Down South Sweet Potato Pie


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can mashed yams
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated skim milk
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 (9 inch) deep-dish pie shells
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
  • 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • Lightly whipped cream (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Beat cream cheese with electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in sugar. Reduce mixer speed and add eggs, one at a time. Beat in yams, evaporated milk, and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. Pour filling into pie shells. Bake pies 30 to 35 minutes until edges puff, crust browns, and custard is set.
  4. Meanwhile, mix the pecans, brown sugar, and butter. Set aside. Remove pies from oven. Sprinkle with pecan mixture and return to oven 7 to 10 minutes longer, until topping is golden brown and crisp. Cool pies on rack completely. Garnish with whipped cream.



  • If mashed yams are unavailable, puree a drained 16-ounce can of whole yams in a food processor until smooth.

Nutritional Information open nutritional information

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 684 | Total Fat: 32.1g | Cholesterol: 101mg

Barbecue Pork Spare Ribs Recipe

All time favorite Barbecue Pork Spare Ribs. By pre-cooking the ribs in the oven you save considerable time over all day outdoor grilling. Yet you still get the grill flavoring by a final cook on the grill. This is as good as it gets.

* 6 pounds Pork Spareribs
* 1 (10-3/4 oz) can tomato soup
* 1 (10-1/2 oz) can condensed beef broth
* 2 Tbsp light or dark molasses
* 1/4 cup onion, chopped
* 1/4 cup cider vinegar
* 1 tsp chili powder
* 1 tsp crushed thyme
* 1 tsp dry mustard
* 2 cloves garlic, crushed
* Dash celery salt

1. Make sauce first by mixing all ingredients (except spareribs) in saucepan.
2. Simmer 10 minutes on medium heat.
3. Roast ribs on rack in shallow pan in preheated 350 degree oven for one hour.
4. Drain excess fat.
5. Brush sauce over partially cooked ribs.
6. Continue roasting ribs 30 to 40 minutes, basting with the sauce every 10 minutes.
OR Do the final cooking (Step 6) on the outdoor grill, 20 minutes on each side basting with sauce every 10 minutes. Ribs should be placed 6 inches above gray coals.

Deviled Eggs

stuffed eggs

* 6 eggs, hard boiled
* 1 tablespoon mustard
* 1 to 3 tablespoon mayonnaise
(adjust as needed - see directions)
* 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
* 1/4 cup chopped onion (optional)
* 1/4 cup FINELY chopped celery (optional)
* 1/4 tablespoon salt (adjust to taste)
* 1/4 tablespoon black pepper
* 1 and 1/2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish, all liquid pressed out (optional)
* Dash paprika

1. Cook eggs per instructions below (How to Make Perfect Boiled Eggs)
2. Allow eggs to cool. Peel eggs then slice boiled eggs lengthwise
2. Carefully remove yokes from eggs into a mixing bowl. Set egg halves (white shells) aside.
4. Add all remaining ingredients, except paprika, to egg yolks and mash into a paste with a fork
Note: Add mayonnaise 1 tablespoon at a time until you get the consistency you want. You may need more or less mayo.
5. Gently, stuff the egg white half's with the egg yolk mixture
6. Shake a light dusting of paprika on the top of the stuffed eggs
Makes 12 stuffed eggs

Combine with Barbecue Ribs and Potato Salad for a summer picnic.

How to Make Perfect Boiled Eggs Every time
1. Place eggs in a sauce pan and cover eggs with 3 inches of water.
2. Bring water to a rolling boil
3. Allow to boil for 2 minutes.
3. Turn off heat, cover pan with a tight lid and let it sit for 10 minutes.
They are ready to eat.

The Easy Way to Peel Boiled Eggs
1. Allow eggs to cool.
2. Crack egg shell.
3. Roll egg back and forth between palms of hands with gentle but firm pressure. Your goal is to loosen the thin membrane between the shell and the egg without breaking the egg itself. This may take a little practice. 
4. Peel egg, watching for the membrane under the shell. As soon as you get the membrane coming off with the shell, it will peel easily.


2 lb. cleaned and deveined med. to sm. shrimp
1 (8 oz.) can crabmeat, claw or white meat, or fresh crabmeat or gumbo crabs
1 lb. okra, cut in 1/4 inch rings, cleaned
1-2 onions, chopped
3 toes garlic, chopped
2-3 stalks celery with leaves, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
3-5 green onions, chopped
2-3 tbsp. parsley
1 ripe tomato, cut in sm. pieces or can of tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
Season to taste with salt, pepper, red pepper, thyme, basil

Start gumbo in 5-quart pot. Make roux with 2 large tablespoons shortening to 1 large tablespoon flour. Stir until medium brown. Add seasonings and shrimp and cook until shrimp are pink and onions soft. Add hot water to half fill pot. Always keep gumbo at a simmer, never boil.

