Edna Lewis

The Best Biscuits
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Scott Peacock got this delectable biscuit recipe from Edna Lewis, the legendary Southern cook and his mentor.In 2018, Food & Wine named this recipe one of our 40 best.
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Spritz Cookies
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These have been a specialty of Edna Lewis's for years. They're so buttery that refrigerating the cookies overnight on the baking sheets before baking helps them hold their shape, but it is not essential. Chef Holiday Recipes Made Easy More Cookie Recipes
Spicy Collard Greens
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In the South, people tend to be loyal to one green: turnip, mustard or collard. In fact, where chef Edna Lewis was raised in Virginia, collards weren't grown at all, annd to this day she maintains a prejudice against them—except in this recipe. The important thing to watch for when buying greens is that the leaves have no yellow or discolored areas. In preparing the dish, you can control the level of spiciness by adding more or less red pepper. Chef Holiday Recipes Made EasyPlus: More Vegetable Recipes and Tips
Smoky Pork Stock
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If you can't find ham hocks from genuine dry-cured hams, use an excellent-quality smoked country bacon. Chef Holiday Recipes Made Easy Plus: More Pork Recipes and Tips
This is a wonderful use for an underutilized root vegetable. Though the soup looks and tastes rich and creamy, it's surprisingly light: it contains no milk or cream, so it makes an excellent starter for an elaborate meal. Warming Soup Recipes
Shrimp Paste
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This Low Country dip is really an extravagant compound butter, highly flavored and very rich. It can be stirred into hot grits as a brunch treat. Chef Holiday Recipes Made EasyPlus: More Appetizer Recipes and Tips
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Roasted Salt-Brined Turkey
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Soaking a turkey overnight in salted water produces a brined turkey that is especially moist and well-flavored. Careful attention to basting, especially during the last hour of roasting, is also essential. Slideshow: More Holiday Turkeys Plus: Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide 
Baking the beets rather than boiling them intensifies their flavor. The beets must marinate overnight, so plan accordingly.Plus: Ultimate Thanksgiving GuidePlus: More Vegetable Recipes and Tips
Shrimp Paste
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This Low Country dip is really an extravagant compound butter, highly flavored and very rich. It can be stirred into hot grits as a brunch treat. Chef Holiday Recipes Made EasyPlus: More Appetizer Recipes and Tips
Roasted Salt-Brined Turkey
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Soaking a turkey overnight in salted water produces a brined turkey that is especially moist and well-flavored. Careful attention to basting, especially during the last hour of roasting, is also essential. Slideshow: More Holiday Turkeys Plus: Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide 
Baking the beets rather than boiling them intensifies their flavor. The beets must marinate overnight, so plan accordingly.Plus: Ultimate Thanksgiving GuidePlus: More Vegetable Recipes and Tips
Pole beans, or broad beans, are slightly flat, hardy green beans; be sure to remove the strings from both sides before cooking. They benefit from being cooked at least 2 hours in advance and then allowed to mellow in their cooking liquid.Plus: More Vegetable Recipes and Tips
Lane Cake
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A certain Mrs. Lane created her rich and delicious raisin, pecan and coconut confection in Alabama in the late 19th century. It has been Scott Peacock's birthday cake since he was a child. The cake improves in flavor if you assemble it a week ahead. Plus: More Dessert Recipes and Tips
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Egg Custard
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The recipe for these simple nutmeg-scented custards—a forgotten Southern delicacy—comes from Gertrude Moore, who often prepared them for Scott Peacock when he was a boy. Plus: More Dessert Recipes and Tips
Deviled Eggs
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This basic deviled egg recipe is easy and delicious! Plus: More Appetizer Recipes and Tips
Chefs Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock find a real affinity between the flavors of the cranberries and port in this cranberry-orange sauce. The unusual way of cooking the cranberries renders them perfectly done but not mushy, resulting in a relish that sparkles like a dish of jewels. Slideshow: Chef Holiday Recipes Made Easy Plus: Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide 
Corn Bread-Pecan Dressing
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Baking the dressing outside the bird reduces the risk of overcooking the turkey while attempting to fully cook the dressing. Whether you baste the dressing during baking or not is up to you, depending on how dry or moist you like it. Use the freshest pecans; they have the sweetest flavor and will enhance your dressing greatly. And be sure to dry your corn bread overnight. Ultimate Holiday Guide
Cloverleaf Rolls
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These elegant rolls made with a potato starter are an heirloom recipe Edna Lewis inherited from her mother. Delicious, Quick Side Dishes
Cheese Straws
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In the South, Cheese Straws are almost always present at celebrations. They're perfect with cocktails and can also be served with salads and certain soups. Unlike many baked goods, they improve in flavor when they're made a day before they're served. Cocktail Party Recipes
Blackberry Cordial
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The South has a long tradition of fruit wines, liqueurs and cordials. This one is made from the region's favorite berry. Be sure to seek out Ceylon cinnamon: most other cinnamons are too harsh and can spoil the flavor. It's fine to use frozen berries. The cordial must sit for at least 2 weeks to develop its flavor.Plus: Ultimate Thanksgiving GuidePlus: Ultimate Cocktail Guide
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Benne Wafers
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Edna Lewis learned about this Low Country favorite while living in Charleston. Benne comes from the Nigerian word for sesame seeds, which slaves considered lucky. Be sure to bake the wafers to a rich brown to bring out their flavor. Like cheese straws, they are good with soups and salads, and they're delicious with Shrimp Paste and other savory spreads.Plus: Ultimate Thanksgiving GuidePlus: More Appetizer Recipes and Tips
Ambrosia
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Ambrosia is a traditional Southern fruit salad and an absolutely essential part of the Southern holiday meal. It is imperative that you use freshly grated coconut and the very best oranges. Sweeten sparingly and add just enough sherry to enhance, not overwhelm, the dish. A fine Ambrosia is far greater than the sum of its parts. Sadly, today you find many versions made with canned fruit cocktail, maraschino cherries and marshmallows. This recipe is the real deal.Plus: Ultimate Thanksgiving GuidePlus: More Dessert Recipes and Tips