Irene Smith of Covington, Georgia, is passionate about entertaining. In fact, she looks for any excuse to have a party. Irene and her husband, Billy, also have a commitment to helping others. When charities in the area host fund-raisers with silent auctions, Irene often donates a brunch for eight people. The highest bidder is treated to some of her favorite dishes prepared in either the winner's home or at the Smiths' home, Dixie Manor. Needless to say, her Garlic Shrimp and Grits dish is always a hit. This recipe is a cheese-infused version of the classic Lowcountry shrimp and grits and can be prepared in 25 minutes.
To end the meal, Irene offers Pecan-Raisin Mini-Tarts that have the flavor and filling consistency of not-too-sweet pecan pie with raisins. These nibbles are perfect for those who want just a touch of dessert.