Recipes

Accompaniments

Cole Slaw (Creamy)

Cole slaw almost has no independent identity, unfortunately; people only think of it as a nice accompaniment, second-fiddle to some star attraction like barbecue. But just give me a tangy cole slaw, a bunch of saltines, and some sweet tea, and I'm good to go. Read More
Cole Slaw
Side Dishes

Turnip Greens

In the soul-food world, turnip greens are iconic (as are collards), loved by nearly all who appreciate the foodways of African-Americans. And with this recipe, the "pot likker" that is created is one of the most sumptuous, soul-satisfying parts of the experience. Read More
Turnip Greens
Side Dishes

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Talk about a versatile and widely enjoyed side dish! Roasted sweet potatoes are a guaranteed guest-pleaser. And since you can go in the direction of either sweet or savory, they match up well with almost anything else you plan to put on the table. Read More
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Side Dishes

Green Beans

There is a widespread myth that Southerners boil or seethe their green beans so long that they turn into mush. But any good Southern cook knows that too much water or too much heat will prevent the beans from reaching their maximum flavor and texture. Read More
Green Beans
Side Dishes

Pinto Beans

Pinto beans (as well as other dried beans) are a marvelous comfort food, and they're also extremely nutritious. There may be no other food that comes closer to being a complete source of nutrition. In fact, some cultures in the world live on beans like these, with little else to eat. Read More
Pinto Beans
Breads

Cornbread

There are fancier cornbreads than this, no doubt, but this one is the real deal, believe me. This is the kind of staple, everyday cornbread that working-class Southerners used to eat all the time. So go get yourself a new ten-inch iron skillet and consecrate it solely to making this cornbread. Read More
Cornbread