Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Simple Salad

I may have posted this before, but good stuff bears repeating.

We get our cucumbers from the farmers market, but these tomatoes came from our own vines, which makes 'em extra-special, right?

Blue cheese dressing on top. Mmmmm!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Southern Fried Catfish

While there are many different ways to prepare this, here’s a quick and easy recipe for frying catfish. It’s great served with coleslaw and hush puppies. For additional information, tips, and photos, please see the original recipe here.

Southern Fried Catfish


  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound catfish fillets, cut in strips

  • 1 1/2 cups fine cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay(TM)
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for deep frying


  1. In a small bowl, mix buttermilk, water, salt, and pepper. Pour mixture into a flat pan large enough to hold the fillets. Spread fish in one layer over bottom of pan, turning to coat each side, and set aside to marinate.
  2. In a 2 gallon resealable plastic bag, combine the cornmeal, flour, and seafood seasoning. Add fish to mixture, a few fillets at a time, and tumble gently to coat evenly.
  3. Heat oil in deep fryer to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C).
  4. Deep fry fillets until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Avoid overcrowding so fillets have room to brown properly. Fish should be slightly crisp outside, and moist and flaky inside. Drain on paper towels.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Eclipse Eggs

Yeah, so I totally did this, even though we weren't in the path of totality.
That's a fried egg, over easy, with a sausage patty eclipsing it. A round cut-out of toast would have done just as well.

Don't nobody try to tell me us hicks don't know how to have fun.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Friday, August 18, 2017

Cabbage Jambalaya

Jambalaya is unmistakably Southern food at its finest. The fusion of meats and vegetables in one pot creates a scrumptious dish to cook when you’re planning for a few extra friends around the table.

For an easy take on jambalaya, check out this Cabbage Jambalaya recipe from All Recipes.com.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Charlie's Sausage and Butterbean Soup

Charlie has taken over a lot of the cooking and all of the washing up since I’ve been so busy TCB (taking care of business) and TCM (taking care of Mom). Bless his li’l pea-pickin’ heart! Imma give him a great big squishy hug, right here on the interwebs! {{{{Charlie}}}}

ANYWAY, one day he made this soup. The marvelous Roy Ackerman won’t like it for obviously porkly reasons, but we found it belicious.

That’s butterbeans, onions, carrots, and locally sourced sausage. My, MY, it was tasty!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Charlie's Mess

Charlie has taken over a lot of the cooking and housework since I've been so busy writing and stuff, which I highly appreciate. He was always a good plain cook, and I enjoy what he fixes.

The other day, he cooked up some fresh green beans and pertaters from the farmers market. Then, he said, he decided to throw in the last of the black beans I'd cooked with onions, cumin, and chili powder. We each had a cup, topped with a bit of vegan margarine.

Looks kinda like a mess, but it was GOOD.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

"I'll Make Lunch," He Said

When he said, "Okay, it's ready," this is what I came in to find.
So simple, and so good.

Toasted French bread, an egg from our daughter's chickens, over easy (just the way I like it), and cherry tomatoes from our garden fried along with the egg until they were warm and soft.

Yes, that's a Christmas plate. I use them all year, because I like them. They're cheery.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes