I come from a long line of Southern cooks who taught me home cooking is best, life is good, and there is always something to be grateful for. I created Southern Plate so that I could share the recipes and stories that have been passed down through my family for more than nine generations.
You won't find fancy food or new-fangled recipes in this cookbook—just easy, no-fuss Southern favorites such as Chicken and Dumplings, Homemade Banana Pudding, Aunt Looney's Macaroni Salad, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Daddy's Rise-and-Shine Biscuits. (I want to make one thing as clear as possible: How your mama made it is the right way! I'm going to bring it to you how my mama made it, which is the only right way for me.)
These stories and recipes come from my heart. They are a gift from my ancestors, but the ability to have them heard is a gift from you. Take a seat at the Southern Plate table; you're with family now.From Southern Plate: Lela’s Fried Fruit Pies
Place the dried fruit in a large saucepan and add the water and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the fruit is tender and the sugar is dissolved, about 20 minutes. Add all the other ingredients and mash together with a potato masher or fork. Set aside while you prepare the dough.
To make the dough, in a medium bowl, combine the flour and salt. Cut in the shortening with a long-tined fork. Add the milk and stir until the dough sticks together. Divide into 10 portions. Roll each portion out on a floured surface into a 5- or 6-inch circle. Place 2 tablespoons of filling in each. Wet the edges and fold over, crimping with a fork.
In a large skillet, pour the oil to a depth of 1⁄4 inch and heat over medium heat. Add the fruit pies to the hot oil and fry until browned on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes, turning as needed. Remove to a paper towel–lined plate.
Makes 10 pies.From Southern Plate: Baked Macaroni and Cheese
First, preheat the oven to 350°F. Next, cook the pasta according to the package directions until tender and drain. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, and pepper and set aside. Spray an oven-safe bowl or dish with cooking spray. Place half of the macaroni in the bowl or dish. Sprinkle half of the flour mixture over the top and then top with half of the margarine slices. Sprinkle 11⁄2 cups of the cheese over the top. Repeat. Pour the milk over all. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes, until bubbly. Serve hot.
Makes 8 servings.
I have this cookbook and highly recommend it. Christy has given us so many delicious recipes which can be found in this book. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Janel
This is a True Southern Cookbook. I have loved all the recipes I have tried. Would highly recommend for a good basic cookbook.Published 1 month ago by Yvonna O. White
I absolutely love Christy Jordan's cookbook. Have already used several recipes but I just enjoy reading it too. Read morePublished 1 month ago by shygirl
Fantastic down home cooking recipes that anyone can follow. Christy Jordan has a very friendly and fun way of describing her recipes and makes it more interesting to follow.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The directions are easy to follow and the food turns out great, my only complaint would be I wish it had more pictures. I made the apple pie for my mom and she loved it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Veronica
Simply disappointing. Southern cooking at its best does not include margarine, canned soups and similar shortcuts or substitutions.Published 1 month ago by Martha