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Sweet & spicy muscadine wine pepper jelly

“Muscadines, muscadines, their overture of sweetness in the mouth and brain testifying to the Holy Trinity of Sun, Rain, and Dirt…” ~James Tighe (Have you tried muscadine pepper jelly? It’s fantastic!)

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3 genius tips to keep tomatoes fresh longer + favorite tomato recipes!

Science has found out how to make our garden-fresh tomatoes stay fresher and tastier longer! Here’s that info, with some of my favorite recipes.

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Mississippi Mud on a rainy day

There’s a lot to love about Southern food…not the least of which is this decadent Mississippi Mud Cake, which features moist chocolate cake, crisp pecans, and a gooey chocolate-marshmallow icing. Perfect for dessert after a family supper, or to take to a holiday gathering. Today, we are enjoying it during football games. It’s so good!

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Skillet recipes: Simple ways with squash, greens, and grits

Dig out your cast iron skillet and let it impress you with its versatility! It adds a beautiful texture to these new, simple vegetable recipes. Plus, I have a new vintage find to share with you!

Breakfast and brunch · comfort food · Farmers Market recipes · holidays · southern food

Cooking basics: Slow-cooker apple butter

Apple butter is a must for my fall each year. Its flavor and fragrance are so reminiscent of my childhood years that I make sure to either make or buy some every autumn. A few years ago I learned that making my own isn’t terribly difficult, so I made it yearly for my family,  but… Continue reading Cooking basics: Slow-cooker apple butter

Breakfast and brunch · comfort food · Farmers Market recipes · how-to

Grammy’s perfect fig preserves

My maternal grandmother’s name was Martha Stephenson Hardin (I’m named Stephanie in honor of the Stephenson surname) and she was an orphan. The very fact that she and her sisters, Agnes and Helen, were orphaned when they were young makes me extra proud of her as a woman when I think of the things she… Continue reading Grammy’s perfect fig preserves

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Cooking basics: Chicken and Dumplings

There are many foods that bring to mind my mama. Crispy fried chicken and biscuits, fried Gulf shrimp and hushpuppies, tuna casserole, beef stew and many more. Not fancy food, by any means, but good. Really good. Another food that reminds me of mom, and that is distinctly Southern in origin, is chicken and dumplings.… Continue reading Cooking basics: Chicken and Dumplings