About Nancie McDermott

Nancie McDermott

Nancie McDermott, a native of Burlington, NC and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, developed a lifelong love for the cuisine of Asia during her tenure as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand. She’s been cooking and writing about Asian food ever since. She’s the author of nearly a dozen cookbooks and a contributing editor for Edible Piedmont. McDermott lives with her family in Chapel Hill, NC. @nanciemacpix

A glass cake stand topped with several slices of Cornelia Walker Bailey's pear bread.

Pear Bread

Quick bread. Tea cake. Spice bread. Whatever you call it, this recipe has pedigree–and you don’t need to know its geneology to know this. One taste tells all.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 11
Two coconut cream pies with meringue tops, pastry crusts, and sprinkled with shredded coconut

Coconut Cream Pie

A retro classic with a velvety coconut custard buried beneath billows of sweet, luscious, airy meringue and cushioned by a tender, flaky, buttery lard crust. You’re welcome.

  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 8
A chipped white bowl filled with Cajun chicken and sausage gumbo and a scoop of rice with a spoon resting in it.

Cajun Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

“Your family will think you are AMAZING.” “A straightforward, real deal Cajun gumbo that everyone loved.” “Easy and affordable.” “A keeper!” That’s what folks are saying about this gumbo.

  • 2 H
  • 2 H, 45 M
  • 4
Bowl of black-eyed peas in a tomato broth on a sheet of wood

Black-Eyed Pea Stew

This classic brings good luck to all who partake on New Year’s Day. Or so says Southern tradition. We can’t vouch for that, but we can vouch for it’s ability to bring sated appetites.

  • 25 M
  • 2 H, 45 M
  • 12
Cantaloupe

How Cantaloupe Got Its Name

Cantaloupe. Muskmelon. Charentais. Tuscan melon. Rock melon. How the heck did summer’s favorite fruit get all these names?! Nancie McDermott explains.

A frosted brown sugar pound cake on a white plate on a cloth-covered picnic table.

Brown Sugar Pound Cake

A dense, sweet, rich, buttery pound cake becomes even more indulgent, if you dare, with a heavy-handed drizzle of caramel glaze.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 8
A slice of oatmeal cake an a fork on a blue and white plate with a folded napkin underneath.

Oatmeal Cake

Yup, you’re allowed to eat this cake for breakfast. See, there’s wholesome oatmeal beneath all that coconut and butter.

  • 50 M
  • 1 H, 50 M
  • 5