This post is not about food! So, if you are only interested in food, don’t read any further.  My name is Judy. This post is ABOUT ME!  I am the cook behind the blog and Facebook page, The Southern Lady Cooks. There is a green tab at the top of the blog where the recipes are posted that says, “About the Cook“,  you can read more about me there, too.  I don’t think there is a day that goes by that someone doesn’t ask me if I am Paula Deen.  I want to clear that up right now.  No, I am not Paula Deen. Don’t misunderstand me, I love Paula Deen and I don’t even know the lady. Some people tell me they think I am her in disquise so I can get on the page whenever I want and no one will know it is her.  I have been writing this blog since 2008 and the Facebook page has been online since 2010.  Yes, I am a Southern cook and love the laid-back Southern ways, food, hospitality, family values and all those things that make up being Southern.  I live in Kentucky where I was born and raised.  My mother and mother-in-law inspired me to be a Southern country cook.  Read “How I learned to Cook”.

I retired from a job in state government where I worked for the state of Kentucky for 27 1/2 years before retiring.  The blog and Facebook page keeps me busy in my senior years along with my family and friends. I love to garden and raise a few vegetables in my back yard each year.  I mow my own grass with a push mower (I love the exercise) and my yard is almost an acre.  I stay busy!

Many of you have asked me if I am a “big” person, a “fleshy” person, an “obese” person and if I am fat.  Everyone seems to think if you cook like a Southerner and use butter and bacon grease, you have to be a “big” person.  I eat everything I cook! I love sweets, grease, bread, bacon and all fattening foods.  I think the secret is “everything in moderation”.  I don’t eat a lot of anything.  My health is good.  My blood pressure is perfect every time they check it. I am not diabetic. I don’t take any kind of medicine at all and I love life.  I have a wonderful family that I adore.

The Southern Lady Cooks Facebook page and this blog keeps me busy concocting new recipes, typing them up and posting for you to check out.  I appreciate each and every person on this site and enjoy hearing from you in comments and on Facebook.  I work very hard to try to bring you good down-home cooking and Southern dishes you will enjoy.  You all make my day.

I read an article the other day about photography.  It said if you are posing for a photo you should never stand looking straight forward at the camera and you should not put your arms straight down at your sides.  The article said this would make you look larger in the photo and that is why the stars always strike a pose on the red carpet.  Saturday, I was on my way out the door to the grocery to pick up some last-minute items for Labor Day dressed in my usual attire, sloppy jeans and a shirt, and remembered I was writing this post for you.  My friend took this picture striking a pose for you just like the article said.  I thought it was hilarious!  So, I am posting for you anyway and you can see I am a WYSIWYG! (What you see is what you get!)  Now you have the full picture and you can judge for yourself.  No Paul Deen here, just a Southern person that likes to cook and enjoys my interaction with y”all and my retirement. Guess I might as well tell you now, I have a birthday coming up in September and I will be 71 years young.  Just in case that was going to be your next question!!!

Thank you all so much for being a part of my site and my life.  I love you all!


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  1. You absolutely do not look 71 and you look so healthy. I would have guessed you to be 50-55. They say that 65 to 75 is the new 45 to 50 in age. We are as a society looking younger all the time as we age. You are an amazing cook. Thank you for all your fabulous recipes!!! I love your recipes more then Paula Dean’s because they are simpler for the working women and mom’s with a family that don’t have a lot of time to cook long drawn out recipes with a bunch of ingredients. Lol Hugs and love to you and your family.

    1. WOW, Andrea! Thank you so much for the wonderful comment. You are going to make my head swell, lol. That article is a couple years old and I will be 74 in September of this year. I think age is just a number and I am truly blessed to not take any kind of medicine at all and be able to do just about anything I want every day. I love life and I love to cook and my girls and I love doing this site and posting new recipes. I believe in using what you have on hand to come up with a good recipe and so happy to hear how much you enjoy them. You have truly made my day. Thank you again for your kindness and we are so thrilled to have you as part of our community. Have a great week.

  2. Dear Judy,
    You are a source of incredible inspiration and I wish I had a wonderful, loving family like yours. You have a fab life. Keep cooking, sistah! Be well and happy. Kat

  3. Thank you for all you do to make us feel like we are a part of your life and all the encouragement and the just down home love and kindness, much Respect to you and true Southern Lady, May God bless you richly.

  4. Just found your Wonderful site. I am making biscuits for supper and your pineapple chess pie for dessert. Do you have a recipe for “butter biscuits”? I have been searching for one for a long time now. Thank you for keeping up this site. Stay Blessed.

    1. Hi Deborah, So happy to have you on the site and hope you enjoy the recipes. This recipe for Butter Dips Biscuits is so good. Just click on the link: https://thesouthernladycooks.com/2013/02/25/butter-dips/ You can also type “biscuits” into the search box on any page on this website and lots of biscuit recipes should come up for you. Be sure to check out our cookbooks and sign up for e-mail notifications so you will be first to know of any new or exciting happenings on our site. Your e-mail will not be shared with anyone. Just look on the right hand side of any page to sign up for e-mail and there is also a place there to check out the cookbooks.

