The Meals I Crave Most When I’m Away From Home

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I have a little bit of travel coming up over the next two weeks for Southern Living. I’ll be doing television appearances in Atlanta, GA and Houston, TX. The Atlanta segment will be filmed this week and air this Saturday during the 9:00 AM hour on WXIA and then I’ll be live on Great Day Houston during the 9:00 hour on October 25th. I’m so looking forward both of these and hope you’ll be able to tune in if you’re in the area.

As I get ready for a wee bit of travel (The Atlanta filming will only have me away from home seven hours!) I can’t help but think about last year on my book tour and all of that time away from home. Folks often ask me what my favorite meal is and so today I thought I’d show you the things I crave when I’m away from home. You’ll find I’m really a simple gal 🙂 


#1.Spaghetti. I LOVE Spaghetti and you just can’t get anything like spaghetti at home when you’re on the road. Everyone wants to dress it up or put some odd meat in it. I just want plain old spaghetti with ground beef. This is the meal I make most on those days I’m home in time for supper.

#2.Chicken Planks, Meme’s Mashed Potatoes, and Fried Corn. Okay so when I’m on a book tour, the meal I am thinking about most is the one featured on the bottom right of my book cover, so it only stands to reason that it is the one I am wanting, after spaghetti, of course!

#3.Grandmama’s Fruit Salad – I could eat this every single day for the rest of my life and still not have enough.

So there you have it, my top three things I like to make when I get home from traveling.

I’ve gotten to eat at some pretty nice restaurants over the past few years but I gotta tell ya, I’ve yet to eat a restaurant meal that could hold a candle to anything cooked at home.

Your kitchen beats out any five star restaurant hands down – and the company surely can’t be beat.


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  1. Montana is cattle country so it comes as no surprise that beef is usually on my menu. When I’m away from home I want pot roast. Tender roast beef and gravy with carrots, onions, and mashed potatoes. And of course if I want to get fancy, nothing beats prime rib. Beef ribs simmered low and slow and a nice medium rare rib eye steak with my mom’s creamed new potatoes and peas.. If I can’t get any of those, I’ll look for a fresh seafood place to eat some of the fresh fish we can’t get here. Lobster, mahi, mahi, etc.

  2. I just miss my little 5′ X 4′ “L” shaped kitchen when I’m away from home. I’ve cooked a lot of yummy meals there and many of them came from Christy’s cookbooks.

  3. Favorite dinner if I’m lucky I get it for my bday. Fried chicken, mash potatoes, corn, biscuits and gravy with ice tea.

  4. What I miss the most about southern cooking is two things: for some reason, Iced tea tastes sooo much better in the south than in the north, even if you use the SAME tea bags and same methods…AND I miss my Grandmother’s white rice. I don’t know what she did to it differently, but her rice is a culinary memory to me…no matter What was served next to it!

  5. Hi
    I’m from coastal NC. I was reading this today and all I could think of was corn fritters. I got right up and made a batch! Thanks for reminding me 😉 My father was a cooking man and made these for me. I don’t know what I miss the most those or my father’s fried flounder and that jar of pepper vinegar that he kept in the closet. You only got some of that if you were special to him. lol!!! OMG!

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