S. L. Watson
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About S. L. Watson
Life long Southerner who lives in Bowling Green, KY with spouse. Priorities in life are God and family.
I love to read, garden and take in every stray animal that walks into my yard including squirrels, birds and even the occasional raccoon or two.
Favorite authors are Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lynsay Sands, J. R. Ward, Hannah Howell and Joel Osteen.
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Ground beef has long been a staple in most homes. We raised our own cattle growing up and we always had plenty of fresh ground beef. My mother could stretch ground beef into a filling and delicious meal to feed the family. These old recipes are still as tasty today as back then. They are tried and true recipes that have stood the test of time.
If you like old fashioned casseroles, main dishes, meat pies, spaghetti, meatloaf, meatballs, burgers and stews, this cookbook is full of these favorites. With over 250 recipes, you will surely find a favorite to stretch your grocery dollars. There is nothing fancy about these recipes, just old fashioned hearty goodness.
In this cookbook, you will find recipes for 150 of the most iconic southern foods. These are foods you must make and eat in your lifetime. This includes all the well known southern favorites such as biscuits, cornbread, sweet tea, chicken fried steak, greens, fried okra and delicious desserts. It also includes some of the older recipes that are not as popular today. Recipes like Tomato Cracker Salad, Moon Pies, Warm Gumbo Dip, Crawfish Dip, Saltine Toffee, 7 UP cake and Smothered Chicken.
There are three things guaranteed when visiting the south. They are delicious food, hospitality and hot humid summers. If someone tells you “Bless Your Heart”, don't take it personally, you are just not use to our ways. As a lifelong southerner, remembering our southern heritage is important to me. These classic recipes must not get lost in history.
Sunday dinners in the south were a tradition in my home growing up. Sunday was about God and family. Sunday was my favorite day of the week. The family would gather for a meal after church and spend the afternoon together. Some meals were elaborate and some were very simple. It was not only about the food but about enjoying each other. Times were much simpler then and I recall fondly all the memories. Enjoy this journey with me as we travel along memory lane to remember Sundays in the South.
The food was delicious and plenty. I lived in a rural farm community and neighbors would always drop by on Sunday afternoon. My mother was the best southern cook I have ever known. She enjoyed watching family and friends eat the food she made. I always said God put my mother on this earth to bring joy to people. Whether it was her calm and gentle demeanor or the plates of food she served, she did it with joy. You could not help but be happy around my mother. If you were having a bad day, she always knew the right thing to say and the right food to cheer you up. She brought great joy to everyone she met.
Mother would do most of the cooking on Saturday so she could spend time with family and friends on Sunday. There were almost always at least 1 cake and pie or cobbler for every dinner. She also made cookies, homemade ice cream and various other desserts. I come from a large family and we might have 40 people at Sunday dinner. If you missed Sunday dinner, you better have a great reason. She expected everyone to attend Sunday dinner.
When we became adults and moved out, we would drop by on Saturday's to help her prepare for Sunday dinner. Sunday dinners started out at my grandparent's house but as they got older, my mother took over the tradition. As my mother got older, we all pitched in to continue the tradition. Times have changed. My mother passed and most of the family has moved away. I still prepare Sunday dinner even though it may only be a few of us now. I still have all the fond memories of growing up with Sunday dinners in the south.
Desserts have long been a southern tradition. So many great desserts get lost in the glamorous desserts of today. These humble and delicious desserts are still great and usually do not require expensive ingredients. Homemade always taste better than store bought desserts.
Pies are a tradition in most homes. Everyone has their favorite but these old fashioned pies have been made in the south for decades. They use many of the homegrown resources readily available all over the south. Most pies are not hard to make. Whisk ingredients together and pour into a pie crust. Southerner's are known for fabulous cakes. Whether you like layer cakes, sheet cakes or pound cakes, you will surely love these recipes. Ice cream, old fashioned puddings and ice cream desserts are my favorite especially in the hot summer. These desserts are easy to make and everyone will love them. They are great for picnics and barbecues.
The south is known for great cooking but so many great recipes get lost in the new recipes of today. The old classics are still as good today as they were back then. Southern cooks are famous for delicious creations. Even though I love today's new wave of southern food, I still make and enjoy the old southern fare that we grew up on. This cookbook is a homage to all the great southern cooks who left their legacy. This is simple rib sticking food. There is not much fancy about it but just good food and memories.
Biscuits, fried chicken, sweet tea and cakes get all the glory in southern cooking, but there is so much more to it. This cookbook revives the southern fare that was served on tables years and decades ago. Times were tough and you made do with what you had.
