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Welcome to The Southern Lady Cooks!  I hope you will come by often to see what I am cooking up in my southern kitchen.  I have been cooking for family and friends for many years.  I like down home recipes from scratch.  Many of which I will post on here for you to try.  Some of these recipes have been in my family for years, some are new, and some I have perfected over the years by adding my personal touch.  I learned to cook from two of the best cooks in the South, my mother and my mother-in-law.  Read about that here.

Please feel free to contact me if you have a question about one of my recipes.   We southern folks love company, love to eat, and love the South.  So drop by anytime. I always have something sweet and a cup of coffee or a tall glass of sweet tea  for my friends.  Sit a spell and enjoy my southern country cooking.

Here’s a little poem I wrote that kind of describes this Southern Lady and my southern life.


I am from tobacco fields and strawberry patches, fried chicken for Sunday dinner and sweet tea.

I am from frame farm houses, weeping willow trees, and juicy, red grapes on the vine.

I am from the lilac tree and peony bush whose early morning fragrances float through open windows along with the bright sunlight.

I am from picnics on the Fourth of July, family reunions, hardworking men and frugal women.

I am from ghost stories, games of red rover, hopscotch, marbles, and roller skates.

I am from ice cream and chicken noodle soup for colds and a doctor that came to the house.

I am from Methodists, Baptists, Pentecostalism, Catholics, and worshiping God by being spiritual within and loving life and being kind to others.

I am from the Bluegrass State of Kentucky with goldenrod and redbud lined back roads, coal mines and racehorses, biscuits and gravy and country ham.

I am from a grandfather I never knew with a handlebar mustache, a grandmother with long braided hair worn pinned into a bun on the back of her head, a homebody mother, and a father that gave me my love of nature.

I am from fragments of people, hardships, love and experience. I can not ask to be from more.


If interested, you can read a more recent post with more information about the cook, recently posted as “You Asked For It”.

Update 12/3/2014:

We are very excited to have recently published our very first cookbook, Sweet Things.  This cookbook is filled with over 150 recipes for cakes, pies, cookies, candy, puddings, cobblers and more.  We did all the work  ourselves and the book is for sale only here on the website at the present time and quantities are limited. This cookbook would make a wonderful gift for anyone that loves to cook and we have received so many lovely comments from buyers as to how much they love the book and the recipes. We had one person who actually purchased 13 books to give to friends and family as Christmas gifts. We put in a lot of time and hard work to bring you a book we hope you will enjoy for many years to come and pass on to future generations. You can purchase the book by clicking the following link to go to the order page:  Order the Sweet Things Cookbook.

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Note:  Due to the large number of people on this page I have to set some guidelines for those commenting here.  There are now over seven hundred thousand on Facebook and many have subscribed to e-mail posts here, too. It is very hard to keep up with all your wonderful comments and I am so happy to have you on the site.  I enjoy hearing from you very much and am thankful you are enjoying the recipes.  I try to reply as often as possible.   Negative comments will not be published and neither will any foul language.  Not everyone is going to like every recipe.  Not everyone will be able to make every recipe, either.  I am very sorry if your recipe does not turn out to suit you or you don’t like the taste.  We are all different. I spend hours and hours on this site just because I enjoy cooking and sharing.   So many of you are so polite and appreciative and leave such wonderful comments and I am so thankful for that. My Mama always said, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”, and being a Southerner I try to live my life that way.


191 Responses

  1. my mother-in-law made the very best clabber milk biscuits years ago. I never got her recipe and now she is gone. Do you or some of your readers have the recipe? Thanks

  2. How do can I purchase your cookbook. I love all these recipes. It reminds me of my family. My Mother was from North Carolina and my Father was from South Carolina. Needless to say both were born and raised in small country towns….so all these recipes that I have been reading remind me of my Grandparents, Mother, Father, Aunts, Uncles and now we are cooking like they did year ago. Thank you for sharing these recipes and I love your facebook page.

    • Thank you so much Anna for your wonderful comment. We are happy to have you on the site. We published our first cookbook last year and there are only limited copies remaining. It is over 150 recipes for cakes, cobblers, cookies, pies and desserts. The book is called Sweet Things and we have been so happy with the response. We plan to do another in 2015. You can order our first book here by clicking this link. You can also read some comments here from our satisfied customers who got the book. I think this is one you will enjoy for years to come. http://thesouthernladycooks.com/about/shop/

  3. Hi Judy. I have been signed up to your site for months now & love it. You have so many recipes we made years ago and enjoyed but we’ve lost or misplaced them. My question is how do I print them without getting pages & pages of comments when I just want the recipes? Thank you.