  5. I really love your blog & recipes! This is the food I had as a child & feed all three of my children. You’re beautiful..love your picture! Thanks for all you do 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Kami! So happy to have you on the site and happy you enjoy the recipes. Have a great week.

  6. Dear Judy,

    A woman in our community recently won a Bread Bake-Off using your Sourdough Bread and Starter recipe. The Lost River (WV) Museum, who sponsored the contest, asked me to reprint your recipe. I am requesting your permission to do so.

    The Moorefield Examiner, which circulates in Hardy County, WV, is a weekly paid newspaper – the only newspaper in Hardy County. The Examiner has been owned by the same family for more than 100 years. The fourth generation is active in the publication.

    If you have any further questions, or require more information, please don’t hesitate to call. I can be reached at 30-530-6397.

    Thank you in advance for your consideration.

    Jean Flanagan
    Managing Editor
    Moorefield Examiner

    1. Hi Jean, I am happy she won it with my recipe. You may copy the recipe but I would appreciate adding that it is my recipe and a link to the recipe on my site. Thank you for asking. Judy

  7. Hi Judy, I’m Kathie. I don’t think that you are in any way fat or any of those other things….you aren’t lazy and inactive. If you’re going to be 68 this month, God bless you, you don’t look it.
    ♫♪♫Happy Birthday♪♫♪
    I loved the pose in the picture. Your shirt is pretty
    I love your blog and the FB page too. The recipes are fantastic, but I love the background stuff just as much. I stumbled onto this blog by accident, saw your picture and thought you were my cousin (you could be sisters, but she’s not Southern, but she does have those beautiful blue eyes~), and I was hooked. Bless you for sharing your recipes, and your life with all of us. And I love Paula Deen too….got to meet her a few years back, along with her hubby. Great people (so sad what the public is putting her through).
    Keep up the great work here and on FB….I’ll be reading along and cooking with you.

  8. I love your recipes and enjoyed this post. Now I feel I know you a bit better. Keep up the good work and Happy upcoming Birthday.

  9. Love your story.. now along with being a great cook, person, you are an author and I look forth for you first book. With holidays coming I need all tge help you can give me, you brighten up my day with your Joy. Robin

  10. Hi Balisha! The grandkids are great. It’s good to hear from you. Hope you two are doing good. Thank you for your kind comment. The leaves are falling here and I am getting ready to attack! lol. Love and hugs to you.

  11. Thank You for that post,It is very nice to meet you.I am also from Ky . and I love your page,I always see something I want to try. Thank You for all of your hard work and what all you do for us on your page. Please keep up the good work

    1. Nice to meet you Teresa. Always nice to meet a fellow Kentuckian. I love Kentucky. Thank you for being a part of the site and happy you enjoy the page.

  12. I wanted to thank you for the story about how you got started. I lost my job several years ago & some time ago I started writing stories (many about food) to keep me busy & my mind occupied. I love food & love to cook & one of the stories I wrote I called Those Who Came Before & so I read with great interest the one you referred to in your post about how you learned to cook. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

    1. Hi Karen, Thank you for being a part of the site and keep up the cooking and writing. It is nice to meet you.

  13. Hi Judy~ i knew you were not ‘heavy’ and am amazed that anyone would think you are Paula Deen. No resemblance at all! I think the new picture your friend took of you is great! You look marvelous and are a very talented lady. I’ve got a couple of years on you as of June 2013. While I’m here let me wish you a very Happy Birthday and may the coming year bring you joy and happiness in every respect.

    God’s blessings to you and yours.

  14. Hi Hilda, Southern cookin’ is the best. I totally agree. Thank you for being a part of the site and for sharing. Happy you enjoy the recipes and have a great week.

  15. Hi Mandy, I love Southern cookin’, too, and have been cooking like you for many years. Thank you for your kind comment and for being part of the site. Loved hearing from you. God Bless you, too. Have a great week.

  16. Thank you Sandra for the birthday wishes and I feel honored to be compared to your Mom. Happy to have you on the site and hope you have a great week.

  17. Happy birthday to you, too, Rose. I hope you have a good one and thank you for being a part of the site. Always nice to meet another Kentuckian. I love my state. I love retirement, too! Have a great week.

  18. Hi Susan, Happy to meet another Kentuckian and I love the mountains of Kentucky. They are so beautiful. I just love my state. Thank you for being a part of the site and have a great week ahead.

  19. Thank you so much Josie. I would love to get a cookbook together one day. It is a lot of money and hard work to do one but hopefully I can. Don’t you just love retirement? I love it. Happy birthday to you. I hope you have a great one and thank you for being a part of the site. Have a great week.

  20. Thank you so much Clarence. Happy to have you on my site and I always love hearing that men like to cook. Cooking is fun for me and something I love as well. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

  21. Happy Birthday to you Pam. Mine is the 27th, so not for a while yet. I hope you have a great birthday and thank you for your kind comment. Happy to have you on my site.

  22. Thank you Cathy. I am honored that the recipes remind you of your Mom and Dad and family times. Happy to have you on the site. Have a great week.

