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Lentils and Legumes

Hoppin’ John

Hoppin’ John is a classic Southern dish that combines the delightful flavors of bacon, black-eyed peas, and rice. This indigenous rice and bean dish is

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Baked

Florida Papaya Cobbler

Ripe, soft, golden papayas are best eaten raw (the shiny dark seeds, by the way, are delicious in salad dressings), but what you want for

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Dessert

New Orleans Calas

Although nobody knows whether the soft balls can be traced back to African or French traditions, calas are one of the most distinctive of all

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Dessert

Divinity Fudge

Fluffy, creamy, and rich as sin, Divinity Fudge (or simply “divinity” in some states) is one of the South’s most distinctive candies and a staple

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Salad

Carolina Barbecue Coleslaw

While Memphis-style, Alabaman, and even moist western North Carolinian barbecue are almost always served with a creamy or mayonnaise-based coleslaw, in the self-proclaimed barbecue capital

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Pies and Biscuits

Dibby’s Mississippi Pralines

Do take note that all pralines lose much of their subtle flavor and soft delicacy (even in airtight containers) after about 2 weeks. And take

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I’m Brenda, your home cheff. Welcome to my Recipe Book!

I am a self-taught cook. I started cooking around 18 years old. I stood in the kitchen and watched my mother, who was my biggest inspiration at the time, cook.

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