Oyster Stew Again

Back in Dothan for a few nights, I was asked relentlessly to make Oyster Stew for my friend Kelly and some of my other friends at the Deck. 

I only asked that Kelly get some milk for me, and I took care of the rest of the ingredients; I was able to buy shallots, celery, oysters, crackers, an energy shot, and a candy bar for $11 at the local Dollar General. GO ME!

Then, I began the process at Kelly’s house of making the Oyster Stew.

As some of you might know, I made a video of my preparing Oyster Stew at home a few years ago. Someone commented on the video and told me how I had “ruined the oysters” because I “cooked them too long.”

And to be honest, that really hurt my feelings. I tried to counteract the statement by being funny about it, but the person persisted. 

Anyway, at Kelly’s, I added celery and shallots, ingredients I had not previously used. I also used half a gallon of milk and probably a gallon and a half of water. Needless to say, we ended up with a huge amount of delicious Oyster Stew. 

Did I forget to mention the stick of butter I put in it, y’all?

But yes, the Oyster Stew turned out absolutely fantastic. I don’t know if I’ve ever made any that good- the rich, warm flavor with the exact right amount of saltiness and the smoked oysters popped in my mouth and doing their little dance for me was all wonderful. 

I think I cooked the stew for about 40 minutes total this time…part of the effort was to actually get it heated up as hot oyster stew is superior to cold oyster stew.

Just remember: experiment with recipes. Try comparing fresh celery to celery seed; compare onions to green onions to onion powder. 


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Posted by on March 30, 2013 in food


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Attention, everyone, attention!



Or better yet, it’s safe to say, HOLY POACHED EGGS HAS MOVED!

Please update your bookmarks, tell your friends and family, and come visit the NEW website.

Forgive any disarray or mess that the new website has.

Also, please give thanks to Mr. Logan Bibby for obtaining the website and for all his contributions to Holy Poached Eggs and the blogosphere. He is the mastermind behind this fantastic move, and we’ll likely be seeing a new theme for the blog in the near future.

What are you waiting? GO VISIT THE NEW BLOG!

If you can’t tell by now, I’ve inserted several different links to the new blog. You should have made it there by now.


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Posted by on May 23, 2011 in food



Right now, we have two snack-like bits of good news. The first one is more substantial in a way, because it’s easy to discover.

My dear cousin Susanne (remember, the one whose wedding I missed), has graciously provided me with a link to a Wiregrass-area vegetarian blogger, the Veggie Table!

Click here to visit Veggie Table!

The other bit of good news, if it becomes finished in time, is something that totally took me by surprise, blew me away, and is perhaps the most unexpected good thing to happen to me in the past several years.

As usual, this is the perfect example of someone who blogs better than I. Maybe girls are just better photographers than boys, who knows? Then again, Gigi did get me a camera for my birthday that I’ve yet to use, aieee, but maybe I’ll still look into accepting it.

So, this other good news is interesting but not completely substantiated as of yet, since my friend Logan is still securing things and working on it for me, but…I may be having my own website soon. Yes, folks, Holy Poached Eggs may soon become its OWN SELF-HOSTED BLOG! What does that mean? That means one would just go to the website-, and BOOM! There you are.

Logan’s even designing the website for me with a unique theme- how awesome is that? And I can still use my blog client to update to it, because it still runs through WordPress! How fantastic is this?

This makes me think of the end of Steel Magnolia’s when the new beauty shop is unveiled, and Truvy yells, “I’m a chaaaaaain!”

But again, this is in the planning stages (though I think Logan already bought the domain name for me), so we should try to contain our excitement in the meantime.


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Posted by on May 21, 2011 in food, postaday2011


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Sugar Craving, Oh, No!

Since Tuesday or so, I’ve been craving sugar. Also since Tuesday, I’ve had no access to sugar and haven’t eaten anything particularly sweet, unless you count that banana I had that day- when I cooked breakfast, sinus headache and all.

(Speaking of sinus headaches, saline solution rinsing through one’s nose does wonders to help deal with it. Go saline solution!)

So today, I finally had the determination to go buy some Honey Buns or Fancy Cakes, since my mind had been focusing mostly on them. Then, when I got to the store, I had no desire to eat Honey Buns or Fancy Cakes, and my stomach even kind of turned when I saw them.

What in the world is going on?

To have kept craving the Honey Buns and have had a constant desire to eat them for three days only to now have a kind of revulsion to them? God is one weird cookie, or should I say, bagel, since cookies don’t sound exactly wonderful at the moment.

The good news is that I have continued to eat healthier food, making sure to get my bite of tomato and onion and cucumber in along with my vitamins and carbohydrates.