    • Hi Judy, Happy to have you on the site and happy you are enjoying the recipes. There is a printer icon just below every recipe. It looks like a little printer. Just click on that and you can remove the photo and any text you don’t want and print just the recipe. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

  4. Theres another southern Lady behing this PUG Your approach for cookin is like mine FROM SCRATCH YAA

  5. Thank you for your reply and Merry Christmas to you and yours

  6. Love trying your recipes!! Just wondering do you have one for baking a country ham, I did find your glaze which I’m going to try Thank you

  7. Hi Judy, I am from Hazard Ky and love our state of Ky. Have lived in Chicago land for many yrs. Thanksgiving day had Pumpkin nut cake for the first time and loved it. I emmidately found your recipe and can’t
    Wait to try it and more of your from scratch on Southern Lady.
    Sincerely Ginny,

  8. I don’t know what would have made it sweet, Lewis. We can’t all like everything and sounds like you did not cook long enough. It says to make sure rice is done and to cover if it is not done after 30 minutes. Thank you for trying anyway and hope you have a good week.

  9. Do you sell a cookbook? If not, you should:)

    • Watch for my first cookbook coming out in the next few weeks, Debbie. We will announce on here when it is available for purchase and thank you for your kind comment.

  10. Hello Judy. Thank you for all of the love and time you have put into the site and perfecting awesome recipes. We here, in Spartanburg SC, love you!

    • Thank you so much Nancy. So happy to have you on the site and happy you all enjoy the recipes. Please say “hi” to everyone in Spartanburg for me and have a wonderful week ahead.

  11. I just discovered you today on FB. Can’t wait to read more and try some of your recipes. Everything I’ve seen so far looks absolutely scrumptious. Brings back lots of memories too! I’m retired, stuck in a wheelchair, and don’t cook nearly as much as I used to, but I love reading recipes! After seeing some of yours, I can’t wait to cook them for my grandsons!!

  12. hi i’am from greenville north carolina i enjoy reading about your recipes very good.

  13. I just read your “where I am from”. I love you already. Thank you for keeping it real. ~ Trudy

  14. My mom and her family were from Kentucky so I knew I was onto something when I was looking for a zuchinni bread recipe to make. The batter tasted so good and now its in the oven. I did use pecans and chopped and toasted them before putting in the bread, but that was my only change. I wonder if a handful of blueberries would be good or a handful of coconut. So many choices, but for now, I used your recipe to the T.

    And the fried corn will be next! Thank you as I know this is a lot of work for you!!!

  15. What a wonderful blog you have, Good old fashined cooking with good food. We are fortunate to have a site where good recipes for everyday cooks can be found, I like “the old ways” when it comes to food preparation, I found it here,
    Thank you.

  16. Hi – Would anyone know if there are any food companies which offer green tomato relish products without sugar? Do not like sweet relish. Thanks.

  17. Hi Judy, so glad to find your site. From one Kentucky Girl to another, born and raised and still in Kentucky!!! Love this site, so many good memories after reading your poem and viewing some of the receipes!! Looking forward to trying a few soon!!

  18. Hi Judy. First time visitor to your site and am really enjoying reading about you and the recipes you`ve posted. Got a kick about you playing red rover. Loved that when I was a kid. Did you ever play Annie Over where one (or more) kids stands in the front yard and another stands in the backyard and they take turns throwing a softball over the roof. The one tossing the ball yells”annie, over” and if the person on the other side catches the ball they run around the house and try to tag the pitcher. We’d play at Grandma’s house with the tin roof and you’d hear the ball rolling on the roof. Sounds too simple for kids nowadays. After supper we would catch lightning bugs in old baby food or jelly jars. We always let ’em go before bedtime

    I was wondering if it is.okay to copy your Southern Spoon Bread recipe to my Chef Tap app. I like having recipes stored where I can easily find them. And I don’t have a blog or website so I wouldn’t be sharing itwith anyone else.

    Thanks for a very interesting and entertaining site.

    • Hi Sharon and welcome to the site. Yes, I have played Annie Over many times as a child. Such simple games and so much fun back then. It is fine to copy recipes for your own use only and thank you for asking. Bloggers have their recipes stolen every day and reposted by others as their own on the internet. We have to fight this kind of thing constantly and once someone else posts them then they are free to everyone. I hope you will enjoy the recipes and the site and I am happy to have you here. Have a great Easter.

    • Hi Southern lady I am so glad that you are cooking southern food which I cook all of the time. I look forward to getting your recipes on my site,

  19. If you look on the right hand side of any page on the website and click on Meats, you should find chicken recipes there. Also, look under sidedishes for turnip greens and collards

  20. Dear Southern Lady, I would like permission to repost your recipes on Facebook. I have a lot of friends who are always looking for new and different ideas. I would of course leave your name etc alone so you would get the full credit for the recipe. Please think about it and let me know. I just love all your recipes and would be happy to pass them along via Facebook.
    Thank you,

    • You can certainly “share” my recipes on Facebook by hitting the “share” button under any recipe photo I post on my Facebook page. My recipes are not to be copied and pasted from my website onto another site on the internet. “Sharing” the correct way on Facebook is totally appreciated.

  21. On food.com there is a recipe that uses sugar, butter, light cream. Not sure if this is what you’re looking for.

  22. I grew up on potato pancakes. My dad made them thinner than they were suppose to be so they were lacie looking around the edges. I made them for my boys when they were small. I would leave them on the table so they could help themselves. My youngest use to wait till they were cold and then he’d take a handful to give to the neighborhood kids. He told them they were cookies. He was 4 and that’s what he thought they were. He told my dad they were his favorite cookies but he didn’t like them warm.

