Hoe Cakes or Pone Bread

1 cup Dixie Lily Self-Rising Corn Meal
1/2 cup cold Milk (may use water)
2 Tbsp. melted Shortening
*May add 1 egg for a fluffier bread

Pones are an old Southern tradition of preparing corn meal in hand shaped ovals.

Preheat oven to 425°.

Place well greased cast iron skillet, pan or mold in oven while preparing mixture. Mix ingredients together thoroughly in a a bowl to a consistency that can be shaped with hands if preparing Pones.

Cook for 25 minutes until brown. Serve hot.

ARNETT’s Method

Using the same ingredients above add more milk or water to create a soupy mixture. Pour a thin layer into a well greased hot frying pan on the stove. Allow to brown and turn over.


1 cup Dixie Lily Self-Rising Corn Meal
1-1/2 cups boiling water

Combine corn meal and boiling water in bowl; stir to blend. In large skillet, heat 1/4-inch chortening over medium low heat until a drop of water sizzles when dropped in skillet. Spoon batter, by tablespoonfuls into hot skillet. Fry until golden brown each side; turn once. Serve hot with butter.

Makes about 10 hoe cakes.

Old-Fashioned Baked Beans

1 lb. Navy Beans, sorted and washed
1/2 lb. side pork (rind removed), diced
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 cup ketchup, or to taste
Salt to taste

Place beans in a medium-size kettle, cover with water and soak for 2 hours. Drain beans. Add enough fresh water to cover. Cover kettle, bring to a boil, then simmer until beans are tender. Mix in remaining ingredients. Then place entire contents of kettle in oven proof bean pot with lid.

Bake in bean pot at 350°F for approximately 3 hours. (Stir occasionally and add water as needed).