SHF #34 – Mini Chocolate Pecan Pies

Someday, I would like to have pecan trees in my yard. I say things like this all the time, whether it could actually happen or not. “Someday, I would like to have ______________ in my yard.” Insert any of the following: nut trees, pecan and almond bay laurel trees lemon trees, Meyer lemon and true… 

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Green Chiles

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Green Chiles - Andrea Meyers

My husband isn’t fond of sweet potatoes because they are, well, too sweet. I can certainly understand his sentiment given the many sweet potato dishes incorporating sugar or marshmallows and taking on a noxiously sweet flavor. I don’t like that kind of sweet potato dish, either, but due to my Southern heritage I enjoy and… 

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Mom’s Banana Pudding

Andrea Meyers - Mom's Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding is an old Southern treat. The basic recipe involves pudding, sliced bananas, vanilla wafers, and whipped cream stacked in layers. My mom’s version is a quick and easy recipe using instant pudding and whipped topping, although you can certainly use cooked pudding and make your own whipped cream. My mother often gets requests… 

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Southern Fried Apples

Southern Fried Apples Recipe - Andrea Meyers

And now for the last in the Southern Country Breakfast series. We enjoy fried apples for breakfast, but they also make a great side dish for a holiday ham, or even a dessert—just add a scoop of french vanilla ice cream on top of warm apples. They are very simple to make—you just need apples,… 

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Southern Pinch Biscuits (aka Squeeze Biscuits)

When I was growing up, I truly loved my grandmothers’ big Southern, country breakfasts. They would put out salty country ham, sausage gravy, bacon, eggs, biscuits, fried apples, sliced tomatoes, homemade apple butter, and just about anything else you could think of to put on a biscuit. My maternal grandmother made these pinch biscuits, which… 

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Grandma’s Coconut Cake

Grandma’s Coconut Cake Recipe - Andrea Meyers

We love this cake for holidays and birthdays. The nearly 100-year-old recipe was handed down to my mother from my late paternal grandmother, who learned it from my great-aunt Gladys. My mother tried for years to get the recipe right because it’s my father’s favorite cake. When Mom finally made a coconut cake that tasted… 

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Mardi Gras King Cake (the recipe)

Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe - Andrea Meyers

King cakes are a traditional Mardi Gras dessert, and according to legend the royal colors of purple, green and gold on the cake honor the three kings who visited the Christ child on Epiphany. But King Cakes can be made year-round for many festive occasions, such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, weddings, birthdays, etc, just choose the… 

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