  23. Hi Judy, I just expanded my search of your pies & cobblers after seeing your buttermilk pie recipe. I located your vinegar pie recipe which started me thinking about a pie that my mother made. It was called a ” poor man’s pie” (probably created by chuck wagon cooks). As I recall it was made with water sugar, lemon flavoring & flour/corn starch as thickening agent. Mixture was poured into pie crust and baked. Have you or anyone else heard of this pie? If so, do you have a recipe for it? My Mom and all her sisters have all passed away without passing this recipe on to any one my cousins or me. Love your recipes!

    • Sorry, I don’t know this one, Mary.

    • I have a recipe for Mock Lemon Pie (poor man’s Pie). I can remember Mom making it when I was very young. I believe it was one of those recipes that was developed during WW2 when everything was in short supply. Basically it’s a poor man’s Lemon Meringue Pie. The filling is made and poured into a baked pie shell then meringue is added and browned.

    • If you look up what’s now called chess pie, that is what the older people called poor mans pie. I was given the recipe by my mother in law and I didnt know it by any other name until I was looking in a pie cookbook and ran across the same recipe. There is no meringue on ths pie.

  24. I made your applesauce cake today as individual cakes, and they are a winner. I was doubly blessed because a friend gave me a jar of her homemade applesauce from her tree. I’ll try to attach a pic here but can’t see how to do that.

    • Thank you Larry. I saw the photo on the Facebook page and thank you for posting. They look delicious and what a wonderful idea. I will have to try them your way.

  25. I think you are a gracious Southern lady and I so appreciate you sharing your kitchen with us. My sister used to say,”Tell your mama I said ‘hey’.” I miss that.

  26. Just found your site and instantly fell in love. Can’t wait to try as many of your recipes as I can.

  27. Hi Southern Lady,Ilike the look of many of your recipes,would like to try out some of them. We use different measurements in the UK. (POUNDS & OUNCES) So could you convert into ounces how much is in a cup. Would appreciate this so much. Thanks in anticipation

    • Hi Carol, There are lots of conversion charts online you can print off and post on your fridge. Just “google” how you want to convert and you should get all kinds of charts for lots of different items.

  28. Hello Southern lady, I love you recipes reminds me of how my mother also a southern lady cooked and taught me. I wanted to know if you had a recipe for tea cakes–somewhat like a cookie, but not as sweet. They can be thicker or my my mom would make them thin form me. She also drank them with her coffee or served them if company came over. Thank you so much.

    • Look on the right hand side of any page on the site down about halfway. You will see photos that say, Appetizers and Dips, Breads, Cakes and Cookes, etc. Click on the pictures that says Cakes, Candy and Cookies and you will get a list of all the cookie recipes on the site. There is one for Shortbread cookies or Tea Cakes listed there.

  29. I want to come all the way from Wales Uk to where you live and experience southerm cooking in the South. I am reading you recipes amd my mouth is watering. Thank you for sharing them. Xx

  30. Do you have a cookbook, with these great recipes in there!! If so can you please tell me where I can find it. I am newly married,and my husband and kids will love these recipes

  31. Hi Judy! Do you have a recipe for apple brown betty?

    • Sorry, I don’t have it.

    • I have a recipe for a Danish dish that may be what you are thinking about.
      Mix 2 cups of bread crumbs with 1 Tbsp of sugar and brown them in a skillet using 1/2 cup butter. Using 2 1/2 cups of tart applesauce alternate layers in a glass serving dish ending with top layer of crumbs. Chill for several hours. Serve with whipped cream and decorate with dabs of red jelly. This a good use for stale bread!

  32. Thank you so much for the amazing recipes. I am a New Englander and I love your recipes. You make me want to move to the South, sit on a porch sipping Sweet Tea and enjoy the laid back way.
    Thank you!

  33. I was raised alot like you!! Had a difference of those old purple ,black ,brown and green sandspurs in my feet as a child ! Also with the memories of playing deep in the sand and throwing china berries at my cousins!! Um never thought of Kentucky as being *southern* But maybe it is after all ?? I do have a big history of your recipes, love this soul comforting foods!! Thank you for posting these recipes !! Brings back alot of old memories !! I live in Pa. now,but still have the accent very much from the deep south…………….And ohhh how I miss the south!! Keep sharing all these wonderful recipes and I wanted to say you have a BEAUTIFUL family !!

    • Thank you so much Susanna! So happy you enjoy the site and the recipes and happy to have you here. Love and hugs to you.


  35. I have enjoyed sitting here reading all these recipes and tips. I cannot wait to try them all! I love to cook. I loved watching my grandmothers cook and always wished I could have had more time to spend with them for them to share more of their recipes with me, but now I have found you! Your recipes sound so similar. Nothing like a good southern woman’s cooking! Thanks so much for sharing and giving your time to doing this. It is now marked as a favorite, and I am sure you will be in the kitchen with me soon! From my house at High Rock Lake, NC to yours!!

  36. I have a spinach quiche recipe with bacon and monetary jack cheese that I substitute tomatoes for the spinach, it is delicious.

