Top Twenty Southern Plate Recipes Of 2009


We had a wonderful year here at Bountiful and Southern Plate and I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed getting to spend time with my Southern Plate family. As we look towards 2010, lots of great things are in store for us, including a Southern Plate cookbook which will be released in the fall by Harper Collins Publishing! The other night, Ricky looked up our stats and informed me that ... Continue Reading

Black Eyed Peas For New Years Day (and why!)

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  If you're planning on having a traditional Southern New Years Day dinner, go get your black eyed peas now before they sell out! I mentioned this on the Southern Plate Family page and some readers are already reporting not being able to find any. While you're at it, pick up some collards or turnip greens and don't forget the ham hocks and fatback! The following is from my Hoppin John ... Continue Reading

Chicken and Smothered Okra Casserole – $5.00 Dinner Mom Cookbook Giveaway!


CONGRATULATIONS TO Libby Rouse and Kristeen (of The Gough Inn) on winning the $5.00 Dinner Mom Cookbook Giveaway! Please email your mailing addresses to me at and I'll get those right out to you! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I know we sure did. My in laws came for a nice long visit and it was really amazing to have grandparents here to watch the kids open ... Continue Reading

Merry Christmas! Our Christmas Video

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Merry Christmas to the whole, big, wonderful Southern Plate Family! Thank you for all that you have given me and my family this year. We cherish each and every one of you. I'd love to make this post our family Christmas card for everyone so please "sign" it by leaving a comment. We had a lot of fun making the Christmas video below, hope you enjoy it along with one of our favorite Christmas ... Continue Reading

Old Fashioned Stovetop Hot Chocolate

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I'll never forget the first time I had homemade, real, hot chocolate, made on the stove and not with a mix. Although we made our own mix from scratch (and it was delicious) there was just something about that extra chocolaty decadence of classic hot chocolate, with that little extra bit of cocoa lingering for the last sip that had me hooked. A while back the folks from Domino sugar contacted me ... Continue Reading

Cinnabun, Chocolate, and Peanut Butter Fudge!

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 To view a full index of all of the recipes I've posted (about three hundred), click here. Thank you so much for visiting! Gratefully, Christy For me, the ultimate Christmas treat (besides anything and everything my mother makes) is fudge! Decadent, rich, and so good you'd best not make it too many other times of year. Today I'm going to take my standard fudge recipe and show you how to make ... Continue Reading

Hostess Journal : A Lovely Keepsake To Cherish

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This weekend my family is having their Christmas get together. Although we aren't an overly large family (about sixteen of us when all assembled at my mother's house), it isn't often that we are all able to get together at the same time, usually no more than two or three times a year. With many of you having company over for the holidays, I thought this would be a perfect time to bring you a ... Continue Reading

Peanut Butter Scotchies, by Brady!

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What happened to my Bradybug? I swear he was a baby yesterday and look at him now, growing up before my eyes. Each morning its as if there is a new child waiting for me to meet! Brady hasn't been on Southern Plate in a while because as he has grown, so has his schedule. He's been busy serving on the student council, earning badges in Cub Scouts, making straight A's and designing future space and ... Continue Reading

Sugar Plum Cake: And Why I Don’t Want Diamonds

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There is something about Christmas that makes a body pull all they hold dear close to their heart. Though it may seem to focus on material things on the onset, most of us quickly see right through the commercial aspects to the underlying motive of just wanting to show someone you love how much they mean to you. Christmas day serves as a reminder of all of the gifts we enjoy each day in our lives, ... Continue Reading

Hamilton Beach Is Giving Away 2 of My Favorite NEW Appliances!


CONGRATULATIONS TO PAULA CRAIN and JAMIE WALLACE! Paula won the Red Kettle and Jamie won the Voice Activated Coffee Maker. Both are email subscribers, commented on the post, and Paula also posted on her facebook page. Please email your mailing addresses to Thank you all! Today I'm bringing you a chance to win one of  TWO of my favorite new and innovative appliances ... Continue Reading