Category: Recipes & More

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Granny’s Candied Yams

Which do you traditionally serve at Thanksgiving dinner, sweet potatoes or yams?  Or are you like me and assumed they were the same thing. According to an online article* from the Library of Congress: Question: What is the difference between sweet potatoes and yams? Answer: Although yams and sweet potatoes are both angiosperms (flowering plants),…

Peggy’s Sweet Potato Casserole

My late mother-in-law, Peggy Tew made this casserole for Thanksgiving dinner each year. It’s a tradition we still carry on today. It is rich enough to eat for dessert too…yum! Enjoy. Sweet Potato Casserole 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes ¾ cup sugar ⅓ cup milk ½ cup margarine 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon butter Topping:…

Sunday Biscuits

Sunday mornings, we traditionally have biscuits with jam, gravy or syrup. Here is my family’s favorite biscuit recipe: 2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour 3 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup of salted butter 1 cup of milk 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar Preheat oven to 475 degrees. In a medium size bowl, cut…

Cornbread and Milk

I’m not sure if it is just a southern thing but I know several people from my granny’s generation who enjoys cornbread and milk. I have memories of her crumbling leftover cornbread into a cup and pouring what she called “sweet milk” over it. “Sweet milk” is whole milk. Buttermilk was regularly drank in her household…

Apple Peanut Salad

I have memories of my mom serving Apple Peanut Salad as a side at dinner time. It compliments any main course, especially one that pairs well with a slaw. This salad also makes a great mid-afternoon snack. Here is all you need: 4 Red Delicious Apples (cored and chopped) 1/4 Cup Peanuts (chopped) 2  Tablespoons…

Tea Cakes in a Cookie Jar

I have memories from when I was a little girl, anticipating the moment when my great grandma Wright would allow me to climb up to get the cookie jar. It was usually kept on top of the kitchen hutch, and I would carefully climb up on the tall stool next to kitchen window air conditioner.…

Out of Cake Flour?

If out of cake flour, use 1 cup all-purpose flour, minus 2 tablespoons of flour and replacing it with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch for every 1 cup cake flour needed. Sift together before adding before adding to other ingredients in recipe.

Maypop Jelly Recipe

Barbara shares her recipe and more of her eating weeds jelly adventures: … while we were out picking the kudzu blossoms – the sweet smell of the Maypops was SO awesome!!! I wondered … Are they edible???? I came home and began researching. I discovered they are not only edible … but the Maypop (which…

Kudzu Blossom Jelly

Kudzu Blossom Jelly – A Shank Family Tradition by Barbara Bagley Shanks 4 cups kudzu blossoms  4 cups boiling water 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 package pectin 5 cups sugar 4-6 half-pint jars & lids, sterilized and kept hot  Kudzu blossoms are ready to be picked the end of July through the beginning of September. If…