  37. Faced with a mountain of home grown tomatoes, a friend said I should make a tomato pie. This girl had never heard of such, so I surfed and found your recipe. LOVE that tomato pie. Such an easy, flexible, fool-proof recipe. Many thanks from Los Angeles!

    • Happy you enjoy this recipe, Sue. You are so welcome. I love tomato pie, too. Have a great week.

  38. I also love your recipes and glad i found your site! Thanks again for taking the time out of your busy schedule to post your recipes and answer as many people back. :)

  39. Gluten Free crunchy coating: I have a suggestion for a gluten free crunchy coating for fried meats and fish. works great on pork chops, chicken and fish. it’s not my idea. I first saw it on a cooking show on T.V. pat dry the meat or fish between paper towel to get the moisture off or it doesn’t get crunchy. mix instant potato flakes, shredded parmesan cheese, any spices you like. coat the meat or fish with the mixture and fry in olive oil till brown and crispy. I’ve never been able to get a crunchy coating that is crunchy all the way through, always ended up with soggy on the inside but this works for me every time.

  40. i really enjoy reading your recipes on facebook thank you so much for sharing a also was raised in the county and learn how to cook from great cooks and have been cooking for many years and have always loved it thanks Patricia Jennings Augusta Ga.

  41. Hey y’all I love this site and Blog! My name is Lisa and I am from a lilttle town town in Ohio named Xenia. I am not a southern girl but my granny was so I was raised like one and taught how to cook like one…..I absolutlely love your receipes they bring back so many memories……thank you for your talent and desire to do this blog site….I will be back…..God Bless ya…….bye y’all

  42. It feels like I’ve come across this blog before on but upon browsing at some of the material I figured out that it’s new
    for me. Anyhow, I’m definitely pleased I stumbled upon it and I’ll
    be bookmarking it and checking back often.

  43. Dear Southern Lady,
    Can’t tell you how happy I am to find this site. My mama and aunt cooks the same way you do however they have never measured anything so it’s hard to cook the things they did. My family will be so proud tonight when eating your chocolate pie. It was one of their favorites.Thanks for taking the time to put your receipts on line.
    Happy in GA.

  44. hey sweet lady…heres a recipe my family loves.,.been makin it for years…think i got it from the country cook magazine… =}

    Kathy Tripp

    Cheese Burger Skillet Dinner

    Brown 1 pound lean Hamburger in skillet.. *drain if greasy..
    Mean while….Make 1 box Mac and Cheese-just as the directions say-set aside
    To the browned Hamburger Add – 1 cup Assorted Frozen Veggies..*I like Corn,beans,and carrots. Also add 1/2 Cup Water, 1/4 cup Ketchup,big squeeze mustard, and big squeeze BBQ Sauce and 1/8 Tsp Onion Powder. Mix Well
    After the veggies are cooked-(About 10-15 min)
    … Add the Prepared Mac and Cheese, Stir.
    Then Add 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese on top, when melted stir and serve.

  45. I live in West Virginia, so not too far from you and your roots. My oldest daughter went to UK so I still bleed blue! I am new to your site but everything looks and sounds really good. I am going to try your amish macaroni salad this weekend. Thanks!!

  46. Being from a long line of hillbillies as my Kentucky grandmother would have said Thank you for this wonderful site keep up the good work.

  47. Hi Judy! I’m Anne’s friend Mike, and I’ve had the privilege of working with her on your new logo. Just wanted you to know I love this site and will be enjoying lots of your recipes from here on out. Thanks for sharing your experience and warm hospitality!

    • Hi Mike! It is so nice to meet you. I have heard so much about you from Anne. Thank you so much for your help on the logo. I just love it and appreciate all that you have done. It is great to have you on my site, too. I hope you enjoy the recipes and will check out the Facebook page. Have a great week and thanks for coming by to say hello.

  48. I am new to your website and I’ve ‘liked’ it on Facebook. I have a question which you may have answered before; have you or will you alter your recipes for diabetics?

  49. Hi, We love Your Blog and Webpages, My Wife is from Tennessee and now lives with Me in Australia….. We love Your recipes and share the cooking :) … Oh, I’m Australian lol
    Take Care, hugs from Both of Us.

  50. Hi Judy, I just want to tell you how much I enjoyed your poem. I am a southern girl, born and bred. While we are from Alabama an Georgia instead of Kentucky, you captured the essence of what it means to be from any portion of the South. Memories and atmosphere I will always cherish. Just found your blog and beleive it is going to become one my favorites.

  51. Hi! I can’t remember how I found your blog but I do remember I saved 2 recipes: the sweat tea and the crockpot beer brats. I’m loving your recipes and enjoying the visual feast. :) May I ask what the picture of the dish/recipe is on your blog header? It reminds me of fried green tomatoes, which I first saw in the movie with the same name. I remember my elder sister making it once just to try (guessing game as to the recipe since this was a time before the Internet).

  52. Judy, did you live in Franklin, NC for a while?

  53. I just “stumbled” on your fb page and came here!! Love it!! Have already emailed a couple crock pot recipes to my son in Hawaii!!! He only has a crock pot & electric skillet, so thought they would come in handy for him!!

