Persimmons are a rare in-season fruit in winter. They can be sliced and added to salads and side dishes, or puréed and used in quick breads and muffins.
Make a cozy, comforting meal with this potato chowder flavored with spicy kielbasa, smokey Gouda cheese, and fresh dill, accompanied by simple yogurt drop biscuits.
Stave off winter's chill with this warm and comforting roasted garlic soup. Roast garlic, onions, leeks, and green onions in the oven, then purée them and add broth and cream.
Black-eyed peas on New Year's Day is a Southern tradition loved by many. Here is a variation that bakes black-eyed peas beneath a cornbread topping.
Make the batter a day or two ahead, then simply scoop them out in the morning and bake. The deep ginger and molasses flavor sings of Christmas and the tart, sweet cranberries add to the festive flavor.
A lovely bag of flavored nuts makes a wonderful gift, and they are handy to have around during the busy holidays. This nibble combines the best of the South, abundant pecans and sweet tea.
Egg nog can easily be incorporated into a quick custard pie using ingredients you probably already have on hand.
Chestnuts are nutty and slightly sweet and pair beautifully with woodsy sage and salty pancetta. Add them all to a thick pasta for hearty and satisfying meal.
Kids and adults alike love these festive treats, and they are a perfect make-ahead, portable party delight. Stored in an airtight container, they will last for days, and paired with green ribbon, they make a lovely gift.
These little fig and blue cheese bites are easy and elegant. Their tart and sweet combination makes a perfect finger food for a packed holiday party.
Looking at an upcoming week of turkey sandwiches? Make this simple sweet potato salad ahead of time and have an interesting side dish ready to go.
Southern candied sweet potato casserole with pecan streusel will be a sweet spot on your Thanksgiving menu.
Feeling adventurous this Thanksgiving? Experiment with butternut squash instead of pumpkin or sweet potato. Top your unique pie with homemade whipped cream infused with sorghum, or another sweet syrup.
Sweet potatoes are on everyone's plate in some way for Thanksgiving dinner. But here's a soul food variation to enjoy any day of the year.
Flakey, warm biscuits with a touch of sweet potato for Thanksgiving.
Halloween hot chocolate (think: liquid candy) is a great way to use up Halloween treats.
Use real apple cider, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves to flavor this pound cake. Serve it as-is, or top it with a glaze of your choice for a homey dessert or gift.
Warm up on a chilly evening with this cheesy, meaty, pumpkin-y manicotti. The prep work can all be done ahead of time so the dish is ready to pop in the oven after school or work, or even after trick-or-treating.
Whip up an elegant French-inspired side dish with a few humble ingredients. Green lentils, carrots, celery, garlic, walnuts, and goat cheese keep the dish easy, but still sophisticated.
These versatile muffins make a quick an easy breakfast for a school day. Customize the recipe by adding your own extras, like dried fruit, nuts, blueberries, or spices.