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February 12 2014
@ 1:54 am
Thank you for the history on southern cuisine/food! Thank you for dedication and cooking knowledge. I learned a lot from the website.
February 1 2014
@ 11:21 am
Looks like it really is a small world. Found your website while looking for a homemade livermush recipe. Was surprised to see that one of my former students and a former baseball team manager was alive and kicking as a professional chef—very proud of you. Next time you are in KM look me up. I live out on Rolling Brook Road near Oak Grove. Retired and loving it.
Wishing you all the best.
P.S.: For anyone reading this, I have known Rick since he was about 13. Rick is really a true southern gentleman–always has been.
January 5 2014
@ 9:41 pm
I am so happy that I found this site. My grandfather was Cajun and I live no where near the south right now. Making it from scratch makes me happy, and I hope hes beside me helping Thank you so much for all these amazing southern recipes.
November 25 2013
@ 4:06 pm
I’m certainly going to try all of your recipes. Thanks for what you do….
September 28 2013
@ 10:00 pm
Hey Chief Rick,
Greetings from the land of New Mexico.
I don’t know how I got to your site but here I sit two hours later still very much intrigued.
Have found a few recipes that I will be trying soon as cold weather is setting in.
Thank you so much for what you do, I know that it is a labor of love
Will return to this site often. Take care and God bless you and yours.
February 16 2013
@ 12:02 pm
Some of your recipes call for craw-fish tails. Like the craw-fish smothered grits. I live somewhere where it is difficult to find craw-fish tails. Any suggestions?
January 27 2013
@ 3:25 pm
Hello there Chef Rick!
I was born and raised in Charleston, SC, but I joined the military and eventually settled in NC about 30 years ago. I came across your site while searching for a recipe for Hoppin’ John. Found a great one and I and my family enjoyed it tremendously. Your other recipes remind me of down-home, low-country cooking just like my Mama used to make
December 28 2012
@ 9:32 am
Since you have made this cake successfully in the past, something has to have changed. Are you beating it more or less than you used to? Have you changed the order you add the ingredients>\? Are the ingredients room temperature? Are you using the same brand of ingredients?
If none of these have changed, get a serviceman to check your oven temperature. And if all else fails, add a teaspoon of baking powder and see if that helps/
December 27 2012
@ 9:03 pm
Help please. I have a wonderful recipe for 7up cake . It calls for 1 box butter cake mix, jello pudding , 7- up, eggs and oil. I have been making this for 5 years and recently when I bake it it does not rise. I don,t add any baking soda or powder. Any suggestions? It is the most moist cake and the older ladies in our church love it. If I can’t get this to rise I will be serving 7-up cookies!
November 23 2012
@ 7:56 am
i am a mother of three who are half white and half french creole. there other family has nothing to do with them so i have been learning to cook creole food and reading up on the history of creole people so they can be proud of their other half as well and maybe one day teach their own children
June 14 2012
@ 9:14 am
Just found your site today.
Lots of good looking recipes that i need to try.
June 6 2012
@ 6:56 pm
Great site. I had found an old southern cookbook that had recipes from the early 1900′s. I must have misplaced it and found this site while trying to find another copy. Thanks for your work.
March 31 2012
@ 4:35 pm
Thank you! I am in Spokane Washington and having trouble satisfying the taste buds of my southern fiance! These recipes will help:)
March 31 2012
@ 2:51 pm
Chef your web site is on the money. I have found recipes I remember my grandmother and unties made. i have done some of them and have impressed friends and family. thank you for keeping the feeling alive.
February 11 2012
@ 2:28 pm
Love your website! Reminds me of all the southern recipes that are part of my heritage that have been passed down from generation to generation. Those southern me-maws,grannys, and big mamas are smiling!
December 16 2011
@ 11:52 pm
Well I tried your recipes again this Thanksgiving …. everyone went crazy!!!! I made Aunt Ruth’s Sweet Potato Pie again, had to make 3 extras for people to take home. I also tried the Kentucky Pecan, but was too heavy in the hand with the coconut….was still good, just too much coconut flavoring. The Pound Cake was sooo delish, I loved it so much….I hate to say this, but I didn’t share it with anyone! Yep, I ate it myself!!!
