Praline Cookies

24 Graham Cracker squares1½ cup Pecans, chopped finely1 cup light Brown Sugar, packed1 cup Butter Place graham crackers close together on 12″x15″ cookie sheet or jelly roll pan. Sprinkle pecans over crackers. Boil sugar and butter 4 minutes and pour the hot syrup over the nuts. Bake at 325° for 8 to 10 minutes.

Southern Spoon Bread

1 cup Cornmeal3 cups Sweet Milk1 teaspoon Salt1 teaspoon Baking Powder2 tablespoons Salad Oil or melted Shortening3 well-beaten Egg Yolks3 stiffly beaten Egg Whites Cook cornmeal and 2 cups milk until the consistency of mush. Remove from heat; add salt, baking powder, salad oil and 1 cup milk. Stir in egg yolks, fold in egg…

Squash Bread

18 oz. box yellow cake mix3.9 oz. box vanilla instant pudding mix4 eggs¼ cup vegetable oil3 cups squash, peeled and grated¼ cup fresh basil, finely chopped½ tsp. salt1 tsp. cinnamon1 cup chopped nutsCombine all ingredients and pour into 2 greased and floured loaf pans. Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 50 minutes or until…

Pesto Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

1 pt. cherry tomatoes3 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened2 Tbsp. lemon juice¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese¼ cup pine nuts, finely chopped½ cup parsley, finely chopped½ cup basil, finely chopped2 cloves garlic, finely choppedCut tops off cherry tomatoes; scoop out pulp. Combine cream cheese with lemon juice in medium-size bowl until smooth. Stir in Parmesan,…

Honey and Basil Chicken

1 cup red wine or basil vinegar3 Tbsp. Dijon mustard2 Tbsp. soy sauce3 Tbsp. honey3 Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped¼ cup fresh thyme, choppedFreshly ground black pepper4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halvesRiceIn a shallow glass baking dish, mix the vinegar, mustard, soy sauce, honey, basil, thyme, and pepper. Add the chicken and turn to coat all…

Uncle John’s Spice Rub

This reasonably spicy rub is good on grilled foods, including brisket, chicken, flank steak, ribs, etc. Especially great for beer-can chicken. If you're not sure you want a hot spice rub, cut the cayenne in half to 1 teaspoon. ¾ cup paprika (Hungarian paprika is most flavorful)¼ cup ground black pepper¼ cup salt¼ cup sugar2…

Sweet Tea

On a hot summer day nothing tastes better than a glass of sweet tea. You don't have to be specific about the ice; sweet tea means iced tea with lots of sugar. There's a fine line between sweet and extra sweet tea, and not everyone can make that perfect pitcher. "It's an art," said former…

Hot Brown

4 tablespoons butter½ cup all purpose flour4 cups milk½ cup grated Cheddar cheese1½ cups grated Parmesan cheese, divided½ teaspoon salt1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce2 pounds cooked sliced turkey16 slices toast, trimmed8 tomato slices16 slices bacon, trimmed Melt the butter; add the flour and stir well. Add the milk, Cheddar cheese, ½ cup of the Parmesan cheese,…