Recipes and Stories

2 September 2017: Ham-Stuffed Buttermilk Biscuits

September 2, 2017

Tags: Classic Southern Cooking, Historical Southern Cooking, Buttermilk Biscuits, Biscuits, Ham, Ham Biscuits

Classic Southern Ham Biscuits
We’re finally at Labor Day weekend and, at least where our somewhat quixotic late-summer weather is cooperating, many of us will be marking summer’s last official hurrah by packing a picnic hamper and blanket and heading for the beach, local park, some picturesque country landscape, or at the very least the back yard. Mind, here in the South, we’ll be able to picnic until well into October, but there’s just something about marking the end of summer by symbolically eating outdoors “one the last time.”

Magazines, newspapers, food web sites, and the air waves are full of helpful ideas for crowd-pleasing picnic and cookout fare, which is all very nice. But every good Southern cook already knows the real way please the crowd, and that’s to make sure that the picnic hamper contains an ample supply of three things: fried chicken, old-fashioned potato salad, and ham biscuits. (more…)

14 October 2016: Baked Ham Steak with Pineapple and Sweet Potatoes

October 14, 2016

Tags: Classic Southern Cooking, Ham, Sweet Potatoes, Pineapple

Baked Ham Steak with Pineapple and Sweet Potatoes
When canned pineapple was first introduced more than a century ago, cooks in places where the fruit had always been an imported and therefore rare and expensive luxury probably went a bit overboard with it. Not only had it suddenly become affordable, it was trimmed of its spike-leaved top knot, its prickly skin and tough core were removed, and it had been neatly cut into conveniently attractive rings.

Not surprisingly, during the early part of the twentieth century, those canned pineapple rings began turning up in all kinds of “fancy” dishes (more…)

3 May 2016: Shrimp and Ham Jambalaya

May 3, 2016

Tags: Classic Southern Cooking, Creole Cooking, Lowcountry Cooking, Jambalaya, Lowcountry Pilau, Shrimp, Ham

Shrimp and Ham Jambalaya
3 May 2016: Shrimp and Ham Jambalaya

Whether you call it pilau, pilaf, perlow, paella, or jambalaya, in the end, it all amounts to the same thing.

The techniques used vary slightly from dish to dish and the type of rice may differ—a paella, for example, is made with a short-grained rice whereas a pilau is made with long-grain rice. (more…)

29 March 2016: Macaroni and Ham Pie or Casserole

March 29, 2016

Tags: Classic Southern Cooking, Macaroni Pie, Ham, Ham and Macaroni Casserole

Ham and Macaroni Casserole, or, as it's often known in the South, "Macaroni Pie with Ham" is classic Southern Comfort food and a perfect way to refresh the leftover Easter ham.
One of the all-time great Southern comfort foods is a simple, homey casserole of elbow macaroni laced with grated sharp cheddar cheese and set in egg custard. Known both as “macaroni and cheese” and “macaroni pie,” they’re found all over the South, in some places topped with cracker or breadcrumbs, and in others simply with a sprinkling of grated cheese or a dusting of black pepper.

Sometimes, particularly after a holiday when the cook has a surplus of leftover ham, macaroni pie is studded with a cup or so of diced cooked ham. (more…)