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One of my favorite parts of having a food blog is when I have the opportunity to review a cookbook.  There is little that is more exciting to me than opening up a new cookbook and getting to flip through the pages, trying to narrow down what I want to make first.  Sometimes it’s easy to narrow down the recipes, but sometimes, you get a cookbook that ends up with sticky notes stuck through many of the pages – the recipes begging to be made.  This was one such cookbook.  Normally, I like to do 4 recipes for a cookbook review.  But I just couldn’t narrow this one down!!  I ended up making 5 recipes, but believe me – I will be cooking more from this cookbook!!

This cookbook also had an added bonus that I truly loved.  Throughout the book are quotes – and I was truly smitten by them.  They made me want to move to the south and become a true Southern lady.  Things like “Memories happen when I bite into a recipe that I know was my grandmother’s.  I remember her hands…arthritis, age spots, and reddened skin from years of washing dishes by hand, and a simple wedding ring that she never took off her finger.”  I seriously loved every single one of the quotes in this book!!

Number of Photos:  some

Ok, so this is a little misleading.  There are some photos in the book, but very few of actual finished dishes.  Mostly photos of families or ingredients.  I’m a total photo lover, so usually I’m disappointed when there aren’t lots of photos, but for some reason, it doesn’t bother me that much in this book.  Maybe it’s because I was distracted and entertained by the quotes!

Difficulty Level of Recipes: easy

Looking through the book, I think most beginners could make most of these recipes.  There doesn’t seem to be lots of steps or complicated instructions.  Just down home cooking!

Availability of Ingredients:easy

The majority of the ingredients are everyday ingredients.  I did see a couple of recipes that had an ingredient that might be hard to come by.

And here’s what I made!

Maw Maws Mystery Pie | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Maw Maw’s Mystery Pie

There are so many pie recipes in this cookbook that I want to try, but the story behind this one is what got me!  The author – Devon O’Day – said that her Maw Maw made this pie for her for a birthday once, and she requested the pie every birthday after that.  She asked her Maw Maw what kind of pie it was, and she told her that she didn’t know.  She called it a “Misty” pie, or a Mystery pie.   The recipe was found in Maw Maw’s bible after she died.  I just couldn’t resist making it, knowing it had such a touching history!  This really tasted like a bit of summer.  I did cheat and used a store bought pie crust, simply because I had one in the fridge that I needed to use.  The only complaint I had with this pie is that the pineapple becomes a bit runny, but after some time in the refrigerator, it wasn’t really an issue.

Pineapple Chiller | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Pineapple Chiller

So, I’m not usually one for fancy drinks.  I’m mostly a water drinker – with a Diet Coke thrown in there every once in awhile – but it’s pretty rare that I drink, much less make, different drinks.  For some reason, this cookbook is making me want to change all that.  There are several drinks in this book, and I wanted to make just about every one of them!!  (So be prepared to see more drink recipes here!)  This was delicious and refreshing.  And yes – another one that made it feel like summer.  I can see myself making these in the dead of summer, enjoying one while I sit on the porch and watch my daughter playing in the yard!

Creamy Dill New Potato Casserole | www.tasteandtellblog.com


Creamy Dill New Potato Casserole

What’s not to love in this one??  Potatoes, sour cream, dill, cheese, bacon.  With a list of ingredient like that, I knew it was going to be a winner.  And it was.  Simple to put together, and a great side dish.  It was even good cold the next day!

Marinated Country Pork Ribs | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Marinated Country Pork Ribs

The only problem with this recipe was my own problem.  The only country ribs my grocery store had were boneless ones, and I’m a girl who likes the bones in her ribs.  This was a good recipe, but I think it would have been great if I would have had bone-in ribs!

Peanut Butter Muffins | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Peanut Butter Muffins

Go figure that a muffin recipe is my favorite of all the recipes I tried!!  These muffins are divine.  They made the house smell like peanut butter cookies as they baked, and they were a delicious breakfast treat.  I loved everything about them:  the texture, the sweetness, the moistness… I wouldn’t change a thing on these!  And since we are a muffin loving family, I know these will make another showing very, very soon!!

