Liza Ashley’s Baking Powder Biscuits, a quick bread for dinner!

Baking Powder vs. Buttermilk Biscuits? I have never made baking powder biscuits. I have always made buttermilk biscuits because that's what my Grandmama Hall would make. But, I always wanted to try the biscuits made with baking powder to see if there was much difference. I found a recipe in my Liza Ashley cookbook, "Thirty Years at the Mansion", for baking powder biscuits and decided to try it. She was the main cook for governors in Arkansas for 30 years, maybe longer. She had to be a really good cook to have that position for such a long time, don't you think? Anyway, I made them. The difference . . . The baking powder biscuits were easy to mix up, but they were a little more crumbly than their buttermilk counterpart. And, the … [Read more...]

Mama’s Jalapeno Cornbread!

Mama's Jalapeno Cornbread . . . Mama has made her Jalapeno Cornbread as far back as I can remember. She got the recipe from the secretary at the farm equipment dealership in Lonoke, Arkansas, where Daddy was employed as an equipment salesman. She, the secretary, had made this cornbread for a dinner they had at the implement dealership, and Daddy loved it! He asked the lady for the recipe for this Jalapeno Cornbread and she gave it to him. It has become such a family favorite that my mother, who is now 92 years old, still makes it for herself, just because she wants it, and for the family. In fact, just last Friday, Mama made a pan of it for my husband, Lynn, who had called her and requested it. I guess it is one of the most requested … [Read more...]

Grandmama Hall’s Buttermilk Biscuits! . . .

Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, or Anytime! In the last couple of weeks, I realized that I have been sharing a lot of my Grandmama Hall's recipes--her Goulash, her Buttermilk Pancakes, her Chocolate Sheet Cake, and many more! Some were in a recent post, "If You Could Host Just One Awesome Sunday Dinner This Fall". Our first Family Heritage cookbook, "To Grandmama's House We Go", is full of her recipes! Most are family favorites, including her Buttermilk Biscuits! And, what I have found about these biscuits is that, they are not only good for breakfast, they are good for brunch, lunch or anytime! We even like to just heat them up as a snack:) Cooking with Buttermilk . . . tips from Grandmama Hall:) I learned a lot about cooking from … [Read more...]

Banana Nut Bread, Paula Deen Style!

Banana Bread, anyone? Lynn came home with bananas from the store a few days ago. So he said to me, "Why don't you make some Banana Bread?" From time to time, he likes for me to make banana bread so that he can cut a piece to snack on throughout the day. We can justify that it is "healthier" because it has bananas and nuts in it . . . right? Well, I thought, "ok". So, I looked through a couple of my Paula Deen Cookbooks for one of her recipes for Banana Nut Bread. I made Mama's Best Banana Bread not too long ago, but I like to try new recipes. And, since Paula Deen is my favorite Southern cook, I opted to make hers! Banana Nut Bread Recipe . . . Banana Bread should be moist and have lots of banana flavor. The best bananas to use, of … [Read more...]

Grandmama Hall’s Buttermilk Pancakes!

Grandmama Hall's Buttermilk Pancakes . . . Grandmama Hall would make certain foods for breakfast when any of her grandchildren spent the night. One of our absolute favorites was her Buttermilk Pancakes! She gave me her recipe years ago, while she was still living, and I have made these pancakes since my children were small. I remember Grandmama would stand at her stove, adding a little buttermilk if the batter wasn't the right consistency. Then she would spoon out in circles the batter onto a greased griddle of some sort. I can see her spreading the batter with her spoon so that they would be just right, and not too thick. You see, we like our pancakes a little thinner than most cake-like pancakes you get in restaurants. Once the … [Read more...]