    Just read your blog and “about” you, I have to say, I know everything that you are talking about!! I am from Texas, but my relatives came from Hazard, KY!!! Actually have a lot more over there, so hope some day to get back there to meet them all!! ha ha!!

    Am looking so forward to checking out your Southern Recipes and I, too, like to cook & bake from scratch more!! Have an awesome day! <3


  55. I had to take a moment to thank you for The Southern Lady Cooks. I have been following you on pinterest and have made many of my pins. I have to say they all came out wonderful and delicious. My children as well as my husband, when they ask whats for dinner they add anything from the Southern Lady. I love early in the morning seeing what post you’ve made because it gives me plenty of time to run out to pick up anything I’m missing. Keep up the excellent work!! Hugs from New Jersey…South Jersey that is ;).

  56. I have just recently stumbled upon your website and I must say I LOVE IT!!!! Lord Have Mercy I just read the poem above and it brought tears to my eyes….It’s such a cookie cutter of my life!!! I wish you Tons of Blessings in the New Year!!!! I am now a faithful follower!!!!

  57. Hey, Judy, Congratulations! I’ve nominated your blog for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award. If you desire to participate you can access your badge icon and rules here: http://cantstayoutofthekitchen.com/2012/12/06/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/

  58. Love your Facebook posts and recipes! I’m Texan Southern and I have always liked cooking, but have just recently taken the time to enjoy it. Thanks for some great ideas.

  59. Do you have a cookbook in stores?

  60. Hi Judy, your site is amazing. Your recipes are so easy to make and look so amazing. I will be checking out your site often. I will be trying some of your recipes for sure. Have a great day 😀 from Canada you have become very popular. :)

  61. Hi there! Just wanted to let you know that you have fans and readers in Sydney, Australia. Your food looks AMAZING! Can’t wait to try out some pie recipes……..

    Have a great day :-)

  62. Oh Judy, one more thing. My dear grandmother, God rest her soul….used to make this amazing apple goodie, made with applesauce or thin sliced apples, oatmeal, cinnamon and brown sugar. I was the only one in the family she ever gave the recipe to and with travel and moving all over the country and world, it somehow was lost. I would love to find a recipe that tastes just like hers, she was also an amazing southern woman. Thank you, I look forward to trying more and more of your good ole southern recipes. I’m so excited about this site, my husband now thinks I’m nuts. He loves to eat though, and especially southern cooked food, he says it’s always cooked with love.

  63. Judy, when I read about where you are from, it sounds like a little slice of heaven. I too am a southern girl, and have cooked old family recipes since my grandma sat me up on the counter top at the age of 5. My husband is an avid deer hunter so I am looking for recipes to cook with this deer meet, usually ground but sometimes neck or back straps. Please help me?? I think us southern women are truly blessed by all the means for foods we have here. Thank you so much for your website, yet another true blessing. I’ve spent 4 hours on your website alone. :) But it’s all worth it.

  64. Hi, Judy! I’ve just discovered your blog tonight – not sure how I got here but it had to be Facebook! I’ve been looking to see if my question has already been answered, and the one about sharing one of your recipes on a blog looks like the closest thing I’ve seen. My church (First Baptist in Salisbury, NC) is doing a cookbook (I’m the committee chair! :o) and we’re having trouble getting as many recipes as we’d like. I saw that Oatmeal Pie, and I would love to be able to include it and some of your other recipes, as well. Would you allow that? I would give you full credit and include the url to your blog and probably direct some traffic to you! If not, as Kati says above, I totally understand, but thought I’d ask. You are making me want to do more cooking! :o)

    • Hi Carol, Sometimes WordPress gets behind and it takes forever to get these comments. I would be honored to be in your cookbook. Thank you so much for thinking of me. I know it will be a great one. Happy to have you on the site and have a great day.

  65. Judy,I’m from the South too! Danville,Va. & I was introduced to you from a friend in Northern Va. Your receipes are fabulous! And I look forward to them every day!

  66. I love your “about the cook”. its inspiring :)

  67. Hi, Ms. Judy! I just found your blog by way of Southern Bite & Stacey. I figured if he liked it, I would, too. I was right! I’m your newest subscriber. My grandmother was born in Corbin, KY & remembered going to the original Col. Sander’s restaurant (way before it was KFC!) I live in the south (AR) but am an AL native hoping to eventually move back home.
    I am enjoying your recipes!! Looking forward to the future ones as well!!

  68. Hello

    I am a newbie from the UK. I tried emailing you but it was returned ‘undeliverable’


    I have recently become a stay at home mum to my three teens (better late than never) and love cooking for them all. I notice that some of your recipes ask for oil, for example muffins. We don’t use oil generally in the UK for making cakes and was wondering if margarine would work? If not, then what kind of oil would you suggest, as I may be a bit restricted. We have olive oil, vegetable oil etc.

    Thanking you in anticipation

    Kind regards


  69. Bless your beautiful southern heart! I am so glad to have found you! I am a midwesterner with a true southern heart. I was born and raised in SW Missouri, and was blessed enough to live several years in FL and AL. My three oldest children were born in the South and my heart lives there still. I look forward to reading all of your posts and trying your recipes. You have a wonderful weekend!