Overall thoughts…

Overall, this was really a great cookbook.  I didn’t have any major issues with any of the recipes I tried, and like I mentioned before, there are plenty more recipes I want to try from this cookbook!  I would definitely say this is one I’d recommend – especially if you love southern cooking!

Peanut Butter Muffins
slightly adapted from My Southern Food

makes 12-18 muffins

1/3 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 large eggs, beaten
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup milk

Preheat the oven to 350F.  Grease a muffin tin; set aside.

Place the butter in a large bowl.  Gradually add 1 cup of brown sugar, the salt and the vanilla and cream together until fluffy.  Add the peanut butter, continuing to blend.  Set aside.

In another bowl, beat the eggs well.  Add the remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar and mix until completely blended.  Stir into the creamed mixture gradually, mixing until completely blended.

In another bowl, sift together the baking powder and flour.  Gradually add the dry ingredients and the milk alternately to the creamed mixture, mixing well after each addition.  Pour in the prepared muffin tin and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.


And the giveaway!!

The publisher of this cookbook, Thomas Nelson Publishing, had generously offered up 3 copies of this cookbook for me to giveaway!  Want to win one?

Here’s how you can enter:

Mandatory:  Comment below and tell me your favorite southern dish/recipe.

Extra entries:
*Follow Taste and Tell on Facebook
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Note:  for any of the extra entries, make sure you leave a separate comment for each.

*This giveaway is open to US residents.
*This giveaway will be open from today until Wednesday, April 13th at midnight MDT. The winner will be announced on April 14th.

Disclosure: I received a free copy for this review. The publisher is also providing the copies that are being given away.  No monetary compensation was offered or accepted. The opinions above are my own. Others experience may vary.


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125 Responses to My Southern Food – A Review {and a giveaway!}

  1. Topher says:

    I'd say either chicken fried steak or a classic coconut layered cake. Thanks!

    Chris M.

    zekks at yahoo dot com

  2. Joan says:

    Fried Chicken and pecan pie!

  3. Joan says:

    … followed on FB!

  4. Laurin says:

    Shrimp and grits! Yum Yum Yum!

  5. Danielle says:

    I'm a true southern girl so picking just one thing is very hard. I think I'd go with biscuits and gravy though!

  6. Danielle says:

    I follow you with Google reader.

  7. Heather of Kitchen Concoctions says:

    I love Southern food! This cookbook sounds delightful. I love cookbooks with personal stories attached to each recipe.

  8. Heather of Kitchen Concoctions says:

    I am a facebook follower!

  9. Heather of Kitchen Concoctions says:

    I follow on twitter!

  10. LRAtRandom says:

    I agree with Danielle, biscuits and gravy!


  11. LRAtRandom says:

    Following on Twitter


  12. Danielle says:

    I love Shrimp and Grits!

  13. Danielle says:

    I follow!

  14. Sweet and Savory says:

    Another great giveaway! I love fried chicken, although I've never made it myself!

  15. Sweet and Savory says:

    I follow on facebook!

  16. Val says:

    That pie looks very similar to my MawMaw's buttermilk pie that she used to make all the time… Made it a couple of years ago but it was nowhere near as good as hers, although I used her recipe! Other Southern faves – fried green tomatoes, okra and tomatoes, poppyseed chicken, Red Velvet cake, and the list goes on and on! That cookbook looks delightful!

  17. Ang says:

    Fried Green Tomatoes~Yum!

  18. rachel says:

    My favorite southern food is hands down chicken fried steak!

  19. Karen says:

    Fried chicken!

  20. Jazz says:

    oh wow! these look scrumptious! going to have to try them soon, maybe even cook them on Easter..

    Thanks, Love from dutch cooking

  21. Elizabeth says:

    I didn't grow up with southern food so my only experience with it is at restaurants such as Cracker Barrel. There I can't get past the French Toast, probably not considered a southern food, but its so good I can't help it.

    But at a BBQ place I did try Fried Okra and absolutely loved it.

  22. Elizabeth says:

    I follow on facebook.

  23. Elizabeth says:

    I follow with google reader.

  24. Desi says:

    I love cornbread, hushpuppies, and good ole fried chicken when cooked right 🙂


  25. Julie says:

    All those dishes look great…my son is always wanting me to make him a pineapple pie 🙂 My favorite southern dish? Probably my mother's fried chocolate pies!

