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Jean and Sharman

Welcome to the Recipes section of If your family is like mine, food is the focus of all of our social activities and the reason our family gathers three times a day. So we've consumed lots of food. But more than the ingredients those recipes come with memories. I've gathered meaningful recipes from our family and friends to share with you here. In the process, I'll introduce you to some of the most influential of those people. 

I have published the Alliwishus story that my mother told me, that I read to my children and grandchildren every Christmas. You can link to it on Amazon here. It is a part of our heritage. I wish our world valued mothers as they should.

Truly "the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world." It is not our contribution to the GDP that will count in the end. It is the character of the children you contribute to the world. No one will teach or love them like their own mother. It is the most important -- and least valued-- job in the world.

This is my mother. She died in 2010, but continues to inspire all that I am and do. I was blessed with a mother who focused all her love and attention on her children.


Artichoke Dip 

Aunt Elliece's Pickle Recipe
Baked Grapefruit

Black Olive Dip

Blintz Hors D-oevre

Cheese Log

Cheese Ring

Crab Stuffed Mushroom

Cranberry Relish

Cucumber mix for Cucumber

Georgia Caviar

Mimi’s Cocktail Meat Balls

Molded Shrimp or Crab Ring

Patty Leavins Fruit Dip

Pimento Cheese

Sherried Fruit

Stuffed Celery


Adams Wine Recipe

Aunt Cassie's Milk Punch

Holiday Punch
Lime Sherbert Punch

Lucy Burns Punch

Mulled Cranberry Cocktail

Red Strawberry Punch

Sybil’s Open House Perka-A-Punch

Sweet Tea

Wedding Punch


Apricot Bread

Aunt Sara’s Spoon Bread

Banana Nut Bread

Biscuits 1

Biscuits 2

Bread Sticks

Cajun Bread

Cornbread Dressing

Broccoli Cornbread

Country Club Muffins

Country Cornbread

Diana Duncan's Awesome Lemon Bread

Honey Almond Cranberry Bread

Malunjin Indian Bread

Mexican Corn Bread

Mimi’s Easy Corn Pudding

Mimi’s Favorite Recipe for Cheese Grits

Mimi’s Macaroni and Cheese

Sour Cream Biscuits

Southern Country Cornbread

Spoon Bread

The Best Cornbread Dressing


12 Layer Chocolate Cake

12 Layer Cake Filling /icing
7 Up Cake

A Delicate Cake for Tea

Aunt Pat’s Lemon Cheese Cake

Apricot Delight Salad

Black Cherry Salad

Angels' Cookies

Anna Wagner’s Coffee Cake

Apple Cake

Bananas Foster

Black Russian Cake

Blonde Brownies

Bob's Favorite Cookies

Bread Pudding

Brownies Shirley Newton

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake Frosting


Chess Pie

Chocolate Delight

Chocolate Peanut Candy

Chocolate Pecan Mud Pie

Chocolate Pie

Cocoa Kiss Cookies

Cora Dowling Ramsey's Angel Food Cake

Crackle Top Cookies
Date Balls

Delicate Tea Cakes

Earthquake Cake

Easy Apple Crisp Dessert

Elkanah’s Favorite Devil Food Cake

Esther Hardin's
Pound Cake

Forgotten Cookies

Frozen Fruit Salad

Frozen Strawberry Crunch

Fudge Pie

Ginger Snaps

