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Julie Pollitt in her kitchen

Down-Home Delights: My Southern Kitchen Tales

Welcome to my kitchen, where every simmer, sizzle, and spoonful tells a story.

I’m Julie Pollitt, the heart and soul behind ‘Back To My Southern Roots.‘ My journey began on the sun-drenched fields of my grandparents’ Tennessee farm, where the aroma of freshly baked biscuits and the laughter around a family table planted the seeds of my cooking passion. Here, I share not just recipes but memories—each dish is a page from my life, with the warmth of Southern tradition and the simple joys of home cooking.

So, grab a chair, and let’s cook up some memories together.

I am a long, tall Texan (yep, I’m a little over six feet tall). I was born in Texas, anyway. We moved to Denver, Colorado, when I was a little six-year-old, and I grew up at the foot of the Rockies. It’s not a bad way to start out.

Growing up, my parents would put my sister and me on a plane each summer and send us out to West Tennessee to stay with my grandparents on their farm.

We continued to go out each year through high school and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

At the time, I had no idea the impact those summers would have on my life. I remember well the fields of rolling white, fluffy cotton, chickens in the coop, pigs in the pen, and cows in the pasture. And corn. Corn as far as my little eyes could see. I even set the record in my family for eating twelve ears in one sitting. Yep, that’s right. I ain’t shy when it comes to corn.

I learned so much from my grandparents, including how to cook pies and cakes (dessert was all I was interested in back in those days).

But I did pay a little bit of attention and learned a few things about cooking along the way.

Before I Started Blogging

I’ve had quite a few fun jobs over the years. I worked as a small-town newspaper editor in the Four Corners for several years and had a wonderful time!

From there, I worked for a company that built natural gas pipelines. I would travel to the jobs and stay for months handling payroll in the field. I worked all over the country and had the opportunity to meet wonderful people that I now call family.

After the pipeline, I stayed home to raise my two boys, who are now in high school and college. I had the opportunity to volunteer at their schools, and I loved every minute of it!

As the kids got older, I wanted a way to connect with my Tennessee roots, and what better way than through cooking? It brings back memories for me. And I love that it helps bring back memories for you!

So, I started the blog and have enjoyed sharing recipes all along!

pics of julie pollitt throughout life

Recipes I Share At Back To My Southern Roots

I love to share recipes that can make dinner time easier, such as casseroles and slow cooker meals.

I will never share anything that is too hard to make (I love easy recipes). All the recipes are tried and true and turn out great. If you’re a beginning or a seasoned cook, these recipes will work for you.

I like to share step-by-step photos so that you can see the process as well as the finished recipe. We all eat them here at home, so you know they will be delicious.

For side dishes, we love anything with Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix in it (we can’t get enough Jiffy around here. We love that Jiffy is so budget-friendly, too). But we don’t forget about vegetables, potato sides, or our favorite holiday sides, such as sweet potato casserole or homemade canned cranberry sauce.

We don’t forget about dessert around here, either. Cakes, pies, and fudge rank high here at our house and we can’t get enough.

Favorite Recipes

Some of our favorites include 5-ingredient ground beef casserole, salmon patties that I learned to make from my mom, and easy sloppy joe casserole with crescent rolls.

We can’t have a holiday meal without Jiffy corn pudding or green bean casserole.

My youngest loves blueberry dump cake as well as homemade banana pudding.

It seems that in the past few years, this world has become so fast-paced and crazy, that I wanted something to slow our family down. Supper at the table, easy meals for tired moms to cook, and ways to stay organized and on budget.

I love to share all types of recipes. Be sure to comment on your favorite recipes and let me know what you think. I’m so glad you’re here!

You can contact me at juliepollitt at backtomysouthernroots dot com.