  23. I love reading your blog and watch for all your recipes that u post. I havent made a single recipe of yours that wasn’t delicious and I have made many. Keep posting and staying active! It will keep you young. Enjoyed reading all about you!

    1. Thank you so much Joyce. I am so happy you enjoy the recipes and they work for you. Happy to have you on the site and have a great week.

  24. With my grandmother being from Monticello Ky. as you quoted it’s all in moderation. I have used the same quote to my mother in law it’s not what you cook it’s how many times you go back & refill that plate. Love your post & recipes keep up the good work.

  25. Wow! Scrolling down shows me you have a great following and I am one of them. I love your blog and posts and look forward to them each day! I admire you and what you do. I just hope I can find contentment and happiness like you have and be able to share with others like you are doing. Thank You!

    1. Hi Kathy, I know you will. You can do anything you set your mind to doing. I tell my children that all the time. I am happy to have you on my site and thank you for your kind comment. Have a great week.

  26. Hi Judy I enjoyed reading your email .You are very beautiful and look so young.Thanks for posting the southern food I enjoy it. I have try some and had no problems making them. Bless you Judy Lise ox

    1. Thank you Lise for such a kind comment and for being a part of my site. I am happy you are enjoying the recipes. Have a great week.

  27. Hello Judy! I just found your website a few days ago, so haven’t had time to check everything out just yet, but am loving it! I can’t believe some people would be so crass to ask if you look like Paula Deen or are “fleshy” etc… I apologize for such rudeness! I guess under the ‘cloak’ of the internet people tend to forget their manners! (if they ever had any to begin with!) Anyhoo, you’re a beautiful Lady & as someone else has said I wouldn’t have guessed a day over 50!
    Hope to get to ‘know’ you & enjoy your website for a long time!
    God Bless! From another ‘KY girl’~Maw Kettle~

    1. Hi Kim, I have a lot of Kentucky people on here and always nice to meet another one. Welcome to the site. I hope you will enjoy the recipes and thank you for your kind comment. There’s no place like Kentucky and Southern food is the best. Have a great week.

  28. Judy, I think you look beautiful, and I love all your recipes. I was born in Jackson, Tennessee, so I am southern as well. Keep the wonderful recipes coming. They keep bringing me back to my roots.

    1. Thank you so much Jean. Happy to have you here and happy you enjoy the site. Have a great week and thanks for coming by.

  29. Thank you for sharing your life and your love of cooking. You reminded me how much I love cooking and have helped me make time to get back in the kitchen even though my job and family can be demanding. You rock!

  30. Thank you so much Connie. I really don’t mind. I guess people are curious who is behind the recipes. lol. Thank you for your kind comment and God Bless you, too. Have a great week.

  31. Judy,I enjoy your website and I knew you were exactly right. Love
    how you take the time to answer each question.I am 64 years young.Walk two miles a day and live in the most beautiful state in the union KY, Love ya. Carol

  32. Hi Terri, You are so sweet and thank you so much for your wonderful comment and the birthday wishes, too.

  33. Hi Cathy, I am happy you enjoy the site and the posts and nice to meet another retiree that enjoys life like me. Thank you so much.

  34. Thank you Gail! Southern cookin’ is the best! Happy you enjoyed the story and like the recipes. Thanks for being here so long, too.

  35. Hi Deborah, I just had another Canadian leave a comment. I have lots of Canada people on here. I told her I think you all like Southern cooking up there. Thank you for your kind comment and so happy to have you on the site. Everyone is welcome here.

  36. Thank you Chris and happy to have you here. I have lots of Canadians on this site. I think you all like Southern cooking! You have a good week.

  37. It’s o.k., Anita. I think it’s because I cook with butter and such and do Southern cooking. People always think if you cook that way you are huge. Thank you. I am happy you like the blog and happy to have you on the site.

  38. Who would be soooo rude to ask if you were fat??? You are beautiful!! Keep cooking and being you!! I am a Published Southern cookbook author and I agree, Everything in moderation but Sometimes thats real hard to do! haha

    1. I just think some people think if you cook like a Southerner you are fat. lol. Thank you for your kind comment and happy to have you here.

  39. Thank you Wanda. My birthday is the 27th. A Libra! Happy birthday to you, too. Hope you have a great day.


  41. You are a Beautiful Lady , and I thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes with all of us. My Momma was a southern lady, so these comfort recipes bring back wonderful memories . God Bless and Happy Hirthday, we don’t get older, we only get better .

    1. I like how you think, Freida. Older and better! Thank you for your birthday wishes and your kind comment. Happy to have you here and God Bless you, too.

  42. Thank you Janie. Yes, that yard keeps me busy. I have mowed it every week this summer and now it is time to start on the leaves. I have a lot of tall oak trees and they are starting to lose their leaves. I am blessed to be able to do it. Have a great week.

  43. Hi Judy! Nice to meet another Judy, too. Thank you for being a part of the site and for your kind comment.

  44. Hi Judy, I just have to say that you look beautiful, even in your jeans and a shirt. Thanks for all your down-home cooking recipes. You are a treasure to the blog world.

