Our Story

How this Southern Family Created a Cooking Community


Our Story The Southern Lady Cooks

Hello Y’all! We get asked a lot about how we built our family business, The Southern Lady Cooks, so I thought it would be a great time to share our story. Our little corner of the internet started way back in April of 2008, so we have been around for 14 years. The first post was Southern Hot Water Cornbread which is so fitting since we have always tried to keep with our Southern roots.

Our mother, Judy Yeager,  started the site after she retired from state government, however many of you may not know that she has always been an entrepreneur. She owned a grocery store when we were younger and did a great job of reviving it and building a great community business (we did an entire series on her grocery store in our digital magazine, Front Porch Life). Mom has always been big on building a community and even if she didn’t set out to build one here at The Southern Lady Cooks, she did just that!

She would cook one of her great Southern recipes and post it on the site and enjoy all the wonderful connections she was creating.  This website was such a great way for Mom to stay busy after retirement, and she worked it daily, just like a job. Her passion for cooking really helped her to connect with her readers. She really had no idea what she was creating, but she was loving it, and when you love what you do, you just keep doing it.

The three of us started to realize this could be a family business and started putting our skills to good use. Leigh worked in publishing for close to 15 years and knew how to improve the website so our reach could grow even more. Anne had a  business/accounting background and worked to keep the business end of things moving smoothly. With all three of us working together, our business grew even bigger. This meant more reach, which in return meant connecting with more amazing people, which has always been the goal.

Connection is really what we focus on with our recipes. So many people email us and tell us “this recipe is what my grandmother used to make me” or “when I was growing up we didn’t have a lot of money, and Mom would make macaroni and tomatoes because it could feed us all, this recipe brings back such memories.”


Food is a way to connect with the past, the present, and the future. A recipe can spark a memory that we thought we had forgotten. A meal can bring us together when times are hard or happy. Food and family are the foundation of our business. We are so blessed to LOVE every aspect of what we do, and honestly, this is not work, it’s an absolute pleasure.  Now, all three of us work together every day. We are cooking, creating, and writing, along with all the other great things that come with having a great cooking community.

It’s always refreshing to look back and see where it all started 14 years ago and where we are now!

Thank you to each and every one of you that spends time with us on our website, social media channels, newsletters, and our digital magazine. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do! We hope you love what we share with you and will continue to be a part of The Southern Lady Cooks Community.

New to Front Porch Life? Our digital magazine reminds you of those memories you may not think about often enough. It will connect you with moments that may seem like a lifetime ago, all the while nudging you to create new moments like those in the past.



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