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    Vilma said

    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.


    Barry 'Coach" Gibson said

    February 1 2014 @ 11:21 am

    Hello Rick,

    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.


    Megan said

    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.


    Ruben Silva said

    November 25 2013 @ 4:06 pm

    I’m certainly going to try all of your recipes. Thanks for what you do….


    Lydia Rose said

    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.

    Lydia Rose


    katherine estep said

    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?


    Glenda Young Layne said

    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 😀




    Chef Rick said

    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/


    Snowie said

    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!


    billy jo quinn said

    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


    Patty Kasiewicz said

    June 14 2012 @ 9:14 am

    Just found your site today.
    Lots of good looking recipes that i need to try.


    Peter Kaschuluk said

    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.



    DeAnna said

    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:)


    Bob Singletary said

    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.


    Ann Jacks said

    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!

    Ann Jacks
    Cedartown, Georgia


    Patricia Kramer said

    December 16 2011 @ 11:52 pm

    Hi Rick!
    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!
    Patricia Kramer


    Sarah Johnson said

    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.!


    Sujittra said

    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.


    Barbara Poolos said

    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.


    Onyx said

    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


    The Kitchen Witch said

    June 23 2011 @ 9:38 pm

    Found your blog via Hushpuppy Nation…love it. Thanks for sharing ; )


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    caroline adams said

    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Harold Meullion Jr said

    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.


    Deborah J. Claybore said

    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.


    Roxy said

    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!:-)


    antoinette said

    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!


    ANGELA said

    December 8 2010 @ 11:31 am

    Looking forward to trying the red beans and rice receipe.


    Carla said

    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.


    Lois B. Ishmael said

    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.


    sheila randolph standifer said

    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!


    Lou said

    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.


    Tony said

    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.


    Patricia McClellan said

    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


    Jimmie said

    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”?


    Phil Bogle said

    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!


    Sonya McAbee Gregory said

    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

    God Bless


    Gordon Dewald said

    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.


    Linda said

    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.


    Tina "McCaskill" McDevitt said

    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!!


    Aindrea McCammon said

    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! 🙂


    Lynn said

    February 21 2010 @ 8:10 pm

    Hi Rick

    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.


    robert williams said

    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


    Rose Jackson said

    January 8 2010 @ 3:01 pm

    Hi Chef Rick,

    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?

    Rose Jackson


    Patricia Kramer said

    November 18 2009 @ 2:14 pm

    Hey Rick,

    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!

    Thanks again,


    Linda said

    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!


    Robin said

    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


    Robin said

    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 !


    Nancy said

    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..


    sandrar said

    September 10 2009 @ 2:24 pm

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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