Tag Archives: southern

Four-ingredient scratch strawberry shortcakes

I can’t even tell you how excited I was when we saw (and smelled!) fresh, ripe, local strawberries the other day. It was like surprise Kate Spade sale-level excitement. And then I found a bag of White Lily self-rising flour. … Continue reading

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Deviled eggs

I. Love. Deviled. Eggs. So much. And they don’t seem so hard, right? I mean, I’ve seen my mom make them tons of times. So the summer after I graduated from college, when my roommates and I were having a … Continue reading

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Pimento cheese (hold the mayo)

Is there really such a thing as an Oscars party? I ask because every website I visit seems to have guides upon guides for hosting your own Oscars party, for food that fits various Oscar party themes, and for DYI … Continue reading

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Coconut cake

As my mother and most of my friends will tell you, I may have been the pickiest child on the planet. I am a lot better now — although I still won’t eat lunch meat or cold sandwiches, mushrooms, fish, … Continue reading

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Sweet potato biscuits

The Saturday after the hurricane, we got double our normal amount of vegetables from our CSA. That’s a LOT of vegetables. And we were leaving town Thursday. So I needed to try to use it all ASAP. I thought sweet … Continue reading

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Sweet tea rice with peaches, jalapeno and pecans

I know you were probably wondering how the sweet tea fits in with the peach theme of the week. Well, you could make peach iced tea. But I have a better idea: Sweet tea rice with peaches, jalapeno and pecans. … Continue reading

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How to make sweet tea

I’m not Southern. My dad is from Texas and my mom’s from West Virginia, but I was born in Northern California and grew up in Arizona — which is technically in the southern half of the U.S. but is not … Continue reading

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Cheesy grits casserole

I know you weren’t thinking a milkshake was the only thing I made Toby for his birthday. I wanted to make a special breakfast, lunch and dinner. The milkshakes — with some Dixie Chili coneys — were for lunch. And … Continue reading

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Hummingbird cake

As I mentioned before, my grandmother died recently. She loved to cook and bake, and one of her favorites was hummingbird cake. I wanted to bake one in her honor — though unfortunately I don’t know any Carmelite monks to … Continue reading

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Hoecakes

Whether you call them cornmeal pancakes, hoecakes or Jen & Melissa cakes (I know, hilarious), these are delicious. I first had these around 2003 at Paula Deen’s Lady & Sons restaurant in Savannah with my mom and grandmother. We all … Continue reading

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