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Laurie Triplette is the HottyToddy.com food guru and can be reached at ldtriplette@aol.com for all food emergencies.


On Cooking Southern: There’s Still Time to Eat Light – Dress Up Market Fare with Dips

On Cooking Southern: There’s Still Time to Eat Light – Dress Up Market Fare with Dips

SOUTHERNISM OF THE WEEK Fat and happy as a tick on a lazy dog: A state of being whereby one happily rolls along with no bigger aim than to suck up the bounty that’s readily available. Interchangeable with “happy as a clam in sand at high tide”: The living is easy. The Dog Days of […]…

August 11, 2016 with 1 Comment
On Cooking Southern: Fill the Freezer Now – July Is National Blueberry Month

On Cooking Southern: Fill the Freezer Now – July Is National Blueberry Month

SOUTHERNISM OF THE MONTH Glow: What Southern Belles do instead of sweating, as they gently blot their faces with lace-edged hankies and languidly move their hand fans back and forth in the church pews or on the front porch swing. I don’t know many glowing Belles this time of year. Well, folks. Midsummer is here. […]…

July 25, 2016 with 0 Comments
On Cooking Southern: Quick and Easy Road-Trip Foods Enhance the Travel Experience

On Cooking Southern: Quick and Easy Road-Trip Foods Enhance the Travel Experience

SOUTHERNISM OF THE WEEK Down in the dirt: Someone is willing to roll up their sleeves and participate at an elemental level, getting dirty and playing hardball, not soft-soaping the situation or pulling any punches. Clichés aside, it’s related to but not the same as “down and dirty”, which means vicious and devoid of the…

July 19, 2016 with 0 Comments
One Patriot’s Thoughts About Recent and Coming Events

One Patriot’s Thoughts About Recent and Coming Events

A few weeks ago I made a two-day bus journey to the annual Continental Congress of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) in Washington, DC. It was my second such trip to the DAR headquarters with faithful delegates from the great state of Mississippi. The weeklong DAR continental congress in June convened…

July 15, 2016 with 0 Comments
On Cooking Southern: The Days of Wine and Noses Are Here to Stay

On Cooking Southern: The Days of Wine and Noses Are Here to Stay

SOUTHERNISM OF THE WEEK High Falutin’: A situation, attitude, or circumstance in which one party is putting on airs, acting high and mighty and making noises that position him or her as better (schooled, bred, or financially endowed) than the rest of the room. AMERICA’S (QUALITY) WINE INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO EXPAND Folks in our area…

June 17, 2016 with 4 Comments
On Cooking Southern: Memorial Day Marks the Start of Summertime Feasting

On Cooking Southern: Memorial Day Marks the Start of Summertime Feasting

SOUTHERNISM OF THE WEEK Bite the bullet: Dating back to primitive medical conditions during the Civil War, the expression means to toughen up and endure the situation without complaining… like all residents of the Magnolia State who can’t leave town to escape the heat of summer. Memorial Day is a very special date for us…

May 27, 2016 with 0 Comments
On Cooking Southern: Experience a Virtual Vacation with Pineapple Dishes

On Cooking Southern: Experience a Virtual Vacation with Pineapple Dishes

SOUTHERNISM OF THE WEEK Come on over any time; the kettle’s always on: Interchangeable with “the coffee pot’s always on, and the welcome mat’s out” meaning the speaker is always glad to see the addressee, and the hospitality factor is at work – the coffee or tea is brewing. This past month has been a […]…

May 17, 2016 with 0 Comments
On Cooking Southern: The Mother of All Condiments Flavors Food and More…

On Cooking Southern: The Mother of All Condiments Flavors Food and More…

SOUTHERNISM OF THE WEEK Ain’t it a hoot: Related to “give a hoot” and “whoop and holler”… Something is a hoot if it is funny or curiously appealing, requiring a burst of laughter. We don’t give a hoot if we don’t care one way or another… And the classic “two whoops (hoots) and a holler” […]…

April 25, 2016 with 0 Comments
On Cooking Southern: Sweeten the Meal with Simple, Make-Do Pies

On Cooking Southern: Sweeten the Meal with Simple, Make-Do Pies

SOUTHERNISM OF THE WEEK As nice as pie: A really sweet and kind person… someone we want to be around. NO EXOTIC INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR THESE PIES There was a time when sweet dessert pie was a staple in every household. Homemakers would make up several days’ worth of pies at a time, and store […]…

April 11, 2016 with 0 Comments
On Cooking Southern: Serve Up Sunday Flavor With Savory Chicken, Spring Veggies

On Cooking Southern: Serve Up Sunday Flavor With Savory Chicken, Spring Veggies

SOUTHERNISM OF THE WEEK Hallelujah and pass the cornbread: Southern epithet of support favored by Madea and most church-goers, meaning “Praise the Lord, Amen and let’s get on with the show” … HALLELUJAH, the word of the season, is the great word of rejoicing in the Lord, derived from the two Hebrew words “hallelu” and…

March 25, 2016 with 0 Comments
On Cooking Southern: Put Some Irish Into Your Cuisine