  45. I personally wouldn’t care if you were a 800 lb gorilla, I absolutely love your page and have tried several recipes of yours and have always been satisfied with the results. You have helped me to serve new dishes to my family and break away from the boring same old things all the time. Keep up the Great work!

  46. Hi pretty Lady! So glad to call you friend! I love your style, cooking, writing and living! Keep the Southern Magic coming! 🙂
    Lynn~Southern With A Twist

    1. Hi Lynn and Ditto! Happy to have you as a friend, too. I remember when I first started the FB page and you were one of the first pages I liked. Thank you so much.

  47. I´m spanish.I live in Madrid. I don´t how I found you, but….GOD BLESSES YOU.I love your recipes,and love reading about you.Thank you very,very much for sharing your recipes

  48. Well hello Judy I am so glad to meet you at last I am the person that has the eye sight problem and I so charish your website you are a God send to me . First I want to tell you Happy Birthday in advance and you look great andyou don’t look at all your age. I love all your recipes and your blog, and I love the time that you take to tell all of us about your life and cooking history.I was a bakery chef for 35 years until I was unable to work anymore, but I still am able to cook at home for my husband and my friends lam a diabedic for 16 years now and recently found out that my husband is also, but my passion for food and cooking will be with me until the Lord calls on me.Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and feelings with me may God bless you always, Sincerely Dawn Dilley

  49. Will you try to find more about food to eat for Diabetics? I am pre- diabetic and my husband is Diabetic. I need help on fixin the right kinds of food for us.

  50. You are a lovely woman. Thanks for the picture so I can put a face to your wonderful recipes. I am a Hoosier, but live in NC now. My grandmother and mother taught me how to cook (Home Ec. classes helped also) and a lot of things were southern dishes. I guess my grandmother picked them up spending winters in Florida. I look forward to your recipes every day. Have made a lot of them. YUMMY! I’ve always said if you can read a recipe, you can cook. Maybe that is wrong, but most of my cooking has come from recipes. You just have to give it a try. I also collect cookbooks and read them like novels. LOL Hope you have a great day!

  51. Very nice to meet you Judy. I love your blog (I have one myself) and I often forward your recipes to my daughters who live in Florida. I too live in Kentucky and am a retired Special Education teacher. I have a farm, am a photographer, and I have a woodworking shop. All this keeps me busy in my 74th year. I want to wish you a Happy Birthday now and many, many more. Melanie

    1. Hi Melanie! So happy to meet you, too, and to meet another Kentuckian. You sound like a very busy and interesting person. I used to live on a farm when my children were little and love farm life. Thank you for the birthday wishes and for being a part of my site. Happy you enjoy the recipes and pass them on. Have a great week.

    1. Thank you Charlotte! Happy to have you on the site. Everyone is welcome here and happy you enjoy the recipes. Have a great week.

  52. Keep up the great work ,you are beautiful lady.
    God Bless you. This is my favorite site for recipes espcially like your facebook status

    1. Thank you Bonnie! Love that you enjoy the site and it is your favorite. Happy to have you. God Bless you, too.

  53. I have enjoyed your recipes and chat ever since I first “found you” – and have been a superstar on more than one occasion for making one
    you shared. I also like the fact that Southern cooking and Northern cooking (that I grew up with) are not always so far apart… and neither should people be. Thank you Judy.

    1. I totally agree with you, Jerry, about the cooking and the people. Thank you and happy I made a superstar out of you. lol.

  54. I just started receiving these post and joined your FB page and I am enjoying every thing about them and your recipes look excellent. Thank you.

  55. Enjoy reading about you and your recipes. You look great! I have used quite a few of your recipes in my own cooking. Thank you.

    1. Thank you so much Mary! You will make my head swell with your kind comment.lol. Have a great week and happy to have you on the site.

  56. Judy, you are an inspiration! I’m close to your age and recently separated after a long marriage. One of the biggest challenges has been lawn care — or rather, the cost of hiring someone! After reading that you mow your own grass, I’m trying to talk myself into trying it, though I’ve never mowed the grass in my life. I bet that’s one of the reasons you are in such great shape… all that exercise! I’ve already tried lots of your recipes, and now you’ve given me even more motivation. Thank you. 🙂

    1. Hi Kate! You can do it. The only thing I have trouble with is starting my mower because it does not have an electric start on it. Be sure and get one with an electric start if you buy one. My next one will be that way. I thought of buying a riding mower many times but I really enjoy the exercise and feel so accomplished each time I do it. lol. I also do pilates and have a pilates exercise machine in my office. I want to get an exercise bike for the winter months. I am happy you enjoy the recipes and thank you for your kind comment.

  57. Just stumbled on to your site and love it, you are the kind of cook my grandmother taught me to be. Thank you for posting such down home recipes.

  58. Judy you are gorgeous and I have to admit slimmer than I imagined! Well, those gorgeous recipes misled me, lol. Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself.

  59. Thanks for sharing. Love your recipes. As a Tennessee girl and now a Virginia girl, I was raised on southern cooking. You’re looking great and could pass for someone younger. Enjoying what you do at any age is important. Keep it up!

