Taryn joins Northern Life to share delectable family recipes

March 1, 2024

DULUTH, MN. (Northern News Now) – Northern News Now reporter Taryn Simmons visited the Northern Life studio on Thursday, looking to share her family’s dessert recipes for Black History Month.

Taryn also shared more about her time in Duluth, her work on her college news show, and her ability to speak Mandarin.

These are the recipes Taryn shared with the team:

Southern Poundcake

3 Cups of Cake Flour3 cups of sugar

Two sticks of real butter unsalted

A teaspoon of baking powder


1 Tablespoon

Five eggs

Half a cup of Crisco

Oven at 350 Degrees

Crisco, sugar, eggs, and butter – and beat it with a mixer.

Five eggs in, two sticks of butter, half a cup of Crisco, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 2 of each teaspoon vanilla,  and lemon – beat until smooth then add flour and cup of milk.

Grease the pan with Crisco put flour over the grease and cover it all.

Let it cook.

Get a toothpick in it (if the dough comes out it’s not done).

Side note: Leave eggs and butter out to soften overnight.

Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie

2 large Sweet potatoes

Stick of butter

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1 1/2 Cups Sugar

2 Egg

Tsp Vanilla favor


Pie crust (not deep dish)

You add more sugar to taste.

Boil sweet potatoes until soft, then peel sweet potatoes.

Add sweet potatoes to a large bowl, 1/2 stick of butter, 2 eggs, vanilla flavoring, and baking powder, and mix.

Once mixed add to preheat oven of 350 and cook until crust is browned or light brown.

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