Golden Lemon Bars

Grandmother's Chocolate Cake

Grandmother Ramsey's Other Chocolate Cake

Grandmother Ramsey's Chocolate Pie

Hilda’s Blonde Brownies

Hilda Ramsey’s Charlotte

Hummingbird Cake

Jean's Chocolate Cake

Judge Crespi's Famous Flan

Julia's French Coconut Pie

Julia's Chicken

Just the Best Cookies

Kitty McMullen’s Lemon Jell-o® Cake

Lee Jewell's Lemon Cheese Cake

Lemon Ice Box Pie

Lillian Ann's Lemon Chess Bars

Lucy Watson Knight's Fruit Cake

Lucie Weber’s Brown Sugar Cookies

Lucie Weber’s Rich Chocolate Cookies

Mama E.'s Pecan Pie

Mama E.'s Pound Cake

Mammy's Tea Cakes

Mammy’s Lane Cake

Meringue Filling

Meringue Shells

Mile High Pie

Milky Way Cake

Mimi’s Cold Brandy Soufflé

Mimi’s Pot de Crème Chocolat

Mitford Orange Marmalade Cake

Mitford Orange Marmalade Cake Frosting

Mixed Nut Turtles

Muddin's Coconut Cake

Muddin's Egg Custard

Muddin's Favorite Pound Cake

Muddin's Prune Cake

Muddin's Prune Whip Cake

Muddin's Sour Cream Cake

Naomi's Buttermilk Cake

Naomi’s Butter Nut Cake

Naomi’s Spiced Tea

Never Fail Sponge Cake

Nellie and Joe's Key lime Pie

Nip and Ernie's Brownies

Oatmeal Cookies

Old Time Egg Custard

Pat's Graham Squares

Peach Noodle Kugel

Peanut Pie

Peanut Butter Pie

Pecan Pie with Chilled Vanilla Custard

Pecan Tassies

Pineapple Glaze

Pots de Creme

Scuppernong Pie

Sharman's Pound Cake

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Sour Cream Pound Cake

Strawberry and White Chocolate Bread Pudding

Strawberry Pie

Sweet Potato Pecan Balls

Sybil Mitchell's Fudge Pie

Triple Decker Fudge

Vanilla Kiss Cookies

White Chocolate Cheesecake

Yummy Cake

Frosting and Icing

12 Layer Cake Filling /icing

7 Up Frosting Recipe

Apricot Jello Topping

Carrot Cake Frosting

Chocolate Syrup
Easy Icing

Coconut Cake Icing

Coconut Frosting

Devils Food Cake Icing

Hummingbird Cake Icing

Lemon white icing for Aunt Pat’s Lemon cheesecake

Mitford Orange Marmalade Cake Frosting

Muddin's Chocolate Fudge Icing


Alligator and Andouille Sauce Piquante

Barbecued Rabbit

Barbecue Squirrel

Brains and Eggs

Braised Rabbit

Chicken or Pheasant Picatta

Fried Chicken

How to Smoke Meat

Larded Venison Roast

Pigeon Pie

Roast Rabbit

Stewed Brains

Stewed Pigeons

Stewed Rabbit

Stewed Venison

Venison Haunch

Venison Roast Marinated in Buttermilk

Wild Turkey

Meats/Poultry and Fish

Big Mama’s Stuffed Deviled Crab

Broiled Scallops

Brisket Beef

Cheezy Chicken Roll Ups

Chicken a la King

Chicken and Rice Casserole

Chicken Casserole

Chuck Wagon Steak

Chicken Wiggle

Crab Cakes

Creamed Ham and Mushrooms

Egg Cheese Grit

Elizabeth's Chicken Casserole

Erma's Lo Cal
Cowboy Stew

Grandma Dowling’s Pot Roast

Guerry’s Shrimp Casserole

Hot Crabmeat Sandwiches

Jack Tyson Grilled Chicken

Jean Burson's Chicken Pie

Lokshen Kugle Noodle

Mimi’s Beef Patties

Mimi’s Party Tenderloin

Pressed Chicken

Pork and Rice Casserole

Salmon Croquettes

Shrimp Salad

Shrimp in Lemon Butter

Sweet and Sour Curried Chicken or Turkey

Tuna Casserole


Southern Greek Salad, super easy...

