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Chayote-Corn Pudding

Chayote-Corn Pudding

Corn pudding is a casserole favorite in the South, but it’s usually served as a side dish. Here, we’ve filled it out with chayote for a satisfying entrée that can be served with bread and a green salad.

Spicy Cajun Rice

Spicy Cajun Rice

Serve this dish with steamed greens and roasted or stewed tomatoes, and you’ve got a full-on Southern-style meal. Frozen peppers and onions are used as a time-saving way to season the dish, but you could also use fresh chopped onion and bell pepper.

New Years Black-Eyed Peas and Greens

New Year’s Black-Eyed Peas 
and Greens

“Eat poor on New Year’s, and eat fat the rest of the year,” goes the saying in the American South, where black-eyed peas are eaten at New Year’s for luck and good fortune. The peas are said to represent coins, and are often eaten alongside collard greens, which represent paper money, as well as golden cornbread. 
This version replaces the collards with superfood kale.

Gluten-Free Sage Cornbread

Gluten-Free Sage Cornbread

We call for yellow cornmeal here so that the shade can play off the green of the sage, but any type will work.

Essence of Peach Soup

Essence of Peach Soup

Best when peaches are at their prime, this refreshingly chilled soup is both light and delicate, depending on the peach’s succulent flavor for its success.

Mixed Greens

Mixed Greens

You can find a mix of hearty greens in just about any typical African, Caribbean and southern American meal. Being from the South, I became accustomed to seeing the bottle of vinegar with chile peppers settled at the bottom on the table next to the salt and pepper and a condiment called chow chow pickle. These condiments were used to kick up your greens. You will find these add punch.

Black-Eyed Pea Croquettes

Black-Eyed Pea Croquettes

The myth in the African-American community is that black-eyed peas should be eaten on New Year’s Day for good luck. The traditional dish is called Hoppin’ John, which is a mix of black-eyed peas, rice and pork sausage. There are several theories on how this dish got its name, but here is a new twist on this old favorite. The mix may be made 1 day ahead, but add the breadcrumbs when you make the patties.

Crispy Kale Chips

Crispy Kale Chips

Betcha can't eat just one of these light, crispy snacks. Nutritional yeast gives them a tangy, almost cheesy flavor. If you are concerned about gluten, check to make sure the brand of nutritional yeast you use was grown on beets, not barley.

Strawberry Cobbler

Strawberry Cobbler

Serve this delicately sweet dessert warm or at room temperature, or cover, and refrigerate up to two days.

Carolina-style Barbecue Sandwiches

Carolina-style Barbecue Sandwiches

A tangy mustard-based sauce distinguishes Carolina-style barbecue from its sweeter Kansas City cousin. This recipe makes 2 cups of sauce, leaving plenty to serve on the side. For crunch in your sandwiches, buy coleslaw at the deli, or make Deep South Slaw.

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