News from John Isaac Jones

Daddy’s Peanut Candy Delight

As a small child growing up in the hills of North Alabama, there was always one thing that would always make my ears perk up. That was my Daddy’s announcement that he was making his special peanut candy. “When will it be ready, daddy?” I would ask. “About thirty minutes,” he would reply. “I’ve got

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Baking Bread to Relieve Stress

Believe it or not, baking bread can help relieve stress. Since the day I started cooking as a teenager, I have loved working with yeast. Perhaps you do, too. It’s not difficult, but the yeast needs to be in date or it will result in a useless effort. In this article, I am going to

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Southern Mac and Cheese

Don’t most people like macaroni and cheese?  Seems so to me. Somewhere long ago some forward thinking cook decided to combine two of my favorite ingredients–macaroni and cheese–to make a delicious and simple main dish or side dish. By itself, macaroni is just about tasteless, but combine it with other ingredients and it can become

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Old-Fashioned Butter Rolls

Many years ago my mother made a book of recipes to be handed down to her children and grandchildren. The book was a treasure trove of recipes from generations past, many concocted in order to utilize the ingredients on hand and produce tasty dishes. During hard times, such as the Great Depression, my mother and

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