Thursday, October 30, 2014

Review - Southern Living "Christmas All Through The South"

Can you believe it is almost November? You know what that means don't you? That's right Christmas is almost upon us.
Have you started your shopping yet? I have not. Normally by now I'm almost done but this year I'm running behind due to some serious family issues.
Now, what I'd like to tell you today is this: a beautiful coffee table book by Southern Living. Here is the press release for this BEAUTIFUL book.

Joyful Memories, Timeless Moments, Enduring Traditions
By the Editors of Southern Living

For immediate release (BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) – No one does Christmas like the South, and the editors of Southern Living have outdone themselves this holiday season with their inspirational coffee table book, CHRISTMAS ALL THROUGH THE SOUTH (November 4, 2014; Oxmoor House, $40/Hardcover). Combining all the elements for which Southern Living is known and revered – food, travel, and gorgeous homes – this book is a joyous journey around the region that showcases the unparalleled hospitality, rich history and larger-than-life celebrations that are the Southern holiday way.

As Southern Living editor-at-large Kim Cross writes in the book’s introduction, “The South may not be the only region that goes overboard for the holidays, but we like to think we do it with inimitable style.” That same unbridled exuberance that Kim describes is also what makes CHRISTMAS ALL THROUGH THE SOUTH an endless source of inspiration for decking the halls and planning this season’s festivities. This book is meant to be read, flipped through, book marked, and shared as your holiday season is illuminated by a kaleidoscope of these merry traditions.

Whether it’s finding the perfect tree at a North Carolina tree farm, watching the boats festooned with colorful lights at Homeport Marina on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, or enjoying the sparkling lobby of The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, CHRISTMAS ALL THROUGH THE SOUTH captures the beauty of the holidays from beginning to end. As you flip through the pages of this book, you’ll be transported on a breathtaking visual journey with over 400 full-color photos that bring to life the joyful memories, enduring traditions, local authenticity, and open-armed warmth inherent to every Southern holiday celebration.

Woven throughout the book are also menu ideas and recipes for every festive occasion:
Start the season with A Hearty Picnic In The Pines while fetching that perfect tree with a menu that includes Rosemary Scented Cold Cider, Skillet Fried Chicken, and a Caramel Drop-Banana Bread Trifle. 
An impressive Merry Christmas Eve Dinner spread of Honey-Rosemary Crostini, Spice-Rubbed Smoked Turkey Breast with Mushroom Gravy, Pecan Cornbread, and a White Chocolate-Peppermint Mousse Pie will bring everyone happily around the table.
Stacks of Hummingbird Pancakes, Red Velvet Pancakes, German Chocolate Pancakes and Caramel Cake Pancakes for a fun and festive Christmas Morning Brunch.
A Lucky Oyster Roast on New Year’s Day also features “lucky” Southern dishes like Cumin-Spiced Black Eyed Pea Dip and a Collard Green and Kale Salad.

It also wouldn't be a deliciously Southern Christmas without an abundance of sweets and the famous white cake. CHRISTMAS ALL THROUGH THE SOUTH has more than ten Christmas Cake recipes including a Snowy White Layer Cake with Fondant Snowflakes, Bourbon Eggnog Cake, and a five-layer Red Velvet-White Chocolate Cheesecake. And after a festive evening of caroling, enjoy a Cookies & Cocktails party with Spiced Sorghum Snowflakes, Coconut Snowballs, and a Chocolate Cream Martini by the fire.
With its charming destinations, Southern Living-tested recipes, elegant decorations, and gracious hospitality, CHRISTMAS ALL THROUGH THE SOUTH is bound to be the keepsake every Southerner will want to own and look to, year after year. As Rick Bragg writes in the foreword, “The Southern Christmas is rich in its traditions, its own beauties, its own recipes and notions and, yes, peculiarities. It is why, no matter where we live in this world, we yearn to come home as time draws near.” Just reading CHRISTMAS ALL THROUGH THE SOUTH is like coming home for the holidays.

Southern Living celebrates the essence of life in the South, covering the best in Southern food, home, garden, and travel.  Reaching more than 16 million consumers each month, Southern Living connects consumers with the region’s rich culture through a variety of print, digital, mobile, tablet and event platforms.  Headquartered in Birmingham, AL, the rapidly expanding Southern Living brand is part of Time Inc., one of the largest content companies in the world and the largest publisher in the United States. Time Inc. is a Time Warner company.

Oxmoor House is an imprint of Time Home Entertainment Inc., a Time Inc. company, and publishes books and special edition magazines for Time Inc. brands such as Southern Living, Cooking Light, Health, and Sunset. Oxmoor House publishing partnerships also include Weight Watchers, Gooseberry Patch, and Weber.  With more than 300 back-listed titles, it is recognized as one of the leading lifestyle publishers in the country.  Oxmoor House books are distributed to the trade by Hachette Book Group and are available wherever books are sold.  More information is available at

CHRISTMAS ALL THROUGH THE SOUTH: Joyful Memories, Timeless Moments, Enduring Traditions
By The Editors of Southern Living 
Oxmoor House
November 4, 2014
400 pages
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Southern Special 30

Happy Tuesday
Happy 30th week of the Southern Special!!

This week we add another new co-host. Sharon from Blue Willow House. Be sure to welcome her, check out her social media and of course link up to our party.

My son is home and doing much better, thank you to all who have sent messages, emails and G+ comments. Thank you all, it means a lot to be part of such a fantastic community.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Beef Onion Butter Rice

Monday Monday...I'll refrain from singing to you. I'm sure if you've ever heard this song it is now stuck in your head.

So, I survived another weekend and have a busy week ahead of me. I spent a lot of my time this weekend working on new recipes and trying recipes from 2 different cookbooks that you'll see later this week for a review. OH MAN I'm so excited about them. I actually have 4 books I'm reading and working on recipes for but 2 you'll see this week.

Now, did the title intrigue you? Beef Onion Butter Rice, you may have seen it on Pinterest or on the web as Butter Rice or the best rice ever.

They are not kidding, this rice is so good. NOW let me say up front, it is NOT clean and not the healthiest stuff to eat but dad gum it's good and for a treat, potluck, church dinner or party it is a real crowd pleaser and so easy.

Here is what you do:

Beef Onion Butter Rice
1 can beef consomme
1 can french onion soup
2 cans water
1 stick butter, sliced
1 1/2 cup rice
1 cup shredded chicken (my addition)

In a 13 x 9 pan pour all ingredients except butter. Slice it and add to the top. Bake for 30 minutes with foil over the top. Then remove the foil and bake another 30 minutes. Do this at 350 degrees.
Serve with fresh veggies and a salad.

This rice is addictive, so good I could have eaten two or three servings. So if you are compelled to over eat, make sure you have a lot of folks around to eat this or you'll end up sick from eating the entire pan.

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