    1. Hi Granny, I think that is the key. You have to enjoy what you do. Thank you for being here such a nice comment.

  60. I love your recipes and have saved so many of them, I’ve lost count! 🙂 Thank you for allowing us to get to know you a little bit. Bless you and am looking forward to more of your wonderful recipes.

    1. Hi Lorie, Thank you and I am flattered you have saved so many of my recipes. Happy to meet you and have you here on the site.

  61. Thanks for letting me be apart of your cooking family! You are great! I enjoy your recipes! Thanks again! Love and prayers from WV!

  62. I think you are beautiful at any age. !! I love trying lots of your reciepes.. But I love cooking also and you offer so many very good ones. !! Thanks for giving your time ..

  63. Bravo, Judy — for both your attitude and your devotion to keeping Southern country cookin’ traditions alive. Whatever you’re doing to stay healthy and fit obviously works for you. I wouldn’t change a thing! 🙂

  64. Loved reading about you! You look amazing, especially for someone your age! You inspire me, a 61 year young Southern (raised Cajun) to try to take better care of myself! God bless ya!

  65. You are a beautiful person..inside and out!! I am becoming a better cook because of you and I am grateful that you take the time to do what you do! Have a safe and blessed Labor Day! 😉

  66. You are an absolute beautiful lady and I love to read and collect your recipes. Your story is wonderful. Keep doing the work you are doing. I love it.

    1. Thank you Tina and happy to have you on the site. I love it that you like to collect my recipes. Have a great week.

  67. Hi Carol! So happy to meet you and I would have probably wondered as well who was behind the blog. Most people are just naturally curious. Thank you so much for your friendship and being a part of my site. I love that we have morning coffee together sometimes. I am sure you are going to be a great cook. Just hang in there, it takes time. Love and hugs to you.

  68. You are so welcome. Nice to meet you and sounds like you have a very interesting life. Thank you for coming by today and have a great week.

  69. Hello from illinois! 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing! Do you have any advice you could share? I’m going to start my own blog very soon and am trying to figure out where to start.

    1. Hi Krista! I started out on Blogger and went to Wordpress later because Blogger seems a little easier to use to me. Make comments on other blogs, post interesting stuff on yours and interact with your readers. That’s my advice and good luck to you.

  70. I really don’t mind CC. We all get curious sometimes I guess. I am happy you enjoy the blog and happy to have you on the site. Have a great week.

  71. nice article and i really enjoy your msg that I rec in my inbox each day love love love the receipes they are great , ps im from ky , but now i live in alabama for the last 11 yrs

    1. Hi Judi, Nice to meet another Kentuckian. Thank you so much and happy you enjoy the site. Come by anytime.

  72. I love your blog & your recipes! Southern cooking is the best & recipes are some the best southern cooking recipes.

  73. What a pretty lady you are!! Thanks for the post today about yourself.Enjoy reading all your recipes and cooking lots of them.:),especially soups and salads–I like left overs:) especially from a simple meal.Guess you can call me lazy since I am only cooking for one. Do visit with us again -makes me want to drop in for a cup of coffee and something sweet to eat. Keep the recipes coming.

    1. Would love having coffee with you Gail. Thank you for your kind comment and happy you enjoy the site. Come by anytime.

  74. love your recipes and your photo Thanks for sharing Its nice to associate a face with your blog Feels like we’re friends

    1. I am sure we would be friends, Lynda! I love people and meeting new people. Thank you for your lovely comment and visit with me anytime. Have a great week.

  75. Great day…people are not only blind…they are way too nosey. You don’t look a thing like Paula Deen….lol…that is too funny…they need to get their eyes checked. You write a blog…a very good one I might add….what makes people think they have the right to ask you what size your body is…for pity sake…shame on them.

    I will take this opportunity to say thanks for all you post….I believe I’ve pinned 99.99% of everything you post…and I’ve made a great deal of the recipes too. You are a great cook and I love your blog.

    1. Thank you for your kind comment. I think it is because of the Southern cooking and lots of butter and grease in some of the recipes. People are just naturally curious anyway. I just don’t want them thinking I am obese. lol. Have a great week and happy you enjoy the recipes.

  76. Happy Labor Day in Kentucky, Judy! Thank you for your blog and the wonderfully Southern recipes that you share. I enjoy them so much! I enjoy trying to recreate the recipes of my grandmothers, too. My most recent quest is make the perfect fried chocolate pie. So far I’ve made two attempts and I’m not quite satisfied. Any suggestions?
    – A fan from the western end of KY

    1. I will have to work on the fried chocolate pies, Sherry. I have made fried apple pies recently but not chocolate. Happy to meet another Kentuckian and happy you enjoy the recipes.

  77. Enjoyed reading about you and your life style and glad to hear that you eat exactly what you want in moderation. That is good to know with so many different diet plans out there. Keep up the good work.

