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A bit of the South this Thanksgiving</br>courtesy of my mom

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I usually stay here in Milwaukee, but to be honest, I get homesick for a good southern Thanksgiving.

As some of you know, I grew up all over the South in places like Atlanta, Charleston, Birmingham, Louisville, and Houston.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Thanksgiving dinner in the Midwest, but it isn’t the same.

To alleviate the homesickness, I asked my mom to share some of her Thanksgiving recipes so I may cook them for myself. In the spirit of sharing and giving thanks, I thought I'd share them with you. They include cornbread dressing, sweet potato pie and cheddar bake potatoes.

Cornbread Dressing

2 cups corn meal

2 teaspoonful baking power

2 eggs

1 1/2 cup of milk

2 tablespoon veg oil

2 tablespoons flour

Mix the dry ingredients first. Then add the other ingredients and mix well. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Add the mixture to preheated and greased cast iron skillet. Bake about 25 minutes.

Prepare a roaster or a hen. Preheat oven to 325 degrees, salt and pepper the chicken, add celery and onion in side the chicken.  Add a little water in the pan. It will take 2 to 3 hours to cook.  You are going to use the broth from the chicken for the dressing.

After the cornbread is made:

Sauté 1 chopped onion and 4 chopped stalks of celery and gizzard (chopped) from the chicken in butter or a little oil. Then add the sauteed vegetables and gizzard to a bowl with the cornbread (crumbled), 1 can cream of chicken soup, salt & pepper (to taste) and the chicken broth from the cooked hen or roaster. Mix everything well. Taste the mixture to see you have enough onion or celery, if you think you need more add more.  Bake at 350 for about an hour. Taste to see if it is done.


Sweet Potato Pie

4 large potatoes, boil with skin on until done (test to see if they are cooked , it shouldn't take no longer than 1 hour.  (4 large potatoes make two pies)

2 eggs, 1 stick of butter, vanilla, lemon flavors, cinnamon, cloves (all the flavors and spicies add and taste to your liking), 1 tsp of lemon extract, 1 tsp of vanilla extract, 3/4 cup of sugar (add more if you need it), 1/4 cup of milk.  Mix well.  Use your electric mixer so you can remove a lot of strings from the potatoes.  Bake 45 minutes in a 350 degrees preheated oven.

Cheddar Bake Potatoes

Boil 4 large potatoes like you are going to make mash potatoes. Mash the potatoes, add shredded cheddar cheese to your liking, green onion, butter, salt and pepper, and a little milk.  Mix everything and pour into a greased pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes until golden brown.


Director of Digital | Radio Milwaukee