Southern Deviled Egg #Recipe—Just in Time for #Easter

deveggs

Ingredients:

6 eggs

Mayo

Mustard

Salt & Pepper

Directions:

1. Boil eggs in with with a dash of salt 15-20 minutes.

2. Let eggs cool. Crack and peel eggs.

3. Slice eggs in half lengthwise.

4. Scoop out yolk onto plate and mash with a fork till lumps are out and yolks are blended.

5. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add mayo (1/3 cup???) I add till it “looks right”.

6. Add mustard ( 1 Tbsp????) You know what I’m going to say here, right? This is how I was taught to cook by the best Southern cooks I know.

Until reaching desired color and texture.

7. Spoon into egg whites.

Yield: 12 eggs

Enjoy.

Southerners eat this at all social gatherings year-round. It’s about as de rigueur as sweet tea.

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Rice Krispy Treat #Recipe

Ian’s little boy comfort food at the funeral wake of his beloved father. Prepared and made for him by the kindhearted Hilary Munro.ricekrispies

Basic recipe—

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package (10 oz.)  miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups rice krispy cereal
1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
2. Add cereal. Stir until well coated.
3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.

The sky’s the limit on yearlong rice krispy treat creativity—Enjoy.

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Lady Grey Tea and #VinesofEntanglement

It was always a tea party at Tapestries whenever the ladies gathered with their latest needlepoint projects.

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My personal favorite brand of Lady Grey—ever since I first went to Europe in high school

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Laura’s violet-studded tea set perfect for tea parties at Tapestries Needleworks

 

 

What’s your favorite kind of tea? Favorite brand?

Do you have a special tea cup that creates a special moment for tea time?

 

 

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My Grandmother’s Southern Mayo Biscuit #Recipe from #VinesofEntanglement

biscuitsIngredients:

2 cups self-rising flour

1 cup milk

6 Tbsp. mayo of choice

(In the South, people prefer Duke’s or Hellmann’s)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Stir ingredients together and form dough ball.

3. Roll out dough and cut out with biscuit cutter. You can also forego cutting out and just make drop biscuits.

4. Bake on greased baking tray 12 minutes or till golden brown. Makes 1 dozen.

Easy as can be. Enjoy.

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Southern Nights and Lightning Bugs

fireflies2So many wonderful childhood memories involve late Southern nights catching fireflies in a glass jar that I had to include this magical Southern childhood experience for Ian Mabry in Vines of Entanglement.

 

 

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Southern Forest Aglow

Fireflies are not native to every locale. They’re found mainly in temperate or tropical areas. I start looking for them in NC about the first week of June and lightning bugs for me are the true sign that summer has arrived.

 

fireflies1And I wish for every child and grownup alike, the joy of lazy, sultry Southern evenings on the porch and much fun temporarily capturing these elusive creatures of light.

Do you have memories of firefly evenings where you live or grew up?

 

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Southern Chicken Salad #Recipe from #VinesofEntanglement

chickensaladLove me some chicken salad. A favorite of women throughout the South.

Ingredients:

3 chicken breasts

3 stalks chopped celery

2 apples—don’t peel, one green & one red—chopped

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

grapes—sliced in half, purple for color

alfalfa sprouts

16 oz can crushed pineapple

honey

mayo

salt & pepper

1/4 cup scalions

Directions:

1. Cook and cube chicken.

2. While cooking chicken, cut celery.

3. Combine celery, walnuts, grapes & sprouts.

4. Pour pineapple juice over cut apples and stir into previous mix.

5. Drain juice from apples and then add chicken.

6. Combine all ingredients. Add honey to top like you would add ketchup on fries.

7. Add mayo—start with 3/4 cup and add more as needed or to taste. Salt & pepper to taste.

Enjoy.

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The Entangling #Southern Vines of #VinesofEntanglement

Vines which drape the Southern landscape—

ivy

Ivy—Beloved in the Old South

 

 

 

 

 

 

wisteria

My personal favorite

 

 

Wisteria blooms all too briefly

 

honeysuckle

Honeysuckle

A scent with great meaning to the main characters of Vines of Entanglement

 

 

 

Kudzu

Kudzu—Creepy and Parasitic—There’s a house buried under its leaves here

Southerners regard this as one of two imported curses in the South

What are your favorite blooming vines?

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Southern Pecan Pie #Recipe

images23Foolproof Pie Crust—Ingredients:

•4 cups all-purpose flour

•1 3/4 cups vegetable shortening

•1 Tbsp sugar

•2 tsp salt

•1 Tbsp vinegar

•1 egg

•1/2 cup water

Directions:

1. With a fork, mix first 4 ingredients. In a separate dish, beat remaining ingredients. Combine the 2 mixtures, stirring with a fork till all ingredients are moistened.