  70. A big thank you for your wonderful pinterest page and fb page, and all your fabulous recipes, tips, and ideas and inspirational, truthful and southern sayings! God Bless you

  71. Love your blog and thrilled I found it. Have shared on pinterest with friends. Love the ’40’s recipe today of the pudding. Am pres. of an antique club and doing a program on antique cook books and recipes…..if you have more and info, would love to hear from you. I am 75, with three children and four grands and my favorite thing to do, more than a hobby, is cooking!! Love trying new recipes and yours are wonderful….thanks and would love to hear from you….

    • Thank you Barbara! Happy to have you on my site and so happy you are enjoying my recipes. I love to cook, too, and it’s people like you that make this site worthwhile. Thank you for being here. Judy

  72. I love to read your blog and am certainly going to use your recipes. Thank you so much from one southern lady to another!

  73. What a wonderful poem and great blog. So glad to find a southern cook from Kentucky! My grandmother’s side of the family is from Alvaton, right outside of Bowling Green. I look forward to trying some of your recipes soon! Sincerely, Fred

  74. Hi, I nominated you for the Liebster blog award. Check out what you need to do here:

    • Thank you so much Amy. I will try to get to it. This blog and the Facebook page keep me so busy. I get hundreds of questions daily and try to answer them all. It takes forever.

  75. Love, love, love your poem and your site!!! Wonderful recipes. Being from the South myself, your site brings back so many memories. Thank you.

  76. Hello Judy, I am so happy to have found your site. I too am a Kentucky girl, born and raised in this beautiful state. I am looking forward to trying your recipes. I love the poem, as I was reading it I thought this is just like me and then when I saw you were from KY I wasn’t surprised. Happy cooking.

    Judy Dyann

  77. Hello Judy (my mothers name) I just happened on your site and I am amazed with all your recipes! My family are Virginias and we are VERY passionate about our roots and food! I see so many recipes that my mom and granny have prepared for years. Have you ever asked your granny to write down a recipe for you only to get one that states ” a dash, handful, little bit of, pinch etc.. It’s so good to see an actual recipe for all those great dishes. I’m hooked!! Thanks and keep them coming!

    • Angie, My mother cooked like your granny. Over the years I have tried to make her recipes and have come pretty close on a lot of them. Thank you for your kind comment. Happy to have you here. Have a great weekend.

  78. Thank you!

  79. Hello – I’m from Oklahoma and I just love your website, your recipes & your Facebook posts. I recently retired and am just starting to learn how to can. Will you be posting any canning recipes? Thank you.

  80. A friend of mine, Karen, who is a non-Southerner has been trying to get her friends to log onto you for weeks. After I saw the rice pudding, I had to log on. I am actually a southerner of sorts, being born to southern parents and now living in the south. However, I mostly hate cooking but this rice pudding recipe looks so easy and delicious you may convert me yet!

  81. Judy, being a fellow “Kentuckian” (20 yrs in East KY + 20 yrs in Lexington) I have so enjoyed your blog, I try a new recipe almost every month. “Southern” cooking is less about the ingridents and more about the effort and love poured into it, I can see that in your blog as well. Thanks for your postings and isn’t that Bybee pottery in your banner photo?

    • Yes Lorie, it is Bybee Pottery. I have collected it for years. Thank you so much for your comment and so happy you enjoy the recipes and are a part of my site. Have a great weekend.

  82. You have a recipe for buttermilk gravy? My grandmother use to make it all the time. She passed many years ago while I was away deployed overseas in the military. Sadly I never got the recipe and before I could get all her recipes from her house there was a bad fire and the house burnt to the ground. She was from the south and she is the one who got me into cooking at the age of 3. I always loved cooking with her.

    • Dave, I don’t have a recipe on the blog for buttermilk gravy but I would make a roux using flour and the drippings from whatever you cooked, add a small amount of water, like 1/2 cup. Add buttermilk and bring to a boil. Cook until gravy is smooth. I hope this helps you. I don’t have an actual recipe.

  83. Thank you for this great site!!! I am a Minnesota raised girl, living in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, but my heart and stomach are truly Southern!!! Can’t wait to try some this delicious food!!!!!!

  84. Looking forwarf to your many recipes. I am myself a Southern girl who shares your many passions.

  85. I am looking for a recipe for a COON HUNTERS CAKE. Do you happen to have one? Thanks Patty

  86. Heya,

    Just came across your blog through Facebook – a friend of mine is from the American south as well and ‘likes’ the page of your blog on Facebook.

    I haven’t seen that much of your blog so far – but I’m intrigued. :) Just thought I would leave you a message/comment. :)

    – Unna.

  87. Love the poem. I am a Kentucky girl too. It has been a long time though – when I last lived in KY I was 24. My husband is retired from the Army and we’ve been living in WA for the past 21 years. I am nearing retirement myself and he and I are looking forward to returning to the South.

