Hot, flaky buttermilk biscuits are a great way to start the day, covered with apple butter or sausage gravy or for supper served with fried chicken.

Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread is a sweet bread made with canned biscuits. It’s a quick and easy to make breakfast treat.

Bananas Foster

Bananas Foster is a legendary New Orleans dessert made with warm bananas, brown sugar, brandy and banana liqueur served warm over vanilla ice cream.

Pimento Cheese

Pimento cheese is eaten as an appetizer on crackers, as a sandwich and for making pimento cheeseburgers in South Carolina.

Roasting a Duck

I remember the day I bagged my last duck. It was a chilly October morning, a slight mist hanging in the morning air. I had dressed warmly, knowing I might have to wait for the perfect one. Settling down in a place I knew would provide a nice, fat mallard, I waited patiently. Suddenly, I […]


Even experienced cooks write in to me that they are confused by the wide variety of flours found on grocers’ shelves. Now with the bread-baking craze, even more types and brands are being added each week. Certain types of flour are better for particular uses, so I’ll try to shed some light on the great […]

Strawberry Cobbler

For the crust: 1 3/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon baking powder 2 tablespoons sugar 6 tablespoons cold butter 3/4 cup milk For the filling: 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup unbleached aa[[ purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup water 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 quarts fresh strawberries, stemmed […]

Sweet Potatoes

Fall always gets me in the mood for baking. There’s nothing like the smell of a freshly baked apple, pumpkin or sweet potato pie. Since we already talked about apples, let’s turn our attention to that noble tuber,  the sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are often called yams , but sweet potatoes and yams are two […]

Peach Crumb Pie

For the crust: 1 1/4 cups flour 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 stick (1/4) pound butter, cut into small pieces 3 tablespoons ice water For the filling: 1 1/2 cups water 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg Pinch of […]

All about Rice

Rice is one of the staples in nearly every cuisine in the world, from Chinese to Indian to good, old-fashioned Southern cooking. The natural accompaniment to baked chicken has been grown since at least 5000 B.C. Enterprising colonists in South Carolina began cultivatation of rice soon after they arrived in America. It began quite by […]