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Southern corn casserole....it ain't corn pudding!

  • Posted on: 13 December 2019
  • By: jessica
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I'm thrilled to have my dear friend Mandy of Off the Beaten Shelf , guest post for me today! Her wit and southern accent are impossible to miss in this piece as she shares a southern family recipe that I can attest to being absolutely delicious! Enjoy! You should’ve seen the look on my mother’s face when I told her I was running off to Ohio to marry a boy from the Midwest. Or rather, since we’re from the South, she knew him better as “a damn Yankee.” For months after I moved from Birmingham, Alabama, to Columbus, Ohio, my mother would pepper me with questions about my new home. “Are you...

Grandmama's Southern Cornbread Dressing

  • Posted on: 20 November 2019
  • By: jessica
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Y'all asked for it, so here it is! This recipe is so near and dear to my heart. I remember traveling to the Delta in Mississippi for Thanksgiving and being greeted with so many hugs while the house was flooded with the smell of sage and turkey in the oven. Every rich, moist bite of this southern cornbread dressing takes me back to those precious moments. This year is the first year without my grandfather. I loved to call him every year when it was time to make the dressing for Thanksgiving and Christmas. "I'm making Grandmama's dressing!" I would tell him with immense pride. "oh, you are now...

Vegetarian Ramen

  • Posted on: 2 October 2019
  • By: jessica
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The recipe you've all been waiting for!!! Nah, but a few of you asked for it, so here it is! A friend told me a while back about how magical the combination of smoked paprika, miso, and smoked salt is when it comes to replacing the meat flavor in vegetarian recipes. So since ramen is traditionally made with smoked pork belly, I spent a lot of time figuring out how to replicate that flavor while still keeping this recipe plant-based. I think it turned out pretty darn good! My absolute favorite topping for this is Magic City Ferments kimchee. Its bright, crunchy, with just the right level of...

Osburn Acres Spring Wine Dinner

  • Posted on: 11 April 2019
  • By: jessica
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On any given night in downtown Birmingham, you can find folks gathering over food and drink. Restaurants are bustling, neighbors are grilling out and catching up over a beer, and if you're lucky you might find yourself invited to dine with some of the city's most talented chefs. In this city food is what's brining people together. Birmingham is home to some of the country's most talented chefs including Chris Hastings, Frank Stitt, Ben Vaughn, & the fella I want to tell you all about- Garrett Osburn. Chef Garrett's love of food started with at a young age. Growing up his family was in the...

I did it!

  • Posted on: 30 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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I did it! This is the final day of the #bloglikecrazy challenge and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t relieved. I’m really proud of all the beautiful content I created this month, but I have an announcement- I’m taking December off and enjoying my friends and family during the holidays. But, you know I’ll share a few pics over on Instagram , so be sure to follow along! I hope you’re able to rest and enjoy a peaceful December. Thanks for following along for this fun November challenge!

I’m proud of my heritage

  • Posted on: 29 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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I come from a long line of courageous women. Strong-willed, independent, and bold. These qualities run deep in my blood. As I begin to take steps toward dreaming bigger than I ever have, it is the knowledge of those who came before me that propels me forward. Working with my hands in the kitchen takes me back to being a young girl, watching Grandmama bake. Tiny moments can empower us, if west them.

Wellness coach's guide to: food photography props

  • Posted on: 28 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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The internet is saturated with advice on the subject of food photography. Want to learn how to take a picture of cereal using elmer's glue? There's a youtube video for that. Want to learn how to snap of photo with all the ingredients of a hamburger flying through the air like on a commercial? There's a video for that. But, my guess is that if you've landed on the Spiffy Eats page, that's not your goal. If your goals are more along the lines of taking a stunning photo of that green smoothie recipe you just created or that vegan quinoa burger you can't wait to share with your readers, then you'...

My workspace

  • Posted on: 27 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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Four years ago if someone asked me to share a photo of my workspace I would have been horrified. I had no desk, no camera equipment, no food photography props, no planner! Scary, right? But, when I look back on those times, they hold some of the best memories. Those were the days that I was simiply using my iPhone camera to snap photos of the healthy recipes I was creating. I'd snuggle up in my bed to write blog posts and share my unedited photos. It was pure, it was honest, and it was the beginning of this beautiful life I'm living now. I'm so grateful that as my business has grown I've had...

Spiffy’s Christmas wish list

  • Posted on: 25 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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While I believe Christmas is so much more than the materialistic things, I think it’s ok to dream of exciting things to add to my home and business. I also want to acknowledge my privilege as someone who has the means to have all of my basic essentials and even occasionally splurge. I know everyone doesn’t have that privilege. We donate and volunteer with organizations that help meet the needs of families in our area, and that will be in a future holiday post. Now, on the Spiffy wish list! KitchenAid Food Processor C’mon, you guys knew you’d see something from KitchenAid on this list. And...

After Thanksgiving Refreshing Slaw

  • Posted on: 24 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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I hope you had an incredibly cozy, loving, and joyful Thanksgiving holiday! I sure did. Tony's family sure knows how to cook and I ate sooo much. While I have ZERO shame or regret about what or how much delicious food I enjoyed, I could tell that today my body was craving some crips, raw veggies and I knew this slaw recipe created by Emilie Maynor would totally hit the spot! This slaw is packed with cruncy, nutritious veggies including one of my favorites- parsley. Parsey has lots of health benefits: it's packed with vitamin K, vitamin C, and Vitamin A rich in anti-oxidant nutrients promotes...

Luteal Phase Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

  • Posted on: 23 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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I've been learning so much about my hormones this year and I'm truly amazed at how much food effects them. The book Woman Code by Alissa Vitta has been an amazing resource. It taught me that incorporating certain foods during different phases of my cycle helps balance my hormones! And it's so simple to add in these foods. For example, during the Luteal Phase (the week and a half before your period) our bodies experience a surge of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. And the symptoms of PMS occur when our estrogen is too high compared to our progesterone. Foods that help the liver detox...

Whole Food Plant Based (Vegan) Winter Cake

  • Posted on: 21 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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As you know, we've been playing around with some recipes that fall in a line with a whole food plant based lifestyle. Have you seen the documentary "Forks over knives"? Yeah, it's that type of eating. And we are really enjoying it. It's balanced, filling, and non restrictive. Definitely a lifestyle (which is good, because I'm not about that diet culture life). So, since the holidays are here, I figured I'd test out a recipe inspired by my super talented friend Amber of Eat Your F@#*ing Vegetables . Amber shares such creative recipes and this recipe is no different. The icing recipe was...

Vegan Southern Cornbread Dressing

  • Posted on: 18 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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When I was a little girl I would visit my grandmother in Rena Lara, Mississippi. She was always in the kitchen, cookin' this, bakin' that. And bless your heart if you ask her for a recipe. Try as she may, she doesn't know how much of this or that she added. Her cooking style was all about intuition and I've realized that's totally where I got it from! Today, I got in the kitchen and did my best to recreate her southern cornbread dressing, but with a twist- I made it vegan! I know, I know. That's a carnal sin in the South. But, I always feel better when I eat less meat heavy meals, and I love...

Trove

  • Posted on: 17 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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Y’all the cutest mobile shop just opened in the Ham- Trove Design Studio! Trove boasts local fair from so many talented artists all over the Southeast. I have to give a special shout out to my friend Mollie of Big Wave Paper who made this adorable greeting card. All of her cards are made by hand on an antique letterpress. How cool! Visit Trove’s Instagram account to find out all the info about the hours of operations! I’ll see ya there!

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