  78. I absolutely love your recipes! I’m 70 and look forward to receiving them in my email. Your story is fantastic! You’re a very pretty lady. My Uncle was born n’ raised in Kentucky and worked the coal mines when he was young (now passed). I cook for myself and pick out easy recipes that don’t take alot of work because of my age. But I love all of the ones I have tried. Please keep them coming, hugs 🙂

    1. So nice to meet you MaryAnn! Happy you enjoy getting the recipes in the mail. There is no place like Kentucky in my book! Thanks for being a part of the site and come by often.

  79. I think you are beautiful…Love your recipies and your blog..one of the first recipes of your’s I tried came from a share of a former co-worker..It was delish..I told him I wasn’t sure if I wanted to hit him or hug him for sharing..I was counting calories at the time..have since learned moderation,& portion size…love cooking, sharing recipies…Thank You so much for sharing all that you do…Stay happy & healthy..

  80. Thanks for the personal note to all of us. You are such a True Southern Lady and I’m proud to meet you. Your recipe are the bomb. Every time I go to horse shows (or anywhere) I take a desert from you and I get so many compliments. No one ever asks for the recipe they jut tell me to keep it coming. From all my family and friends Thank You

    1. Thank you Debby! So happy to hear this and that your friends and family enjoy the recipes. Happy to have you here and have a great week.

  81. I love your recipes, and thats all! If someone dosn’t understand the fact that your not in the right place. If your from up North like I am alot of the foods and techniques are different. Everyone needs a varity…thats the spice of life~

    1. Hi Deborah, Everyone is welcome on my site and I am happy you enjoy the recipes and happy to have you aboard. Everyone is different but we all live in this world and should love one another. Thanks for dropping in and have a great week.

    1. Thank you Vonda! Glad you like the print feature, it was a long time coming. Happy to have you and thanks for coming by.

  82. I think I am a “Southern” girl living in the North. I do love to visit Kentucky and my dishes were hand made in Tater Knob near Brea. This site makes my day. I also just retired and the site helps me as I transition to a new phase. Thank you.

  83. You are lovely and hope you keep on writing for a long time.I have enjoyed your recipes since I found your site.My La Rue family came to Ark. from Kentucky before I was a twinkle in my daddy eye. I have been to La Rue county and traveled some in Kentucky. It is beautiful and so are the people.

    1. Hi Gloria, Kentucky is just a beautiful state and I love it. There is nothing as beautiful as flying into the Lexington airport on a small plane and seeing all the horse farms from the sky. Thank you for your kind comment and for being a part of my site.

  84. I loved this article and I love all your recipes, but it is really hard to remember “everything in moderation” ….they are all so delicious! Thank you for sharing!

    1. I agree with you about the moderation. It is hard to do but so worth it because then you can eat anything you want. lol. Thank you for being here, too, and your kind comment.

  85. You’re gorgeous and your recipes are delicious! They remind me of the ones my Mother and Grandmother used to make and neither of them were ever heavy – everything in moderation. Thanks!

  86. I loved reading about you, Your recipes remind me of the ones I used to cook with my dad. He was all country so I grew up on good old fashioned home cooking. Loved the pic of you too. Thanks for sharing your recipes.

  87. Love your recipes! Too bad people can’t just enjoy that. You shouldn’t have to explain yourself. Oh the life of a star!

  88. You ROCK!!! I really enjoy all your recipes and everyone that I have cooked or baked my husband, who is a true southerner LOVES them! Keep doing what your doing and I will keep reading and following you every step of the way! I am 52 years young!!! <3

    1. Happy to meet you Kathy and happy you all are enjoying the recipes. Age is just a number! Have a great week.

  89. You look good I’m 65 yeaars born and raised up here in Chicagoland area and I love southern cooking and baking, Bacon grease pork fat Jowl ham hocks salt pork, bacon skins all the good stuff. I believe in hospitality and sharing food for me is way of showing love to those you’re cooking for. My parents were southners. Have a good day.

    1. I agree with you Rita! Southern food is love and sharing. Happy to have you on the site. Have a good week.

  90. God bless you Judy…..my mother passed years ago and every time i read or cook one of your recipes it take me back to my childhood and my mom…….so thank you

  91. I have tried quite a few of you recipe’s for Thursday Evening Men’s Bible Study and some of wife’s call to get recipe or to get your site information.I look forward to your posts.

  92. You look wonderful, and it wouldn’t matter to me anyway. You are a very kind and giving person and I appreciate you for what you are doing for all who wish to seek you out. Thank you so very much miss lady!!

  93. I don’t comment often but I love your blog, and I enjoyed reading about you and seeing your photo. I will turn 70 in September and I, too, am on no medications. Eating good food is the key, and as you said, moderation.

    1. So happy you commented Janet and happy to have you on my site. Thank you and hope you will come by often. Have a great day.

  94. Enjoyed you sharing this. Wish I looked that good in jeans & a shirt!!! Enjoy your recipes as I am from the good ole south also (Mississippi). Thanks for your dedication to all of us!!!! Take care & God bless!!

