Tag: Cuisine of the Southern United States

Southern Cheese Grits

Grits, for those of you who haven’t spent a good portion of your life below the Mason-Dixon line, is a cornmeal made from hominy. Hominy is hulled corn kernels that have been stripped of their bran and germ. What the American Indians gave the Pilgrims was likely hominy. “Lye hominy” is made when the kernels of corn are soaked in a light lye solution. You can get white grits (made from white corn) or yellow grits (made from yellow corn). The difference between grits and polenta, other than regions of America, is that polenta is made from corn that retains the germ of the grain.

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Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans

I will admit that I made a mistake when I made this recipe. I was in a hurry and skimmed the recipe and just didn’t read it clearly. The original recipe called for the items to be added to the bowl up to a point, then a streussel-type topping made with pecans. Instead, I dumped it all in, then realized what I’d done — and just threw some mini marshmellows on top instead. It was really good, but I will give you the correct instructions after we go through the pictures of how I did it.

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Menu Monday 15 NOV 2010

Here’s the menu for my family for the week of November 15th. As far as desserts go, my cookie jar is full; however, I’m cooking a full Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, so I will be making a pumpkin pie and a pecan pie! Join me Friday for a Thanksgiving Extravaganza! Ideas, recipes, tips, decorating — we’ll make a day of it!

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Popcorn? Really?

As I was doing research for purchasing my grain mill, I read all sorts of “don’t do’s.” One of them was don’t try to grind anything that was too hard, including popcorn. But, when I got my grain mill (a NutriMill) the booklet that came with the machine said, “Popcorn will make the best cornmeal you’ve ever tasted.”

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Old-Fashioned Cornbread

It took me a few years and several brands of cornmeal and many recipes to finally find one that everyone in my family loved. Now I have friends who ask for “Hallee’s cornbread” and friends who come for dinner whose children want to know if they’re having “Hallee’s Special Cornbread!”.

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