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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Weekend Cooking! Review of "Southern Plate: Classic Comfort Food That Makes Everyone Feel Like Family" by Christy Jordan

If comfort food and good, old-fashioned Southern favorites are what you’re looking for, Christy Jordan’s new cookbook, “Southern Plate: Classic Comfort Food That Makes Everyone Feel Like Family” is just the ticket!  Recipes for staples of southern cooking, such as macaroni and cheese, fried apples, fried chicken, sweet potato casserole, and much, much more can be find in this delightful book along with Jordan’s stories of family, friends, and good cooking.

Once again, the photographs in this cookbook are absolutely amazing. Photographer Jennifer Davick captures the down-home feel to Jordan’s recipes in photos of a batch of yummy deviled eggs sitting prettily on a glass egg tray, banana pudding spilling over the sides of bowls that look as if they are straight from Grandma’s house, and a table full of candied apples that look as if they could leap off the page.

As a fan of Southern cooking, I found Jordan’s cookbook to be one of the most complete collections of old-time favorites that I have run across in a long time. I nearly wept with joy to find a recipe for Fruit Cocktail cake just like my mother-in-law makes, and the chocolate gravy my husband’s grandmother would fix just for special visits. You certainly don’t have to be a Southerner to appreciate the fine recipes found in “Southern Plate,” but once you’ve experienced it, you’ll never go back to plain ol’ cooking again!


Be sure to check out her website at http://www.southernplate.com/ for incredible recipes, great giveaways, and just good old-fashioned fun!

Check out this delicious recipe from Christy -

Deviled Eggs

• 6-7 eggs
• 3-4 T Mayonnaise
• 1 T Mustard
• 1-2 T Sweet Pickle Relish
• Salt and Pepper to taste

Christy Jordan: Madison Weekly, Madison Alabama's Hometown NewspaperPlace eggs in pot and add enough water to cover by one inch. Add a pinch of salt. Place on medium to medium high heat and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cover, let sit fifteen minutes.

Place pot under cold running water to cool eggs. Carefully peel. Slice each egg in half and spoon out yolk onto separate plate.

Add all other ingredients and mash with fork until creamy and well blended. Spoon contents into plastic bag and seal. Cut off corner and squeeze back into egg halves.

Sprinkle with paprika, if desired. Some people like to garnish with a slice of olive or sprig of fresh herbs.

(Recipe is from Christy Jordan's "Southern Plate"cookbook)

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review. I was not compensated for my opinions.

Weekend Cooking is a weekly meme sponsored by Beth Fish Reads http://www.bethfishreads.com/.   Check out the other yummy recipes that fellow bloggers have posted!


Beth F said...

Those eggs look yummy. I haven't made deviled eggs in years -- I'll have to make soon.

I have never had (or heard of) fruit cocktail cake. Hope you share a recipe for that one of these weeks.

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I have this cookbook and use it quite a bit! It really has some good recipes in it. I'll have to try that fruit cocktail cake. Great review!

Lynda said...

I ahven't made devilled eggs for years either..must do so.
Sweet potato casserole sounds interesting too ;0)

TheBookGirl said...

This sounds like the kind of cookbook I love -- good food, photographed beautifully, and accompanied by stories of family.

I'm going to see if my library has this one -- thanks for the great review :)

Joy Weese Moll said...

That looks like a very attractive cookbook -- and a great traditional deviled egg recipe.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

OOH this looks like a great book. I love deviled eggs too!

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Ok ladies, I'll post the recipe for my mother-in-law's fruit cocktail cake next Saturday, plus Christy's version!

Sorry I couldn't make it around to the other blogs this weekend. We have had a heck of a time with our internet lately, but I promise I'll be around next weekend!

Louise said...

I love deviled eggs too, but have never seen them with sweet pickle relish.

Beth F said...

Just wanted to let you know that I found found a blog that seems to have taken your post:


I found it when I was looking for stolen content for my own blog.

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Thanks for letting me know, Beth!