Tag Archives: North Carolina

Grandma’s Healthy Sweets from the 1910s

Dates, nuts, flour, and eggs – what could be simpler and healthier than my Grandma Bertie’s Date Strips?

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For Mother’s Day: Grandma’s Chocolate Cake with a Surprise

When my Grandma Bertie was growing up in coastal North Carolina about 100 years ago, she dutifully wrote down recipes from her mother, her aunts, and the ladies of the town. She never baked this chocolate cake recipe for me, but … Continue reading

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Potato Soup with a ‘Teacupful’ of Rice

Call this Civil War Potato Soup comfort food from the 1860s. Thickened with rice as well as bread, the recipe from Godey’s Lady’s Book puts a triple helping of starch in a bowl. It promises nothing fancy and delivers nothing but soothing warmth.

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Shrimp Creole: New Orleans via North Carolina

My grandmother, Bertie (pictured above), grew up in coastal North Carolina, where hush puppies made a regular appearance on local menus. I’m not sure where she found this recipe for shrimp Creole.

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Joy on the Menu at Cafe in Asheville, NC

When winter storm Titan ominously blotted out the route my daughter and I recently planned on a road trip from Nashville to Boston, we detoured east into Asheville, North Carolina. Instead of glumly feeling stranded, we enjoyed exploring an artsy … Continue reading

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New Year, Old Egg Nog Recipe

When my Grandma Bertie was growing up in coastal North Carolina about 100 years ago, she dutifully wrote down recipes from her mother, her aunts, and the ladies of the town. Even though she went away to college – uncommon … Continue reading

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