Made From Scratch Biscuits

From a Yankee to a Southerner I was born a Yankee, and where I come from, bread is more of a specialty than biscuits. Then I married a Yankee-became-southern-after-a-move man and we raised our kids in southern Virginia – where hand-squished biscuits are often served all three meals of the day.  Only problem was, I didn’t know a think about making this kind of biscuits.  If I can learn, so can you! Where I got … Read more

Easy Homemade Cornbread

  Cornbread is best when served fresh out of the oven – especially when it’s baked in a cast iron skillet!  You can bake it in any pan, but there’s something about the taste when it’s baked in cast iron that is just plain down-home country. I got this recipe from my friend Bertha Showalter years ago when we had dinner in their home.  My kids devoured her cornbread and I asked for the recipe. … Read more

Easy, Best Blueberry Muffins

    I searched high and low for a good, easy blueberry muffin recipe.  I found this one and changed it to fit the size of our family.  They love it, and I do, too. I like it because it makes two dozen muffins and I can put  half in the freezer for another time.  Not only are the muffins scrumptious, they’re easy to mix and pop into the oven. You’ll need the usual ingredients: … Read more

Basic Homemade Bread

  I am of the opinion that nothing spells comfort better than a slice of homemade bread fresh out of the oven.  I’m also of the opinion that bread tastes best when it’s baked in an outdoor oven or in a wood cook stove. And, since I’m giving my opinion, let me just tell you this: I also think that, when it comes to baking bread in an outdoor oven, the actual recipe isn’t as … Read more

Easy Dinner Rolls

I grew up in a home with a bakery attached to the kitchen.  My mother had a bread business; she mixed and baked sixty pounds of dough (two-pound loaves) at a time.  She sold bread, dinner rolls and cinnamon rolls to stores in town. We had all the homemade bread we ever wanted, and the only store-bought buns we used were for sandwiches like hot dogs and hamburgers. I could mix up sixty pounds of … Read more