Some Southern Cooking ~Tanya Hanson


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Hubs and I recently took an amazing trip Down South, hence the pix of the moss-drenched trees that drove me crazy.

Mossy tree NO City Park


Mossy Tree

But today I mostly want to tell you about Southern Cooking.


No, not the method. The Book. You seem, ironically my sis recently went to Atlanta and brought me this classic book as a souvenir. Instant Blog Topic. And I received permission from the University of Georgia Press to present some recipes to you today.

Anyway, the author, Mrs. S.R. Dull, lived to be one hundred years old and is named one of the 12 most famous women in Georgia. This iconic woman is synonymous with Southern cooking. Born Henrietta Celestia Stanley in 1863 in Laurens County, Georgia, baby “Hettie” had her life upended by Sherman’s march to the sea. Details of her youth are sketchy, but we do know she married widower Samuel Rice Dull in Atlanta in 1887. She raised Samuel’s daughter and bore five kids of their own. Samuel’s serious mental health problems a decade later thrust Hettie into the role of breadwinner.


Initially, selling her baked goodies at church put food on her own table, but soon she became a popular full-service caterer.

In 1920, Atlanta Gas Light Company hired her to demonstrate the safety of its new gas ranges. Her lectures soon became culinary gospel, and other companies sought her as spokeswoman.

After Samuels’ death in 1919, the Atlanta Journal named Hettie as editor of the Sunday magazine home economics page. Her weekly column, Mrs. Dull’s Cooking Lessons, enjoyed a 25-year run. Readers constantly requested her recipes, both unpublished and from previous columns, prompting her to write her landmark cookbook, first pubbed in 1928 by a small local press.

Upon acquisition by a big New York house in 1941, Mrs. Dull herself revised the book and added many traditional recipes she felt she’d neglected in the first edition, such as Philadelphia Scrapple, Never Fail Hollandaise, Wild Strawberry Pie, Pear Paste, Fig Ice Cream, and Georgia Deep Dish Peach Pie. Now published by the University of Georgia Press, Southern Cooking offers 1,300 recipes, ranging from sophisticated cream soups and elegant cakes to down home instructions on how to butcher and bake a possum. Supposedly Mrs. Dull refined “corn pone” into her favorite, cornbread baked with “lacy edges.”

I’m intrigued with such instructions such as How to Plank a Steak, and How to Green Cucumbers with Soda. So I hope you don’t mind if I revisit Southern Cooking some other blog.

Today, I can’t resist sharing Mrs. Dull’s recipe for Glorified Wieners (the title intrigued me) and with Thanksgiving on the scene, her Raisin Stuffing for Poultry.

Raisin Stuffing for Poultry

1 cup chopped apples

2 cups soft bread crumbs

1 teaspoon chopped onions

1 teaspoon salt1

1/8 teaspoon pepper

½ teaspoon poultry seasoning

1 cup seedless raisins

2 tablespoons butter

3/4 cup hot water.


Mix apples, crumbs, onion, salt, pepper, poultry reasoning and raisins. Melt butter in hot water and add. Mix thoroughly and use for stuffing goose, duck, turkey, chicken, or roast of pork, or birds.


Glorified Wieners

1 cup tomato catsup

1 cup boiling water

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon vinegar

3 tablespoons diced onion

1 tablespoon prepared mustard

1 ½  teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon curry powder (if desired)

½ lb. (or more) wieners


Mix catsup, water, and vinegar powder and diced onion. Add sugar, mustard, salt, pepper, curry powder and diced onion. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Add wieners and simmer 15 minutes longer. Remove wieners, place on platter, pour sauce over wieners, and serve with corn muffins or Irish potato cakes.


So…is  Mrs. Dull’s Southern Cooking new to you today?




Time to !  (available November 17)

Meet Rooney, a handsome American cowboy in 1890 Honolulu, and lovely innkeeper Martita…part of the boxed set “Twelve Brides of Christmas” from The Wild Rose Press.

