When you’re Seaside, Eat Shrimp

When you aren’t at home you make the best of what you can find where you are. I used blankets for table cloths and starfish for centerpieces. Found the freshest shrimp just down the road, only problem is we had to peel and devein them ourselves. But New Orleans style BBQ Shrimp is worth it.



Melt the butter add all the spices then add the shrimp, heat 3 minutes with the lip on top. Stir everything and cook 3 more minutes until the shrimp is nice and pink. Serve with rice and crusty French bread to tip into the sauce.

Thanksgiving Day/Boiled peanuts

I must have lived in the south longer than I thought! We’re doing things very differently this year and having Thanksgiving at the beach. The family is on the beach with blankets and jackets but the sun is very warm. It’s the cold wind that keeps blowing and keeping everyone out of the water. But how relaxing! Everything is ready to put in the oven for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to be served tonight, but in the meantime I’m sitting on the porch enjoying these boiled peanuts. Just open the jar and heat. And to add a little class to the situation, I’m drinking wine instead of beer.



Fannie Farkles/not just any corn dog

87CDD5AF-88E9-47E8-8CED-EB12750EE229Back in the early seventies we were transferred from Lexington, Kentucky to Maryville, Tennessee. Since I grew up in Ohio and had never heard of the Smokies or Gatlinburg I was anxious to explore these mountains. Gatlinburg, the name alone has such a romantic sound to it and the city being nestled down between the mountains makes the whole city perfect for lovers. To our delight Maryville was only thirty minutes from there when you took the back roads through Townsend also known as the quiet side of the Smokies. We enjoyed hiking the trails, walking across the big rocks through the mountain streams and driving under the covered bridges. Having picnics in Cades Cove and watching wild life all around us was spectacular. Buffalo aren’t just on the range I found out! One of my favorite things to do was walk the streets of Gatlinburg where people were holding hands and eating bright red candy apples flavored with cinnamon. You could hear children laughing and dulcimers being played in the back ground. They have restaurants over looking the creeks and in the winter time you smell the fireplaces burning. Candy shops are on every corner and through the windows you can see them making it. You’ve never tasted such fresh fudge when it’s still warm.  But my favorite of all are the corn dogs! Fanny Farkle’s have foot long corn dogs dipped in their own homemade batter and fried in front of you. The best ever! And not just back then but now as well! Fannie Farkles is still in the same place right on the main drag. You must try it!


Fall Friendly Taco Soup/

Even in Florida they have fall, well sort of anyway.  Grandma Thelma, as all the kids call  her if they are related or not, had a big crock pot full of this tasty taco soup when we all arrived from north Georgia. After driving nine hours the smell alone had the kids gathering around the table before she could even ask them to do so. All the toppings were sitting in bowls so each person to choose what they liked best or do like me and use them all! Try this and you won’t be disappointed. This recipe is good for you with all the beans and tomatoes. Leave the chips in their bowl if your watching your carbs. 🍁


Eggs Benedict/My sisters signature dish


I’m not sure when Rose Carol learned how to make Eggs Benedict, all I can remember is ever since I’ve visited her in California she has made it. She serves it for most of the holiday mornings because her family insists and lucky for us she does it when we come to visit. She makes it look so easy but I’m sure by now she could make it in the dark! First she puts the melted butter and real lemon juice in the blender then she places the Canadian bacon on a pan and puts it in the oven to heat. Now she is ready to make the poached eggs. While the eggs are cooking she toasts the English muffins.  When everything is ready is puts it together and everyone enjoys eating this wonderful breakfast. The secret I think is in the sauce. I can remember my brother and I going out for breakfast one morning and since he had lived in with her in California for a while and he saw eggs Benedict on the menu his mouth started to water and he had to order it!  Well, when it came to his disappointment he took one bite and sent it back! Then he said to me  “I guess I shouldn’t have expected it to taste like Rose’s, after all she makes the best!”



Peppered Cheese Mix/By mistake

Ever since I went to England and they made pimento cheese without the pimento I’ve been making it too. It’s just shredded cheese and mayonnaise mixed well together. You can use different cheeses but all are great as a sandwich or on crackers as an appetizer. But this time was very different. Deedy age 4 loves to help cook. Her mother had made tacos for dinner and Deedy decided to pour half a shaker of pepper into the cheese after dinner was over. So this morning together we made peppered cheese spread and since we love black pepper it was great.