Shiloh National Park and The Outpost at Pickwick’s Corn Salad

I just had a birthday. Not a milestone one but one where I am proud to say “I am healthier at age 58 than I was at age 50!”

A loss of 55 lbs in the past year has given me pause to reflect on how far I have come….. this is a picture I have captioned,



Hubby and I went a couple of counties over to the Tennessee River area. To Shiloh National Military Park where they were having a re-enactment of the Civil War battle. We have visited the park often over the years but we had never gone on the anniversary date of the battle. The battled happened on April 6th and 7th, my birthday is the 7th.

They had demonstrations like this one in firing real guns! It was so cold and spitting icy snow so I bet they were glad to be wearing those itchy wool uniforms! You could smell the gunpowder in the air and hear the commander barking orders, it was really fascinating.


They had things set up all around the grounds to demonstrate the real way things were back then. Their Visitors Center is a museum with a short film telling about the battle. At the 150 year anniversary 6 years ago they had a  HUGE re-enactment that stretched into the nearby town and they had a film crew film some amazing footage of what it must have been like. They have many letters and military documents that they based the movie on.


The grounds are covered with monuments. This one commemorates the state of Iowa’s participation in the war and is about 3 stories tall!    There are many cannons in the park they all have markers that tell who was using them and all the cannons are pointed in the direction that the troops were firing in.





After we left the park, we went to eat at one of my favorite “little” places in that area. The Outpost Pickwick Dam. Find them at  This faith-based outreach program employes people needing a hand up in life and it is working! They have expanded inside and out every time we have been over there! 

Thier menu is big with everything from basic burgers to smoked meats and plenty of good side dishes. The potato salad is always good. We had the Smoked Chicken plate and salads, we shared a 1/2 chicken plate cuz Hubby doesn’t eat much dark meat but I do! His “home fries” were really good too!
One of the most amazing things I ate was a corn salad they had on the salad bar. SPICY GOODNESS!!


So I came home and tried to duplicate the flavors! This is what I came up with.

Spicy Roasted Corn Salad
2 cups of corn, 1 clove of minced garlic, 1 tablespoon of minced jalapeno and a few slices of lemon sprayed with olive oil spray and roasted in a 425o oven for about 15 minutes or until as browned as you like.
Take it out of the pan and put it on a plate spread it out and put it in the fridge to chill. It will cool off real quick!
After it is cool add 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and 2- 3 tablespoons minced cilantro and salt and pepper to taste and squeeze the lemon slices for the juice over it all. Give it a stir and put it back in the fridge (for as long as you can hold out LOL), taste and adjust salt if needed. All of these spice amounts are up to you….you can make it hot or mild!
You can serve it as a salad or as a salad topping like on a taco salad. I served it as a topping over roasted chicken.
For my FIX friends just serve from your yellow container.

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