On Cooking Southern: Put Some Irish Into Your Cuisine

SOUTHERNISM OF THE WEEK Cranky: The person is out of sorts, and just irritable enough that it won’t take much to set him or her off… a few turns short of ill as a hornet, and interchangeable with the equally descriptive word, crabby. Not born this way, but in a mood due to weather, work, […]…

March 17, 2016 with 0 Comments
On Cooking Southern: Short on Kitchen Time? Make a Meal of Bread Salad

On Cooking Southern: Short on Kitchen Time? Make a Meal of Bread Salad

SOUTHERNISM OF THE WEEK Hey: Standard Southern greeting, variation from Hey y’all. Not to be confused with the stuff that cows and horses eat. Some weeks it’s necessary to simplify one’s life in order to survive. This has been one of those weeks. The seemingly endless honey-dos, appointments, report deadlines and wedding-related…

March 10, 2016 with 0 Comments
On Cooking Southern: Easy Sunday Pot Roast Takes Center Stage, Mississippi Style

On Cooking Southern: Easy Sunday Pot Roast Takes Center Stage, Mississippi Style

SOUTHERNISM OF THE WEEK Gravy: The wonderful bonus a person enjoys at little or no personal cost. From a family of idioms such as The Rest is Gravy, Riding (or falling off) the Gravy Train, It’s all Gravy… referring to the extras on top of the paid-in-full basics — extras that enrich, enlighten, educate and […]…

February 29, 2016 with 1 Comment
On Cooking Southern: Go Ahead And Waffle Around With That Chicken

On Cooking Southern: Go Ahead And Waffle Around With That Chicken

SOUTHERNISM OF THE WEEK Southern Fried: A term that refers to something soaked in Southern culture — like our fried chicken soaked in buttermilk and batter, and fried in grease. Or like any expression, food or cultural tradition unique to the region. Southerners and chicken are a culinary match made in food heaven. We go […]…

February 18, 2016 with 0 Comments
On Cooking Southern: Breakfast-For-Supper Shines Beyond Shrove Tuesday

On Cooking Southern: Breakfast-For-Supper Shines Beyond Shrove Tuesday

SOUTHERNISM OF THE WEEK Come-to-Jesus meeting: A confrontation in which the Truth shall be revealed, pleasant or not, comfortable to hear, or not … the meet-ee is gonna hear facts from the meet-or that need to be clarified and embraced. Did I blink too fast? Mardi Gras came early this year. Fat Tuesday has been […]…

February 10, 2016 with 0 Comments
On Cooking Southern: Italian-Style Super Bowl Foods Spice Up the Party

On Cooking Southern: Italian-Style Super Bowl Foods Spice Up the Party

SOUTHERNISM OF THE WEEK Suck it up and go: Classic Southern Dad admonition to ignore all the booboos, distractions and roadblocks, and keep on plugging, coz “nobody likes a quitter.” Nobody can say the Denver or Carolina players are quitters. After all, both teams are led by Super-smart Southern quarterbacks. PAR-TEE. PAR-TEE. It’s…

February 5, 2016 with 0 Comments
On Cooking Southern: Super Bowl 50 Promises Clash of the Culinary Cultures

On Cooking Southern: Super Bowl 50 Promises Clash of the Culinary Cultures

WHAT IT IS: Super Bowl 50. The Golden Matchup on February 7, 2016. Denver Broncos versus Carolina Patriots at Levi’s Stadium (home of the San Francisco 49ers). Location: 40 miles outside San Francisco in Santa Clara, California. Hippy-dippy mountain smokers will be facing off against NASCAR-rooted pig-pickers… in the heart of…

February 2, 2016 with 0 Comments
On Cooking Southern: Super Mardi Gras Pastries Bowl Us Over

On Cooking Southern: Super Mardi Gras Pastries Bowl Us Over

SOUTHERNISM OF THE WEEK Good enough to slap in a biscuit: Self-explanatory expression of delight… that somebody or something is so deliciously fine that it could only be improved by positioning it in a good ol’ Southern-style biscuit, which folks around here all know is the best way to consume anything. CREAM PUFFS AND DOBERGE…

January 27, 2016 with 0 Comments
On Cooking Southern: Not-So-Weird Science Adds Zest to Winter Meals

On Cooking Southern: Not-So-Weird Science Adds Zest to Winter Meals

SOUTHERNISM OF THE WEEK Loud: Adverb describing a state or condition of being noisy or over-bold in some way, whether visual or olfactory; as in “That body spray is so loud it would scare off a skunk”; or “He’s about as loud as Grandpa’s juke-joint tie.” January is one of those months that seem to […]…

January 19, 2016 with 0 Comments
On Cooking Southern: Spice it Up with Garlic Rice and Skirt Steak

On Cooking Southern: Spice it Up with Garlic Rice and Skirt Steak

SOUTHERNISM OF THE WEEK Happy as a clam in sand at high tide: In perfect harmony with one’s environment and state of being – like all members of Rebel Nation after the Ole Miss showing at the Sugar Bowl last week. Many of us might just be suffering from post-holiday blues this week. I know […]…

January 7, 2016 with 0 Comments
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