Tag Archives: Home Cooking

Friday Lunch at The Sugar Kettle Cafe

21 Aug

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Dined at the Sugar Kettle Cafe in Daphne earlier today. What a treat! It is located just off Highway 98 — on State Highway 64. It’s just a stones throw (but really worlds away) from our neighborhood Target. Looks like a homey little place from the outside … kinda like a visit to Granny’s house. We circled the joint twice before we found a parking spot. That’s always a good sign.

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The hamburger steak with mushroom/onion gravy tasted like the stuff my Mom used to make. And trust me, that is a really good thing! The cornbread muffins were soft and laden with corn kernals. There was a hint of sweetness that reminded me of Southern spoonbread. Sooo good!

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Speaking of good, the Sugar Kettle’s soon to be world famous Tomato Pie was killer. In fact, I would have to say it was the best I ever put in my pie hole. “Attack of the Killer Tomato … PIE!!!”

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Look at this slab of beauty — words can’t describe its innate greatness.

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The collard greens were the real deal … none of that canned junk.

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The Mac n Cheese was really flavorful and had a gooey nice texture.

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We finished up with a tart Triple Berry Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream. 

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The servers keep tabs of the food orders with playing cards like you see above. I must add that good eating will surely “be in the cards” for you at the Sugar Kettle Cafe. I was really impressed and will be back — hopefully often. It’s my new favorite when it comes to authentic home cookin’ here in beautiful Baldwin County.  

Here’s the recipe for the Tomato Pie – you cannot go wrong, people!

Tomato Pie Recipe
Ingredients:
1 round pie crust           

1 cup shredded mozzarella
2 or 3 tomatoes (peeled & sliced)        

1 cup shredded cheddar
1/2 cup green onions (sliced)            

1/2 cup fresh basil (chopped)
salt & pepper
“Enjoy … compliments of The Sugar Kettle Cafe!”

Layer tomatoes, green onion, basil, salt & pepper to your own taste inside pie crust.   Mix mayo and cheeses. Spread on top of ingredients in pie crust.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

www.sugarkettlecafe.com

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Sheryl’s Buffet in Live Oak, FL

27 Oct

We enjoyed a late lunch on Sunday afternoon at Sheryl’s Buffet in Live Oak, FL. This quaint little town along the fabled Suwannee River makes for a perfect setting for a good old down-home country feeding frenzy. I first learned of Sheryl’s place on a web site called www.florida-secrets.com . Check it out — pretty cool site. Anyway, Florida Secrets promised “tasty, homey, and you can’t beat the price.” Sure sounded like our kind of eatery.

As you can clearly see from the platter above, I loaded up. And I’m not ashamed to say I went back for seconds …. and thirds! Wow — where do I begin? The fried chicken was super crispy on the outside and moist and tender on the inside. I normally prefer white meat, so I reached for a big honking breast. My sides included a warm yeast roll, sliced candied yams dripping with melted mini-marshmallows, pork-laced turnip greens (I kicked them up with some Texas Pete hot sauce), cut green beans, and fresh white zipper peas. You may also notice a small bowl of cole slaw just above the yeast roll. The slaw was perfect … just the right temp (cool) and texture (crunchy). It was minced very finely and had just the right blend of mayo and a hint of sugar. My beverage of choice was a sweet tea spiked with a lemon wedge.   

My second run (not pictured here) was highlighted by stewed tomatoes & okra, a ketchup-kissed meat loaf, and an amazing dessert which requires a bit of a description. Imagine, if you will, an expertly whipped vanilla eclair mousse dusted with very finely crumbled vanilla wafers. Man, you wanna talk about light and fluffy and deeee-lish??? It was truly amazing. When I asked our waitress, she went straight to the source — the young lady who prepared the treat. Her “awww shucks, wasn’t nothing” attitude spoke volumes about the eatery’s lack of pretention. I complimented her profusely, which quickly inspired several diners around us to revisit the sweets table. I will get this recipe and (I’m willing to bet) they will be more than happy to oblige.

If you’re ever crusing near the intersection of I-75 and I-10, please do not miss out on Sheryl’s Buffet. We’re told the menu changes frequently and features such down home goodies as baked lasagna, chicken and dressing, fried pork chops, squash casserole, and a bubbly macaroni & cheese. Sheryl’s is open from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Sunday thru Friday. Drive to 515 SW 5th Street and look for the big red barn-like structure — you can’t miss it! Call 386 362-2898 (or the local fire station) if you get lost.