Grilled Chicken Tenderloins (Without The Grill!)


Okay, ya'll, listen to me here, YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE THESE!! Seriously, you are going to absolutely love, love, LOVE these! So you need to make them, alright? Trust me. This is a widespread copycat version of Cracker Barrel's grilled chicken tenderloins and they are absolutely amazing, I think they are much better than Cracker Barrels, actually! I'm not sure where I got the recipe because it is ... Continue Reading

Chicken Salad


This fits into the category of a "non recipe" for me but Mama swears up and down there is someone out there who would like to see how we make chicken salad. So, I'm gonna mind my Mama and post it. Whenever a Southerner "Swears up and down" about something, its in your best interest to believe them :). I'm going to keep this post short and sweet because I am getting ready to go see my son in his ... Continue Reading

Slow Cooker Winner!


We had 1732 entries into the Slow Cooker Giveaway! A HUGE thank you to the wonderful folks at Hamilton Beach for this! I drew a random number from and assigned a numerical value to each comment and each email in my subscriber list (I did math for y'all, because THAT'S how much I love you!!!) and the winning number was 1032, which just so happens to be an email subscriber!! I ... Continue Reading

Baked Macaroni and Cheese


Its just about a requirement that all Americans love macaroni and cheese in some form and at some time in their lives, I'm no different. Growing up, my mother made a creamy homemade mac and cheese with a sauce that was smooth as silk and permeated every particle of perfectly cooked macaroni. It was my brother's favorite so she usually made it every Sunday. As a teen, we all became well ... Continue Reading

Buttermilk Congealed Salad (And A Multitude Of Tangents…)


Southerners LOVE congealed salads! We have recipes for them which include all manner of fruits AND vegetables. They are a throwback to days when food was scarce and gelatin was cheap. Door to door salesmen carried a wide array of it and my grandmothers used to delight in purchasing a multitude of what was likely the only convenience food they could afford. Now some of you are wondering what a ... Continue Reading

Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: A Southern Family: Brunch In the Heart Of Dixie


I've had quite a time keeping this secret under wraps, but a few weeks ago I found out that Southern Plate had been chosen as one of the participants in the Foodbuzz 24,24,24 event! Foodbuzz is going to feature 24 meals, in 24 hours, on 24 different blogs around the world! I wrote up a formal proposal complete with menu, writing samples, and type of coverage I would provide along with why my ... Continue Reading

Southern Grits and World Peace


We love our grits. Creamy, hot, soothing, and delicious with cheese, bacon, or a simple stirring in of butter and sugar, Grits have been and continue to be the south's ultimate comfort food. Apparently many Southerners also see it as a dish which can actuallly bring out world peace! The Post and Courier, the oldest newspaper in the south, once declared "An inexpensive, simple, and thoroughly ... Continue Reading

Cheesy Scrambled Eggs


Scrambled eggs are a breakfast and brunch favorite as an easy and affordable means of providing protein for a crowd with little effort. In the south, we often season ours with a little bacon grease to yield what my family calls "dirty eggs", something my newphews and son dearly love! They are also great served with a little Sausage Gravy and Buttermilk Biscuits! For this recipe, I'm ... Continue Reading

Fatback And Country Ham


These two meats are truly a delicacy in the south. They have a lot in common seeing as how they are both heavily salted (A method of preservation), both are pork products, they are prepared the same way, and both have been a staple of Southern Tables due to their being so inexpensive and readily available. Fatback, in particular, became very popular on Southern tables during the great depression ... Continue Reading

Pay Day Candy Mix (And The Varying Degrees Of Fits Thrown In The South)


I am posting this recipe so my Mama will stop having dying duck fits wanting me to. Has your Mama ever thrown a fit? Have you ever thrown a fit? If you answered no to either one of those, you just can't be a Southerner. You see, Southerners throw fits and we all have varying degree of fits, which are not "had" but "thrown". There is the classic hissy fit, which is rather mundane but still ... Continue Reading