Apricot Salad

Baked Shrimp Salad

Black-eyed Pea Salad

Blueberry Congealed Salad

Buttermilk Salad

Chicken Salad


Curried Chicken Salad

Easy Cranberry Salad

Erma's Low Cal E-z Strawberry Salad

Frozen Cranberry Salad

Frozen Strawberry Salad 2

Hot Chicken Salad Pie

Luncheon Salad

West Indies Salad


Apple Sauce

Asparagus Sauce

Celery Sauce

Drawn Butter

Egg Sauce

Mint Sauce

Nanny and Pawpaw Gravy

Onion Sauce

Pink Remoulad Salad Dressing or Seafood Sauce for chilled/mounded Shrimp or Crab

Quick Tartar Sauce

Red Cocktail Sauce

Roquefort Dressing Savannah

Sauce for Boiled Poultry


Brunswick Stew Easy!

Brunswick Stew

Brunswick Stew 2

Brunswick Stew 3

Cabbage and Sausage Soup

Cold Fruit Soup


Gumbo 1

Gumbo 2

Mimi's Famous Vegetable Beef Soup

Nanny and PawPaw Soup

She Crab Soup

Sherry Corn Chowder

Squash Soup



Angie's Taters

Asparagus Casserole

Baked Beans

Baked Rice

Bean Salad

Big Mama’s Cheese Topped Stuffed Potatoes


Broccoli Casserole

Broccoli-Rice Casserole

Carrots with Orange Sauce


Corn Casserole

Corn Pudding

Dill Bean Casserole

English Pea Casserole

French Peas

Lima Bean Casserole

Marinated Bean Salad

Marinated Vegetables

Marinated Carrots or Copper Coins

Mashed Potato Casserole

Mimi’s Spinach Casserole

Muddin's Perfection Salad

Party Green Beans

Red Beans and Rice

Squash Casserole

Potato Mounds

Household Tips

Cleaning Silver

Spring Cleaning Recipe for Grout



My Grandmother Burson (Nanny) was a hardworking woman who had the great pleasure of owning the home of her dreams, Wakefield, after years of lugging water up from the stream and picking up pecans for extra spending money. She traveled with my Grandfather Burson, a doctor in Wilcox county, Alabama, who was also the doctor for the railroad to collect antiques to furnish the home in Savannah, Charleston, New Orleans, Montgomery, Memphis, etc. She particularly was fond of cut glass. 

But the service of the delicious foods is what I remember best.  She served chicken soup in gold rimmed Limoges bowls.  That chicken's neck was probably wrung first thing that morning but he went to his reward in elegant style.  We drank sweet tea out of etched crystal goblets and ate with silver cutlery. She grew her own vegetables in the garden beside the house. The freshly picked turnips, beans, peas, potatoes, collards, cabbage, tomatoes, etc swam in grease from the fat back with which it was cooked. And it was always served with delicious cornbread.  Homemade desserts always awaited in the pie safe in the breakfast room.  Her recipes are listed under Wakefield Recipes.



My Grandmother Gillis (Muddin) served foods every bit as delicious, but in a humble home on mismatched dishes.  My Grandfather (John Patrick Gillis) was killed in an accident when the chains on a log truck broke and he was instantly killed in the truck following.  My mother was 13 with four younger siblings, the youngest being 6 months old. My Grandmother was 30.  She took the insurance money and bought a house midway between the Presbyterian Church and the school house.  She never remarried and she never forgot him.  Seconds before she passed away, she looked past those gathered around her, reached out and whispered, "Pat?"  Her recipes are listed under Downhome Recipes.


Mattie Martin (Mammy) came to work for us when I was five years old.  She was my best friend and the best cook I ever knew.  She cooked for Dr. Moody before coming to work for us and thought it her responsibility to make sure we lived up to their standards.  She made sure I knew how to set a proper table..."The fork goes on the left of the plate with the napkin.  The knife goes next to the plate on the right with the spoon next to it.  Always put the meat on a platter in front of 'the Doctor'."  Her apple pie had the most delicious crust with cheese cut into it.  Her banana pudding, coconut pie, chocolate pie, egg custard, etc. have never been equaled.  Her recipes are listed under Downhome Recipes.