Thanks again for great recipes!
December 11 2011
@ 8:42 pm
Soooo glad I found your site! I love it and will be coming back often!! My Mother and aunts were all Georgia “Peaches” and also “giants” in the kitchen. Oh my, how I love my heritage. Thank you again for this site.!
November 7 2011
@ 2:42 am
Hello, Chef Rick!
I’m a new-comer. I accidentally found your website on the search engine, really appreciated to find a place to share my love of bakery. It’s one of the top important things that makes me feel I want to stay alive.
July 16 2011
@ 12:28 am
I saw that you were signing one of your cookbooks last weekend (July 9,2011) at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville, NC. I am so sorry that I missed meeting you, but I hope to purchase one of your signed cookbooks there. I loved your quote: that you learned your love of Southern food from three generations of “small women who were giants in the kitchen.” I can’t wait to see your cookbook. I especially love cookbooks where history or a story is printed along with the recipe.
June 26 2011
@ 6:18 am
Hello Chef, although I’m very greatful for this website I couldn’t help but notice that a lot of the information provided focused heavily on Cajun traditions. As a Creole it’s already a little difficult to trace my routes considering I no longer live in the south, I am happy I found this website but if it helps could you maybe separate the Creole and Cajun pages to show the difference in each culture? Thanks
June 23 2011
@ 9:38 pm
Found your blog via Hushpuppy Nation…love it. Thanks for sharing ; )
June 22 2011
@ 5:57 pm
DO YOU HAVE A COOKBOOK FOR YOUR RECIPES OUT I LOVE ALL OF YOUR RECIPES .TOMMIE OF SAN DIEGO.
June 13 2011
@ 5:38 pm
I tried your chow chow recipe and it is the same as my momas . She is Creole & Indian from louisiana, great recipes. They like it HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
March 29 2011
@ 7:16 am
03/29/2011 @ 8:00 am
Hi Chef, Your Collard Greens are the deal. I will be useing your stuff from now on. I’m in San Antonio, Tx., so I love Southern cooking. I’m good, you can always use tips from others.
March 18 2011
@ 11:34 am
Thank you for this incredible web site. I love Southern foods, and especially the Gumbo and Praline Candy. I visit Louisiana often as I have family there. But, these recipes keep me from having to bother others.
February 17 2011
@ 4:10 pm
Hi Chef Rick,
Finally I’ve found a recipe for pane’ed meat. Thank you, thank you, thank you!:-)
December 29 2010
@ 12:19 pm
hi, i love your website. i have been on every cooking site and like others, stumbled on yours by accident. love it. my husband is from the south and i am from out west, so i am able to combine many ingredients and your beautiful recipes. thank you!
December 8 2010
@ 11:31 am
Looking forward to trying the red beans and rice receipe.
November 25 2010
@ 10:14 pm
Thank you so much for your recipies. They are simple yet delicious. I made your mashed potatoes and green beans for Thanksgiving Dinner today, and everyone loved them.
November 16 2010
@ 3:55 pm
I was pleased to find your web page. I am going to make the Dirty Rice as a side dish on Thanksgiving. I always enjoy making a Low Country dish from time to time. It makes me feel connected to my Aferican heritage. I grew up in South Carolina.
October 10 2010
@ 8:42 am
Chef Rick, I came across the website looking for southern recipes I must say I will look no further this is a great website and the recipes as well I will be making the Hurricane punch as well as the Dirty rice one of my favorite dishes Thanks so Much!
September 10 2010
@ 12:11 am
Back from New Orleans visit where the food was grand and then found your site. Looking at some of the recipes, I am saying, my that sounds good. I think I can do this. Thanks. Enjoyed the visit and the recipes.
September 6 2010
@ 11:09 pm
After 30+ years living in San Francisco California, I’m suddenly poor in an expensive city. I’ve gotten through periods like this by eating a lot of brown rice = filling + nutritious.
