Original Mud Hens


Please read the post below to see why I'm calling this "original" mud hens, and then try them soon! Have a GREAT day! Gratefully, Christy I have spent a considerable amount of time in the kitchen lately trying to come up with a shortcut recipe for my original Mud Hens recipe from My Cookbook. No matter what I did, I ended up a little disappointed. The "shortcuts" weren't nearly as good as ... Continue Reading

Chocolate Chip Cloud Cookies

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No matter how much I love cooking, there is always a special thrill when I make something that I know has one of my kids or auntlings are going to get excited about. That's why I love these cloud cookies so much :). They got their name from my nephew, Austin, about eight years ago. I've always been a fan of meringue cookies and I whipped up a batch when Austin was over at my house and decided to ... Continue Reading

Thanksgiving In Another House – A Note Before I Unplug


I'm about to unplug for a few days to focus on my family but wanted to leave you with little note before I do.  Dear Southern Plate Family, This time of year we sometimes find ourselves glancing "over the fence" at the family celebrations of our friends and neighbors with a wistful sigh. Its so much easier to look through a window and imagine the Norman Rockwell painting when we don't ... Continue Reading

Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas – Plus TV Segment

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  I had a wonderful time at Great Day Houston a few weeks back when I went to film a segment on Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas for Southern Living. Below is the segment if you'd like to see it. After that, be sure and scroll down for easy and inexpensive ideas for some homemade gifts that would be great for children, co-workers, faculty, and more! To see the full list of recipes I used ... Continue Reading

Most Popular Recipes Thanksgiving Week


Kitchens are heating up leading up to the Thanksgiving Holiday! If you are still looking for ideas and some recipes...  Be sure and check out my Thanksgiving Menu Bonanza Post for over 60 recipes! (Click here). Below are some other recipes that have been popular this week based on views and how many of you have saved them to your online recipe box! Cornbread Dressing  Made in the ... Continue Reading

Cranberry Crunch – and Ghosts of Thanksgiving Past


If you're on Facebook and haven't been receiving my posts in your news stream, please visit the SouthernPlate Family page and like or comment on one of my posts there to begin seeing it show up again. Facebook now requires you to have recently interacted with a page in order to receive it's updates. Some recipes just get you talking about the old days, which is why we love them so much. This is ... Continue Reading

Win an Entire Set of Calphalon!


THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED! This Giveaway is now closed. Thanks to your active participation, I'll be able to offer more great giveaways like this on SouthernPlate.com!  Congrationations to Ann M whose partial email is annjm45. Her comment was chosen at random to win this set using Random.org. She has been notified via email.  Thank you all so much for entering!!!! I sure do ... Continue Reading

Creamy Chicken Skillet


I'm feeling chatty today. You've been warned...  Goodness gracious almighty! Is it just me or are the holidays coming up on us faster than a freight train? At first I was trying not to mention them on Southern plate because, you know, there are holiday police out there waiting to pounce if we mention the holidays "too early", but then my mother called this morning and said "You know our ... Continue Reading

Coming up This Week!

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If you missed my guest appearance on Paula Deen's Best Dishes, it airs again today, November 7th at 5:00 Eastern (Please check times in your area) and again November 14th at 12:00 PM Eastern on Food Network. This is gonna be a hectic week, but in a good way! I have to do a little filming Monday and Tuesday and then I'll be prepping all day Wednesday for my big Holiday Cooking Show in Florence, ... Continue Reading

What Paula Deen Is Really Like (My day with her)

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A few months back I drove down to Savannah, Georgia to spend the day filming with Paula Deen. We had a wonderful time and I found her kitchen to be one of the most comfortable rooms I've ever been in. The Episode we filmed airs this Saturday on the Food Network (click here to read times and please RSVP if you plan on watching). What is Paula Deen like? Well she's just like you'd think she is. ... Continue Reading