Chess Pie…yum!

My sister wants me to make a Chess pie (or as we call it in the South, cornmeal pie). I made one last year and it was a little too runny. So I’ve been looking for different cornmeal pie recipes online trying to find one that will work. This is the one I tried today and oh my, it turned out wonderful!
It’s pretty simple to make and the baking time really makes a difference!
So, even if you’re not southern, I think you’ll still enjoy this delicious dessert!

1/2 cup butter
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 tablespoon cornmeal
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie shell

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl, mix the butter, sugar and vanilla together. Mix in the eggs, then stir in the cornmeal, evaporated milk and vinegar until smooth.
3. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, then reduce heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) for 40 minutes. Let cool. Cut and top servings with whipped cream.

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Good ol southern cooking

I have got to take a few minutes out today and write a grocery list. I usually try to make a menu so I don’t overspend at the grocery store. We have eaten out twice this week (which is a lot for us) so we still have some things left in the freezer/fridge.  I don’t really know what I’m going to cook next week, but I know I am in the mood for some good ol peas and cornbread. I grew up eating that and I was not fat as a kid.  I love good southern food.  I like the fried stuff too , but in moderation.  My daughter will pretty much eat anything. But my boys, including my husband can be quite picky. I still haven’t figured out how to get my youngest to eat any sort of vegetable other than french fries. The only vegetable my oldest will eat is butter beans.  My husband is not as picky as they are, but there are still certain things he turns his nose up at.  But sometimes I can get him to try new foods and he actually likes them.  However, I still can’t get him to try any sort of greens.

That’s another thing I could eat every day with cornbread. Greens.  In the south, collard, mustard, and turnip greens are a common dish.  I don’t really care for the kind out of the can, or the frozen ones for that matter. The best ones are fresh from the garden.  We usually cook them with a little bit of salt, a bit of sugar(if they are bitter) and some bacon.  Actually, we flavor a lot of our veggies with bacon. I know my family does anyway LOL.  I have substituted beef bullion if I don’t have any bacon though. It’s not quite as good but better than nothing.

All this talk about southern food has made me really hungry! I think I may just plan a good ol southern meal for Sunday.  I think I may have to fix some baked pork chops (again, I try to stay away from fried stuff) , collard greens, peas, and cornbread.  I would share my cornbread recipe, but I wouldn’t know where to begin. I never measure when I make my cornbread because I make it from memory.  I just dump everything into a bowl and add cornmeal/milk until I get the consistency that I want.  I can tell you though to make sure you cook it in a seasoned cast iron pan. Cornbread just tastes better that way.

If you’re southern, what are some of your favorite things to cook?  And if you’re not southern, feel free to share some of your favorite recipes as well :).

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