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Favorite Recipes of Chattanooga Property Shop

We love to eat. Ask us about our travels around the city or the world and we will inevitably tell you what we ate. From street tacos in San Antonio to the best burger in Chattanooga, we know our stuff. We also all love to cook and summer is a cook’s delight. Chattanooga is home to one of the country’s best farmer’s markets and we all take advantage of the offerings.

Being from the south (most of us, at least) we also bond over food. We would love to share our love of food with you. As the summer progresses, we will share our favorite recipes. Check back often.


Diane Patty is famous for being an amazing cook and entertainer extraordinaire. Ro-Tel Chicken is one of her children’s favorite dishes and is requested for family gatherings. The chocolate cream pie is Diane’s grandmother’s recipe that ‘has been around forever”.  Diane makes her own scratch pie crust , but your secret is safe with us if you don’t.


Ro-Tel Chicken

4 Chicken breasts, cooked and chopped

1/2 cup chopped bell pepper

1 medium onion, chopped

1 stick margarine, softened

1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes

1 pound Velveeta cheese

1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard

1 (4 oz.) can sliced mushrooms

1 cup chicken broth

7 ounces spaghetti


Preheat oven to 350

Saute bell pepper, onion and mushroom.  Add Ro-Tel, mustard, Velveeta and chicken broth: melt.  Cook spaghetti while the mixture is melting. combine chicken, cheese mixture and spaghetti. Pour into a lightly greased dish and cook for 30 minutes. Yield 8-10 servings.


Chocolate Cream Pie


4 tablespoons cocoa powder

4 tablespoons all purpose flour

1 cup sugar

1 3/4 cup milk

3 eggs

1 tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

5-6 tablespoons sugar

1  (9 inch) pie shell baked

Pre-heat oven to 300

Mix cocoa, flour and sugar thoroughly. Add milk slowly. Separate eggs, add beaten egg yolks, cook in a double boiler until thick. Add butter. Pour in pie shell. Whip egg whites to for soft peaks . Add 5-6 tablespoons of sugar gradually. Add meringue to top of pie. Bake at 300 degrees for 12-15  minutes. Turn oven down to 200 degrees and continue baking for 10 minutes.


Nana’s Pie Crust

2 cups self-rising flour

1 cup shortening

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup milk

1 teaspoon vinegar


Add  milk and vinegar together. Leave about 1/2 cup of the flour on counter to work with later. Mix remaining flour, salt and shortening together with mixer until crumbly. Using a fork, add milk mixture to flour mixture. Work in remaining flour, adding more if necessary. Roll crust as usual. Makes 2 single crusts. This recipe is very short, but bakes crispy and golden pie crusts.



Carmen Patty, world traveling foodie, loves to pair Elqui Carmenere  Syrah or King Estate Pinot Gris with her favorite brushetta recipe.

Photo by Robert Kalinagil on Unsplash

Balsamic Brushetta 

1 French baguette

2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided

1-2 small shallots, diced

1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved

About 1/3-1/2 cup park skim ricotta cheese or 1/3-1/2 cup goat cheese   (Carmen uses goat cheese and leans towards 1/3 cup)

1/3 cup pesto

Salt and pepper

Balsamic vinegar galore


Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.

1. Brush each piece of bread with olive oil on one side. Place the baguette slices on a large rimmed baking sheet, oiled side down. Transfer to your pre-heated oven and bake for 4-5 minutes. Don’t bake them much longer then this or the bread will become too crunchy. Remove the baking sheet from your oven. Using a pair of tongs, flip each baguette slice over so the oiled side is facing up. Set aside.
2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the diced shallot and sauté until it’s just starting to get soft, approximately 2 minutes. Add the cherry tomatoes and a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté until the tomatoes start to get soft and juicy, but still retain their shape (you don’t want them to fully collapse), about 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.
3. Assemble the bruschetta. Spread approximately 1-2 teaspoons of the cheese onto each toasted baguette slice. Then spread approximately 1 teaspoon of pesto sauce on top of the ricotta. Top with the sauteed tomatoes and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Serve immediately.


Carmen tip: Ask your grocer to slice your baguette into rounds to save time


Tanya Swann’s favorite dish to bring to a party? Martha Foose’s watermelon salsa, courtesy of Screen Doors and Sweet Tea.


