Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

“Oh Chuckie, your pancakes are always so fluffy,” exclaimed my mother one morning at the cabin. When I read this sentence to Jerri, she asked, “Did she really?” and I replied honestly, “I don’t remember if she said that exactly, but it’s the sort of thing she would have said. She was always very complimentary…
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Sweet Potato Biscuits

Susie, one of our nieces, mailed me a cookbook that she thought I would like. She was right. Spoonbread and Strawberry Wine by Norma Jean and Carole Darden is filled with family recipes, reminiscences and stories of a remarkable African-American family. Inspired by a chance remark from a guest at a dinner party, the two…
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Rye Buttermilk Pancakes

For the first time last summer, Jerri and I spent a week in San Francisco, California, toured some wineries in the Napa and Sonoma valleys and visited our friends Bob and Jody at their home in Ashland, Oregon. Bob and I had shared an apartment in Madison when we were students at the University of…
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Buttermilk Oatmeal Bread

Here is a bread that tastes good and is good for you. Oatmeal is an excellent source of iron, thiamine and dietary fiber and helps lower your cholesterol. Oatmal bread doesn’t have a lot of the grain, but it is a delicious way to get some of these important vitamins, minerals and fiber. I have…
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Mrs. Lanier’s Buttermilk Sheet Cake

On a yellowed scrap of paper torn from a sheet of the thin and inexpensive stationery you could buy in pads at the five and dime when I was a boy is a recipe written down for Jerri by Mrs. Lanier of Atlanta, Kansas. It’s probably the same paper that she used to write letters…
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