Proper Table Setting     At Rest        Finished Eating

Social Graces by Ann Platz and Susan Wales

Family Pie.

Hilda and Robert

Hilda Ramsey was one of the best cooks I ever knew.  Her recipes, along with her husband's Dowling mother's and relatives recipes are in the Ramseys and Recipes section.  When Robert (Attorney in Dothan) owned the Houston Hotel, Hilda ran the restaurant.  They were famous for their shrimp salad and lemon icebox pie. They were the best in-laws a girl could ask for. Joyce Ramsey (below) contributed many of the recipes under Ramseys and Recipes.

Joyce, Bill and Elizabeth

Joyce, Elizabeth and Bill Ramsey

Ramseys with Teri Towe

Cecily Ramsey Butterworth, Philip Ramsey, Brooke Ramsey Evans, Pat Ramsey and Teri Towe

Dowling cousin, Teri Towe, graciously contributed lots of recipes from his branch of the Dowling family. (He is Carrow Dee Dowling's descendant. Cora Dowling, my husband's grandmother, was Carrow Dee's sister.)

Lunch Bunch

Mary Alice Bishop, Lonelle Jackson, Hilda Ramsey, Evelyn Davis, Pauline Parkman, Jerri Chancey, Mavis Gwaltney, Charlie Capps, and Merle Bottoms belonged to a Lunch group that met each Thursday for 43 years in Dothan, Alabama.  As members passed away others were added, including Elizabeth Allen and Rosa Thomas.  The rules for the group were:
1.  Every Thursday was set apart by every member of the group who never scheduled anything that would interfere.  It is only recently that the group has cut back to every other week.
2.  No one arrived early.  The only exception was, perhaps, one designated helper.  Everyone else arrived punctually at the designated time.  The scene was set with careful preparation of food, flowers, china, crystal and silver to make them special that day.
3.  They lingered after the meal over coffee participating in the lost art of conversation and friendship.  Their recipes are found throughout the recipe list. 

Out to Lunch Bunch

Inspired by Hilda and her group, we started our own group.  Phyllis Brackin, Jean McDaniel, Sharman Ramsey, Michele Buck, Barbara Blumenfeld, Irma Youngblood, Pat Branch, Pat Renro and Kitsy Burns were among the original group.  As some moved away or went back to work, we have now included Mary Hartzog, Martha Nix, Diane Enloe, Mary Andrews and Cynthia Nowell.  However, we meet only once a month.   Their recipes are also included throughout.


JoAn Gramling, Julie Cheshire, Sharman Ramsey, Mary Darrah, Agatha Bennett, Jane Prater, Mary Pope, Ann Logue, Dorothy Peterson, Nancy Wyatt and Emmalyn Smith. Barbara Clemons was missing from that picture. Kathie Clemons Bennett was a BOOB while she lived in the area. June Lloyd is our newest member. Being a BOOB is an appellation many desire, but only few can acquire. This Bunch of old Broads (BOOBS) are my dear friends in Panama City. There's some pretty good cooks among this stellar bunch of women.  They really enjoy the entire process of the art of entertaining. 

Resipee for Cukin Kon-Feel Pees

Gether yo pees ‘bout sun-down. The florin day, ‘bout leven o’clock, gowge out yo pees with yo tum nale, like gowgin out a man’s eye-ball at a kote house. Rense yo pees, parbile them, then fry ‘em with som several slices uv streekt middlin’ incouragin uv the gravy to seep out and intermarry with yo pees. When modritly brown, but not scorcht, empty into a dish. Mash’em gently with a spune, mix with raw tomaters sprinkled with a little brown shugar and the immortal dish ar quite ready. Eat a hepe. Eat mo and mo. It is good for yo general helth uv mind and body. It fattens you up, makes you sassy, goes throo and throo yo very soul. But whey don’t you eat" Eat on. By Jings. Eat. Stop? Never, whil thar is a pee in the dish.

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