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This hot, spicy relish has been a fixture on Southern tables since at least the 1860s. Serve it with a bowl of pintos, a cake of corn bread and some sweet onion! 5 red bell peppers, diced 2 large green tomatoes, diced 2 large sweet onions, diced 1 small head cabbage, diced 1/4 cup pickling […]

A summer favorite. 4 quarts pickling cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced 8 medium sweet onions, peeled and thinly sliced 1/2 Cup Pickling salt 5 cups sugar 11/2 teaspooms Turmeric 1 teaspoon Celery seed 2 tablespoons Mustard seed 5 Cups Apple cider vinegar In a large bowl, mix cucumbers, onionsand salt. Cover with crushed ice and […]

Cracklin corn bread is made with cracklings, which are bits of roasted pork skins. You can make your own, or you may be able to find them at small Mom & Pop groceries. 1 1/2 cup white cornmeal 1/4 cup oil or bacon drippings 1/2 cup flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 […]

Hush Puppies

The story goes that folks frying fish would drop bits of corn meal into the hot oil and throw them to the hound dogs to keep them quiet and away from the kettle of fish. A true Southern delicacy. 2 cups self-rising cornmeal 2 cups self-rising flour 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Hot Water Cornbread

1 cup stone-ground yellow cornmeal 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup boiling water 2 tablespoons butter Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine cornmeal and salt in medium bowl. Pour boiling water into dry ingredients and stir well. Add butter and beat until mixed well. Pour mixture into greased, pre-heated 10 inch cast iron skillet. Bake 20 […]

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 […]

What Sunday “Dinner on the Grounds” would be complete without this favorite? 2 cans French cut green beans 1 can of Durkee’s brand onions 1 cup of whole milk 1 teaspoon ground pepper (or to taste) 1 can cream of mushroom soup Mix green beans, milk, pepper, soup and 3/4 can of Durkee onions. Bake […]

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 […]