Has anyone else experienced this kind of strange craving that randomly goes away? Maybe my body was reacting to the lack of sugar coming into it, who knows? I definitely don’t.

The good news is that Gigi made biscuits, and I bought Morning Star Chik’N tenders. Even more good news is that the local grocery store now carries the 4 Cheese Hot Pockets with Herb Crusts. The bad news is that the Chik’N tenders are pricy- there are only seven in the box, and it costs $4.49. That means the Chik’N tenders costs 64 cents a piece- and that’s just ridiculous!

But we don’t buy them too terribly often, so they’re not that big of a deal- one in a while may be okay.

The great Honey Bun debate within myself will continue. Maybe I should try making my own Honey Buns or my own Fancy Cakes- that could be fun.

Recently, Heather, AKA Van Tilden, made a delicious cake with vertical striped frosting. I’ll post more about it soon, hopefully with pictures.

Carpe diem!


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Posted by on May 20, 2011 in desserts, food, postaday2011


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The Story of Biscuits in My Family

Southerners love biscuits.

I love biscuits.

Biscuits are something to which we can always look forward. I’m sure everyone can hear my inner carboholic celebrating.

When I was a kid, Poppy made biscuits every Sunday. Except his biscuits were actually from a can, but he made practically everything else from scratch, so that was totally okay. I learned around the Lazy Susan Table to enjoy gravy on my biscuits.

This eventually led to my Gigi taking us by a local gas station to get biscuits in the morning before school and sometimes even before we went somewhere in the mornings during the summer. I always wanted a gravy biscuit, and my brother always wanted a jelly biscuit. I think I did flip-flop between gravy biscuits and bacon, egg, and cheese biscuits, which is what Gigi usually ate, and if I felt really froggy, I would even go for a sausage biscuit.

But the gravy biscuits remained my favorite.

One time, my mom asked for an egg biscuit and a jelly biscuit, and apparently, someone misunderstood and gave her an egg and jelly biscuit- something we didn’t discover until it was too late to return to the gas station. Or maybe it was a bacon jelly biscuit, I’m not sure. The point is, it was one of those situations where someone did something that made absolutely no sense.

Contrary to popular belief and what my friend’s mom once told me in high school, gravy, and I mean good gravy, can be made without meat. All it takes is butter, flour, and milk- the concoction is properly called a roux, I think. Salt and pepper are almost absolutely necessary at this point to give it that authentic gravy flavor.

In more recent years, Gigi started making her own biscuits, and then I took her recipe and started making a variation of them that turned into a mimic of the Red Lobster Cheddar Bay biscuits, though they aren’t nearly as fluffy and good as the Cheddar Bay biscuits.

Cheddar Bay biscuits are delicious, and the first time I ever had them at Red Lobster, they were so spicy I almost couldn’t eat them. I had never eaten that amount of garlic in my life, so it was overpowering to say the least, but I loved them. Also, I happened to be coming down the chicken pox at this time unbeknownst to any of us, so that might have played into the matter. This was on a Saturday, and the next day at Poppy’s house, I noticed some spots on my stomach, which Poppy said were the first signs of chicken pox.

Tomato gravy is also one of my favorite foods that goes with biscuits. You haven’t truly lived or eaten Southern food until you’ve had tomato gravy.

Biscuits are seriously a perfect food. I’m pretty sure Ms. Alice used to cut open biscuits and put butter in them. Biscuits are great for filling- and you can use meat, cheese, vegetables, and even sweet stuff. Biscuits are great for topping- gravy and even other kinds of sauces can go on top of them. Biscuits are great by themselves or as a side dish!

We love biscuits!

Gigi and Mimi’s mother, my maternal grandmother, used to make a chocolate sauce with biscuits. I always heard about this and thought it was incredibly strange. Apparently my maternal grandmother also made caramel cakes, and Mimi said she pronounced it as “CAR-uh-mel,” not “CARE-a-mel,” and my cousin Susanne and I both liked the first pronunciation better. I wonder if we can dig up the recipe for a caramel cake and make it.

That being said, the recipes are coming soon.



Posted by on May 19, 2011 in food, postaday, postaday2011


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Big Coffee

So the Onyx Plate posted an interesting article on Facebook earlier about coffee and its health benefits, especially for men. I had previously heard that coffee is good for the liver but had not heard that it also makes for a healthy prostate gland.

The article also mentioned, as we later discovered, something about coffee helping to reduce certain kinds of breast tumors.

