Grub Americana

New Year’s Food Traditions: For Luck and Prosperity

Probably no other holiday in America is more deeply entrenched in food tradition and superstition than New Year’s. While the first recorded festivities celebrating the arrival of the new year date back 4,000 years to ancient Babylon, it was Julius Caesar who originally established January 1 as the first day of the year, with the […]

Pork Roast with Sauerkraut and Kielbasa

"This is the traditional New Year’s Day meal I learned from my husband, whose family originated in central Pennsylvania. It’s wonderful, especially served with mashed potatoes and applesauce." Recipe serves 12 Whatcha Need: 1 (2 pound) boneless pork loin roast 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 sprigs fresh thyme leaves salt and pepper to taste 4 […]

Southern-Style Collard Greens

Recipe makes 10 to 12 servings Whatcha Need: 12 hickory-smoked bacon slices, finely chopped 2 medium-size sweet onions, finely chopped 3/4 pound smoked ham, chopped 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped 3 (32-oz.) containers chicken broth 3 (1-lb.) packages fresh collard greens, washed and trimmed 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt […]

Hoppin’ John

Recipe served 6 Whatcha Need: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 large ham hock 1 cup onion, chopped 1/2 cup celery, chopped 1/2 cup green pepper, chopped 1 tablespoon chopped garlic 1 pound black-eyed peas, soaked overnight and rinsed 1 quart chicken stock Bay leaf 1 teaspoon dry thyme leaves Salt, black pepper, and cayenne 3 […]

Eggnog Pound Cake

Servings: 16 Whatcha Need: 2 tablespoons brandy 1/4 cup dried cranberries 1/4 cup dried blueberries 1/4 cup dried cherries, roughly chopped 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1 cup unsalted butter, softened 2 cups white sugar 3 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup eggnog […]

Grandma Etchieson’s Buttermilk Cornbread

This recipe is for old-fashioned country-style cornbread, made without flour or sugar. Delicious! Recipe makes one 10-inch cake; 12 muffins Whatcha Need: 2 cups corn meal (white or yellow) 1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 Egg, lightly beaten 1-1/2 cups buttermilk 2 tablespoons melted bacon grease (vegetable shortening may […]

Creamy Chocolate Fudge

Recipe makes 48 servings Whatcha Need 1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow creme 1 1/2 cups white sugar 2/3 cup evaporated milk 1/4 cup butter 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 cups milk chocolate chips 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup chopped nuts 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Whatcha Do Line an 8×8 inch pan with aluminum foil. […]

Chocolate Fudge Recipe

Recipe makes one 8 x 8 inch pan of fudge. Whatcha Need: 2 cups granulated white sugar 2 squares (2 ounces) unsweetened chocolate, chopped 2 tablespoons light corn syrup 2/3 cup half-and-half (or light cream) 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Whatcha Do: Grease the bottom […]

Nestlé Toll House Chocolate Fudge

Sometimes the simplest recipes yield the richest results. Recipe makes 24 pieces Whatcha Need: 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels 1 can (14 oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk 1 cup chopped walnuts 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Whatcha Do: Line 8- or 9-inch square baking pan with foil. Combine morsels and […]

Classic Southern Egg Nog

Classic Southern Egg Nog from The Country Mouse Inn in Landrum, South Carolina. Whatcha Need: 1 cup brandy 1/2 cup sherry wine 1/2 cup Jamaican rum 1/2 cup whiskey 12 eggs, separated 3/4 cup white sugar 1 quart whole milk 1 quart heavy cream 1 quart vanilla ice cream, for serving 1 tablespoon freshly ground […]