Grilled Cheese Invitational,Videos & Giveaway!


I just flew in from L.A. and boy are my arms tired! ~dun dun dun Chii!~ I don't even know where to begin with how wonderful my trip to Los Angeles was. I was given the five start treatment all the way, complete with limos showing up at my house and special ordered sunshine filled weather! The event I traveled to LA for was the 1st, 7th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational in downtown Historic ... Continue Reading

Creamy Chocolate Frosting


My next post will bring you news and videos from my L.A. trip! I had a GREAT time and can't wait to tell you all about it! Well, not as much as I told my email subscribers but those saints sat through two long winded letters so they deserve a reprieve! (Update: This post was written April 2009, click here to visit my post with information on my LA trip) As I was leaving to go to L.A., I ... Continue Reading

Chocolate Pecan Pie


Life should be lived with a fun spirit and a grateful heart at every turn. With that in mind, I am proud to bring you a guest post which my dear friend, Terri, sent to me back in November! Things get crazed around here and I was unable to get it up by Christmas but hey, where else can you get Christmas spirit in the spring but at Southern Plate! I'm heading out today so please join me in thanking ... Continue Reading

Ten Savvy Tips For Bringing Food To Friends


As I get ready for my move and a big trip this weekend, a dear friend, Maralee McKee has graciously agreed to guest blog for Southern Plate! I know you'll love her as much as I do! Although, after reading her introduction and how she talks about me, I feel like I am gonna owe her more than just gratitude! ~slips Maralee a twenty...~ Just kidding! Thank you, Maralee! Gratefully, Christy ... Continue Reading

Kraft Singles, L.A., and MY Grilled Cheese Creation!


Dear California, My name is Christy. I'm going to be visiting you this weekend. Now I know this is likely not anything for you to take notice of because apparently, lots of people visit you every day, but for me, its a pretty big deal. You see, I've never been out of the Southern United States except for a visit to Canada a few years back. On that trip I tried and fell in love with poutine, ... Continue Reading

Embarrassingly Easy Ham and Potato Casserole


And Practically Free! This morning, I was thinking about my great grandmother, Lela, and what she'd think about all of today's technology. She lived a great deal of her life without electricity. When they needed their kids to come in for dinner, it was just a matter of ringing a bell or calling out the door. Lela had this way of calling that I'll never forget. She'd use this lightly pitched ... Continue Reading

We’re Buying A New Kitchen! (With House Attached)


Since starting Southern Plate, one of the regular things I get asked is to show readers my kitchen. Many loving and wonderful people have this grand idea of me having a spacious and functional kitchen with the latest and greatest of appliances and decor. While I do have some pretty awesome counter top appliances, the "coolness" factor of my kitchen ends there. Whoever designed this house had a ... Continue Reading

Mama’s Creamy Macaroni & Cheese


Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and an amazing Easter filled with family, friends, and FOOD! Hey, you know I was thinking it! I was on the Darla Shine show this past Saturday and I have never been so nervous in my life! Okay, the time I won first place in the essay contest at Monrovia Elementary was probably a bit worse - but they sprung that on me at the last minute and I was ... Continue Reading

Fresh Strawberry Pie


I know I've brought you an awful lot of sweets lately and some of you may be wondering where my family puts all of these desserts! I can answer that question simply enough, we put them elsewhere! Usually, when I make a dessert, we'll take out two pieces of it. The prettiest gets photographed and then eaten by the male parental unit and the second one gets halved by the kiddies. After that, ... Continue Reading

Give A Penny, Get A Penny


Give A Penny, Get A Penny Most gas stations in the South have little change dishes by the register. If you're paying for a transaction and need an extra penny or two, you simply take one from the dish. People then reciprocate this good turn by dropping a few coins in the dish from time to time, thereby creating a community bank of sorts, based on goodwill. So in that spirit, this is Southern ... Continue Reading