Add tomatoes and sauce. Fry off okra in well-greased frying pan on low fire and turn frequently to keep from burning. Cook until it loses its ropiness, and drain on paper towels, about 15-20 minutes. Add okra and crabmeat to gumbo and simmer for 30-45 minutes.

Serve over hot fluffy rice, with French bread or crackers. Tabasco may be added to plate, also gumbo file, if desired. Water may be added to thin, it should be a rust color, the combination of the roux and tomatoes.

Peach Cobbler


* 8 fresh peaches - peeled, pitted and sliced into thin wedges
* 1/4 cup white sugar
* 1/4 cup brown sugar
* 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
* 2 teaspoons cornstarch
* 1 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/4 cup white sugar
* 1/4 cup brown sugar
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
* 1/4 cup boiling water
* 3 tablespoons white sugar
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl, combine peaches, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Toss to coat evenly, and pour into a 2 quart baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in butter with your fingertips, or a pastry blender, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until just combined.
4. Remove peaches from oven, and drop spoonfuls of topping over them. Sprinkle entire cobbler with the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Bake until topping is golden, about 30 minutes.

Buffalo Shrimp


* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 tablespoons Creole-style seasoning
* 1 tablespoon garlic powder
* 1 tablespoon ground cayenne pepper
* 1 teaspoon onion powder
* 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined with tails attached
* 4 cups oil for frying
* 4 cloves garlic, minced
* 2 1/2 tablespoons butter
* 6 ounces hot pepper sauce
* 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper


1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, Creole-style seasoning, garlic powder, ground cayenne pepper, onion powder, and ground black pepper. Seal the bag and shake a few times to combine the ingredients well.
2. Rinse the shrimp under cold water and place them in the plastic bag with the flour mixture. Seal the bag and shake to coat all of the shrimp well with the flour mixture.
3. Place the coated shrimp on a cookie sheet and place in the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes. Save remaining flour mixture in the bag.
4. In a mixing bowl, whisk together garlic, butter hot sauce and cayenne pepper; set aside. In a pot, heat the oil to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
5. Remove shrimp from refrigerator and shake a second time in flour mixture.
6. Place the shrimp in hot oil and fry until pink, about 2 to 3 minutes. Immediately coat with buffalo sauce.

Fried Chicken

Growing up in the south, I was introduced to fried chicken at an early age. All of my family would come over on Sunday afternoon to enjoy a feast that included fried chicken and various side items like okra, green beans, corn on the cob, sweet potatoes, and cornbread. Not only was the food delicious but the company was great as well!

Today, I wanted to share with you some history on fried chicken and also provide you with some really good fried chicken recipes. First, let's discuss some of the history behind fried chicken...

"Fried chicken has a dual origin in the rural American South. The Scots had a tradition of deep frying chicken in fat, unlike their English counterparts who baked or boiled chicken. Later, as African slaves were introduced to households as cooks, seasonings and spices were added that are absent in traditional Scottish cuisine, improving the flavor. Since slaves were often allowed to keep only chickens, frying chicken as a special occasion spread through the African American community. After slavery, poor rural southern blacks continued the tradition since chickens were often the only animals they could afford to raise. Since fried chicken could keep for several days, it travelled well, and also gained favor during segregation when blacks normally could not find places to eat and had to carry their own food. Southern whites also continued the tradition of frying chicken. While not limited like blacks socially, poor whites were no better off economically. Therefore, fried chicken continued to dominate as "Sunday dinner" or on other special occasions."

The first recipe that I am going to share with you actually ties together an English style of cooking along with Scottish and Southern influences. I say this because the recipe is an oven fried chicken recipe. Don't worry if this is not your cup of tea! We will be sharing traditional fried chicken recipes below this one.

Oven Fried Chicken

2 1/2 - 3 lbs. chicken pieces 2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp pepper 1 cup flour 2 tsp. paprika 1/2 cup oil or crisco melted

Coat chicken with combined flour, salt, paprika and pepper. Dip in oil and place skin side down in pan. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes and turn chicken and bake 30 minutes or until done.

Obviously, this is not how we usually do it down here, but it's a good recipe that I wanted to share with you. Now for the good stuff! Next, I want to share with you a good southern fried chicken recipe.

Simple Southern Fried Chicken

1 frying chicken, skin removed if you want lower fat. I leave the skin on. 3 teaspoons Lawry's Seasoned Salt 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 cup all purpose flour 1 cup vegetable oil

1. Season chicken with all seasonings.

2. Roll chicken in flour until covered. Shake off excess flour. Sprinkle additional seasoning.

3. Simply fry chicken in frying pan until golden brown. I like it crispy so I cook it a little longer than most.

You can start out with the oil very hot and then reduce it later. This seals in the moisture and flavor, then cooks it.

My hope is that you enjoy these fried chicken recipes. We will be providing more great recipes and resources so be sure to check with us real soon! In the meantime, I encourage you to check out the following resource. You'll be glad you did!

How To Cook The Tastiest Chicken Dishes You've EVER Had... GUARANTEED! fried chicken recipes

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