How to make biscuits, cornbread, and bread.

How to Make Buttermilk Biscuits

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Look at those biscuits! September is National Biscuit Month. Of course, in my world, this is pretty much every month! And, I love to make all different kinds – cakey, flakey, lard, butter, buttermilk, shortcakes, two-ingredient, sweet potato, and many more.  I like to say there are as many different recipes as there are grandmothers. It doesn’t matter what kind – there are three universal truths that apply to all. Read on to learn the secrets….

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Cooking with Buttermilk: Waffles, Biscuits, and Flatbread

Several years ago a food website interviewed me and asked what I did with my leftover buttermilk. What? That’s like asking me what I do with my leftover flour, butter, or sugar! I consider it a kitchen staple that can be used in many different culinary applications. It gives tenderness and a lift to waffles and creamy richness to mashed potatoes. Southern-style Buttermilk Biscuits are a cultural icon. It’s found in recipes as varied as  Pound Cake to Vegetable Dip. It tenderizes meats like in this sheet pan supper and works in sweet or savory applications. Read on to learn all about buttermilk! (more…)

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Golden Vidalia Onion Cheesy Pull-Apart Biscuits

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Who doesn’t love Vidalia onions!? Georgia grown Vidalia onions are America’s favorite and perhaps its most well-known sweet onion. Vidalia onions are my absolute go-to. It’s hard to believe something as simple as a pantry staple, an onion can make such a difference – but it can! (more…)

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Make-Ahead Holiday Breakfast Ideas

Slow Cooker Overnight Grits

I often will use equal parts milk and water when cooking grits -- but you can't if you are cooking in a slow cooker as the milk will burn. If you want, you can add a splash of heavy cream at the end of cooking for extra creamy grits.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 5 mins
Course: Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: crock pot, grits, slow cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups stone-ground grits
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream, optional
  • Grits toppings: Grated Cheese, Chopped Green Onion, Cooked Bacon, Cooked Sausage, Chopped Herbs, and Butter

Instructions

  • Heat the slow cooker: Set a large slow cooker to HIGH. Place the grits in the slow cooker and whisk in the water. Reduce the heat to LOW. Add the butter and 1 teaspoon salt. Cover the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 8 hours. (You can stir them after the 1st hour or so.) Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper. Add optional cream. Serve grits with an assortment of toppings.

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Make-ahead meals can be your saving grace during the holidays, especially for breakfast! The last thing anyone wants on a busy morning in a house packed with relatives and guests — and an even busier day ahead — is a hectic scramble of making breakfast to order for the hungry hordes. Instead, think Creamy Slow Cooker Overnight Grits, Cheese Grits “Muffins”, Cheesy Sausage and Grits Breakfast Bake, and Make-Ahead French Toast Casserole with Caramel Apples. (more…)

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What’s in Season: Best Corn Recipes
Creamed Corn with Bacon

What’s in Season: Best Corn Recipes

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It’s high corn season! And, this summer vegetable is so versatile we’re having it nearly every meal. From sides and appetizers to entrées and desserts, it can be a part of a sweet or savory dish. To  take advantage of summer’s sweet corn while at its peak, I’ve rounded up all of my favorite recipes in one place. Check out these top ten delicious recipes. (more…)

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Turning Old into New: Banana Mango Muffins

Tips on Preventing Food Waste – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle — and Rethink! 


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I have a near daily ritual in that I scope out the fridge and repurpose what needs to be eaten, compost what needs to go, and freeze what needs to chill out until a later date. I make stock of some sort from those bits and pieces that make sense. And, of course, there’s a small amount that’s past its prime. It’s a smart habit, one that I heartily encourage. (more…)

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Blueberry Muffins with Yogurt

Blueberry Benefits and Nutrition

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Blueberries are the Doris Day of summer fruit – happy-go-lucky, bright bouncing balls of flavor. Blackberries are moody, musky, and complex. Raspberries are posh and fancy. Watermelon is refreshing, juicy, and crisp. Cantaloupe is just a bit exotic. Peaches are downright racy — seductive, sexy, and sensual.

Blueberries however, are rated G. They are all-American, signify summer and are good and good for you. Blueberries will put a smile on your face. And, the season in the Southeast is now! (more…)

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Ground Corn 101: Cornmeal and Grits

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The importance of corn in the Southern diet cannot be overstated. Corn was eaten fresh in the summer, and dried and ground into meal for boiling and baking in the winter. Cornmeal has also played a major role in Northern foodways and while grits are far more popular down South, cornbread is a universally American dish. However, all ground corn is not the same. (more…)

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Christmas Traditions: Old-Fashioned Yeast Rolls

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Every family has at least one culinary Christmas tradition. In our family, at the top of the list of our Christmas traditions are Old-Fashioned Yeast Rolls. These Old-Fashioned Yeast Rolls are light, buttery, golden-brown pillows — perfect for sopping up gravy, dipping into salty, smoky potlikker,  or for making a sandwich the next day with the leftover turkey, crown of pork, or roast beef. (more…)

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