Five Things I REALLY Want You To Make!

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Today’s top five is a list of five things on SouthernPlate

that I really want you to make!

Mama’s Hoe Cake

Hoe Cake varies from family to family. Most traditional recipes for hoe cake are based on corn meal but my Mama’s is more of a big old fluffy-as-a-cloud biscuit with a crunchy crust. Delicious with homemade apple butter.

Chicken Planks

Delicious, tender fried chicken with the shortest ingredient list you’ve ever seen! Many a bicycle was parked out front of our house on the nights Mama made these!

Southern Steak and Milk Gravy

I like to find cube steak on sale and package in individual quart sized freezer bags to mix this up or a quick lunch for myself sometimes. Mama used to make it all the time and she’d pour the gravy all over it and put the whole whowha in a big old bowl.

(This post is old as Methuselah!)

Yellow Cake with old Fashioned Peanut Butter Icing

One of those old fashioned fudge like icing recipes you just don’t find anymore.

Frozen cranberry banana salads

A very special recipe from a very special lady. Mix up a batch of these and store them in the freezer to bring out for a dessert treat anytime.


I feel like a tiny bird with a big song!

– Jerry Van Amerongen


  1. P.S. Tonite for dinner~cube steak and milk gravy! It will be my first time for this one….I can’t wait to give it a try!

  2. Christy,
    I am an Oklahoma girl transplanted from Ohio…..I had never heard of Hoe Cake! Of course I have your lovely cookbook and had been thumbing through the pages and thought…..HOE CAKE and a little Apple Butter could liven this meal up~ lets give this a shot~ I must tell you I made it in a 9 inch pan …. but followed everything else as directed. My family loved it! It was a little crumbly, I am not sure it it was suppose to be…I’ll add a little more milk next time…Thank you again for sharing your recipes!

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