About Virginia Willis

Virginia Willis is a chef, author, and Southern food maven. She studied at L’Academie de Cuisine and Ecole de Cuisine LaVarenne and had her first professional culinary job working on Nathalie Dupree’s PBS show. She's been featured by Country Living, House Beautiful, USA Today, Food52, and CNN.com. Her cookbooks include Bon Appétit, Y’All and Basic to Brilliant, Y’All and her blog can be found at virginiawillis.com.

Okra Cornmeal Cakes Recipe

Okra Cornmeal Cakes

These quick, easy, gritty-in-a-good-way little corn cakes come from a doyenne of Southern cooking. Put simply, they don’t disappoint.

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Bourbon Sweet Potatoes

Bourbon Sweet Potatoes

One way to down your sweet potatoes? Drown them in butter, sugar, bourbon, and maple syrup. It’s The Southern Way. And we can’t say we have a problem with this.

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Cornmeal Griddle Cakes

Meme’s Cornmeal Griddle Cakes

Shirttail cousins to corn bread, these savory cakes wooed and wowed us with their crisped edges, ethereally airy interior, and pantry-friendly frugality.

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Burgundian Honey Spice Bread

Burgundian Honey Spice Bread

More nuanced than gingerbread and not at all like fruit cake, this French tradition is fragrant with spice.

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Pound Cake Recipe

Meme’s Pound Cake

This pound cake is rich with creamery butter, freckled with vanilla seeds, and knee-wobbingly crisp and sugary at the edges from—you guessed it—sugar.

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Georgia Peach Souffles Recipe

Georgia Peach Soufflés

Light, airy, messy, delicious, these peach souffles are an elegant (but easy-to-make) ending to a meal. Make them when peaches are dead-ripe delicious.

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