That’s us! Sara (left) and Pam (right), the mother-daughter duo based out of two small towns just outside of Atlanta. We are proud of our Southern roots and love life here in the south. Our recipes will sometimes put a new twist on an old classic – many times with a kick of cayenne or jalapeno and sometimes with a splash of bourbon. Often, though, we stay true to the old classics. Many of those dishes are in danger of being forgotten and we don’t want that to happen.
We try to use ingredients that aren’t too hard to find and share dishes that are fairly simple. And, whenever possible, we’ll give you alternatives for an ingredient because we are big believers in using what you have.
Southern Food: Then and Now is an in depth look at our favorite cuisine. We think it’s important to know the origins of our foods and the history behind the traditions and recipes. Documenting the foundation of our food culture to share with you and future generatiions is a big part of our mission. We hope you enjoy it and will share.
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More details about each of us are below.
I’m Pam (also known as Mom, Mimi, Aunt Pam, etc.) I worked in the real estate world for a long time, but the last few years have found me at home more and enjoying all that goes along with my love of family, home and food.
Like so many blogs, Sara and I started out just having a little fun with it. That’s not to say that it’s not still fun, but we just never dreamed it would grow like it has. Many days you can find me writing from the back porch, which is my favorite “room” of the house.
I see this blog as a chance to document, for future generations, some of our family history — through recipes, photos and stories. And, speaking of photos, Biscuits and Burlap has led me to discover a new love – food photography. True story: When I was a little girl (which was many years ago) my Daddy took food photos as a sideline to his regular job in food packaging. I never gave it much thought except that he commandeered the family’s second bathroom to use as a dark room for developing film.
Now, all of these years later, I have fallen head over heels in love with this art, and I’m always striving to improve and learn. I know my Daddy would be proud, and sometimes I feel like he’s looking over my shoulder and cheering me on. You can see samples of our work here.
To have you come into my home and think the table is beautiful and the food tasty warms my heart. But, best of all, is to know that guests in my home feel comfortable and want to come back. The best way I’ve found to accomplish that is to throw in a little fun and laughter in whatever I’m doing.
My husband, Buddy and I celebrated forty years of marriage in October, 2015. Our oldest is Will and he and his wife Dori are the parents of our 2 oldest grandchildren, Beau and Paige. What a pair of characters!
James is next and he and his wife Maggie welcomed Emily into their family in January of 2015. Her little brother, William, came along in October, 2016.
Sara is our youngest and my co-writer on Biscuits and Burlap! I’m so proud of what Sara has accomplished in her life (so far). To think that she has bought her own home even though she is a young, single schoolteacher just blows my mind. I would have never had the guts when I was her age to jump into home ownership all alone. But she did, and continues to be an inspiration to me, besides being my personal IT coach! I think we make a good team.
I am the daughter of this fabulous duo! I’m a 1st grade teacher and live in a town called Clarkston just east of Atlanta. Lived in the Metro Atlanta your whole life and never heard of Clarkston? Don’t worry… you’re not alone. It’s a unique little refugee community known as “the most diverse square mile in America.”
I love cooking inventive, healthy (usually) food and I am enjoying sharing those recipes. A few of my personal favorites are Jambalaya Dip, Mini Lemon Cheesecake Tarts, and Tomato Goat Cheese Galette. Yum! I try to do most of my shopping at neighborhood farmers markets, so if you love to cook with super fresh ingredients too, I’m sure you’ll find something you just have to try here.
I love the excitement and challenge of writing this blog with my mom and hope it comes across as exactly what it is- A mother with more than 30 years of homemaking experience sharing her wisdom with her daughter and the world, and a young woman’s journey to becoming a homemaker, complete with all the slips and blunders we both encounter along the way.