Today while shopping, I thought “Why not double the rice & also make gumbo?” Your recipes & help were the best I found on the internet. I’m a good cook & will make it tomorrow.
I was in N’Orleans only 1 time, for just 8 hours while on AmTrak from Coast to Coast, 1987, It was fantastic & I cherish that memory.
July 17 2010
@ 10:35 am
Thank you so much for debunking the Blakened myth. My father live in New Oreleans during WWII. He worked in the ship yards. Being blind in one eye that was his contibution to the war. He loved to cook and cooked many cajun and creol dishes. I never heard of blakened anything until the last couple of years.
. I have short story regarding dirty rice. While dating a man of Italian decent I was invited to dinner to taste his mother’s wonderful risoto. I said OH,Dirty Rice!. His Mother Exclaimed: I washed it before I cooked it! I had to explain the difference between dirty rice and her risoto. I took a while but she finally accepted my explaintion. Thank you for your website. Patricia McClellan
July 8 2010
@ 10:59 am
Awsome recipes Chef! And after browsing a bit i’ve found quite a few new ones to try!
There is ONE recipe in particular i havn’t had since in almost 30 years i’d LOVE to find. Perhaps you would post the proper method for preparing “Tater-Aid”?
June 29 2010
@ 8:44 am
LOVE your site! Have made your Spicy Seafood Gumbo many times and it is always a hit! Also, the only recipe I use for cornbread is “Grandma Hills” and it turns out great! Thanks!
May 28 2010
@ 5:10 pm
Love your website and recipes. I also have a deep love of cooking. It is in my soul. I can tell it is in yours also.
Sonya from Kings Mountain
May 14 2010
@ 8:44 pm
Saw a show about Low Country Cooking. Food is a great part of my life. I belong to a motorcycle club whose motto is “Ride to Eat – Eat to Ride”
Your recipes sound wonderful. I will be trying them.
Plan to visit the Charleston area this summer with a group of friends. We are travelling from Edmonton Alberta. Looking forward to trying Low Country cooking.
March 18 2010
@ 9:28 am
Just found this site thru a backdoor; put it on my desktop immediately! My roots are Southern. Though I grew up in the north, my love for most anything Southern (as in food) is innate. Now I have some wonderful receipes to do it up proud.
Thank you for sharing these on the internet.
March 16 2010
@ 11:29 am
I was born and raised right here in Mt. Pleasant, just across the Cooper River from Charleston. I just ran across your website and think it’s wonderful. I too love to cook, southern dishes are one of my favorites to serve. We have some great places to eat out locally, but nothing beats good ole home cookin!!
March 7 2010
@ 6:02 pm
I love this site! I was raised on tradtional Southern food, as my adoptive father was from Alabama, Louisiana, and Northern Florida. I have been craving peach cobbler, cornbread, collard greens, seafood gumbo, and grits the most. I can now make them at home from scratch on my own! Thanks for providing this much appreciated site!
February 21 2010
@ 8:10 pm
I’ve just found your site and looking forward to trying your recipes I’m really excited about using your advice because I love southern food. Thanks for your information.
February 4 2010
@ 3:54 am
a wonderfull web site for any one that like me jest likes to cook and eat and try something different and flavorful
January 8 2010
@ 3:01 pm
Happy New Year! I’ve been using your website for years and just wanted to say thank you for the fabulous recipes. Have you ever consider a combination gumbo?
November 18 2009
@ 2:14 pm
Found your website years ago when I was looking for a good Sweet Potatoe Pie recipe. Your has been the best!
I have tried a few others and finally decided to stick with what works.
I’ll be making it again for Thanksgiving (not that I need a holiday to make it), it is the absolute creamiest, most delightful pie I now make, thanks to you!
In honor of your dear Aunt Ruth……I’ll have to give her huge hugs and kisses when I get to Heaven!
November 6 2009
@ 11:10 am
Hi Rick: I tried the chicken and dumplings. Fabulous!!! Plan to try many, many more. Can we order a cook book? Thanks!
October 13 2009
@ 1:33 pm
Just “ran across” your website looking for an oyster stew recipe. I have now been looking at this site for over an hour …..
