Southern American

Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 3–4-lb. chicken parts (just boneless breasts worked fine)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2-3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 qt Peanut oil (for frying)
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Sweet Potato Pecan Casserole

Courtesy of the internet and tweaked to address some errant sweet potato purchases. The tweaked version was a big hit!

Fills a ~9x13 oval dish.

Base (optional)
1 pound purple sweet potatoes (about 2 medium)

Filling
2.5 pounds orange sweet potatoes (about 4-5 medium)
1 egg
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup brown sugar
1.5 tsp salt (or to taste)
1/4 cup milk or heavy cream

Topping
1/8 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp flour
1/4 cup melted butter

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Dill Cucumber Salad

Dill Cucumber Salad

A cool, refreshing side dish. Inspired by these two recipes, but mostly a notional recipe.

1 large English cucumber, sliced on a mandolin to 1/8" thick
1/2 small red onion, also sliced on a mandolin to 1/8" thick
~1 Tbsp kosher salt
~2 Tbsp sugar
~2/3 cup mix of your favorite vinegars (I used mostly white vinegar + cider vinegar + red wine vinegar)
1/4 cup dill, chopped

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Chile-Corn Custard Squares

Chile Corn Custard

A nice side for a BBQ, courtesy of Bon Appetit.

3 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1 large onion, finely chopped
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
2/3 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend or 1/3 cup sharp cheddar cheese mixed with 1/3 cup crumbled queso fresco, divided
1/2 cup sour cream (plus additional for garnish, optional)
1/2 cup canned creamed corn
2 tablespoons minced seeded jalapeño chiles

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Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows

  • 6 medium sweet potatoes (more or less, depending on size) Skin-off or on per choice
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Marshmallows

Do-ahead option: pre-roast the sweet potatoes: Wrap them in foil and bake them whole for 1 hour at 400 degrees before slicing them - this provides a softer texture.

Alternatively, slice the raw potatoes thin and add them directly to the casserole; this method results in a firmer texture.

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Maurine's Chocolate Sheet Cake

Maurine's Chocolate Sheet Cake

Cake Ingredients
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup buttermilk*
1 tsp baking soda
1 stick butter
1/2 cup Crisco
4 Tbsp cocoa
1 cup water
2 eggs
1 tsp cinnamon**
1 tsp vanilla**

Frosting Ingredients
1 stick butter
4 Tbsp cocoa
1/3 cup milk
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Making the Cake

Preheat oven to 350/375 (depending on your oven).
Grease and flour a 11 x 16 inch shallow pan or 9 1/2 x 14 x 2 1/2 inch pan.

Sift together sugar and flour.
Add salt.

Mix together buttermilk and soda.

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Double Layer Pumpkin Bourbon Cheesecake

Makes one 9-inch cake, serving 12 to 16

Cribbed from a co-worker's recipe:

This has been adapted from a few recipes. I made a bourbon glaze, but you can also just put
the bourbon into the batter as described here.
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Also, two points from Cooks Illustrated:
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- For a smooth and creamy texture, we blotted the canned pumpkin puree with paper
towels to remove excess moisture before mixing it with the rest of the ingredients. (see
step-by-step instructions below)
!
- Baking the cake in a water bath in a moderate oven also helped give our pumpkin

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Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs

For some reason, I always get compliments on my deviled eggs. They're really not that hard to make. I typically go to deviledeggs.com for advice on cooking, peeling, etc. the eggs, but their tricks don't always work that well. I usually find inspiration in one of their recipes, but frankly it's not that difficult. This here is what I call a "notional" recipe because you can and should adjust the proportions to your liking.

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Granny's Tea Cakes

Tea Cakes

1 large egg (or two medium)
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. vinegar
½ c. milk
1½ c. sugar
1 c. shortening
Flour (see below, but about 3 cups in the mix)

Mix all ingredients except flour. Gradually add flour until the shortening is mixed in and the dough is stiff enough to roll out. Roll on floured surface. Cut cookies out and bake at 400 degrees until brown, 10-12 minutes. Top with sprinkled sugar or icing:

Black And White cookie style frosting:

(Let cookies cool completely before starting)

4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/3 cup boiling water

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Cheese Snappy Wafers

Cheesy Snappy Wafers

From M. Egan via S. Camfield

2 sticks (1c) butter, softened
2c flour
1.5 cups sharp cheddar, shredded and at room temperature
1/2 t cayenne
1/2 t salt
2c rice krispies

Cut butter into flour until texture resembles chunky cornmeal. Mix in cheese, spices. Fold in rice krispies.

Mold small pices, place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350F for 45 minutes

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