  26. Kim says:

    This sounds like a great book and I also love it when cookbooks have quotes like the ones you mentioned. Everything you made looks heavenly, especially the pb muffins 🙂

    My favorite southern food is probably pimento cheese.

  27. Kim says:

    Happy follower:)

  28. Kim says:

    On facebook too:)

  29. Rhondi says:

    Fried chicken and apple pie are tied being my favorites!

  30. Rhondi says:

    I'm a FB follower

  31. Rhondi says:

    I follow by RSS too

  32. Joanne says:

    I definitely haven't dabbled in southern food much at all, but I do love a good bowl of grits! This sounds like one great cookbook!

  33. Charlie and Jessica says:

    Favorite foods from the south are definitely fried chicken, the good double breaded kind that has been sitting in buttermilk! Also, sweet tea, theres nothing like good southern sweet tea! This cookbook looks amazing

  34. Charlie and Jessica says:

    Following on Facebook too 🙂

  35. Charlie and Jessica says:

    Also follow you on twitter! @jashivers

  36. Charlie and Jessica says:

    I tweeted about it! @jashivers Can you tell I'm excited about the book 🙂

  37. Allison says:

    I often fantasize that I am living in the south. I so want to live in the south. I love everything about it including the food! Grits, cornbread, fried green tomatoes, gumbo, sweet tea, greens, sweet potato biscuits. Ugg I love it so much I can't pick one.

  38. Jennifurla says:

    as other have said Shrimp & grits baby! That is my favorite for sure.

  39. Kate says:

    Chicken mull or onion casserole! Hard to pick between all the others, but those are the first thing I thought of. (This time around, anyway.)


  40. Kate says:

    I am an RSS subscriber!


  41. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A great book. A pity that the giveaway is only for US residents…

    Those muffins must be terrific!



  42. Danielle says:

    I follow you on Google Reader!

  43. Danielle says:

    Fried pickles. YUMMMMM!!!!

  44. Danielle says:

    I like you on Facebook!

  45. Kim says:

    RIBS! RIBS! RIBS! Yum, can't wait!

  46. zookeeper says:

    Succotash. I don't know what it is, but I love good succotash!

  47. zookeeper says:

    …followed on FB

  48. zookeeper says:

    ….followed on Twitter.

  49. zookeeper says:

    ……shared on FB. 🙂

  50. zookeeper says:

    ……and subscribed by RSS.

  51. Lizzybee says:

    I'd love to win a copy please! Def fried chicken! lizzybee79@gmail.com

  52. Dor says:

    I absolutely love sweet potato pie! dbenford@gmail.com

  53. Dor says:

    I follow by RSS 🙂

  54. Blair says:

    Pineapple Casserole! YUM

  55. JC says:

    Fried green tomatoes!

  56. JC says:

    I Follow Taste and Tell on Facebook

  57. JC says:

    I follow Taste and Tell via RSS feed.

  58. Heather says:

    I love Hummingbird Cake.
    heatherspooner1981 at gmail dot com

  59. bonnie says:

    pecan pie!!


  60. Melly says:

    I follow on Google. Thanks!

  61. Kaitlin says:

    Crawfish!!! yum yum

  62. Melissa @IWasBornToCook says:

    Fried chicken!

  63. Melissa @IWasBornToCook says:

    I follow you via RSS.

  64. Melissa @IWasBornToCook says:

    I'm a fan of yours on FB!

  65. miltonmom says:

    My all time favorite country food is tomato gravy w/biscuits or rice!! Add a slice or two of crispy bacon and I am in HEAVEN!!!

  66. miltonmom says:

    My all time favorite country food is tomato gravy w/biscuits or rice!! Add a slice or two of crispy bacon and I am in HEAVEN!!!

  67. TheKeilShpeel says:

    I follow Taste and tell on FB

  68. TheKeilShpeel says:

    I follow Taste and Tell on Twitter

  69. TheKeilShpeel says:

    My fav southern dish would be biscuits and gravy. and I have to say all those recipes you posted sounds sooo good.

  70. Jenny Sunshine says:

    Being in MN, southern food is almost as exotic as thai food- grits, greens, okra, fried green tomatoes are just not common place…. I did, however, make a gooey butter cake on New Year's after seeing the recipe online… be still my heart (but move my legs because I need to burn off calories just remembering it!)