  88. […] The Southern Lady Cooks.  I linked to Judy’s “about me” page because you simply must start there.  […]

  89. So glad I found this site.Im from Boyle County ! After my husband served 21 years in the USMC ,We returned home to Kentucky.We live in Stanford now ,his hometown.It is so small when you go out you always see someone you know ! Trees and bushes are blooming ! I look forward to your page :) Vickie

  90. Dear Southern Lady!!What a beautiful poem-it was so touching-it’s lovely to know and be proud of our roots and family history.I love your recipes and everything Southern.I live in Southern Italy so I’m a Southern lady,too!!!Look forward to many more pleasurable moments reading your wonderful page!!Bye for now lovely lady!!!

  91. Really do enjoy your web site. From one Kentucky girl living in South Carolina, I really do cook alot of southern dishes and love it. I usually check your blog to see if there is anything I haven’t tried yet and of course there is.
    You are in my favorites.

    • Hi Edith! Thank you so much and I am so happy you enjoy this site and the recipes. Thank you for telling me so. Always happy to meet another Kentuckian, too. Hope you will stop by often.

  92. I’ve sent you a message before, telling you how much I enjoy your blog. You are the best ! I have collected alot of cookbooks over the years, but your blog is my go-to now ! Thanks so much !

  93. Hi there, Judy! Just dropping you a note to say a great BIG thank you from one Foodie Blog to another! Thanks to your recipe feature of 4 little Fergusons Hot Pizza Dip, I recieved an extra 203 guests today. THANK YOU so much! I really do appreciate it. I am new to the blogging world, and am still in the growing stages. I felt called to start a blog after praying for an entire year for a “Ministry” from home as I stay home with our children, and have been so blessed at how many other sisters in Christ I have found along the way.

    Thanks again! Merry Christmas!

    ~Tonya from 4 little Fergusons

    Blogging for Jesus: Chosen In Christ, Called to Influence

    • Tonya, Welcome to the blogging world. We are happy to have you here and your recipes all look just wonderful. I have enjoyed checking out your page and your blog. I am sure you will do well. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Judy

  94. Love the site! Thanks for the great recipies!!! Happy Thanksgiving from Lexington.

  95. Hi Jayne,

    This recipe is pretty close to how my Nana used to make it:

    1/2 cup(s) unsalted butter
    1 1/4 cup(s) light brown sugar
    1/4 cup(s) cornstarch
    3 tablespoon(s) all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
    1 1/2 cup(s) heavy cream, cold
    1/2 cup(s) milk
    4 egg yolks
    1 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
    1 Baked Pie Shell
    1 teaspoon(s) honey
    2 tablespoon(s) confectioners’ sugar

    Make the filling. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat until it begins to brown. Stir in the brown sugar. Add 1 1/2 cups hot water and whisk until the mixture comes to a boil. Continue to cook for 2 more minutes, remove from heat, and set aside. Combine the cornstarch, flour, and salt in a small bowl. Whisk in 1/2 cup each of heavy cream and milk until smooth and pour into the butter mixture. Whisk continuously, over medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil and thickens — about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Lightly beat the egg yolks together in a medium bowl. Stream in 1/2 cup of the hot mixture while whisking the egg yolks. Whisk the egg mixture with the milk mixture in the saucepan over medium heat for 1 minute. Remove from heat, strain through a fine sieve, and stir in the vanilla. Pour into the Baked Pie Shell, and chill until set.

    Make the cream topping. Beat the remaining cup of heavy cream with the honey and confectioners’ sugar to stiff peaks. Spread over the cooled pie and chill until ready to serve.

    Read more: Butterscotch Pie Recipe – Country Living

    Good luck!

  96. HI Judy,

    Being a southern cook, I thought maybe you could help me with a recipe. My former mother-in-law used to make the best butterscotch piies I have EVER eaten. But she never cooked with a recipe so I can’t recreate it. I know she had to have fresh butter from a farm and whole milk before all the butter fat was skimmed off. She also used some baking powder mixed up with a bit of water I think. I think she also used white sugar. When finished and ready to eat you could taste little bits of goodness that kind of reminded me of toffee bits. Some of these items are a bit sketchy since this was more than 40 years ago. This pie was pure heaven. Do you have anything similar or know how it might have been made? Thanks for whatever help you can provide.


  97. I came across your site this morning…..via another FB buddy….Thank you, Donna! I’m a Judy also…..and come from a long line of wonderful cooks…..and the small farming communities here in California. Mom’s mother grew up in Arkansas….never met her…..but my mom put the Southern flair into her cooking….Yes, chicken dinner Sunday was a constant growing up! Thank you for this site….and I look forward to reading and cooking with you!!! <3 Judy

    • Hi Judy! It is always nice to meet another Judy! So happy to have you on my site and hope you enjoy the recipes and will visit often. Please suggest to your friends as well. The only reward I get is seeing my site grow and knowing people enjoy the recipes. Thank you for being here and have a great week ahead.

  98. I just wanted to let you know that I’ve done some major experimenting with bear (my husband shot one with his bow a couple weeks ago) and I am happy to report that you can use it just like beef. I’ve made burgers, meatloaf, fajitas (your chicken fajitas recipe), stew…all of it tasted like beef. Only thing is that you have to cook it all the way through- kinda like pork. Just though you’d want to know!

