Hi! I’m Traci Crossland. My daughter Caylie and I are from a tiny little town in the heart of the Mississippi Delta – Drew, Mississippi. Food plays a huge role in the Delta, and our family was certainly no exception. Food brings people together. It blends cultures. It highlights tradition. We always had a house full of people – from newborns to grandparents. And everybody gathered in the kitchen.
Now that we live in south Florida, people are a little more formal. You actually have to invite people for dinner here. They don’t just show up like they do in the Delta. (I kind of miss that part. Always having a houseful of people to feed.) But our friends here are wonderful, and we love sharing the food and hospitality that make us who we are.
What Is Mississippi Delta Hospitality?
Mississippi Delta Hospitality is a food blog that my daughter Caylie and I started in August of 2018. Caylie has been in the kitchen with me since she was a newborn. By the time she was three, she was pulling up a step ladder and mixing and peeling and chopping right beside me. And this blog is a terrific excuse to do what we both love every single day!
We went through so many name ideas before we finally landed on Mississippi Delta Hospitality! Staying connected to our roots as we share our recipes, stories, and experiences is really important to us. Entertaining and feeding people are what we both love to do, whether it was back in Mississippi or now in south Florida. And somehow, everybody still winds up in the kitchen. We make recipes for everyone – whether you are just learning to cook or are a seasoned pro. We draw inspiration from the places we visit and the amazing variety of foods available here in south Florida. And, of course, we add a little Southern flair no matter what we cook!
With every post, we truly hope that you feel like you are talking to an old friend. We want everyone to feel like they have a seat at the table, and we are showing you true southern hospitality.
A Few Fun Facts About Traci:
- I was a former professional dancer and choreographer, but now I save my moves for the kitchen!
- I’ve been apart of professional food industry since 1992 (that’s almost 30 years – agh!).
- I started out with my own catering company and then moved on to restaurants.
- I’ve owned multiple restaurants and when I had my kiddos, I started back catering. (Did I mention I was also a private chef?)
- I am a licensed bartender.
- I even was a guest host on a local radio station. I have the award to prove it!
- I created a line of tobacco-infused chocolates for a cigar company.
- I had my own line of products in local supermarkets. Hello to getting calls from family and friends asking how to heat it up!
- I adore gardening. It’s something that relaxes me after a long day’s work. (I also was the president of the local garden club for 4 years.)
- I freakin’ love crafts and home improvement projects! When I’m not cooking or gardening, I’m tinkering. I love making a house truly feel like a home.
- I refuse to watch movies if I know I’m going to cry.
- My favorite kind of music is Jazz (it is a must for kitchen dancing)!
A Few Fun Facts About Caylie:
- I was a competitive swimmer for over 8 years. I tried other sports like soccer and baseball but I quickly learned my skill set was not in running!
- I have a vlog channel on Youtube where I babble on about things and pretend I know what I’m talking about.
- I also run a YouTube gaming channel with my brother. (Yes. It’s really as stressful as it sounds)
- I have way too many social media accounts. Addicted? Probably.
- I love photography, dancing, writing, acting, and doodling in notebooks that shouldn’t be doodled in.
- I am 100% a professional shower singer. I perform full on broadway shows every single morning.
- I’m currently binging every episode of Buzzfeed Unsolved as I type this.
- My favorite kinda sweets are chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, and gummy bears!
- I am also a total professional climber. I climb just about anything from kitchen cabinets to shelves at Home Depot.
- When I’m cooking, I pretty much always lick the spoon. I have no self control…