Cornbread Salad

  For our family birthday / Memorial Day party, I decided to make a large serving of Cornbread Salad, which my sister, Ann, and I learned about at Shirley’s Restaurant on Watauga Lake near our home in Roan Mountain. I made a double batch of cornbread the night before and left it on the counter to […]

3-Ingredient Gluten-Free Wonder Cookies

When I was a boy, my Uncle Walter grew peanuts. One afternoon when I went to visit him, I found him working furiously at the meat grinder clamped to his kitchen cabinet, his hand churning around and around like a windmill. Peanuts and peanut shells were everywhere. I asked what he was doing, and he […]

Breakfast, Lunch, & Supper Beans

Growing up in the East Tennessee Mountains meant a constant diet of cornbread and beans, and it’s still one of my favorite meals. Recently I’ve tried a few variations of “soup beans,” and thought you might like to try this one. Our beans in the mountains were called “October Beans” but the closest I can […]

Carrot Patch Cake

I’m not really a cook, but I play one on my blog. For about a year I’ve been working on a leaner, meaner version of carrot cake. With a main ingredient like carrots, it seems a shame to turn it into a fattening nutritional wasteland. My recipe isn’t exactly health food, but it’s not all […]