Meet The Photographer Behind My Book & More!

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“I’ve been testing these recipes in my own kitchen and every single one turns out to be better than anything my Grandmother ever made.  Don’t just buy this terrific book, use it!”

~New York Times bestselling author, Dorothea Benton Frank

To pre order your copy of the cookbook that YOU helped happen, click on the cover below!

GUESS WHAT? Miss Frank was talking about OUR SOUTHERN PLATE BOOK!!! I got goose bumps when I read that and had to read it three more times, then call Mama and read it to her a few times before I was able to breathe normally again. That is one of the blurbs that will be going on the book and I knew y’all would be as excited as I was about it!

I really got to work with some amazing people on this book, folks I never even thought I’d get to meet much less have them contribute to Southern Plate! Today I’d like to bring you a post by my photographer, Jennifer Davick. She did a blog post on Southern Plate that you might enjoy with a little background about how we came into contact with each other.

Things are chugging right along behind the scenes on the book. Working with the folks at Harper Collins has just been an amazing experience and would you believe that the VP of marketing is from Alabama? Seriously! I mailed him a big old box of Moon Pies and Goo Goo Clusters last week as my “official” introduction (Alabamians know how to say it with junk food!). We’re nailing down tour dates and locations and as soon as we get them set up I’ll post them here in hopes of getting to finally meet as many of you as possible!

I can’t wait for you to see the rest of the photos. The book is just gorgeous thanks to Jennifer and the stylist team (Marian Cooper Cairns and Jan Gautro). In addition to lots of photos of food, there are also photos of just about my whole family including nephews, grandparents, parents, brother, sister, and some extended family as well. The food turned out so beautiful and Jen really stayed true to Southern Plate. You’ll recognize most of the dishes from my very own kitchen, including my vintage Corelle plates and Pyrex bowls and casseroles.

You can visit Jen’s blog post about the Southern Plate Cookbook here.

Looking for some quick and easy supper ideas for a laid back weekend?

Click here for my personal favorite top ten!


Special Wishes For A Special Person

My Grandaddy, J Pockrus, and Me

I’d like to say Happy Birthday to my Grandaddy. He’s been gone for thirteen years now and not a day goes by that my heart doesn’t ache for him. I sure do wish he was here to read the story I wrote about him in the book. When you read the last chapter and the closing sentence of  the book you will know just how much he means to me.

I love you Grandaddy and every time I think about you I can still hear the last thing you ever said to me “I love you too, Babe”.

I will always miss him.

Happy Birthday Grandaddy.


Later today I’ll be mailing out some printer friendly recipes to my email subscribers so be sure and sign up if you’d like them. Every now and then an email server kicks back an email sent by me and it causes the computer on my end to think the address is no longer valid. If you’ve stopped getting my emails, please try subscribing again. Have a great weekend!



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  1. Happy Birthday Grandaddy! My Papaw too would be celebrating a birthday in May also, I sure do miss him!
    Christy, so excited about the book! Can’t wait and hope you are somewhere around Birmingham so I can meet you in person.

  2. I can totally relate to the love you have for your grandfather. Mine is in the final stages of Alzheimers, and it breaks my heart thinking of a world without him.

    And he calls me babe too.

    Can’t wait for the book.

  3. Happy Birthday to your Grandad Pockrus.
    To be remembered as fondly as you do him after all these years he must have been very special.
    As to your quote – well – this ideal I can try to live up to.
    Bye-the -way, If I pre-order your book on, will they send it to me over here? Just asking?

  4. I had a special granddad too… He died in my early 20s but even to this day I KNOW he is my gaurdian angel. We had a unique bond and I learned a lot from him… especially about loving others and giving of yourself. He was a wonderful person and reading your blog today made me cry because I so understand what you are feeling.

    Happy Birthday to your Grandaddy. 🙂

  5. Hi Christy, I enjoy your emails and recipes very mucy. I was born in Alabama near Tallassee. I grew up in Auburn out in the country.I now live in Smyrna with my husband. He went to college in Aubur, the to Uni. Ala. and finally finished at Ga. State. We have two sons and one daughter.We have six grandchildren. We are so blessed.

    Christy your recipes are great. The ole fashion butter roll, I remember my mother making those years age. They are delicious. I look forward to all your email recipes. Keep em coming.

    Joyce Wilson

    Face book, Joyce wilson

  6. Oh what you wrote about your grand daddy. Just brought back memories of my Papaw and my Daddy. You know when you are close to those two men there is no way to not miss them daily. However, I keep in my heart the knowledge that I will see them again one day. What a joy that will be. Christy thank you for bringing back so many memories. You allow us to continue hanging onto our heritage and pass it on to our children.


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