I am a good ole’ southern girl from North Carolina and I can’t wait to try some of these recipes
October 13 2009
@ 1:31 pm
Just “ran across” your website while looking for an oyster stew recipe.
I have now been looking at all kinds of recipes for over an hour ….
Great recipes – can’t wait to try them !
September 15 2009
@ 6:03 pm
OMG… I was looking for a good ole fashioned hush puppy recipe and found these wonderful recipes… I make my sausage gravy just like you do and it is soooo good…hahahaha… So glad I found your site cause I am a down home southern girl from Alabama and I love all your recipes..I am going to the grocery store and buy everything for this fantastic pimento cheese recipe… Thanks so much Rick..
September 10 2009
@ 2:24 pm
Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. Cheers! Sandra. R.
August 30 2009
@ 7:07 pm
WOW, JUST WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR. SO MUCH INFO ON THE TYPE OF FOODS I LIKE TO COOK.
August 18 2009
@ 12:30 pm
I enjoy the above post, very neat, i like this website
August 7 2009
@ 9:31 pm
i am so glad I found this site! I grew up in Hickory North Carolina and so many of these recipes bring back wonderful memories from my childhood! Thank you for publishing them…
July 29 2009
@ 5:54 am
Chef Rick, your recipes are marvelous, thank you for so many great shares!
June 21 2009
@ 9:21 am
Hello there! I am a BorneoGirl, I am 19. Unfortunaly I am a newbie in Internet so surf via many sites.
I’ve stopped on your site just to leave a short question… don’t you know about
low cholesterol diet menu
I have a friend that suffer with high cholesterol and he need some diet maybe you know it and give the
link where I can read about? Thank you.
June 7 2009
@ 2:04 pm
I was googling low country cooking and this wonderful site came up!! Thank you soo much for sharing your recipes. I am in the process now of getting a good low country menu together and will touch base to tell let you how your recipes were.
May 24 2009
@ 7:04 pm
Hey, Chef Rick! I am from Houston, and I have lived in New Orleans, Las Vegas and now Phoenix. I always say nobody knows anything about good home cookin’ around here! Anyway, I am sooo glad to have found your site. I was looking for some tips on baking cakes, as my husband’s birthday party is tomorrow night. I looked up tips for baking cakes and found your site (which does have great tips), which also has all the food I love and miss! I’ll write more when I start trying your recipes! I feel like I have discovered a piece of home that I really miss!
May 17 2009
@ 11:50 am
Rick,I discovered your Coconut Custard Pie recipe several years ago. I make them and give them away all the time. Everyone just raves about it.
I made it for my Episcopal Church Bazar and they fetch $10 each!
thanks for sharing.
May 8 2009
@ 3:49 pm
good stuff !
May 5 2009
@ 6:42 pm
This is the first time I have ever seen a recipe for pane’ed pork chops online. It was a childhood favorite of mine. This was one of the first meals I learned to cook as a young woman, and is the dish my husband credits for knowing he just had to marry me! Thanks for passing it on.
May 4 2009
@ 4:34 pm
I was looking for new recipes and stumbled onto your website. I Love it, keep up the good work
April 29 2009
@ 1:57 pm
Hi Rick, I made the blackberry cordial and it is really good. I only made half a batch but next time I will make the full recipe, I drink just a small glass when I want to relax. I have to make it last. Thanks for the great recipes, Libby in Wv.
April 6 2009
@ 5:08 pm
awesome recipes chef rick !!! being born and raised in south louisiana (Lake Charles), i can attest to your authenticity !! you go man !! i do have some recipes i’d love to share with you……but then again, you probably don’t need this old housewife’s recipes??!!! lol
just a fyi……my mother was from Bogalousa and my grandmother (with whom I spent most weekends and ran a restaurant) was from Cade, LA……..les sais les bon tempts roullette…….lol
March 1 2009
@ 4:43 am
I am a Chef myself and have found your web-site very helpful. After my parents moved to Conway S.C. from New England and going down to vist them I became intrested in the Lowland Cooking and now do some of it at home and at work and even when we go camping up in Maine with some of the great seafood that they have in Maine to offer.
