The Ultimate Cornbread Muffins


Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best ones. When I was growing up in northeast Arkansas, my favorite time of the year was having New Year’s Day lunch at my Grandmother Hildegarde’s house. Grandmother would make the traditional Southern New Year’s dish every year—black eyed peas with hog jowl and cornbread muffins—to bring us good […]

The Southern Hospitality of Hawaiian Aloha


Editor’s Note: Aloha, ya’ll! We’re thrilled to welcome contributing writer V.L. Batten to the Tailgate Traveler team. She brings us a unique perspective on food and tailgating–a perspective that blends both Hawaiian and Southern cuisines. In this post, Batten introduces us to the commonalities Hawaiian and Southern food share. Throughout the football season, she will […]

Cornflake Chicken Tenders


I grew up in the South, and my mom used to make “fried” chicken tenders for my brother and me. Unlike many Southern kids, we normally didn’t have fried chicken at home. (The horror!) Instead, mom would bake us a healthy alternative to greasy fried chicken that was crunchy, slightly buttery, and satisfying. This is […]

Smoked Cheddar Chicken Spaghetti


For me, chicken spaghetti represents the ultimate comfort food. It’s one of those dishes that has many variations–and each variation brings its own personality to the plate. The variation I grew up with included chicken (duh!), Velveeta cheese, Rotel, and cream of chicken soup. I’ve decided to personalize and update the recipe a bit with […]