled Boston Butt Roast

BBQ Rib Rub and Mopping Sauce Recipes

Kansas City Style BBQ Ribs and Sauce

Rub and Method for Perfect Grilled Steaks - My Way

Teriyaki Garlic Steak Marinade

Grilled Beef and vegetable Kabobs


July 1, 2015

Summer Squash and Tomato Salad Recipe

(rustic cut for summer, photo)
Summer's Bounty of Flavors.

Nothing goes better with summer foods like a good ol' marinated vegetable salad, rustic style. And, when I'm speaking of summer foods, I'm talking grilled chicken, BBQ ribs, pork roast . . . all the things we love to eat during the summer months.

We are very fortunate to have so many garden fresh vegetables available to us now but I think my favorite are squash and tomatoes. (I know, tomatoes are scientifically a fruit.) Although, thinking about one of last week's side dishes, fresh green beans and new potatoes might just come in pretty darn close. There's something about the combination of squash and tomatoes that make me extremely happy and just full of myself. Add the two together with fresh basil and a little vinaigrette with the surprise sweetness of a ripen pear, well, now that's high-cotton.

You can find links to a few of these successful flavors below as well as other related recipes.


Summer Squash and Tomato Salad

about 6 servings

4 cups 1/4-inch cubed summer squash
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup halved red and/or yellow currant tomatoes
1 pear, cored, quartered and cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon (total) snipped fresh basil, tarragon, and/or chives
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 oz coby jack cheese, crumbled - optional

Bring 2 cups of salted water to boil in a medium saucepan. Add squash and blanch for 1 minute. Drain and add squash to a bowl of ice water to cool down, about 5 minutes. Drain again, and place squash on absorbent paper towels to remove excess water.

Combine remaining ingredients along with the squash, except cheese, in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours to marinate.

Toss in cheese prior to serving.

You'll be surprised how the simplicity of ripen fruit will brighten a summer vegetable salad.

Other Squash and Tomato Recipes:

Squash and Tomato Tian
Squash and Tomato Wonder Casserole
24-hr Squash Pickle Recipe
Yellow Squash and Zucchini Casserole
Squash Souffle
Squash Gratin, Southern Style
Cheesy Squash Casserole
Momma's Squash Casserole
Fire and Ice Tomatoes
Fresh Corn and Tomato Pie
Tomato and Spinach Pie
Tomato Bacon Potato Gratin
Cucumber, Corn and Tomato Salad