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Heavenly Cream Biscuits
Heavenly Cream Biscuits are not your Grandmother’s old-fashioned biscuits, nor are they trying to be. However, this type is a quicker, easier-to-make biscuit than hers, now appearing in some of the Deep South’s finest gourmet restaurants. For many years I’ve tried to re-create my Grandmamma Graham’s biscuits to no avail. Sometimes I’d get pretty close, but something was always missing. My wife and family are only half joking when they claim Johnnie Belle had a magical ingredient in her fingertips that made the dough special. My friends with grandmothers from the country say the same thing, and I believe it to be true. If some sort of secret old lady voodoo magic is all I lack to make the perfect biscuit, all I can hope for is the next best thing. This recipe might just be it. Comparing grandmother biscuits to Heavenly Cream Biscuits is apples and oranges, because they require two completely different techniques and with differing sets of ingredients. Grandmamma Graham used buttermilk, real lard, real butter, a pinch of salt and this and that. She never kept a recipe. Still, I always compare other people’s biscuits to hers, even when dining out. Like the time I ... More

Bayou Bunnies Beat the Blues
I always get the blues when deer season ends. It's too cold to fish in early February and my stack of unattended honeydoos has grown into a mountain since October. This season, I decided to beat the blues by taking advantage of Alabama's February small gam...
 

Stacy's Sweetheart of Story
Stacy Harris loves chocolate. So much so that a box of chocolate covered Alaskan berries helped solidify her choice for a future husband. Stacy's then-boyfriend, Scott, bought a box of her favorite treats at the beginning of his caribou hunt on Alaska's Mulch...
 

Bear Camp's Magic Moments
Recently, while cleaning out my hunting closet, I found my journal from a black bear camp. It's dated May 1997. The memories of Saskatchewan came flooding back when I opened the first page. I'd forgotten how much fun this hunting trip was, my first as a Buc...
 

Midnight Mac & Cheese
I've just learned that my great aunt Lendol Bryan passed away at the age of 96. She was one of the sweetest, most gracious ladies I've ever known. Aunt Lendol was well-known around my little hometown in north Alabama for her good humor, her breathtaking ro...
 

Cajun-Style Venison Tenderloins
Via Alabama, via Illinois, Via Missouri, via Louisiana... For those who love to eat wild game, hunting lodges can be far better sources for collecting recipes than cookbooks. Where else do you have full access to a chef or cook who specializes in preparing ...
 

Off-the-Grid S'mores
Making s'mores around a campfire should be a fun and simple activity, but the kids all too often end up with charred marshmallows, grit in their teeth and singed eyebrows. Raise your hand if you've ever gotten impatient and stuck your marshmallows too clos...
 

Creole Chicken & Okra
Sometimes I buy a cookbook just for one or two recipes. When I heard about "Cooking Up a Storm," I knew there would be dozens of recipes I'd like, which proved to be true. After Hurricane Katrina, there was risk of losing much of the old Louisiana food cul...
 

Tim's 'Mater Gravy
Before you country cookin' traditionalists look at these ingredients and start throwing tomatoes at me, I confess my recipe is a bit different than what most mawmaws make. Leave out the hot sauce, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and cayenne pepper to make it more...
 

Alabama Red Beans & Rice
I've had a couple of friends from New Orleans ask me what made these "Alabama" red beans and rice. I reminded them that Louisiana isn't the only state with Cajun and Creole culture.  Alabama has plenty of Cajuns, too, down in our own bayou country. In ...
 

Winters Day Etouffee
Nothing Inspires a Heart-Warming Recipe Like an Icy Brush With Death. Cabin fever can be a dangerous thing, especially to a whitetail hunter who’s been cooped up for three days, waiting out an ice storm. Gale force winds were continuing to rip down ice-cove...
 
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