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Melissa S.

Melissa S.
Home Town: North Carolina, USA
Living In: North Carolina, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Low Carb, Healthy, Quick & Easy
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Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Real Southern Cornbread
I am from the south, and while this is not necessarily traditional southern cornbread, it is very good. I needed a large batch for a group, and everyone loved this recipe. It is much richer and denser than most recipes though, and it makes a huge pan - I used a 9 x 13 baking dish, and it was almost too small. To address some of the other comments: yes, many recipes for southern cornbread use flour - usually half flour and half cornmeal - makes it softer than using cornmeal alone. Yes, many recipes for southern cornbread use sugar - some people think it is a requirement to have a little sugar. And yes, while there are plenty of self-rising mixes available, a lot of people still bake "from scratch" and make our own cornbread, biscuits, and bread!! Just a matter of preference and convenience.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 17, 2013
Western North Carolina Vinegar Barbeque Sauce
This is not bad for EASTERN NC BBQ sauce - but as someone who has lived all my life in western NC, I can tell you that the traditional sauce in this part of the state will never have vinegar in it. I used "Texas Pete" hot sauce (another western NC product!)instead of Tabasco, and added a lot more than the recipe called for. I also eliminated the lemon juice. My family is used to the western NC sweet, tomato based sauces, I was afraid that vinegar plus lemon juice would be too, too much! This sauce works well for grilling and marinating - I used it on chicken - but since it is thin, you need to baste often to make sure the flavor is even.

23 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 9, 2008
Divine Hard-Boiled Eggs
I knew that my mother had a trick for boiling eggs - they always came out just right and peeled easily. This is it! Thanks so much for sharing this!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 26, 2008

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