Hershey Syrup Cake

This cake doesn’t photograph well. Bless its heart, I can relate. I didn’t even try to do a step by step photo spread because it didn’t seem necessary. And I didn’t think that either the chocolate batter or chocolate frosting would show up well. This one of the recipes that I swiped from my mom’s…

Paula Deen’s Lemon Blossoms

Back before she got so orange and loud and over-the-top with the butter thing, I really loved Paula Deen. The early episodes of Paula’s Home Cooking on Food Network featured some really good, down home cooking. Like many of Food Network’s cooks, she wasn’t a trained chef which made her very relatable to people watching…

Butterscotch Pie

As you may have noticed if you’re a regular around here, I am very fond of pie. It’s not as mainstream, it seems,  as cake or as trendy as cupcakes but to me, pie is the quintessential Appalachian dessert. My mom makes delicious made-from-scratch cream pies like chocolate and coconut. She doesn’t have a recipe…

Apple Dumplings 

This is one of my favorite recipes and one of the most popular dishes that I’ve ever served.  For years these apple dumplings were a tradition at our homecoming gatherings. People always ask for the recipe and are shocked when I tell them the ingredients include…Mountain Dew! Believe it or not, the soda and butter…

Apple Pie

This is my mom’s apple pie recipe. It’s pretty simple and just perfect in my opinion. I know many people prefer the tart taste of Granny Smith apples for their apple pies but I like a sweeter apple like Red Delicious. If you go apple picking this fall, ask your apple farmer for a recommendation.…

Peach Pie

Roadside vegetable and fruit stands were pretty common when I was growing up. It wasn’t unusual at all to see a make shift stand set up on a open spot near a highway, or even sometimes just a guy with a pickup truck parked somewhere with enough space for a car or two to pull…

Simple Cornbread

My rules on cornbread are pretty simple. It must be baked in a cast iron skillet. It must be crunchy on the outside. It must not be sweet. That’s my cornbread philosophy in a nutshell. Now, I’ve had perfectly passable cornbread baked in a square pan but to me, the authentic cornbread experience is cast…

Paul Newman Cake

Long before we had recipe blogs or social media or even Food Network, recipes made the rounds the old fashioned way-by being handed off to friends, family, co-workers, or anyone else who might ask. My mother has dozens of recipes that were carefully and loving typed by a co-worker on a typewriter in the mid-70s,…