The Garden Club of Lexington, Kentucky; The Birmingham Symphony; The African American Heritage Cookbook from Alabama’s renowned Tuskegee Institute;  Charleston Receipts, America’s Oldest Junior League Cookbook in Print; Favorite Recipes from The Homeplace, the William Henry Thomas Family Cookbook; Virginia Hospitality, the Junior League of Hampton Roads; The Linley Heflin Cookbook, compiled for a new era, 1962; Well-Seasoned, A Southern Classic, by the Les Passees Women’s Service Organization, Memphis, Tennessee; Living Bread by Christine Whitehorn Stugard; The Bluegrass Cookbook, compiled by Minnie Fox, with an introduction by John Fox; A Pinch of Soul, by Pearl Bowser and Joan Eckstein; Christian Women’s Fellowship Cookbook of the Bethlehem Christian Church.

We’ve got plenty of bound cookbooks to choose from, as we pick out recipes to guide us on our way to home cooking. As I’ve unshelved these cookbooks — many from my grandmothers, great aunts, and cousins – I remember my grandmother Laura pulling together a cookbook as a fund-raiser for a civic organization…the Bowl and Blossom, was it? The Fortnightly Club?

We all used to cook, and some of us used to garden. Now it’s time to start again. Here are a few recipes to get you started.

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Try your hand at the recipes above using USDA certified organic grains grown at Laura's Mt. Folly Farm.