Juneteenth, the celebration of the release of the remaining slaves in the US, is about tradition, freedom, and respect for those that came before you. What better way to spend the day than with food, friends, and family? Here are some of our favorite ways to share the love. Southern Pan-Fried Chicken This recipe from the late, great Edna Lewis turns out skillet-fried chicken that's perfectly seasoned, extra-crisp, and gosh darn beautiful in every way. Edna Lewis's Oven Brisket Edna Lewis was loved for many reasons. Her spare prose. Her soulful recipes. Her kitchen frugality. Her endless wisdom. All attributes that are apparent in her famous brisket. Sweet Potato Pie Sugar and spice and everything nice—that's what you'll find in this magnificently spiced traditional Southern pie from baker extraordinaire, Cheryl Day. Potato Salad with Sweet Pickle Relish A simple Southern classic from Alexander Smalls, this has all the potato salad ingredients as well as relish to give it that elusive balance of tangy and ever so slightly sweet. Creole Shrimp and Grits Tanya Holland gives us Southern comfort food with Big Easy flair. That’s what we think of these perfectly spiced shrimp swimming in a slightly spicy sauce with ample cheesy grits to soak it all up. Pickled Shrimp A Southern classic from Toni Tipton-Martin, pickled shrimp are subtly flavored with herbs and spices in a nuanced way. So much so you'll be wondering where these have been your entire life. Classic Chicken and Dumplings Our recipe testers are likening this chicken and dumplings from Toni Tipton-Martin to sleeping in sheets that are still warm from the dryer. It's that comforting. Spoon Bread From cooking icon Edna Lewis comes an airy spoon bread which whispers, in that inimitable Southern way, to be included on tables everywhere. Jerk Chicken Authentic grilled jerk chicken from Helen Willinsky that's pretty much exactly like what you'd experience in the Caribbean. Edna Lewis's Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze Warmly spiced with a pudding-like texture, this apple cake from Edna Lewis is truly easy—just stir together by hand. And it's unforgettable for reasons that have nothing to do with its ease. BBQ Meatballs Toni Tipton-Martin's meatballs take a bath in homemade BBQ sauce that boasts an incredible sweet heat and a complexity that you'd never believe happens with so little effort. Stuffed Quahogs For a taste of Martha's Vineyard away from the coast make Jessica B. Harris's stuffed quahogs - hard shell clams - to enjoy with an evening drink before dinner. Mashed Kabocha Squash Wait until you give Bryant Terry's squash a try. Creamy and packed with flavor, this vegan recipe is also healthy as heck without tasting like it. Hibiscus Cocktail This stunning sipper from Michelle and Suzanne Rousseau is made from fragrant, sweet hibiscus flowers and spices. Brilliant when mixed with prosecco or enjoyed cold on a hot June afternoon. Equally ingenious any time of year. Peach Nectarine Cobbler Sorta rustic, sorta refined, sorta irresistible. That's what we're hearing about this nuanced cobbler from Tanya Holland with its cakey biscuits and subtly cinnamon-inflected fruit filling. Spiced Sweet Potato Bundt Cake This cake from Tanya Holland has all the warming spices and subtle sweetness you crave come fall. In a delivery system that’s either dress-down or glam-it-up, depending on your occasion.
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