Sumac has a citrus taste similar to, but more complex than lemon or lime. My grandmother used to make sumac drink with just water, sugar, whole sumac berry bundles and the sun. This recipe is a more sophisticated take on a traditional Cherokee recipe.
Peaches, called qua-na, in Cherokee, have been an integral part of Cherokee cooking since at least the 1600's. July is peach season. This simple dessert combines sugar, cinnamon, butter and peaches into caramelized goodness.
This traditional Cherokee recipe, whether you call it polenta, grits or corn mush, is delicious, simple and versatile. Served warm it is creamy goodness. Allowed to cool, it can be sliced and then fried or grilled to be used as a platform for other ingredients or for a new, old take, on french fries. Use flint corn meal if you can find it.