Snack Like a Southerner: Banana Dippers


2 Bananas
Peanut butter

Step One:
Quarter bananas. Spread peanut butter on top.

Step Two:
Top with raisins, peanuts and granola.

Step Three:
Shave butter over the top.


Snack Like a Southerner: Cheese Straws

Cheese Straws are delectable and great for parties or even to give as a gift. They are sharp and delicious!


1 1/2cups flour
1/2tsp fine sea salt
Pinch cayenne pepper
1/2lb sharp cheddar cheese freshly grated
1/2cup (one stick) unsalted butter

Step One:
Preheat oven to 375. Pam two baking sheets.

Step Two:
In a small bowl, combine flour salt and cayenne. 

Step Three: 
"In a heavy-duty mixer fitted with the paddle, cream the cheese and butter at a medium speed until smooth and well combined. Gradually add the flour mixture. Mix on low speed until smooth. (The dough can also be made in the bowl of a large food processor: grate the cheese with the grating blade, then transfer the cheese to a bowl and insert the metal blade. Pulse the dry ingredients to combine, then add the butter and cheese. Process until smooth.) Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside to rest for about 15 minutes."

Step Four:
Work the dough in your hands. Shape the dough into a cylinder and pack it into a cookie press fitted with the serrated ribbon disk.

Step Five:
"Holding the cookie press at an angle to one of the prepared baking sheets, press the trigger twice, dragging the press away to make a long straw the length of the baking sheet, spacing the ribbons of dough 1 inch apart. Using a butter knife or offset spatula, cut each ribbon into 1- to 2-inch pieces. Repeat with the remaining dough and the other baking sheet. (If the cookie press extrudes the dough in fits and spurts, simply pick up the dough and reuse.)"

Step Six:
"Bake for 10 minutes, then rotate the sheets. Bake for another 10 minutes. Remove the baking sheet to a rack to cool slightly. Using an offset or slotted spatula, remove the individual cheese straws to cool completely. Store at room temperature in an airtight container between sheets of waxed paper for up to 2 to 3 weeks."


Snack Like a Southerner: "White Trash Hotdogs" (Pigs in a Blanket)

My mom started calling Pigs in a Blanket "White Trash Hotdogs" a few Christmases ago when our oven broke just a few hours before we were going to have guests over for the big Christmas Eve bash. So, instead of using the oven, she was forced to use the toaster oven to make around 50 pigs in a blanket, white trash style.


Crescent roll dough tube
Nathan's Hot Dogs or cocktail wieners
*Cheez Whiz (optional)

Step One:
Slice and dice! Open up your dough tube and roll out the dough. Remove the precut slices from one another. Then cut each piece in half. (If you chose to use hotdogs instead of cocktail wieners: slice the hotdog lengthwise in half, then dice into half inch chunks or how ever large you prefer)

Step Two:
Place a hotdog onto a slice of dough. If you want to add cheese, do so along the top of the hotdog now. Roll.

Step Three:
Place them onto a cookie sheet (I like to put tin foil down and then spray it with PAM to make sure that my pans stay clean and the pigs don't burn.) and bake!

Step Four:
Let cool, serve with some honey mustard and enjoy! 


Snack Like a Southerner: Pimiento Cheese Spread

This lovely pimiento cheese spread is excellent for parties and upcoming cookouts. Serve with pretzel thins or crackers and enjoy!


1 small can of evaporated milk
1 jar Pimiento (chopped)
1/4tsp salt
8oz grated cheddar cheese
4oz shredded cheddar cheese
2tbsp Miracle Whip

Step One:
In a saucepan over medium heat, heat milk and grated cheese until smooth. 

Step Two:
Remove from heat. Add Pimiento and salt. Let cool.

Step Three:
Add Miracle Whip and shredded cheese, stir.

Step Four:
Chill for a bit and serve!


Snack Like a Southerner: Ham Roll Ups

These ham roll ups are perfect for parties or for a small group of guests!


Ham sandwich style slices
Green onion (finely chopped)
8oz. pckg cream cheese
1/2tsp garlic powder

Step One:
Soften cream cheese in microwave. Combine cream cheese and garlic powder.

Step Two:
Spread mixture on ham slices, sprinkle onions at the edge of each slice.

Step Three:
Roll, cut into half inch pieces and enjoy! 

Snack Like a Southerner: Deviled Eggs

This scrumptious southern snack is perfect for parties, get togethers or simply lunch! It's good and good for ya too. Check out this amazing recipe from for Deviled Eggs!


6 large hard-boiled eggs
Black pepper
2tbsp Miracle Whip
1tsp yellow mustard
2tbsp sweet pickle relish

Step One:
Peel shells off cooled hard boiled eggs. Slice each egg into halves lengthwise.

Step Two:
Remove yolks from whites and place in a small round bowl. Mash yolks with a fork into fine pieces.

Step Three:
Add Miracle Whip, yellow mustard, relish, salt and pepper to yolk. Stir mixture until creamy.

Step Four:
Spoon mixture into a zip-lock bag. Seal and snip off one corner of the bag. Squeeze mixture from the bag into the egg halves.

Step Five:
Garnish with a bit of paprika and enjoy!


Snack Like a Southerner: Buttermilk Candy




1 cup buttermilk

2tbs margarine

1tsp baking soda

2 cups pecans, chopped

2tbs butter

2 cups sugar

1tsp vanilla extract

1. In a skillet over high heat, combine buttermilk, soda and sugar. Stir constantly until it reaches a softball size. (5 minutes)

2. Remove from heat. Add mixture, butter, vanilla and nuts to a large mixing bowl. Mix together until thickened and creamy.

3. Spoon out onto buttered or greased wax paper. Let cool.

Snack Like a Southerner: Brown Sugar Fruit Dip


(, William Dickey; Styling: Buffy Hargett)


1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 
(8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened 
1 cup sour cream 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1/3 cup coffee liqueur (optional) 
1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed 
Garnish: brown sugar 
Assorted fruit 
1. Beat brown sugar and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.
2. Add sour cream, vanilla, and, if desired, coffee liqueur, beating until blended and smooth; fold in whipped topping.
3. Cover and chill 4 hours.
4. Garnish, if desired. Serve with assorted fruit.

Snack Like a Southerner: Broccoli Dip

This recipe is perfect for parties, friends stopping by or even a lite snack for the afternoon!






1 cup cooked Minute Rice

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped celery

10oz chopped cooked broccoli

1 can mushroom soup

1tbsp margarine

16oz jar Cheez Whiz

¼tsp garlic powder


In a saucepan, sauté celery and onions in butter for about two to three minutes. Add remaining ingredients while they are still hot. Mix well for about three minutes. Serve warm with crackers!