  99. You “shore toad” that right girl…all of it, beautiful poem, and such a blessing you are.

    Oh, did you happen to read my poem: September Fall? I think you can relate a lot more than many of my other blogger friends, as most of them for whatever reason seem to be from across the big pond.
    Bless You


  100. nice to find a good southern cook on line….there is no better cooking…
    I’m not the greatest cook, but I bet i’ll be better now that I’ve found your site….happy sunday in the bluegrass………..

  101. G’mornin Judy, I just love your blog and your facebook page“…just shared your pan yeast rolls ~ I’ve gotta try ’em …yummm

    • Thank you so much Brenda for being such a great fan of my site and thank you for sharing. I hope you enjoy the yeast rolls. I make them every year for Christmas and Thanksgiving and several times in between. My family loves these rolls and I have been making them for at least 40 years. Thanks so much for coming by.

  102. Hello, Miss Judy. What a delight to meet you! I discovered your blog on Blog Frog (haven’t figured out that site yet, but your’s was like coming home…) Will definitely be back — you made me feel welcome already!

  103. Hi Judy, I just found your site on facebook today, I am from Queensland in Australia and I love your recipes and I will surely be cooking some of them in the near future. Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

  104. I would love any tips on making a really great flaky pie crust :) Help!

  105. I just wanted to tell you how much i LOVED your poem! It made me smile and brought a tear to my eye.

    I’m a Kentucky gal too. :)

    The smell of wild honeysuckle in the air makes me so incredibly happy. I could just sit and breath it in all day. And the peonies and lilacs…*sigh*. Life is so good.

    Hearing the bob-whites, whippoorwills, and crickets is music to my ears.

    I love Kentucky. And I’m happy to meet you and am looking forward to exploring your blog! :)

  106. Hello, I think that your “about” page is one of the most charming I have read. I am so happy to have found your blog. I’m from Texas and love southern food even though I now live in New England. I will be returning to your blog on a regular basis.

  107. I have a question for you! What meal would a Southern Lady prepare for her new Minister, his wife and 3 small daughters when she invites them over to share a meal?

    • Paula, Great question! I think I would do a traditional Southern Sunday dinner meal of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade biscuits or rolls, a couple other side dishes like green beans or maybe my corn salad recipe on the blog. A great dessert like bread pudding or my Kentucky Woodford pudding recipe on my blog. Of course, I would have plenty of “sweet” Southern tea to go with the meal. I hope this helps you.

      I have found over the years that most people really enjoy good old home cooking of any kind and as long as you set a pretty table (I always use cloth napkins, a pretty tablecloth and small centerpiece of some kind.) Make the centerpiece small so you can see each other over it on the table.

      I would love to know what you decide to do and how your meal turns out!

  108. Hi! I have a question that maybe you can answer for me. I have been looking through recipes for Christmas goodies and found a tasty-looking one for Chocolate Truffles. Only thing is, it calls for Chocolate Liqueur. What exactly is a Liqueur and where would I go to purchase it? Does it contain alcohol? Is there a substitution for it? Thanks for any information you can offer!!

    • Liqueur is usually a fruit flavored alcohol. Also, I think Brandy is a liqueur. You would buy it in a liquor store. Most of the time you would substitute an extract in a recipe. If a recipe called for an almond flavored liqueur your could use an almond extract instead. I guess you could just substitute chocolate in your recipe. I would think that Chocolate Liqueur would be chocolate flavored liquor or some kind. I hope this helps and if anyone else has any info on this, please post it.

  109. Thank you for sharing these recipies and memories with us.
    My Grandchildren are coming over this weekend, and I cant tell you how much I’m looking forward to it.

  110. You are the best cook EVER! I love your blog!! Keep up the great work!

    • Thank you for taking the time to give us your delicious recipes. I’m very appreciative of the time it takes to do all that you do. Keep them coming, I can’t wait to get the next one!

      Karen Recla-Jones

    • Good afternoon,
      I just want to let you know that I think that we are sisters from another mother. lol. We were raised the exact same way. I was born Ian’s raised in Todd County, KY (Allensville and Elkton). The only difference is that I’m a African American mother of three. I ‘m 47 years old, currently taking Culinary Arts classes in Elizabethtown, KY. I’ve always loved cooking/ baking, eating Southern home cooked meals. I found your page through Pinterest, I ‘m so excited with your page. I don’t know you personally, but I feel as if I do. I have saved almost every one of your recipes that I’ve viewed to my Ipad, so that when I’m ready to cook, all I have to do turn on my Ipad and it’s there, the good thing is that it’s like a portable cookbook, I TAKE IT EVERYWHERE. Love you sis. Happy eating. :)

      • Hi Shelma, So happy to have you on my site and thank you for your wonderful, kind comment. You sound like the perfect sister for me since we both like to cook and like the same recipes. You can’t beat those Kentucky girls for being good cooks. So happy to hear you are enjoying the recipes. Check out the Facebook page as well and the next time you make one of my recipes post a photo on there to share with the FB fans. Thanks again and hope you have a good week ahead.

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