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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MT. FOLLY FARM SPECIALTY GRAINS

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

Bloody Butcher Cornmeal

$7.99

For cornbread and corn muffins with a hint of color and lots of flavor, try Bloody Butcher Cornmeal. Developed in Virginia in the early 19th century, the open-pollinated variety is known for its nutty flavor.

Our Bloody Butcher corn is USDA-certified organic from Laura’s Mt. Folly Farm, and is milled on Meadows Mill, a stone mill from North Carolina.

Each bag of cornmeal weighs 1.30 pounds and contains 5 cups. Because our products are stone-ground, they need to be stored in the freezer.

Bloody Butcher Grits

$7.99

“The Bloody Butcher Grits, wow, they were amazing! I think the best grit I ever had.” -Chef Mark Richardson, Lexington, Kentucky.

For color, taste, and a rich consistency, try our freshly ground Bloody Butcher Grits. An heirloom dent corn, the grits are cream colored with dark red speckles throughout.

Each bag of grits weighs 1.30 pounds and contains 5 cups. Because our products are stone-ground, they need to be stored in the freezer.

 

Buckwheat Flour

$7.99

A grain which is allowed during the maintenance phase of low-carbohydrate diets, buckwheat is my go-to grain when I’m trying to manage my husband’s diet. It is a low-glycemic, high protein, and packed with vitamins. Indeed, buckwheat is a “pseudocereal,” much like quinoa.

Not only is it preferable for our diet, but it tastes good. Learn to cook this grain, and everyone will be happy.

Each bag of flour weighs 1.30 pounds and contains 5 cups. Because our products are stone-ground, they need to be stored in the freezer.

Hickory King Cornmeal

$7.99

Hickory King “old fashioned” cornmeal. Hickory King is an open-pollinated dent corn originating in the 19th-century south. Famous for grits and white corn meal, this corn variety is loved for its large kernel and its robust corn flavor.

“Even though I’d heard it said for many years, it wasn’t until we grew and milled some Hickory King corn, using a small hand mill, that I tasted and so knew the difference. I ran all over town telling people, ‘There really is a difference!’ That winter I bought a Meadows stone mill, and we started milling our own,” says Laura.

Our Hickory King corn is USDA-certified organic. The white cornmeal is great for cornbread or corn muffins, and the grits are well-loved.

Each bag of cornmeal weighs 1.30 pounds and contains 5 cups. Because our products are stone-ground, they need to be stored in the freezer.

Hickory King Grits

$7.99

Hickory King “old fashioned” grits. Hickory King is an open-pollinated dent corn originating in the 19th-century south. Famous for grits and white cornmeal, this corn variety is loved for its large kernel and its robust corn flavor.

“Even though I’d heard it said for many years, it wasn’t until we grew and milled some Hickory King corn, using a small hand mill, that I tasted and so knew the difference. I ran all over town telling people, ‘There really is a difference!’ That winter I bought a Meadows stone mill, and we started milling our own,” says Laura.

Our Hickory-King corn is USDA-certified organic. The grits are well-loved and our Hickory King white cornmeal is great for cornbread or corn muffins.

Each bag of grits weighs 1.30 pounds and contains 5 cups. Because our products are stone-ground, they need to be stored in the freezer.

Turkey Red Wheat Flour

$7.99

Turkey Red wheat was first introduced in Kansas by Mennonite farmers in the mid-1800s, from what is now Ukraine.

Our Turkey Red wheat berries are stone milled, and the flour is whole grain. By using a stone mill we’re able to retain the nutritional content available in the wheat berry. Our resident artisan bread baker uses this flour in his naturally-leavened, hand-mixed loaves. He believes using a sourdough “mother” really helps the natural flavors (rich and earthy, slightly caramelized) of the wheat shine.

Each bag of flour weighs 1.30 pounds and contains 5 cups.

*Note: Since this flour contains wheat germ and wheat germ is an oil, this flour will not keep for as long as standard commercially-milled white flour. Keep your flour in airtight container and store it in the freezer.