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Pocahontas was a chief’s daughter, but she liked to cook.

Pungnough AKA corncob flour. Make a dough by combining corncob flour and water. The dough was formed into a flat cake and covered with leaves. Next, hot ashes were added on top of the leaves, which baked the cake. Talk about a smart use of resources! The dough could also be formed into balls and boiled as dumplings. [John Smith wrote in his journals that he didn’t like Pungnough] (she is said to be my great…great grandmother, but that is another story)


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Pocahontas was a chief’s daughter, but she ate with everyone else.

Hobbenis AKA hopniss or groundnuts (early settlers likened them to turnips) are underground tubers similar to potatoes and cooked the same way. They were common along the east coast and were likely at the first Thanksgiving.

(she is said to be my great…great grandmother, but that is another story)

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Interstellar Pie Day

Today, March 14, is Interstellar Pie Day. I do love pies. So do Cherokees. Below are some words for Cherokee pies. Enjoy. [Editor’s note: Mr. Suddeth has been warned about consuming too much caffeine]

Apple pie svta gelisgi ᏒᏔ ᎨᎵᏍᎩ (sun-ta gay-lee-s-gee)

Blackberry cobbler kanugatli gelisgi ᎧᏄᎦᏘ ᎨᎵᏍᎩ (ka-new-ga-TLEE)

Cherry pie gitaya gelisgi ᎩᏔᏯ ᎨᎵᏍᎩ (gee-ta-YA)

Pumpkin pie iya gelisgi ᎢᏯ ᎨᎵᏍᎩ(ee-YA)

Photographer: Antonis Achilleos, Prop Stylist: Missie Crawford Food Stylist: Torie Cox

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Trail of Tears Beans

Pictured is the Cherokee variety of green beans that was carried on the Trail of Tears. They were part of the 3  Sisters–corn, beans, and squash planted together in the same field. The family in my novel, Stone Man and the Trail of Tears, ate this variety.

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It is believed the sunchoke (AKA Jerusalem artichoke, but it is not an artichoke or from Jerusalem) was a main food source for Cherokee people prior to European contact. Though it is a sunflower relative, the tubers are eaten. I have never tried any, but they can be cooked like potatoes or eaten raw.

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Writer Foods!

10 Foods Writer Can’t Live Without

These are my 10 favorite foods; ones I deem essential to a writer. Not necessarily in this order, but you can’t write without food! Feel free to disagree/add to this list (Eleven Top…?)

  1. Peanut butter: I live alone so this is my favorite food. Deadline? Eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and keep on trucking. I call it the writer’s best friend. Peanut butter weaseled its way into Experiment 38, my YA thriller.
  2. Chili: I am widowed, but I used to fix chili for my family. Chili is like writing. I never write the same way, and I never fix chili the same way.
  3. Chocolate: I feel sorry for the Europeans before Columbus. They didn’t have chocolate. Like most writers, I save it for a reward. After I finish a manuscript, or I sign a publishing contract. Or when I finish this blog is a good excuse.
  4. Coffee: Why wasn’t this first? What writer doesn’t drink too much coffee? I love write in coffee shops. And coffee shops often sneak into my stories.
  5. Ice cream: I really love ice cream, so I seldom keep it at home. What’s this self-control I keep hearing about?
  6. Pumpkin: Pie, bread, as a vegetable, pumpkin butter with my peanut butter, almost any way. We all have our personal likes that defy explanation, & I have no explanation.
  7. Cornbread: Eating warm cornbread fresh from the skillet takes me back to childhood. All of my stories take place in the south, and cornbread shouts, South!
  8. Cheese: See ice cream to understand why I avoid it. I have a cat who loves it. If I do bring it home, she climbs on me and demands her share. (& gets more than her share)
  9. Pizza: I’m sure no one is shocked by this. I don’t think I ever met anyone who doesn’t like it. And it weaseled its way into Experiment 38 & Eighth Mask.
  10. Fried green tomatoes: I know; this shouts SOUTH more than anything else. When a group of writers get together, what else could be better?

I like to sneak food into all my stories, but my editors cut most of it. Stick to the story, they always tell me. Don’t tell them! I sneak some back in, people gotta eat!


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Durham, North Carolina Food from Experiment 38

I am not a cook and these are not complete recipes, just examples of food the characters from my YA novel, Experiment 38, would’ve been familiar with.

The group in this story loved their Durham pizza, especially Carolina Caramelized Onion & Prosciutto Pizza: Pizza Crust, Olive Oil, 1 thinly sliced red Onion, 1/4 cup Brown Sugar, grated Parmesan Cheese, 10 ounces thinly sliced fresh Mozzarella Cheese, 8 slices Prosciutto.

Campfire hot dogs: Emily’s specialty. She skewered them on sticks and slowly roasted them. She would’ve enjoyed Carolina hot dogs—mustard, slaw, chili, and onions.

They preferred Eastern-style barbecue—a whole-hog barbecue. Eastern-style sauce is vinegar- and pepper-based, with no tomato whatsoever.

Dave Burgers: Dave only cooked one thing, but he did it right. Half pound of good hamburger hand formed into a patty & cooked in the flames. Cheese if you have to. On weekends he liked Carolina Burgers—chili, mustard, coleslaw

They also gobbled their Durham-style rise donuts—yeast donuts, often made with sweet potatoes and bourbon glaze.

Tomato gravy: Another Carolina favorite they liked, made with bacon drippings & flour & tomatoes (Of course) make the roux for this simple tomato gravy.

YA thriller, publication TBA

YA thriller, publication TBA


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