Rice’s Country Ham

In Mt. Juliet,TN there is a tiny store that has been carrying out a country tradition for three generations. Rice Country Hams is a family owned and operated store which also happens to be the oldest operated retail store in Mt. Juliet.

Nashville’s Hot Chicken Festival!

The FREE event is held in East Park at 700 Woodland Street on July 4th each year The Fire Truck Parade begins at 10:30am followed by free Hot Chicken samples to the first 500 people in line. Festival gates open at 11:00am.Visitors can enjoy Hot Chicken from Nashville’s best Hot Chicken establishments, cold beer from Yazoo and other delicious edibles from local vendors.

Live music from local bands will playing the whole festival and five teams will compete to make their own version of Nashville hot chicken in the Amateur Cooking Competition.

The event ends at 3 pm. At that point people can start to make their way downtown for the fireworks display

The local Hot Chicken vendors in attendance will be

  • Prince’s Hot Chicken
  • Bolton’s Spicy Chicken and Fish
  • Pepperfire
  • 400 Degrees
  • Party Fowl
  • Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
  • Chicken Shack Express

for more information on the Nashville Hot Chicken Festival or the Nashville Hot Chicken Coalition visit http://hot-chicken.com/.

Spicy Cheddar Sausage Balls!

What you’ll need:

-Half pound of pork sausage regular and spicy (or just  1 pound of regular)

-1 Cup of sharp cheddar cheese

-2 cups of baking mix

The instructions are quite simple. First combine the sausage and cheese in a bowl. If you are using an electronic mixer gradually add in the baking mix. If you don’t have access to an electronic mixer then you can add in the baking mix with the rest of the ingredients and begin mixing the ingredients.

To begin baking first preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly cover a baking sheet with the cooking oil of your choice. The start to ball up the sausage mixture and place onto the baking sheet.

Once the oven has heated up place the baking sheet in and bake the balls for 25 minutes.


Chocolate Pie Recipe!

One of my favorite deserts ever would have to be chocolate pudding pie with meringue topping. It has a simple ingredient list. There are three main components that make up the pie. There is the pie crust (either from scratch or frozen store-bought),chocolate fudge pudding, and the ever so simple meringue.

For the crust I just use the frozen store-bought variety and follow the instructions on the package.

For the filling:

1 cup of sugar – 3 beaten egg yolks – 2 heaping tablespoons of flour -2 heaping tablespoons of cocoa – 1 1/3 cups of milk – 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

Start off by combining all of the dry ingredients and mixing them until there are no clumps left. Next add the the 3 beaten egg yolks, then milk gradually. Now cook on a medium heat and stir constantly until mixture becomes thick, then take of heat. Once mixture is off the heat add the 1 tablespoon of vanilla and thoroughly mix it into the pudding.

For the meringue:

3 egg whites – 6 teaspoons of sugar

Place the egg whites into a medium bowl and whisk until they are frothy. Next add the sugar and continue to whisk until the meringue can form soft peaks.

Now to assemble the 3 components of the pie. Place the pudding in the pie crust and put the meringue on top and work it around all of the edges.

The final touch is placing it into a 350 degree oven to just lightly brown the meringue. Once that step is done and the pie has had time to cool down it is ready to enjoy.