Sorghum...A Larrupin'Good Taste


Pour small pool of sorghum onto the side of the plate, add one half teaspoon softened margarine. Suit your taste.

Mix well and sop. Nothing better on biscuits.

A compliment to any country ham breakfast.


1 Large can (31oz.) Pork ‘n Beans

1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 small onion finely chopped

1/4 cup ketsup

3 tablespoons sorghum

1 teaspoon prepared mustard

1/2 teaspoon salt

dash of pepper

3 drops liquid smoke, optional

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Mix all ingredients together in saucepan and cook on top of the stove for 45 minutes over medium heat.

For smoky flavor add liquid smoke. Be sure to add no more than directed.

For dipping sorghum or sawmill gravy try the biscuit recipe that the Colonel’s wife likes best. It’s the lightest biscuit ever.


5 cups plain flour

3/4 cup shortening

1 teaspoon salt

3 teaspoons baking powder

3 tablespoons sugar

1 pkg. Dry active yeast in 1/2 cup lukewarm water

2 cups buttermilk

Mix together, stirring thoroughly. No rising necessary. Roll out and cut into rounds. Cook 12-15 minutes at 400 degrees.


1/2 Cup Buttermilk

1 Tsp. Baking Soda

...Mix buttermilk and baking soda and set this aside.

1/3 Cup Cooking Oil

1/2 Cup Molasses

1/3 Cup White Sugar

1 Egg Beaten

...Mix cooking oil, molasses, white sugar and beaten egg.

...Whisk buttermilk into the wet ingredients.

3/4 Tsp. Ground Ginger

1/2 Tsp. Fresh Grated Nutmeg

1/2 Tsp. Ground Allspice

1/2 Tsp. Ground Cloves

1/2 Tsp. Salt

...Combine these ingredients items and add to mix.

2 to 2 1/2 cups sifted plain flour

...Add flour to cookie batter and mix. Refrigerate about 20 minutes or until oven comes to temperature. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Oil cookie sheet for first tray. Place rounded teaspoon of dough 2-inches apart on cookie sheet. Glaze while cookies are hot.

...Molasses Cookie Glaze: 3 cups Confectioner’s Sugar, 1 1/2 Tsp. Black Walnut Flavoring, about 4 1/2 Tbsp. Boiling Water.

...Makes about 5 dozen cookies

COOKIES from a FRIEND NAMED FRAN ... The Newsom’s Old Mill Store Molasses Cookies recipe was created especially for our store by Fran Prowell. She bought molasses in our store and after making some for her family adopted our store family and brought us a batch to sample. We enjoyed them so much that she brought another batch and the recipe, which she has said that we could share with our customers. A native of Caldwell County, Fran is a two-time cancer survivor, she was employed in the food industry, working as a cook in Florida restaurants for 25 years. Fran told us that she took the idea for the Newsom’s Molasses Cookies from the German Belsnickle Cookies, a recipe that she found in an Amish cookbook. She said that the idea to use the black walnut flavoring in the glaze came from Arnella Vinson. Fran was born in Caldwell County on the Pleasant Valley Road, which is located between Crider and Fredonia.