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Recipes: Bread

Ground Corn 101: Cornmeal and Grits

Corn The importance of corn in the Southern diet cannot be overstated. Corn was eaten fresh in the summer, and dried and ground into meal for boiling and baking in the winter. Cornmeal has also played a major role in Northern foodways and while grits are far more popular down South, cornbread is a universally… Read more »

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How to Make Biscuits

How to Make Biscuits – and MORE! Want to learn how to make biscuits? How about crispy fried chicken, tender whole grain cornbread, and chef-quality shrimp and grits? Of course, you do! I’ve recently partnered with Craftsy.com to create an online video series called Southern Classics at Home. Subscribers will receive recipes, step-by-step instructions, and watch… Read more »

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Christmas Traditions: Old-Fashioned Yeast Rolls

Old-Fashioned Yeast Rolls on www.virginiawillis.com

Christmas Traditions Every family has at least one culinary Christmas tradition. In our family, at the top of the list of our Christmas traditions are Old-Fashioned Yeast Rolls. These Old-Fashioned Yeast Rolls are light, buttery, golden-brown pillows — perfect for sopping up gravy, dipping into salty, smoky potlikker,  or for making a sandwich the next… Read more »

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Fireplace Cooking: Baking Bread

Baking the Fireplace: Olive Bread on www. virginiawillis.com

Fireplace Cooking With record-breaking cold spells of late we’ve had a fire every night. I love how cozy and homey a roaring fire makes the dark winter evening. Each January, I experiment with fireplace cooking. Being a recovering history major I am very interested in historic foodways. This past New Year’s Eve we cooked a leg… Read more »

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