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 […]

Southern-Style Collard Greens

In the South we prefer to cook collards low and slow in a stockpot in bacon drippings with sweet onions, chopped ham and garlic.

Hoppin’ John

Hoppin’ John is so much more than just for New Year’s Eve.

Eggnog Pound Cake

A festive twist on traditional pound cake, this deliciously moist Eggnog Pound Cake takes your favorite Christmas drink and turns it into a heavenly dessert!

Creamy Chocolate Fudge

This super easy Creamy Chocolate Fudge takes just minutes to make and is a seriously delicious, lusciously creamy, no-fail fudge!

Chocolate Fudge Recipe

For those folks who feel scratch-made is best, here is a wonderful chocolate fudge recipe for you.

Fruitcake: Holiday Tradition or Joke?

“The worst Christmas gift is fruitcake,” cracked Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show. “There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other, year after year.” We all hear the infamous fruitcake jokes year after year: “Why does fruitcake make the perfect gift? Because the U.S. Postal Service […]

Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies

What would Christmas in America be without cookies? There would be no snack for Santa, no visions of sugar plums for the children and no edible decorations for the tree. Christmas it seems was, above all other holidays, invented with cookies in mind. While Christmas cookies have been around since Medieval Europe, it was the […]

Sugar Cookies

These sugar cookies are the perfect starting place for a holiday cookie decorating party.

Spritz Cookies

Spritz cookies come from the German word Spritzen which means to squirt referring to the way these cookies are pushed through a cookie press to create beautiful shapes.

Jello Pastel Cookies

An easy and delicious Christmas cookie you can make using your favorite Jell-O flavor, or fusion of flavors.

Candy Cane Cookies

These Candy cane cookies are made with twists of green and red cookie dough flavored with fresh lemon juice.

Big Batch Kris Kringle Cookies

These rich and buttery Kris Kringle Cookies are made with white chocolate chips, sweet dried cranberries and toasted pecans for the absolute best Christmas cookies found anywhere.

Stained Glass Stars

Stained Glass Cookies are a Christmas classic. Sugar cookies are cut out in the shape os stars and filled with crushed Life Savers. As the cookies bake, the candy melts, creating a stained glass effect.

Swedish Christmas Cookies

Swedish cookies are called sandkaker or sandbakelse actually originated in Norway. Recipes for these Scandinavian Christmas treats have been passed down from generation to generation.

Cinnamon Stars

These gluten free Christmas cookies are a staple in German markets!

Hanukkah Cookie

Cream cheese adds richness to these delicious Hanukkah cookies.

Grapette: America’s Once Favorite Grape Soda Makes a Comeback

Whether you call it pop, soda, soda pop, or coke (a generic term), the soft drink industry in this country is huge–more than 50,000-gallons-per-American-per-year huge! By the late nineteenth century, bottled soda had come of age in America with over five hundred bottling plants producing some 260 million bottles of soda a year. In 1888, […]