Y'all, I have a hankerin'.

I am craving chess pie like you would not believe. Not lemon chess, not chocolate chess, nothing weird with raisins (go ahead, TRY to tell me that raisins and capers don't look like bugs!). Just plain old chess pie.

And good biscuits. Not hard, dry biscuits. Not cheddar, not chive, just plain ol' buttermilk biscuits.

I wouldn't turn down fried chicken, either.

Anybody have any good Southern recipes to share? Miss Lynn is never around when I need her. (That's patently untrue. She was very much there when I needed her.)


  1. One of my favorite "Authentic Southern" recipes: Comfort food to die for!

    Mississippi Sweet Potatoes

    2 large eggs, beaten
    1/2 c sugar
    1/2 t salt
    1 1/2 t vanilla
    1/3 c milk
    3/4 c margarine
    1/2 t cinnamon
    3 c cooked, mashed sweet potatoes (2 1/2 - 3 lbs)

    1 c lt brown sugar
    1/3 c flour
    1 c pecans, chopped
    1/4 c margarine, melted

    1. Combine first 7 ingredients, and mix well.
    2. Add potatoes and blend together.
    3. Spoon into greased 1 1/2 qt baking dish

    4. Stir together flour, sugar and pecans in separate bowl
    5. Add margarine and mix well.
    6. Spread over the top of the sweet potato mixture

    7. Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes (double baking time if you double the recipe).

  2. Dude. I don't even know what chess pie is. I must be a Yankee...

  3. Oh girl...do you really want some recipes?? Do you mean the chess with just a tad bit of nutmeg sprinked over the top? The kind with a home made pie crust???


  4. I will send you recipes when I'm home from my trip (and not dying of a dreadful, nasty cold -- fully involved, from sinuses to throat to lungs).

    If I forget, remind me, but we do have a fab and healthy fried chicken recipe.

  5. Mmmm... sweet potatoes. Jane Ellen, you are a woman after my own heart.

    Jennifer, I'm awfully sorry to hear that you're under the weather. That can't make all of your travelling any fun.

    And Mindy... YES, honey, bring on those recipes!

    Kate, it's like this about southern food (to quote the Sweet Potato Queens). "You are going to die. And you are going die with a huge ass. But you will die happy."

  6. *giggles* I begin to see this, m'dear...

  7. Anonymous8:22 AM

    If you're still in need, you should head over to www.homesicktexan.blogspot.com. I believe I've seen recipes there for all of the things you've mentioned.

  8. *gasp*


    Friend, this certainly earns you a pardon for posting anonymously. What a beautiful think to share-- thank you!


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