Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A New Cookbook

I’m not sure how I found this. I hate that I’m such a scatter brain that I can’t even give someone credit for referring me to this site and book. Here’s how it happened.
Somewhere, I got a link to a cooking blog with the recipe for Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken and Rice.  I haven’t made this, but I bookmarked the page with the recipe on it.  I vaguely remember reading the post because it had a cute story about a little girl and the downside to being a princess. It made me smile. 
Then, sometime later, I was reading a magazine and, I can’t remember which one, that highlighted the cookbook The Southern Plate. Being a southern girl, the name of the book grabbed me immediately.  I knew I’d be laid up for a while so I went into the local library’s website and reserved the book to take a look at. Yesterday, my sweet husband stopped by the bookmobile and picked up this book for me.  I fell in love with it right away. It brought back so many memories of my mother and grandmother making these recipes.  I have to have it!  (I will be ordering it today)
Last night I spent hours looking through this book and reading Christy’s wonderful stories about food, cooking and family.  It is truly heart warming. The book is divided differently than most cookbooks. It’s not separated by categories but by seasons. I love it….have I mentioned that?
Today I’m making Chicken Poulet from this book.  I had two leftover chicken breasts from last night’s dinner and all the other ingredients in my pantry so I whipped it up. It takes a few minutes to put together, but the beautiful thing is this;  you put it in the fridge all day or over night, throw the last two ingredients on and bake just before supper.  I can’t wait to try this tonight. It makes me think of all the wonderful Thanksgiving flavors of turkey and dressing but with cream of mushroom soup and melted cheddar cheese on top.  I can’t think of a thing that cream of mushroom and melted cheese won’t improve!  I will definitely post a review of this recipe.
I have to get my own copy soon because I can see that I may ruin this library book by using it to make recipes. I tend to be a messy cook and splatter a bit. You can open any of my cookbooks and see right away which recipes I make most often. There will be splatters and spots all over the page.
If you want to check out Christy’s blog, which has tons of fabulous recipes and stories, check it out here.  If you’re a southern girl or have ever dreamed of being a southern cook, try this. It’s the real thing.


Peppermint Ph.D. said...

It's official...I'm just a mean person...I don't like this cookbook. I've gotten it out so many times and tried to like it...the organization thing gets on my nerves...see, I'm mean.

I guess I'll get it out one more time :p

Paula said...

You're the least mean person I know! LOL
I think it will take some getting used to, for me. It's a little chaotic and I found myself digging in the back index to find the recipes I was looking for.

I emailed you a response but wanted to comment here too.
Since you're a southern girl too, I'd love to know what you think of the recipes.