    1. God Bless you, too, Betty. I love having you come by and your comments. Happy to have you on the site. Thank you.

  95. I really enjoyed reading about you and I love your pose in your picture. I will need to remember those tips when I pose for my next picture. You are a beautiful woman and you look much younger than 68 years old. I too live in Kentucky (Western) and I feel we are very blessed to live in a great state. Thank you for sharing about yourself. It was a pleasure to learn more about you. Have a blessed day!

    1. Thank you so much Darrelyn. So nice to meet another Kentuckian and happy to have you on the site. Don’t forget that pose and tips. lol.

  96. I love your page! I have twin toddlers and don’t get to cook as much as I used to, but I live vicariously through your posts….and save all the recipes to try. Today I am going to take advantage of my day off and make your okra fritters 🙂

    1. I hope you enjoy the fritters, Christine. I have twins, too, but mine are grown. You are so blessed to have twins. They are just wonderful and are so close throughout their life. Thank you for your kind comment.

  97. So happy to be able to put a face to your name. I live “right down the road from you” in Lexington, and was so happy to have found your website/blog. I’m grew up on a farm in central KY and love all your recipes. I love to bake and have used many of your recipes.

  98. Love your recipes and learning about you. You seem like a very lovely Lady and a wonderful cook! Thank you so much for all the time you take to make the recipes and then sharing them with us!

  99. Hello Judy I sure enjoyed reading your lastest blog and seeing your beautiful posed photo, I was also born and raised in the South St. Augustine,Florida so I really appreciate your wonderful Southern recipes Thanks,

  100. Beautiful YOUNG southern belle!!! Anyone who can mow an acre with a push mower is AOK in my book!!!! I love everything about this site, especially, the absolutely awesome recipes…and the pictures…wow! In fact I love it so much, I have it saved to my desk top! Thank you, thank you, thank you for EVERYTHING! Don’t change a thing. And btw, thanks for the “bio” of a very interesting and down to earth lady. God bless you!!!

  101. Thanks for NOT being Paula Deen! I enjoy trying some of your recipes. You look great! Thanks for being you!
    You look like someone I would enjoy knowing.
    Best wishes form Huntsville, AL.

  102. You are just beautiful, and I love the blog and all the recipes that remind me of my childhood, And help me bring all the goodness to my family!

  103. You look great! I am a displaced Southern girl – now living in Chicago – and your page just brings me home every day. All my Yankee friends and family love my Southern cooking. You can take a Southern girl out of the South, but you can’t take the South out of a Southern girl!

    1. How true, how true, Mary! I love being a Southern girl. Thank you so much for your kind comment and for being a part of this site.

  104. I am a single divorced man. I applaud you for giving your time and interest in other people. It amazes me the creations you come up with. Being single and especially a man, I don’t try them all .As they say it’s hard to cook for one person. Keep up the good and kind work.

    1. Thank you so much Don! I have a lot of men on this site and I love it that men today enjoy recipes and cooking. Happy to have you here.

  105. You look fabulous and it’s great to see you. I too work for KY state gov’t and hope to have more time to cook when I retire in 5 years. You should publish a cookbook so that I have it on hand when that time comes! A number of your recipes are foods I’ve been eating for years since I come from a long line of country cooks. I’m glad you’ve provided us with a resource to find the recipes. Happy eating y’all!

    1. Hi Paula! I hope I can have one published by then. You will love retirement. I have not missed work at all. Thank you so much and happy to meet you and have you on my site.

  106. What a wonderful blog you wrote, I’m sorry people write rude comments, I guess manners were on their short list of learning.

    1. Hi Jody, No problem, just curiosity, I guess. I think Southern cooking makes people think you have to be large to cook the way you do. Thank you for your lovely comment and for coming by today. Have a great week.

  107. I love your blog and FB page. I was raised in East Tennessee where every celebration and occasion from birth to death revolves around a big dinner. I love my southern roots and southern food. I’m not an obese or unhealthy person either. It’s funny how those stereotypes go. Keep those recipes coming and a big ole “How Y’all doing?” from your neighboring state. God Bless!

    1. Hi Tracey! I know about every occasion revolving around food, too. Southern food and love just seem to go together. Happy to have you here from Tennessee. Have a great week and thank you.

  108. Loved reading this BUT I can’t believe some people have actually asked you about your weight!! I can tell you’ve taken in all in stride!! You are one hell of an amazing woman with mowing your large yard on a push mower etc.

  109. Your my kind of gal…Down to earth kind of person..Love all your recipes and always follow you on FB…I am originally from Wis..but have lived in Missouri most of my married life, which was 50 years last Nov….Thanks for telling us all about yourself…Keep well and God Bless..

  110. You go girl!! I am a southern lady from the deep south..I enjoy reading, cooking and sharing your recipies..it is nice of you to share your info with all of us..keep up the good work!!

  111. Thank you so much! All of your cooking reminds me of my granny who was from Arkansas. I don’t use bacon grease anymore but everything else I’m on board!!!

  112. First of all, you are a beautiful person… 2nd, how dare people ask you questions like that in the first place…. and last… I love your recipes, they remind me of my 12 years in Tennessee and the foods I miss, I can now make myself…. Thank you

  113. It is nice to see a woman with some cooking experience, on a food blog, most of them look 16. Would you trust a recipe from them? I say not. You look lovely!

