Archives for Holiday Recipes category

Pimento Cheese

Pimento cheese is one of the true joys of Southern food. It is a versatile food, eaten as an appetizer on crackers, as a sandwich on white bread, either plain, toasted, or grilled, and as a burger topping in South Carolina.

These candied sweet potatoes are baked with a brown sugar and orange juice glaze, then garnished with nuts and raisins. Yield: 4 -6 servings 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 Peel sweet potatoes, and using […]

A traditional pumpkin pie recipe based on one from the 1890s made with pure maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.

Italian Cream Cake

This cake is a holiday tradition at my house. It’s rich, moist, and filled with coconut and walnuts. For the cake: 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/2 cup shortening 2 cups sugar 5 egg yolks 5 egg whites 1 small can flaked coconut, reserving 2 tablespoons for garnish 2 cups all-purpose […]

The star of Thanksgiving dinner. 2 tablespoons poultry seasoning 2 teaspoons dried rosemary 1 teaspoon salt Freshly ground black pepper 4 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 bay leaves 1 turkey, 12 -13 pounds Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all ingredients (except the turkey, of course!) in a bowl and mix well. Set aside. Take […]

Tired of cranberry sauce? This will make your turkey happy! 1 cup water 3/4 cup white sugar 1 (12 ounce) package fresh cranberries 1 cup apples – peeled, cored and diced 1 can Mandarin oranges 1/2 cup cider vinegar 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 1/8 […]

Party Potatoes

This is a classic recipe from the 1950s that came into my family by way of the late Marcia Gabriel Saunders of Charlotte, North Carolina. They are always found on the table at Christmastime. Yield: 12 to 14 servings 8 medium potatoes 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese 1/3 cup chopped […]

No matter how I increase this recipe, there never seem to be any leftovers after my family gets done! 6 large baking potatoes 1//4 pound unsalted butter, melted 2 teaspoons salt 1 pint half and half 2 teaspoons minced garlic (optional) Peel and cut potatoes into 1 inch cubes. Boil until fork tender, about 10 […]

6 medium sweet potatoes 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tsp. orange extract 1/2 cup half and half 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 cup raisins 1/4 cup coconut Boil sweet potatoes until fork tender. Plunge into cold water and peel. Put them in a […]

Oyster Dressing

his is a Southern tradition at Thanksgiving. I always make extra, as it always seems to be eaten!2 cups wild rice 1/2 pound pork sausage 1 bunch green onions, chopped 2 – 3 ribs celery 1 pint oysters, quartered with oyster liqueur reserved 2 – 3 tablespoons chopped parsley salt ground black pepper ground paprika […]