Watermelon Salsa

4 cups diced, seeded watermelon cubes1 cup diced, seeded cantaloupe cube
2 green onions, white and green parts, thinly sliced on the diagonal
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon chopped basil

In a large bowl, combine the watermelon, cantaloupe, onions, jalapeno, salt, sugar, chile powder, cilantro, basil, and lime zest and juice. Stir together.

Chill for 30 minutes before serving.

Note: This gets very juicy. Serve with a lot of chips and be prepared for people to ask for the recipe!






Alexis’ grandmother is from New Zealand and makes lamb dishes all the time. When Alexis’ makes this dish it makes her think of her grandmother. The mint and Greek yogurt make this a light summer dish, which according to Alexis is “the best recipe that does not require a grill”. Recipe courtesy of

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Lamb Meatball Pitas 

• 1 pound of ground lamb meat
•  salt
• 1 teaspoon paprika
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1 egg
• 1 tablespoon breadcrumbs
• quarter onion diced finely
• 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
• 1/2 cup feta cheese
• 2 tablespoon avocado oil (olive oil is also fine)

Yogurt sauce: 
• 2 cups greek yogurt
• 1/2 cup finely chopped mint
• 1/2 lemon juiced

Serve with : 
• red onion as garnish
• 1 persian cucumber diced
• 4-8 small flatbreads

In a large bowl mix the lamb meat with big pinch of salt, paprika, garlic powder (or fresh garlic!), breadcrumbs , finely chopped onion, egg, feta cheese and cilantro. and with the palms of your hands roll into meatballs.   In a skillet heat 2 tablespoons of avocado oil on medium heat. cook each meatball for about 8-12 minutes, until cooked through, rolling them around as to get all sides of the meatball cooked. set aside on paper towels.

For the yogurt, mix the mint and lemon juice with 1/2 teaspoon salt. set aside.  To assemble start with your flatbread and a good smear of the mint yogurt, lamb meatballs, diced cucumber and slivers of red onion.


Savannah is always on the lookout for delicious gluten free desserts. These easy, peasy macaroon’s have only 7 ingredients but taste like heaven. Recipe courtesy of 


These easy homemade Coconut Macaroons are so simple to make and taste delicious! This Coconut Macaroon recipe has only 7 ingredients, making it the easiest gluten-free dessert! Plus, a step-by-step video below! coconut, gluten free, macaroons

Easy Coconut Macaroons

4 egg whites

1/2 cup granulated sugar

a dash of salt (around 1/8-1/4 tsp)

1/2 tsp almond extract

1 tsp vanilla extract

4 cups sweetened coconut, shredded


Preheat oven 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, add egg whites, sugar, salt, almond extract, and vanilla extract.

With a hand mixer, beat egg white mixture until thick and frothy, about 2-3 minutes.

Add coconut to egg white mixture, and stir until combined.

With a small cookie scoop or two spoons, scoop the macaroons into 1″ balls. Place on the baking sheet, about 1-2″ apart.

Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until the macaroons are golden brown.





Lisa lives on a family farm in what was her grandmother’s house. Three generations still live on the farms that is home to a vineyard, chickens and garden. This recipe is fantastic with tomatoes straight out of the garden.


Marinated Cucumber and Tomato Salad 

3 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges

2 medium cucumbers, unpeeled and thinly sliced

1 small onion, sliced and separated into rings

1/4 cup cider vinegar

1/4 cup vegetable oil

3 tablespoons mayonaise

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine tomato wedges, cucumber slices and onion rings in a large bowl. Set aside. Combine vinegar and remaining ingredients; beat using a wire whisk, until mixture is smooth. Pour dressing over vegetables, tossing gently. Cover and chill at least hours, stirring occasionally. Serve with a slotted spoon. Serves 6.

Mandi lives on a beautiful, private property complete with a fish stocked pond, chicken coop and amazing garden. When the zucchini gets growing, she makes batches of her delicious zucchini bread and shares it with her friends, family and clients. 




Mandi’s Zucchini Bread 

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

3 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

2 1/4 cups white sugar

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups grated zucchini

1 cup chopped walnuts

Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch pans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.

Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in zucchini and nuts until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and completely cool.

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