I knew there had to be dramatic changes in my diet and lifestyle. I am a born and raised southerner. I was not going to give up my southern ways or all my southern food favorites. These recipes are not only for diabetics but will satisfy your entire family. I brought out all my recipes and worked to make each one diabetic friendly. I've always loved vegetables, meat and beans but I needed to eat more of them to substitute for potatoes, pasta, rice and bread. I was not going to feel deprived or go hungry, but I had to lower my blood sugar and increase my heart health. A variety of foods in my diet was a must.
I don't count carbs or follow a specific keto or low carb diet. The majority of my diet includes foods that are lower in carbohydrates, sugar free and are on the low glycemic and low glycemic load list. I've now had four consecutive A1C test results of 5.8 or lower. I do not take any medications to control my blood sugar. Diet and exercise keep my blood sugar under control. I no longer take any heart medications. The only medication I take is a low dose aspirin every day.
I average eating 6 servings of lower carb vegetables and beans most everyday. Sometimes I use them as a main dish and sometimes as a side dish. Many nights I have a variety of vegetables with beans and a low carb cornbread for dinner instead of meat. I eat about 8 oz. meat at a meal and about 1 1/4 cups beans for a meat replacement. After a few weeks, I felt so much better. My skin glowed, my hair was lustrous and my nails grew like weeds. Those nagging aches and pains that come with age have disappeared. After 6 months, the 25 lbs. I had been carrying around for years, melted off. Everyone said I looked 15 years younger and I felt it. I have more energy now than I've had in years. I am more active and feel great. My doctor has given me a clean bill of health.
I have included, at the end of the book, many lower carb foods and treats I found at the grocery store. These foods really helped me from feeling deprived. I use the Splenda line of products instead of erythritol products in most recipes. Use whatever is your favorite sugar free sweetener.
Store bought mixes can be turned into delicious meals, side dishes and desserts. Starting with a mix is time saving and easy to make delicious dishes. This book includes recipes using cake mixes, quick bread mixes, hot roll mixes, brownie mixes, biscuit baking mixes, pudding mixes, pancake mixes, cornbread mixes and more. If you love the old fashioned biscuit baking mix dinner pies, I have included all the recipes I have collected over the decades.
Southerner's are known for their hospitality and I never want that tradition to end. I always bring a hostess gift anytime I am invited to someone's home. My husband used to tell me we got invited to so many parties for my hostess gifts. Tailor the gift to something your host or hostess loves. Giving a small gift for no reason is a lost tradition that should be revived. It brings a smile to everyone and is a kind gesture. Even if I am just stopping by to visit, I always bring something as a gift. The gift doesn't have to be expensive or time consuming, but it should be something that shows you care.
Candy, cookies, cakes, jars of sauces or homemade mixes are always a hit. I love to receive food gifts. It is one less thing I have to cook and it shows how much the person cares by giving a personal gift. Snack mixes are also very popular. I like to give gift baskets of dips, spreads, homemade breads or crackers. If you love southern pound cakes, cookies and candies, this book is full of all the southern favorites.
If someone is sick, there is a death in the family or they just need a home cooked meal, I usually take a homemade soup with homemade bread or sandwiches. Everyone brings casseroles but I find they enjoy homemade soups and sandwiches more than the casseroles. Homemade breads with flavored butters are always a great idea. These recipes are not just for gifts, your family will appreciate them as well.
Included are some of our "tailgater" favorites along with delicious appetizers for a quick get together.
Of course, no Southern cookbook is complete without homemade biscuits, gravy and cornbread recipes. There is a complete chapter dedicated to breakfast. In the South, we are famous for our delicious breakfast and this cookbook has all the recipes you will need for a southern breakfast in no time.
When your garden is in full bloom, you will find tons of recipes for fresh vegetables along with main dish items and casseroles.
Who doesn't love homemade breads, cobblers, doughnuts, pies and cakes? Over 100 recipes for the finest breads and desserts the South has to offer. I am sure you will find a few that you can't wait to try out on your family.
Cobblers, crisp and crumbles are one of my favorite comfort foods. You can eat them warm or cold. They are great for dessert or leftover for breakfast. Most recipes are easy to make and can be made quickly. While dinner is cooking, you can stick a cobbler in the oven and it is ready for dessert.
Included are my favorite new and all time classic recipes. The great thing about cobblers and crisps, they are universally loved by everyone. They are famous in the south and made year round. With canned or frozen fruit, you no longer have to wait to have your favorite cobbler when the fruit is in season. They are also a great way to use up excess fruit and economical to serve.