Cast Iron Cornbread

Served yesterday as part of our New Year’s Day menu. The original recipe comes from Paula Deen, the queen of Southern cooking. I adjusted the recipe slightly by reducing the buttermilk and adding 2 eggs for an extra fluffy crumb and a crunchy crust.    

Braised Pork with Rosemary

Wishing everybody a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! We started the new year traditionally with a bottle of cheap sparkling wine 😉 and delicious pork, the culinary symbol of good fortune.    

Southern New Year’s Black-Eyed Peas

I wasn’t familiar with black-eyed peas until I have married into a Southern family. Those small, creamy-flavored beans with a ‘black eye’ where they were joined to the pod are a Southern good luck tradition for New Year’s Day, one with deep roots in African-American culture. People in the South will tell you that the…