Anyway, I drink a lot of coffee. My family drinks a lot of coffee. This is no accident and goes back through the generations. If I can blame anyone for my current addiction to caffeine, I would point to my grandparents on both sides of the family and then my own parents. Carboholism may be genetic, but coffee addiction is both genetic and conditioned. My great-grandparents may have drunk coffee often, too, I’m not sure.

My paternal grandmother always had coffee brewing in her house, 24/7, as I understand it, and I mentioned this before, as did some of my commenters, when I wrote about the Lazy Susan Table and its legacy in my family. My maternal grandmother always drank coffee in the morning and enjoyed having cake with it. Elsewhere, I’ve mentioned this, too- but it’s good to have a reminder, don’t you agree?

So the whole process of turning me into a coffee addict began with my being scared as a child. I was frightened often as a child and honestly still am by some of the oddest things that I won’t detail right now, so I would end up getting up and going to the den to sit with my father while he watched a local morning show that Red Holland, a local fishing celebrity, hosted. I would sit in Bapaw’s lap and drink his coffee, which featured milk and sugar in it.

This is where a huge contradiction occurs. Bapaw loves his coffee with cream and sugar. These days, to be healthier, he puts honey in it, but honey doesn’t really work for me. Gigi refuses to drink anything but a straight-up dark brew. No sweet coffee for her.

Personally, I like my coffee both ways, depending on my mood. Most often I seem to take coffee with cream but no sugar, and I especially prefer it black when I’m eating something sweet.

Anyway, the addiction to coffee never ceased in my childhood nor since, and now that I’m in my early late twenties, apparently the addiction is still blazing bright.

Coffee is also supposed to be beneficial to the liver. This makes sense- coffee has a sobering effect, making one more alert, more awake, and more efficient. Alcohol has the opposite effect, slowing one down and impairing various mental functions- and it can be damaging to the liver. Interesting how the opposite effects both correlate to either benefitting or afflicting the liver.

So, the point of this blog: Gigi bought me an enormous coffee cup two years ago for my birthday, the same time I got my fantastic MacBook that I still adore to this day. The coffee cup holds not one, not two, but three cups worth and has a fantastic artistic design on it that’s faded over the years. I still use this coffee cup to this day and absolutely love it; on the inside rim, it says, “Javalicious.”

True, true.

Also, coffee has other effects- it can help a mild headache, serve as a mild laxative, and be a mood booster.

Coffee’s definitely a mood booster for me. Not having coffee renders the lives of those around me in to great peril, and small woodland creatures as a whole may find themselves suddenly extinct if they come to close.

How do you like your coffee? Dark or sweet? And how much do you drink?



Posted by on May 18, 2011 in food, postaday, postaday2011


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YAY for getting up and cooking breakfast!

I’m sure I’ve blogged about breakfast in the South, but today, I managed to rouse myself from bed at the crack of noon due to a particularly nasty sinus headache, and I started cooking. I made grits, toast, and bacon (Morning Star, of course.)

In addition to this, I sliced up cucumbers, tomatoes, and bananas- this is the closest thing to the so-called “balanced” breakfast that I could figure out under the circumstances. We’re fresh out of eggs, something I should remedy in the near future.

And the sinus headache pounds away, even after taking Sudafed and Goody powder, yikes- not good, not good- I need a Neti pot!

Bapaw praised my scrambled eggs from the other night. The problem is that I have no idea what I did differently, except that I may have prayed before making them, and I’m not even sure about that. Attempting to offer literally everything one does to God is a great endeavor, and if you offer something to God, He makes it His own- this is an important lesson to learn, spiritually, if not a difficult one.

That being said, I’m going to apologize to everyone for my increasingly shortened blogs. There’s a lot going on that I can’t exactly mention in here, though I have documented it deeply elsewhere. Things have changed immensely in the past three weeks or so, and because of the immense changes, I’m having more trouble than usual keeping my mind focused on practical things like doing the Post-a-Day challenge. Several times I’ve considered dropping down to the Post-a-Week challenge, but as much as I love writing, that would destroy almost all motivation and sense of pressure, the sense of the daily “deadline.”

As many of you may have noticed, my blogs are coming at random times in the evening now. That’s because I’ve decided to simply post my blogs when I write them instead of scheduling them to post at any particular time- the people who are going to read them are going to read them, and so there’s no point in setting a particular time unless I’m posting into the future. Most of the blogs from the past few weeks have been day-to-day posts instead of the two-week’s-worth of blogs that are written at once and then scheduled to post later on.

So go cook breakfast for dinner since I cooked it for lunch. How’s that for a non-sequitur?


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Posted by on May 17, 2011 in food


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