Thank’s again & Keep up the great work!
February 24 2009
@ 10:31 am
Great website! I’ve always liked cajun, low country
and southern cooking. Originally from PA now living in NC for the past 17 years. I just stumbled on your website while researching for lowcountry cookbooks. As I said GREAT website.
February 19 2009
@ 1:40 pm
this is my first visit.I love all the different recipes.
February 17 2009
@ 1:35 pm
Great Site!! Come check out mine as well =)
January 31 2009
@ 11:23 am
Cool website. I think Jeff Lamm told me that your alias was Chef Rick. I look forward to lifting a few recipes off your site.
January 10 2009
@ 9:09 am
Hi, I have made several of your recipes with great results. At this minute I have blackberries cooking to make your blackberry cordial. I just wanted to know if anyone has made it and if you have any suggestions before I get it finished. I am using my frozen blackberries do you think that will make a difference. Thanks, Libby
January 8 2009
@ 9:43 pm
Hello Chef Rick,
Can’t believe it took me until now to find your wonderful site! I’ve linked to it on my blog, Hendersonville Epicurean. Thanks for publishing!
January 6 2009
@ 7:18 am
i liked your recipie for fried chicken. it was delicious i also would like to say that you need more sugar in your lemonade. you should make a recipe for LARGE BEEF BONES
December 24 2008
@ 12:51 pm
Chef Rick, Great site. I am a student at Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary arts and am interested in food writing. Your articles are superb. Cajun cooking is one of my faves. One question. What happened to your little tidbit about the first fried chicken. Had to do with the first church piknic. I loved that article. I laughed everytime I read it. If you still have it could you email it to me. Thanks.
December 23 2008
@ 1:35 am
I stumbled upon your website, and I am so glad I did. My entire family is from New Orleans, and now that so many of them are scattered all over I realize how important it is to collect these recipes for the next generation to carry on.
God Bless You and Thank You!!
December 17 2008
@ 1:04 pm
There is a special place in my home for you and your recipes——I GAURONTEE!
December 17 2008
@ 12:31 pm
I swear to God one of these days I’m going to drive up in my 18 wheeler and make you cook for me…
Merry Christmas, Bro!
December 9 2008
@ 3:19 pm
Great website. just found it today, I am now cooking the meat loaf. Love the way the website is laid out. I have a group of friends and customers over every Tuesday night and I will be trying out several of your receips. Thanks for your time and efford it took to put this together. I will be sending you comments on the receipts that I cook.
Paris, Tn. P.S. I had your website b-4. I like this one better.
December 8 2008
@ 3:08 pm
Hi there I adore your website. You are redefined
as a Food Saviour in my eyes. I have used many of your wonderful recipes for many years. Pleased many appetites with them all, only asking for more. I do certainly miss the great music you used to offer on your website, What Happened? Please Continue and carry on with all the super ideas you offer to us all
Horacious Holidays, Chef Dynamarie from the Wild Wild West
December 6 2008
@ 11:05 am
Oh-me-ya! Sha-biday! I’ve lived in Louisiana, for spell, My Dad was stationed at N.A.S. Belle Chase. I went to Westwego Elementary, and Worley Middle School. I loved it when the cafeteria would serve red beans and rice, and I loved the dirty rice, they would serve also. But of course nothin’ beats a big-o-pot of low country boil, the crawfish, shrimp, crab, corn on the cob, sausage, potatoes, and quartered onions! GAWD, what wonderful memories I have of Louisiana.
Go UofF Gators!
An honorary coon-ass
November 28 2008
@ 1:58 pm
Loved finding your website…Spent a week in Charleston, and fell in love with their food…Living in Texas, it is hard to find food like this, so I am glad to have found all of your wonderful recipes, as now, I can just cook it myself!
November 25 2008
@ 3:40 pm
I first want to thank you for the number of recipes you have offered me. I am a Culinary Student currently with hopes of following your footsteps and becoming famous for my dishes. Secondly, in my recent studies i find that many of the recipes vary upon region and i was wondering if you have noticed the difference as well. KEEP DOING IT BROTHA!!!
