Southern Food

Sauces

Holiday Gift: Sweet and Savory Bacon Jam

If you haven't already discovered bacon jam for yourself, here's your chance. Every single bite is full of rich, savory, oh-so-sweet goodness. There are a...(more)

Homemade Mayonnaise

There is no Southern recipe not enhanced by homemade mayonnaise — heirloom tomato sandwiches, pimento cheese, and potato salad to name a few. ...(more)

Hot Pepper Vinegar

Hot pepper vinegar is perhaps the most ubiquitous of Southern condiments. It is a mainstay at barbecue joints, meat-and-threes, and dining room tables across the...(more)

Snacks

Hooters Buffalo Wings

Do buffalos have wings? No, Buffalo, New York is actually the place of origin for this popular Super Bowl finger food. It was actually an experiment restaurant owner Teressa Bellissimo conducted when she had to feed her friends a late night snack and only had chicken wings. She just deep fried them and served them with buttered chili sauce and bleu cheese dressing. The experiment turned out to be a huge success and has become a favorite finger food across the country. So whether you are cheering for the Bills or the Dolphins, here is how you can make this fan favorite....(more)

Simple Southern Hot Chocolate Recipe

Nothing warms better in the cold, dark months then a hot cup of light and creamy hot chocolate. It's rich, chocolaty taste is savored and welcomed when the temperature outside is low. Hot chocolate has been around since the Mayans and has stood the test of time as a sweet treat and a comforting drink.There are numerous variations and concoctions of hot chocolate, but this recipe highlights the purity of the chocolate with a little bit of spice along with it. This recipe is especially popular with people in the South....(more)

Oatmeal Cookies: Baking Powder vs. Baking Soda

Oatmeal cookies and baking powder go together. Oatmeal cookie recipes call for baking powder or baking powder and baking soda. Differences exist between baking soda and baking powder. They are not interchangeable if you want the same results every time....(more)

Holiday

Southern Recipe: Hoppin' John

Hoppin' John is a classic Gullah dish made with field peas and rice. Often tomatoes, onions, stock, and pork fat are included for flavor, and hot pepper vinegar and hot sauce are served on the side. Less traditional (but no less delicious) variations abound outside of the low country including the addition of black-eyed peas, smoked sausages, and bell peppers.It is a widespread tradition in the South to serve hoppin' John, along with cornbread and collards, on January 1st in hopes to bring prosperity into the coming year. Each component's color represents fortune and wealth — cornbread for gold, collards for green (paper money), and black-eyed peas for pennies (loose change)....(more)

Candy Recipe: Heavenly Hash Bars

Many people make the assumption that 'heavenly hash' is ice cream similar to that of Rocky Road. And while yes, it is an ice cream flavor and yes, there are similarities, heavenly hash actually started out as a candy invented in New Orleans in the early 1900's. The fudge-like confection made with chocolate, marshmallows, and almonds was originally created by a Canal Street department store as a treat for hungry shoppers. The delicious bars quickly gained popularity around the city, and in 1923 Elmer's Candy Corporation acquired the recipe. Elmer's later modified the original shape from a square to an oval, and the new egg-shaped version became an instant classic. Those same Elmer's candies are still a beloved Easter tradition throughout Louisiana and along the gulf coast. Homemade heavenly hash bars (which more closely resemble the original recipe than that of the chocolate-covered marshmallows sold in stores) are still quite...(more)

Southern Recipe: Apple Pie

If you don't already have an heirloom recipe recorded in your family history, I promise this apple pie is definitely worth your time. If you've never made an apple pie from scratch before (or even if you're an old pro), I suggest spreading the process over the course of a few days....(more)

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