  71. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says:

    fave southern recipe…anything involving Jim Beam. Does that count? 🙂

  72. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says:

    FB following

  73. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says:

    twitter following

  74. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says:

    in my reader/RSS feed

  75. April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears says:

    A big bowl of cheese grit! Can't beat it!!

  76. April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears says:

    FB fan!

  77. April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears says:

    Shared on FB.

  78. April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears says:

    Twitter follower.

  79. momof2girls says:

    I love Chicken and Dumplings.


  80. momof2girls says:

    I like Taste and Tell on FB.


  81. momof2girls says:

    I follow with Google Reader.


  82. Melissa says:

    I love the Peanut Butter muffins and I always like Chicken Fried Steak!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  83. Melissa says:

    I follow on Twitter!

  84. Ruth L says:

    Love southern food which is hard to come by in PA. Chicken fried steak, okra & tomatoes, grits, the list goes on and on.

  85. 123456 says:

    My favorite southern dish is Chicken Fried Steak with mashed potatoes and cream gravy.


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  86. 123456 says:

    I follow you on fb.

  87. Stephanie says:

    My mom's red beans and rice recipe is my favorite. Her chicken fried steak is amazing too!

  88. cmjhawaii says:

    I just love collard greens and black eyed peas or pinto beans with a big ole ham shank.
    flowerpower0097 at live dot com

  89. cmjhawaii says:

    following you on FB.
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  90. cmjhawaii says:

    flowerpower0097 at live dot com

  91. cmjhawaii says:

    following on twitter
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  92. cmjhawaii says:

    getting rss feed.
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  93. sharonjo says:

    My favorite Southern recipe is Hummingbird Cake–with pecans, pineapple, and banana topped with cream cheese frosting. So yummy!
    Thanks for the great giveaway.
    sharonjo at gwtc dot net

  94. sharonjo says:

    I follow Taste and Tell on facebook.
    (Sharon Olivier)
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  95. sharonjo says:

    I follow Taste and Tell on twitter @sharonjo2
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  96. sharonjo says:

    I subscribe to your feed via Google reader.
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  97. Amanda Thompson says:

    Biscuits smothered in sausage gravy!

  98. Amanda Thompson says:

    I follow by RSS.

  99. Kelly says:

    I love chicken and dumplings!

  100. Kelly says:

    I follow via rss.

  101. Holly says:

    My favorite southern foods… Good old southern barbeque (pulled pork or ribs) with mac and cheese and slow cooked baked beans on the side! Yummy!!

  102. E says:

    too bad there arent links to the recipes

  103. Jess says:

    Southern fried chicken. Mmm.

  104. grace says:

    peas and dumplins!

  105. Heather says:

    Biscuits and gravy!

  106. Elaine says:

    Fried chicken is my all-around favorite 🙂

  107. Elaine says:

    I follow on Facebook.

  108. Elaine says:

    I subscribe with with RSS.

  109. Tiffany says:

    My favorite Southern meal is shrimp and grits.

  110. Tiffany says:

    I also subscribe to your RSS feed in google reader.

  111. 4Sisters says:

    Fried Chicken along with some sweet tea!

  112. 4Sisters says:

    I subscribe to your feed!

  113. Jumpin J's Mom says:

    I LOVE okra!

  114. Linda716 says:

    Southern Food- Fried Green tomatoes!!!

  115. Barbara says:

    I LOVE pecan pie!!!

  116. Lindsey says:

    I made the muffins and they are pretty good! They have a little hint of peanut butter in them. I wish they had a stronger taste but I did really like them!

  117. Kat K. says:

    Hush puppies and fried chicken…yum! Thanks.

  118. TC says:

    Collard greens! yum!

  119. mommabean says:

    Pecan pie!

  120. mommabean says:

    I follow on FB! 😉

  121. Ashlie says:

    Pinto beans with cornbread – my ultimate comfort food!

  122. Beckie Fulton says:

    Hmmm . . . okra, fried green tomatoes, coconut layer cake, pecan pie . . . There are so many it’s hard to choose! After I make the peanut butter muffins, they’ll probably be added to the favorites list, also!