Julia's Simply Southern: February 2017 >

Monday, February 27, 2017

Shrimp Scampi

Bucatini! What does that have to do with shrimp scampi? Nothing, it's just the pasta I used to serve this dish. If you've never had bucatini, I consider it a "fun" pasta. It's like a fat spaghetti strand with a hole down the center. See it??

Depending on the sauce you're using, the flavors get inside the pasta too, making for a flavorful pasta dish. It's a unique pasta eating experience. Of course you can use the pasta of your choice. You can also just serve the shrimp itself as an appetizer. Have some crusty bread on hand for dipping! 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Pizza Pasta Bake

Y'all, this one will please everybody. Most people like pizza, right? This easy recipe takes on a casserole form with pasta and your favorite pizza toppings with gooey melted cheese. I just love cheese!

With the exception of the pasta, pizza sauce & cheese - all of the other ingredients are optional. Why? Because you may like different pizza toppings. If you're a veggie lover, just omit the meats and use your favorite veggies. So you're a meat lover, just leave out the veggies. Basically, just customize this to suit your taste.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Buttermilk Pie

If you've never had buttermilk pie, you may be wondering what it's like. Does it taste like buttermilk? Buttermilk is used in many desserts and no that buttermilk taste is not what you'll notice, in case you're not a fan. This classic southern pie is a delicious custard like treat!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Pan Fried Potatoes

Pan fried potatoes are a favorite for breakfast or a supper side dish. I prefer my cast iron skillet for this dish. I tend to keep it simple, but these potatoes can be dressed up to if desired with the addition of other seasonings and diced peppers. If I have some fresh made gravy handy, I will put some over my potatoes because it's soooo good!

Here's my version...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Creamed Chipped Beef & Toast - S.O.S.

Creamed chipped beef is a recipe originating in our nation's military. It became popular outside the military as those who had served craved the dish once home. Although not all former servicemen remembered it with fondness considering how much they had to eat the very economical meal. It could have been as much as 3 times a day for those away on ships having to ration food.

Officially called creamed chipped beef, it is also more commonly referred to as S.O.S. and remains a popular dish today.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Oven Baked BBQ Pork Chops

Oven baked bbq pork chops are a no frills but tasty meal. Perfect for busy families. I remember having this quite a bit growing up. The oven method doesn't require too much tending while cooking.

You can have dinner on the table in less than an hour if paired with a few easy sides. I like serving this with coleslaw, corn on the cob, and baked beans or cold pork & beans. Anyone else eat pork & beans cold that have been chilled in the refrigerator? It seems to be a thing where I am from but I know a lot of people cook them too.


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Stuffed Pork Chops

Looking for something new to do with pork chops? Stuffed pork chops are a delicious option.


  • 1 pkg Stove Top Stuffing
  • 1/4 c Celery, diced
  • 1/2 c Apple, finely diced (I used a Granny Smith)
  • 1/2 c Chicken Stock
  • 4-8 Thick Cut Boneless Pork Chops

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Soy Sauce Glazed Green Beans

You may be thinking, soy sauce and green beans, really?! Yes! You'll have to try this one to understand how flavorful these green beans turn out after cooking. Whenever I serve them, I am always asked how I make them. For that reason, I decided to share this very easy recipe.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Sauteed Kale Salad

Kale is considered one of the "super foods" of the world. Kale is lutein rich, an important nutrient for eye health. Kale, like other healthy greens, are high in antioxidants. Kale can be eaten raw in salads or cooked. For many southern cooks, kale greens are prepared similar to collard greens. This recipe is a healthier option for a sauteed dish that can be eaten as a meal or used as a side dish.


  • 2 tbs Olive Oil
  • 1 Clove of Garlic, minced

Salmon Croquettes

Growing up in the South, you likely ate salmon croquettes. Perhaps more than you cared for. I have to admit, I did not care for them at all as a child. I would drown them in ketchup just so I could tolerate eating them. Tastes change as we grow up and now I find this southern staple food delicious with just a small dollop of tartar sauce or red remoulade sauce.

Salmon croquettes are also known as salmon patties or salmon cakes. The use of canned salmon made this dish popular during the 1920's when chain grocery stores, such as the Piggly Wiggly, made cheap canned foods available to the working class.

Recipes vary from person to person, so here we go with my version of this classic dish.


  • 3 6 oz Cans Red Salmon (Skinless/Boneless), drained
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