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The Plainsman's Kitchen | A poor woman's imitation

This week peggyrossmanith tries to fill in for the irreplaceable runyogasurf to deliver a poor woman's imitation of The Plainsman's Kitchen. If you've ever wondered how to make a cobbler, stay tuned!

I know what you’re thinking: You’re not runyogasurf! You’re that Barner girl! What can you possibly tell me about classic southern football food and tailgating like a Tiger?

Well, to answer your question: not a lot, compared to runyogasurf. The woman is the quintessential Southern Belle and I am but a poor woman’s imitation. But scheduling conflicts happen, and sometimes people who wouldn’t have otherwise met in certain situations find themselves thrown together. Such is this week’s Plainsman’s Kitchen. Bear with me this week, dear readers. I promise runyogasurf will be back next week to share her sage wisdom.

So let’s try to have some fun. It’s Thursday evening. You have agreed to bring something to Saturday’s tailgate (you have some fun friends up in Nashville) but have let time get away from you, and you don’t know what to make. What will you do?

This situation has happened to me countless times, either because I’m generally forgetful or very lazy. Regardless, the outcome is the same: I end up frantically searching the internet for easy-to-prepare tailgate fare that won’t break the bank. However, the answer to the problem is usually right in my kitchen: cobbler.

Cobbler is one of those perfect Southern desserts that is almost always a crowd-pleaser. While I generally advise against tailgate food that requires dishes and/or utensils, I always make an exception for cobbler. It’s just too good.

The classic cobbler, especially around here, is peach. But really, it can be made with any fruit. Actually, you can make it with just about anything you think will taste good with flour, butter, and sugar. For last year’s True Blue game against Mississippi State, I made a True Blueberry cobbler using blueberries already in my freezer and ingredients I already had in the kitchen. Total out-of-pocket cost: $0.

And cobbler couldn’t be simpler to make. If you’re one who is afraid of baking, fear not. This recipe is beyond basic but tastes like a million bucks. Seriously.


*1-2 cups fruit (or anything else you might want to try) of your choice

*1 cup each:




*1 stick butter, melted


*Mix it all up and bake at 350F for 45 minutes.

*That’s it. No really. That’s how you make a cobbler. Freaking right.

Please do not judge this recipe by how this cobbler in the photo at the top turned out visually. It was the only one I could find on my computer and it was particularly ugly. But even though it wasn’t the prettiest belle at the ball, it was still pretty awesome.

If you are ever in need of a quick tailgate dessert or a dessert for any occasion, definitely consider a cobbler. They’re super easy, cheap, and delicious!