2. Mold dough into a ball. Chill at least 15 minutes before rolling into desired shape. Dough can be left in the refrigerator up to 3 days or frozen until ready to use. Divide into 4 dough balls.

3. Roll out one ball for crust of pecan pie.

Pecan Pie—Ingredients:

•1/2 cup melted butter

•1 cup sugar

•1 cup light corn syrup

•4 eggs, beaten

•1 tsp vanilla extract

•1/4 tsp salt

•9-inch unbaked pastry shell

•1 cup pecan halves

Directions:

1. Spray medium-sized cooking pot with cooking spray. Combine butter, sugar, and corn syrup in pot.

2. Cook on low heat; be sure sugar dissolves. Stir constantly.

3. Cool mixture slightly. Add eggs, vanilla, and salt. Mix well.

4. Pour into pie shell and top with pecan halves. Bake 325 degrees for 50-55 minutes.

5. Serve warm or cold. Many Southerners top with whipped cream or ice cream.

Yield: 1 pie

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A Southern Language Primer from Aunt Velma and #VinesofEntanglement

purse

Aunt Velma’s tapestry pocketbook

Aunt Velma and Southern women carry pocketbooks not purses.

Aunt Velma and Southern women call their fathers “Daddy” until the day they—not their fathers—die.

Aunt Velma and Southern women know the only proper places to vacation—the rivah, the beach or the crick.

Aunt Velma and Southern women call everybody either—Honey, Shugah or Darlin’.

Aunt Velma and Southern women know religion—Baptist, Methodist and ACC basketball.

Aunt Velma and Southern women cherish the homeplace—the house and/or land where the family originated.

Aunt Velma and Southern women prefer men in uniform, tuxedos or pick up trucks.

Aunt Velma and Southern women never assume a flashing turn signal means a car is actually going to turn.

Aunt Velma and Southern women utilize “fixin'” as a multi-use word—a noun, verb or adverb.

Aunt Velma and Southern women when standing in line make friends with everyone.

Aunt Velma and Southern women know that a stranger is a friend they haven’t yet met.

Aunt Velma and Southern women take hospitality seriously like a missionary calling.

Aunt Velma and Southern women realize that in a room of 100 Southerners, half they’ll discover to be relatives, if only by marriage.

Aunt Velma and Southern women consider relatives by marriage close kin.

Aunt Velma and Southern women understand that y’all is singular and all y’all is plural.

Aunt Velma and Southern women know that barbecue is a noun; NEVER a verb.

Aunt Velma and Southern women know that the quickest way to offend a Southerner is to imitate their unique culture and/or accent.

Aunt Velma and Southern women know the difference between a redneck, good ole boy and po’ white trash.

Aunt Velma and Southern women know that some people have character and some people are characters.

Aunt Velma and Southern women prefer the scenic route—versus the direct—in telling a story or making a point.

Aunt Velma and Southern women know that if it’s not sweet tea, they don’t want it.

Aunt Velma and Southern women understand that men come and go, but friends are fah-eh-vah.

Aunt Velma and Southern women know “bless your heart” can mean something bad or good—and they use it both ways depending on context.

Aunt Velma and Southern women frequent the club, the mall and beauty parlors.

Aunt Velma and Southern women have hissy fits and pitch conniptions.

Aunt Velma and Southern women want a kiss when they request someone “gimme some sugar.”

Aunt Velma and Southern women know exactly how long “I’ll be back directly” really is and when “by and by” will occur.

Aunt Velma and Southern women know where “yonder” lies.

Aunt Velma and Southern women feel compelled to feed people when friends are in trouble.

Aunt Velma and Southern women may have the biggest mouths, but they also have the biggest hearts.

Hoping you have an Aunt Velma or a Southern friend in your life. 🙂

This is a public service announcement brought to you, courtesy of Aunt Velma and Vines of Entanglement.

Southern Crock Pot Barbeque from #VinesofEntanglement

crockpotbbqbbq Yes, I’m talking about pulled pork. Because I’m from North Carolina, not Texas.

 

Here is Claire’s Simmer-from-the-Pew Pulled Pork Slow Cooker Recipe

  • 1 fresh pork shoulder, 5 to 7 pounds
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons crushed red pepper
  • Dash of hot sauce
Directionsbbq2

Place pork in slow cooker. Sprinkle salt and pepper over pork shoulder and add vinegar. Cover and cook on low 9 hours. Pick meat from bones. Strain liquid, discard excess fat, and keep approximately 2 cups. Add remaining ingredients. Mix with minced meat and return to crock pot. Cover and cook on low for more 1 hour. Freezes well. Enjoy.

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