November 23 2008
@ 10:44 am
Chef Rick. Very great cook web site. When I want something great I come to your web. Your the best. keep up the good work
November 11 2008
@ 9:44 pm
Rick, just found your web site and it’s like looking
over my Mama’s shoulder while she was cooking. It’s
been a very long time since I have had some of these
dishes. I look forward to cooking up a mess of collard
greens, a pot of black eyed peas and baking some corn bread.
October 27 2008
@ 8:51 am
I have enjoyed reading your recipes. I grew up in East Texas cooking a lot like you cook. Happy Eating!!!
October 19 2008
@ 10:51 pm
I am a southern belle that loves to cook but I have never seen a site quite like yours Chef Rick! I plan to use it A LOT – they say the way to a man’s heart ladies…..is thru his stomach, well you better believe it! My husband already loves my cooking, I can hardly wait to see what he says after trying some of THESE recipes!!
October 1 2008
@ 4:13 pm
Thanks, i’ve been looking for down home recipes and I have found that with you Chef Rick. THanks again…MMMM GOOD…
September 27 2008
@ 12:30 pm
I moved to North Alabama a few years ago from the Gulf Coast. Somehow I lost all my recipes and haven’t been able to find a real seafood gumbo recipe until I found you. Thank you, thank you. I will be back again and again. My family thanks you also as they really enjoyed the gumbo.
September 13 2008
@ 1:51 pm
Hey Chef Rick!
I just found your web site! The recipes sound GREAT and I plan to try them soon.
Instead of paying hideous prices for gas, I may just stay home and cook!
August 29 2008
@ 1:52 pm
Now this transplanted Yankee knows where to turn for REEEEAL Southern Cookin’!
August 24 2008
@ 7:30 pm
its great to finally find a website that has good ol carolina cookin reading it made me remeber growing up in the old north state. im a cook and know alot if the stuff you have here.
August 19 2008
@ 2:06 pm
I’m also in the UK but of Caribbean origins. Been loving your site now for about 5 years. Used it to teach my senior citizen students how to use the internet. We loved it then and I still love it now. I really love what you do. Keep up the good work.
God bless you richly,
August 19 2008
@ 9:14 am
I have loved Cajun and Creole cooking since I was a kid, but living in New Mexico I don’t get it much around here. I came across your site several years ago when my wife went back to collage and I got the kitchen to myself. Your website has been lots of fun and was the start of what has become a passion for me, cooking (especially since I haven’t had to call the coroner yet!!!).
My wife has her degree now but I kept the kitchen!!!
Thanks for the great site.
August 18 2008
@ 12:04 pm
Just found your site. I’m in the UK and I’ve not seen recipes like these before. I’m going to give some of them a try, they sound fab.
August 13 2008
@ 9:03 pm
Thank you for the great recipes Chef Rick
I have tried a couple of your recipes and they are soooooooooo good and easy to prepare. I am looking forward to trying some more.
By the way… The chicken and sausage gumbo is Awesome. GOD BLESS YOU!
August 11 2008
@ 9:05 am
Hi Chef Rick,
I have been using your recipes for about 2 years and have made some great meals, but over the last year I have not been able to hear the music on your web site…
July 30 2008
@ 4:33 pm
That’s ALABAMA country cooking
July 26 2008
@ 5:33 am
hi rick, just found your website and can’t wait to show my wife!! john mincey,trion georgia
July 24 2008
@ 7:29 am
Great site… so much good info!!!!! Thanks for all you do.
July 22 2008
@ 10:13 am
I am very greatful for this website, this has been THE ONLY website, that I have found credible sounthern recepies.
Thank You so much for sharing!!!1
Southern CA – Orange County
July 14 2008
@ 10:35 pm
hi rick, i looking for a recipe for old fashion stickies
July 14 2008
@ 5:05 pm
Chef Rick, I have copied several of your recipes and will be making the beigneits tonight and frying them for my husband to take to work tomorrow. Thanks again for the great recipes. Libby
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