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Ham Bones - the story

How I took memories and recipes and started

this definitive series of books

Tranquil moments with joyful tears would be an appropriate description of my nostalgic periods at this point in my life!  Such moments are filled with memories of a great childhood with wonderful loving family and many dear friends.  These wonderful tranquil moments always take me to some thoughts about nourishing bounty associated with the times and/or events!

For several years, with so many of the family having ended their earthly pilgrim journey, I have found myself enjoying more and more of those tranquil moments!  Each moment conjures up an event of the period that still brings a smile to my face; joyful tears to my eyes; and reminders of how much I miss those loved ones.  Whether it’s memories of my original fishing partners, (my Daddy and my two brother Brownie and Wally); or my cooking my first dish and my mother smiling saying how good it was, but never telling me – needs a little something; or my Aunt Emma T remind me that I’ll get a heavy cake if I don’t measure the flour properly; I usually find myself cooking a dish that solidifies those memories!

As my young nieces miss their Grandma Bunch and Aunt Sister more and more; as they hear family stories about their Grandpa Joe that they never got a chance to meet; as they remember fun times with their Uncles Brownie and Wally and the cookies and brownies that they use to make for them, they find themselves more and more asking me for instructions and guidance on how Grandma made this; or do you have her recipe for that!  

Myriad requests became a catalyst for my tranquil moments, especially after writing down a recipe and passing it on to them. Before long, I began to notice my mental file of recipes became a voluminous physical file of written recipes!  Over time, the file began to expand to include recipes that I had developed on my own and tested on friends during various phases of my adult life!

This all became a labor of love and memories that culminated with organizing, tweaking, and finalizing the recipes into my first book! Of course, as a southerner, learning the value of a great ham bone; never wanting to waste it after many a meal from the muscles it supported, I concluded that “Ham Bones” would be the title of the book, with the tranquil moments dictating a subtitle to include the word “memoirs”!

There were so many good cooks in my family; and more than sixty years of memories, making it impossible to get everything into one book!  With constant urging on by family and many dear friends, my task was to “put pen to paper” for at least a first volume of a series with those memories and the food that I associated with them.  Thus, “Ham Bones:  Memoirs of a Southern Cook” is volume one of the series.  As I write this brief prose on how the book came about, I am tickled that I am about halfway through the second volume of “Ham Bones” with additional memories!

However, right about now I need to take a quick break!  I’m gettin’ hungry; ready to head to the kitchen – I wanna cook something!!!

Mmmm – gotta taste for some biscuits and sausage gravy!!! Y’all come on in here and sit down! Enjoy some of this good food I grew up eatin’!!!

100 Mouth-Watering Home-Cookin’ Recipes You’ll Never Forget!

Aunt Emma T’s All-Butter Pound Cake

Bunch’s Cinnamon-Baked Ham

Aunt Sister’s Kentucky Wonders

Aunt Emma T’s Brined Roasted Turkey

Family Fried Chicken

Candied Yams

MacCheese Casserole

Mac and Cheese

Collard Greens & Peppers

Daddy’s Bread Pudding

Evaporated Milk Lemon Meringue Pie

Maple-Walnut Light Moist Yellow Layer Cake

Corn Soufflé

Baked Neckbones

Stewed Tomatoes

Bunch’s Carolina Gumbo

Emma T’s Light Moist Yellow Layer Cake

Dorothy Jo’s Mustard Greens

Hoppin’ John

Aunt Lucille’s Johnny Ho Corn Cakes

The Sisters Finch Homestead Corn Bread

Aunt Lucille’s Beef Veggie Soup

Aunt Lucille’s Tomato - Onion Soup

Daddy’s Stuffed Largemouth Bass

Daddy’s Catfish Stew Carolina Bouillabaisse

Grandmother Corrie’s Buttermilk Pie

Turkey Wings Margo

Roast Chicken

Mango-Peach Plum Chutney

Hardwood Ham

Willie Mae’s Bronx One Pot

Berries Romanoff

Bourbon Custard Buttered Pecan Ice Cream

White Chocolate Walnut Ice Cream

Bourbon Yogurt Cream

Bourbon Cream deLeon

Coconut Cream Dressing

Upside-Down Apple Walnut Cake

Brown Sugar Buttermilk Pound Cake

Lemon Cream Pound Cake

Curried Beef with Sherry

Chicken in Celery Cream

Broiled Salmon Cakes

Beaver Creek Remoulade

Stuffed Tomatoes

Orange Glazed Cornish Game Hens

Orange Glaze

Rice Barbados

Cranberry-Orange Pecan Rice

Duck ‘n Grits in Cointreau Butter

Marvin’s Calf Liver Sauté

Red River Beef Stew

Lamb Chops Flambé

Crème de Menthe Lamb Roast

Potato-Onion Au Gratin

Scalloped Potato-Onion Bake


Sweet Peas and Rice

Creamy Summer Soup

Carolina Bisque

Corn Bread Dressing

Red Pepper Savory Biscuits

Spicy-Nutty Baked Acorn Squash

Hambone’s BBQ Rib Rub

Beer Batter Fried Fish

Stuffed Pork Chops

Pineapple-Orange Firecracker Glaze

Fried Pork Chops

Yard Bird Dust

Cast-iron Roasted Splayed Yard Bird

Au Jus Yard Bird Roasting Rub

Hot Steppin’ John

Braised Beef Marsala

Roast Beef Dust

Texas Crunch Cake

Joe Mack’s Fried Chicken!

Broiled Bluefish

Broiled Flounder

Hunters’ Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

Coconut-Pecan Pound Cake

Buttermilk Crunch Pie

Medallions of Venison Flambé

Soft-shell Crabs

Shrimp au Vin Buerre

Carolina Steam Pot

Corn-Sausage Casserole

Broiled Peaches deLeon

Peaches Vera

Fabulous Apple Pie

Blueberry Cream Pie

Fireplace Pear Crisp

Rum Custard Raisin Ice Cream

Pineapple-Coconut Brûlée Quiche

Broiled Catfish Piccata

Carrots & Asparagus

Lemon-Pepper Braised Chicken

Roast Pork

Ali Baba Persian Rice

Perfectly Flaky Pie Crust

J. D. McDuffie

J.D. McDuffie learned his cooking skills from two ladies that were sensational southern cooks:  His mother and her older sister, a home economist!

From a young child he has always been fascinated with the preparation of food, and began cooking and creating dishes as a teenager. As he traveled about the world during the early years of his career as .... Click ‘About Joe’ to read more

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