Archives for Holiday Recipes category

This sweet streusel cake is loaded with brown sugar and cinnamon and has been a Christmas morning tradition in North Carolina since at least the 1790s.

This is an easy and fun gift to make at Christmas time. 1 cup Seedless Raisins, chopped 1 cup Walnuts, chopped 2 cups All-purpose Flour 2 teaspoons Baking Soda 1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder 1/2 teaspoon Salt 2 teaspoons Ground Cloves 2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon 1 teaspoon Ground Ginger 4 Eggs 2 cups Sugar 1 cup […]

King Cake

This is a New Orleans tradition at Mardi Gras (or Carnival, as the natives of that city call it). A little doll or coin is baked inside, and the person who gets it has to buy the King Cake at the next party! 1/4 C butter 16 ounces sour cream 1/3 C ugar 1 tsp. […]

Coconut cakes are the crowning glory of the Christmas feast in many a Southern household. They are found throughout the region, and recipes date back to the early years of the nineteenth century. This cake was part of every Christmas from my first to the present day, some half century later. I remember my grandfather […]

Bourbon Balls

Bourbon balls took their place as one of the South’s favorite candies shortly after the Second World War and are an extremely popular Christmas treat throughout the region, but especially in Kentucky. They can also be made with rum and called “Tipsy Balls.” 3 cups vanilla wafer crumbs (12-oz. box) 1 cup ground pecans 1 […]


Ambrosia is the simplest Southern dessert, an heirloom classic made with fresh fruit, sugar and grated coconut; the recipe for ambrosia first began appearing by that name in Southern cookbooks in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Yield: 6 servings 6 navel oranges, peeled, sectioned and chopped 1 pineapple, peeled and cut into 1-inch […]

Country Ham is as much a part of Christmas in the South as Santa. This recipe is truly one of my favorites.

Braid Coffee Cake

A holiday tradition in our family. These make great gifts.

This is always a Christmas morning tradition at our house. I wish I got it more than once a year, though!

Crab Cakes

Crab Cakes are enjoyed from the Eastern Shore of Maryland all the way to the Gulf Coast of Texas. Although some people like to add onions, green pepper, celery and who-knows-what to them, this recipe is for true Maryland style crab cakes- just crab meat, a little seasoning, and some stuff to hold it together.