Running from her past and healing from unspeakable grief, Martita Akala has built a new life on the island of Oahu…until a handsome cowboy disrupts her well-ordered peace. 

American cowboy Rooney Lind travels the ocean to fulfill a death-bed promise to find a lost love. But spending time in Martita’s “Christmas Room” makes him realize he’s found what he’s been looking for his whole life. 


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23 thoughts on “Some Southern Cooking ~Tanya Hanson”

  1. Hi Tanya! First, I’ve never seen moss-drenched trees except in pictures so I always wondered how that happens so I shall look up. Thanks for sharing them.

    I’ve never heard of the cookbook but I so will check if it’s available on ebooks too. The stuffing will be perfect for Thanksgiving. Did you find some desserts yet that you want to do? I’m not much of a cook but my daughter loves it and stops by with new dishes she makes.


    • Hi Cathie, I’ll try to find a short dessert recipe in the book and post before day’s end. I’m not much of a cook either but I found I like grits as much as those mossy trees. And I actually make a great turkey stuffing LOL. Thanks as always for posting!

    • Hi Janine, there are so many more. And the book has pages and pages of her suggested menus, which I think I will revisit some other time. I don’t like to post blogs that are too long. I like that she undertook supporting her family at a needy time and found success. I so appreciate your post today.

  2. Hi, Tanya! Mrs. Dull’s Southern Cooking is new to me. What a fascinating woman! I love to cook and enjoy reading cookbooks, so I will have to find a copy of this one. Thank you so much for sharing. I look forward to more Southern Cooking blog posts!

    • hi Britney, indeed, this book is a treasure trove of information. The possum stuff really got to me LOL. I’ll see what ideas Mrs, Dull has in there for Christmas. Thanks so much for visiting and posting today.

  3. I love those photos of the moss draping over the trees. I know, my southern daughter shakes her head at me, but I think it is beautiful even with the bugs in them. 🙂

    I love the southern recipes. Look forward to seeing more.

  4. Hi Paisley, oh yeah, we were warned not to take grab Spanish moss for closer-up views or to take home a souvenir. It’s full of chiggers. Apparently Henry Ford thought it a great source of stuffing for the upholstery in his early cars…oops. But oh, it is so beautiful. I actually have videos on my smartphone of it just blowing n the wind So lovely. Thanks for the post!

  5. as a true southern belle born and raised in southeast Tennessee,and now living up in Vermont,,yeah I know,lol.,my husband loves my southern cooking,,everything I cook is different than what is up here,,do you know that up north this far you cannot get bisquits and gravy at McDonalds? they looked at me like I was crazy,,,lol…and most of the moss type stuff that covers the trees where im from is called kudzoo,,you cant kill it so they have a kudzoo festival to see what all you can make from it,,true story

  6. Hi Vickie, I’m chuckling at the biscuits and gravy at McDonald’s. They serve rice and Portuguese sausage at many McDonald’s in Hawaii! WE didn’t see any kudzoo but I have heard it can grow up to 18 inches in a single day? We saw lots of resurrection fern on the tree branches, too. Oh, I do miss it.

    Thanks for posting today! I love biscuits and gravy myself but give me some grits.

  7. Okay, now I’m HUNGRY! Sadly, Mrs. Dull’s recipes don’t mesh well with the austerity measures currently in place at my house in an effort to shed weight before the holidays. However, reading is a calorie-free activity, and THE CHRISTMAS ROOM looks like the kind of sweet treat I can enjoy without guilt! The cover is gorgeous and the blurb intriguing. Plus, I’ve always wanted to spend Christmas in Hawaii!

    • Sam, I protest. You do not need to lose weight LOL, unless it’s a preemptive strike. Can’t say the same…one thing I noticed about traveling in the south last month…lots of fried foods. I’m gonna try to find in the book and post yet today, a do-able, less-guilty holiday recipe. I’ll what I find. Thanks so much for visiting here today and for the kind words about The Christmas Room. I actually was in Hawaii when the inspiration hit and for the First Time Ever, I got to have input on the cover. Be still my heart. Thanks, my friend! xoxox

  8. How to butcher and bake possum? Yikes. I love browsing cookbooks, the older the better. When I used to visit my grandparents, I could sit at the kitchen table for hours sifting through hers, the pages faded and yellow, but oh so interesting with all the home remedies included.