    1. I have lots of experience that is for sure, Becca! Been cooking for years for family and friends and love it. Thank you so much.

    1. Thank you Letha. I agree that age is just a number but my numbers are sure gettin’ up there. lol. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by this morning.

  114. You look BEAUTIFUL. I love to read your posts and look at the recipes and pictures. Reminds me of kinder, gentler days with my southern relatives in North West Florida. Love you. Jude

    1. People call me Jude, too, Jude! Thank you for your kind comment and happy you enjoy the site. I wish I could go back to the kinder, gentler days.

    1. Thank you so much Hazel and thanks for dropping in. I wish we were all having some sweet tea together this morning! What a great morning it would be.

  115. Thank you for all the wonderful recipes and the info about yourself. Many of my Mother and Grandma’s recipes were never written down, but what I have seen here and tried is just like home (Arkansas). It has been about 38 yrs since I have lived in Arkansas, but there is just something about southern foods that one doesn’t forget. My husband and I have been missionaries in central Mexico for 18 yrs and I love the foods here, but there is just something special about Southern foods.

    1. I totally agree with you Marcia! Thank you for coming by. I know you must miss Arkansas. Have a great day and happy you enjoy the site.

  116. Hi Judy! I am from No Ky..(Boone Co)…love your site…have tried many recipes…and so far loved them all! The pics are nice too! Keep up the good work!

    1. Hi Mindy, Always nice to meet another Kentuckian. I love my state. Thank you for your kind comment and for stopping by this morning.

  117. Hi Judy: I am your age and I think u look beautiful! My mother (rest her soul) was also born in Kentucky (Prices Mills), and as I understand it, had to move in with one of her sisters (siblings – 4 girls, 1 boy) who lived in Mass with her husband when Mom was a teenager. However, that southern charm was always in her heart and food. I remember she would cook her favs southern food while we are “Northern” style. Also, when her siblings would get together, that southern draw always appeared without a blink of the eye. Good memories for me. I love your recipes. Keep up the good work.

    1. I enjoyed your story about your Mother, Nancy. Thank you so much for sharing with us today. Happy you enjoy the site and recipes and thanks for coming by.

    1. I wish, Linda! I am very blessed to be healthy and happy and have a great family. Thank you very much for stopping in this morning and have a great day. Happy to have you here.

  118. I am stunned that people would ask such rude questions! You were clearly “raised right” and exude Southern grace…just another reason I love this page. Thank you for your work making sure these wonderful Southern recipes don’t fade away.

    1. Thank you so much Elizabeth. I am happy you enjoy the page. I think it is because of the Southern recipes and how they are made and people just naturally think you can’t eat that way and be healthy.

  119. You are a lovely lady and I love reading about you. I live in KY also. I love your recipes and always follow you on FB. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

  120. Judy that is too funny that people would ask you such questions. Thanks for sharing though, and I’d sure like to look as good as you when I get to be your age!! hehe -Secret “I am older than you so there is no way it will happen. Have a great Holiday.
    Love your web page still.
    Doris – Grammyof16

    1. I am so happy to hear from you Doris! Hope all is well and thank you for your very kind comment. Love and hugs.

  121. You look amazing and sound like a wonderful person. I truly enjoy all of your recipes and thank you for taking the time to host this site. 🙂

  122. I love your post very interesting and open, I love the casual look with the pose. You look great. Happy Birthday in advance. I am so glad you are enjoying your retirement as that is what it is about. Keep cooking and posting. I cannot get enough. Your right about eating in moderation. That is how I lost my weight. I started eating less at each seating. I do not know why people would think you were fat or obese. That did not even cross my mind. I guess your right just because you cook a lot of good things that you must be. Oh well! I think you would be a wonderful person to meet and sit and chat about the day. Enjoy and will catch up with you on your next recipe.

    1. Thank you Heidi. I love meeting new people. Love, love retirement! I worked a lot of years and ran a grocery besides retiring from the state. Now, I am enjoying the rewards. Happy to have you here.

  123. Lovely picture and I am really ashamed of the people that made you feel like you had to do this! We are all free to choose recipes and cook any food we would like. I love collecting recipes, but I know that I won’t a lot of them for some reason or another. That’s MY choice, but I can look at them and think how wonderful they would taste, and maybe I will treat myself sometime. I enjoy your blog and your FB page. Carry on with your good work, we can tell it is done with love!

    1. It’s o.k., Renee, guess I might be curious, too, since I do make a lot of recipes that some people don’t consider healthy. It is done with love, you are so right. Happy you enjoy the site.

  124. Judy…you look pretty good at 68 striking your pose to me! I’m from SE Mo the top of the bootheel I really enjoy your recipes. But since retiring last year I cook more and more recipe from FB And Pinterest and I need to learn your way of eating. I’ve put on about 10 pds.!

    1. I must say my dear you are truly blessed and a blessing from the Lord for me .. I am finding new recipes I can actual do and they turn out wonderful…Thank You for taking the time to share what you know, and all those yummy recipes… God Bless You .. !!

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