Alabama Shrimp and Grits


I’m having fun learning about each states claim to fame food and how so many things cross over, as shrimp and grits. Like many of the states on the gulf, shellfish is plentiful. And grits have become synonymous of the south. You’ll find this dish throughout Alabama, each region preparing it a little different.

shrimp & grits

Grits actually came from the Muskogee Indians. They would grind the dried Indian corn (similar to hominy) down to a “gritty” texture and make a porridge from it. The idea was passed on to the settlers that used hominy like money. No add to the mix the slaves of the area. The Gullah Geechee of West Africa has writings of a dish very similar to shrimp and grits. So it stands to reason their descendants would work this tradition into the local culture. Continue reading

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Pannkakor – Swedish Pancakes


What is pannkakor your ask? Its Swedish pancakes. These delicious, creamy pancakes are almost a cross between a custardy pancake and a crepe. Don’t be confused. These are not Norwegian pancakes (pannekakor). Those are thinner and much more like crepes. The Swedish pancake is thicker, soft and creamy inside. And they are so easy to make!


Lingonberry jam is traditionally served with pannkakor. Sometimes powdered sugar is sifted on top. The jam is not easy to find. I bought mine at Ikea. You could substitute a blueberry or red currant jam, but the flavors are different.

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Garlicky Stuffed Mushrooms


I love mushrooms.

I made these mushrooms as an appetizer for my husband and myself. It was our anniversary and we stayed home and ate appetizers and drank champagne. We each made a few appetizers and this one was my favorite (the most garlic!).

garlicy stuffed mushrooms

These big, juicy shrooms are stuffed with parmesan, pine nuts, garlic and basil and drizzled with garlicy butter, then baked until golden and tender. Who needs dinner when you’ve got these! Continue reading

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What’s for Dinner? Sunday link up #202


It’s Memorial Day weekend and it feels like October! Cold, wet and windy. All those outdoor plans just moved inside. But it’s the friends and the family that make a holiday an event. Thank heavens for gas grills! So, do you know the answer to the question,

what's for dinner?

  Well come on over – this is the place to answer that question! This is the home of a collection of fabulous recipes! A collaboration of ideas ~

It’s What’s for Dinner!

So come on in and party with us!

Share as many as three RECIPES! But make them ones you haven’t shared in a month or so…

               Remember, be sure there is an edible recipe in your post.

 Here are the some delicious ideas that were shared last week (and not just for dinner!):

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Illinois Chicago Dog


Illinois is the next state up in our state food series – and we have The Chicago Dog! And there were certainly some good choices, Chicago deep dish pizza being the one mentioned most. But my husband was born and raised in Chicago – and he says Illnois is all about the Chicago dog!

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