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Coming Home for Dinner

“Mom, what’s for dinner?” Yesterday, my oldest son came home from college for the weekend. Came home so that he could go to his younger brother’s lacrosse game tonight and so that he could spend time with us, hanging out, watching basketball, eating mom’s cooking, making us laugh. And, of course, on the way home […]

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Strawberry Cobbler

My grandfather used to drive to Plant City, Florida, otherwise known as the Winter Strawberry Capital, to visit his sister and buy strawberry plants. While the Florida strawberries were ready in late winter, Papa’s strawberries would come in a few months later. I loved walking through the garden, digging my toes into the soft, brown […]

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Baked Fish with Fennel and Tomatoes

The major premise behind A Southern Kitchen is “doing life together.” We practice that at every opportunity, whether with friends or family. It’s not uncommon for us to throw together a dinner party for ten or more on the spur of the moment. For those times that we do plan in advance, I like to keep a […]

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Salmoriglio Sauce

This classic Sicilian sauce is a flavorful accompaniment to fish, chicken, lamb or even tossed with roasted vegetables. ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil ¼ cup fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 3 garlic cloves, finely minced 1 tablespoon lemon zest 1 teaspoon kosher salt Freshly ground black […]

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Not Southern Marinara Sauce

Scattered across the southeastern United States — and partly the world – my grandfather’s family came together a few times a year at his mother’s house. While Grandma’s house was on the family farm in Middle Georgia where my grandparents lived, her two daughters (my grandfather’s sisters) lived in Florida. Aunt Jenny had three sons who resided […]

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Kitchen Reorganization Day

It all started with cookie sheets… Specifically, my friend Rita’s cookie sheets, which were stacked side-by-side, standing in the narrow cabinet in her kitchen. My mind started to whirl. Hmm…if my cookie sheets were standing instead of stacked then I wouldn’t have to take everything out of the cabinet. Why have I never thought of […]

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My Favorite Pumpkin Bread

We didn’t eat a lot of quick breads when I was growing up. Not sure why, but we ate biscuits, cornbread, corn lightbread, hushpuppies, or just plain sliced white bread — never banana bread or pumpkin bread, both of which I learned to love as an adult. My favorite breakfast is a slice of warm, […]

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Made from Scratch Buttermilk Biscuits

Cold winter mornings on the farm meant a hearty breakfast before heading out to feed the pigs and cows and work the fields. My grandmother would rise before dawn and fix eggs, bacon or sausage, maybe grits and almost everyday — biscuits. She kept the wooden biscuit tray underneath the counter, adding more flour when needed. […]

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Southern Banana Pudding – Homemade, Rich and Fabulous

Many Southern desserts originated from simple ingredients and a necessity to make something good with little expenditure. Banana pudding is one of those desserts: inexpensive, easy, no baking required in the heat of a Southern summer, and almost everyone likes it. I like to experiment with different varieties of a dish, but I’ve discovered that banana […]

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Mississippi Mud Cake

Did you make mud pies when you were little? I remember playing in the yard with old butter cups, stirring dirt and water and whatever else would stick together to form perfect mud pies. I also have a small scar on the side of my face as a result of my dog objecting to dining on […]

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