Chocolate Cake: Make a Duncan-Heinz Devil’s Food cake per box directions. Chocolate Pudding Filling: 2 packages instant chocolate pudding mix 3 cups whole milk Whipped Cream: 2 cups heavy cream 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract Garnish: About 1 cup Oreos, crushed into crumbs Make the cake per the directions on the box. […]

Blackberry Cobbler

1 cup flour 1 cup sugar 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 2 pints blackberries 1 Stick Margarine or Butter 3/4 cup of Milk 1/2 cup sugar for top of cobbler cinnamon and/or nutmeg (optional) Sift together dry ingredients. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt margarine in oven in 9″X13″ pan. When melted, pour […]

Buttermilk Pie

Buttermilk pie is a custard pie that came to the Southern table by way of England, where similar milk and egg custards date back to Medieval times. 3 eggs, slightly beaten 1 1/2 cups sugar 1/2 cup butter, melted 3 teaspoons flour 1 cup buttermilk 1 teaspoon vanilla Pastry for 9 inch single crust pie […]

1 loaf French bread , broken into very small pieces (about 6 cups) 1 stick butter, melted 8 eggs.\, beaten 3/4 cups sugar 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 3/4 cup heavy cream 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 cup raisins 3/4 cup chopped pecans Preheat oven to 350 degrees […]

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 […]

Blackberry Jam Cake

2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon allspice 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup buttermilk 1/4 cup butter 1 cup sugar 2 egg yolks 1 cup blackberry jam 1 cup sifted confectioners sugar 1 to 2 tablespoons milk 1 Ttablespoon butter, […]

This is the best sweet potato pie I have ever put in my mouth, in large part because of its unusual flavor.Traditionally, sweet potato pie is flavored with the same spices as its cousin, pumpkin pie—cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and allspice. The surprise in this version is that it eschews the heavy, heady flavor of […]

Basic Pie Crust

Chilling the dough and working it as little as possible will yield a flakier crust; substituting 1/2 cup vegetable shortening or lard for 1/2 cup of the butter in this recipe will also make the crust flakier. Yields: Enough for two 9-inch Pie Crusts 21/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar 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.