    AWESOME cover for THE CHRISTMAS ROOM, Tanya! Congrats, my friend.

    • Hi Dora, I didn’t investigate the possum recipe too heavily as it kinda gagged me. But I guess folks gotta eat LOL. I have a cookbook of Russian recipes from my Auntie Trace. It’s one of my treasures for sure. Thanks for the post today and for the congratulations. It’s a kinda fun story, a cowboy set in Hawaii. But of course I tie in Lake Tahoe, too. Sheesh. xoxox

  9. Very fun, love the Glorified Weiners! Thanks for using the cook book??Enjoyed your blog, love you xoxo

    • Hi Roberta, thank YOU for the wonderful book. It’s fun for the recipes but for all her hints and helps, too. I plan on many more blogs with it as a source. We definitely gotta try the glorified wieners at Christmas. The little kids will love to help! Miss you and love you too! xoxoxo

  10. P.s. All y’all, Roberta is the one who gave me the book, lives in Hawaii and that’s where The Christmas Room got inspired. And why Hubs and I go there so often. Sigh.

  11. Now there’s a woman born to be an entrepreneur! With all those kids and a sick husband, it’s just so amazing how she rose to the occasion. Don’t think I would want to eat a possum, but nice that she added it for those who do. Very interesting person. I admire her positive, can do, attitude.
    The Christmas Room looks like just the story for the Christmas season. Actually, I read Christmas stories from time to time all year round.
    I wish you continued success and happiness, Tanya.

  12. Hi Sarah, I am like you..I read and re-read Christmas stories the whole year through. And when Hallmark Channel does its Christmas in July to preview their new ornaments and shows Christmas movies, wow, I’m in heaven! Thanks so much for your kind words today, my friend. I love reading about strong women who make adversity work for them. Thanks for posting today! xo

  13. Had to smile at Vickie Couturier’s post. I grew up on the VT-NY border near the Canadian border. I now live in NE TN. I was a little familiar with southern cooking before moving here. My mother-in-law’s family is from Atlanta, GA. and we visited whenever we could.
    Yes, the Kudzu vine is everywhere and kills what it covers. It was imported from Japan as an ornamental and escaped. Now it is covering the South. The Spanish moss isn’t a moss, but an “air plant” and is a mass of tiny plants. It doesn’t kill the trees, but does interfere with their growth. It is gathered for use in crafts. You can gather it too, but beware of snakes, spiders, and mites.

    Sorry, none of that had to do with Mrs. Dull. She is an interesting woman. She certainly made the best use of her abilities when life became difficult for her, and made a good living for herself and her family. I like getting cookbooks from areas we visit. It is always fun discovering local specialties. Some things may not sound very appealing but can be surprisingly good, even possum (though I doubt it). I will have to look for her book. I have found that gas and light companies sponsor cooking classes and recipe books. They have done so everywhere we have lived.
    I have added THE CHRISTMAS ROOM and THE 12 BRIDES OF CHRISTMAS to my holiday reading list. I enjoy holiday stories and these sound enjoyable.

    • It’s always so nice to hear from you, Patricia! I think cookbooks can be wonderful sources of history. Obviously folks ate possum back then! If anybody is interested in purchasing the book, click on the cover or where I’ve mentioned University of Georgia…you’ll be taken to the university’s buy link. Thanks!

  14. Hi Tanya! I loved your post today! Recipes, cooking, reading cookbooks….I love it all! Mrs. Dull’s Southern Cooking is new to me. What a great book! Thank you!!!

    • Hi Melanie, always so good to see you here, too! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I’ve had a ball looking through the book and so glad my sis brought it for me. I’ll find some holiday recipes to try…Hubs does all of the every-day cooking. The fire station taught him well! xox

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