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Sweet Tea

Sweet Tea

Makes 1 gallon This was the first thing I remember making at home as a child. Sweet tea is the staple of every good southern meal. I like it warm, right after it’s made, but most people love it cold and over ice. I had been making this tea for many years before I realized(…)

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Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake

Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake

Serves 8 to 10 I’m a fan of salt and sweet mixed together. My grandmother Lizzie Paulk often used biscuits in place of pastry in her recipes. Nowadays, most people use angel food cake or pound cake for this dessert, but I like the old-fashioned mix of the not-so-sweet biscuit with the sweetness of the(…)

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Garth’s Breakfast Bowl

Garth’s Breakfast Bowl

Serves 4 Garth likes to cook breakfast. It’s wonderful to sleep in and wake up to the smell of bacon cooking. Don’t be too jealous, but he always has a fresh pot of coffee already made, too! He created this breakfast bowl because he wanted something really hearty. He’s the first person I ever met(…)

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Cowboy Lasagna

Cowboy Lasagna

Serves 12 In my introduction to Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen, I mentioned that Garth had recently asked me about trying to create a heartier, meatier lasagne, and we started experimenting. Here’s what we came up with. Remember those old commercials that said, “How do you handle a hungry man?” Well, here’s how! 1(…)

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Asparagus Bundles

Asparagus Bundles

Serves 6 I went through my entire childhood thinking I hated asparagus. I remember telling my mom I didn’t like it, and I remember her asking, “Have you ever even tried it?” I can feel heads nodding right now. Of course I never tried it! It was green. I was a kid. Need I say(…)

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His ‘n’ Hers Deviled Eggs

His ‘n’ Hers Deviled Eggs

Makes 24 You won’t go to a southern picnic or covered-dish supper and not see deviled eggs. Garth and I grew up eating different versions of this dish, so both varieties are included here. Honestly, I never met a deviled egg I didn’t like, so these are both yummy to me! 12 large eggs His(…)

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German Chocolate Cake with Coconut Frosting

German Chocolate Cake with Coconut Frosting

Serves 12 Every February, when Garth’s birthday rolls around, I make this beautiful and delicious cake for him. Last fall, he made some sad statement like, “Only three more months until you can make me that awesome German chocolate cake again!” I made the cake the next day. (I know, I’m a sucker.) I double(…)

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Green Punch

Green Punch

Makes 20 cups Serve this punch with Cheese Straws (page 20). It’s a Yearwood family tradition—perfect to serve at Christmas parties, because it’s a beautiful bright green and makes a pretty punch ­bowl. 2 .13-ounce packets unsweetened lemon-lime soft drink mix, such as Kool-Aid 2 cups sugar 1 46-ounce can pineapple juice 12 ounces frozen(…)

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Cheese Straws

Cheese Straws

Makes 4 dozen I love cheese! I would eat a piece of Cheddar cheese over a piece of chocolate cake any day. That probably makes me a little weird, but if you love cheese like I do, you’ll love these cheese straws. My mom used to make them for baby showers and wedding receptions. In(…)

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Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Serves 10 This casserole is hearty and contains everything you would want on the table in one dish. It’s a favorite of our whole family. It makes ten servings, but my husband likes it cold for breakfast the next day, so in my house you’d better take your serving at dinner the night before, ‘cause(…)

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