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Sweet potato biscuits are another gift to Southern cooking from African Americans. The recipes go back to before the Civil War; during the wartime food shortages, they became familiar to all southerners as the sweet potatoes were used to stretch out flour, which was scarce in the last years of the war. The biscuits are […]

Beaten Biscuits

These traditional Southern biscuits date back to the days before baking powder and baking soda were available. Pearlash, which was used as the main leavener at the time, gave biscuits a bitter taste. Cooks found that by pounding and folding unleavened biscuit dough enough times, tiny air pockets formed in the dough and leavened it. […]

Corn Pone

You heard Granny talk about it, now make your own! 3 cups cornmeal 3 tablespoons lard or vegetable shortening 2 1/2 cups boiling water 3 teaspoons salt Melt lard in 10 inch cast iron skillet and swirl to coat. Pour remaining fat into other ingredients and mix. Bake at 350¼ F for 45- 50 min. […]

Collard Greens

4-6 bunches of collards 5 slices of salt pork or bacon 1 ham hock 1 large onion, chopped Soul Food Seasoning to taste Black pepper to taste Water to cover Place collards in kitchen sink. Fill sink with water, pushing leaves under running water as sink fills. Allow to soak for five minutes; drain water, […]

This Cajun treat takes its name from the brown appearance of the rice after it is fried and mixed with chicken giblets. It has a rich, flavorful taste and goes well with chicken, duck, turkey or game. Serves 6 to 8. 1 quart water 1 pound chicken livers or livers and gixxards 3 teaspoons Creole […]

Quick Greens

Quick Greens served with hot corn bread and Pinto beans were a staple at my house when I was growing up. They go well with any dish you care to serve them with, This recipe is quick and easy. 1-2 bags of greens (whatever type you prefer) 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 1/2 cup chopped […]

A spicy Cajun dish of smothered corn and seasonings (pronounced mock shoo) 12 ears fresh corn 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 tablespoon butter 1 large onion, chopped fine 1 medium-sized green pepper, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 2 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/4 teaspoon hot […]

A delicious blend of flavors make these a Southern and Soul Food classic. 2 large sweet potatoes 1/4 cup butter 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 cup orange juice 1/4 cup raisins 1/4 cup chopped pecans 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon Boil cut-up sweet potatoes until fork  tender. Melt the butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar together in […]

2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed and snapped into 1-inch pieces 5 slices bacon, cut into small pieces (or one smoked ham hock) Salt, to taste 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1 1/3 cups water Combine ingredients in large saucepan. Cover and simmer for about 1 hour. If you like this recipe, I think you’ll really enjoy […]

1(1 pound) package dried black-eyed peas 2 quarts water ham hock,  ham bone, piece of salt pork or several slices of bacon salt and pepper to taste Wash peas and soak   in cold water overnight or at least 6 hours. Drain. Place  peas in large pot and cover with water. Add ham bone or […]