September 2009 COTM: Southern Month!
- yamalam Aug 18, 2009 11:06 AM
It was a close race but we have a winner- September 2009 will be Southern Month featuring Bon Appetit Y'all and Screen Doors and Sweet Tea.
And here are the Amazon links to both books:
BON APPETIT Y'ALL:RECIPES AND STORIES FROM THREE GENERATIONS OF SOUTHERN COOKING, by Virginia Wells
(Amazon link http://tinyurl.com/mj22xm
SCREEN DOORS AND SWEET TEA:RECIPES AND TALES FROM A SOUTHERN COOK, by Martha Hall Foose
(Amazon link http://tinyurl.com/m4qzja
Looking forward to it!
Many thanks, Yamalam, and good luck with your 6 months of organizing COTM. I've ordered the Screen Doors and Sweet Tea book and await it's arrival with baited breath and open mind.... or should that be with open palate? September may just be the perfect month to make and savor the flavors of the South given that so many vegetables are havested throughout the country now. I'm looking forward to reading Screen Doors and cooking more wonderful meals from each book. Happy Cooking, Y'All.....
The quickest of google searches yielded these recipe results for Screen Doors and Sweet Tea, for those looking for a taste of what's inside.
Apricot Rice Salad
All for Okra and Okra for All
Slow Low Oven Ribs
Ponchatoula Strawberry Cupcakes
Sweet Tea, Fried Chicken, Three Day Slaw, Sweet Potato Biscuits, and Banana Pudding
Ain't No Thing Chicken Wings
Blue Cheese Pecan Bread
Sweet Tea Pie
Root Beer Glazed Ham
Silent Shade Cobbler
I couldn't get interested in the current choice. On the other hand, after the BAY'A threads, I find myself with FOUR new southern cookbooks, and I have never cooked from the Frank Stitt book that I HAD. So I may just work with the links on the thread, here. But I really do like the name of this book! She writes well, too. Her discussion on fryin' chicken is pretty thorough. Yep, I jess might dip ma toe in da water. With all the good cooks who'll be posting here, I may just try to keep my head down.
I always join you, even if I don't mention it.
My copy of Screen Doors and Sweet Tea arrived yesterday. I don't know about the recipes, but I find the stories and quotes and so charming and engaging. A bit less name-drop-y than BAY'A. I hope we'll find the recipes in SD&ST are as good as the ones in BAY'A . I'm pleasantly surprised to find many that aren't as fat-laden as I feared.
I had never heard of tomato pie before this thread, but now that I've heard of it, I lament that there's not a recipe for it. SD&ST has a dish called Tallahatchie Tomatoes i that is a baked tomatoes and such with a bread crumb topping. That wouldn't be it, would it?
re: The Dairy Queen
Good Morning TDQ.....
Yes, Ms Foose is a good story teller with a lively sense of humor. I'm sure I'll find some recipes I'll like among those I've signaled out.
From what I've read the tomato pie has been credited to Paula Deen, but Google found several other recipes including an Amish one. I can't believe that the tomato pie is a recent invention when one considers how long pizza's been around.
Paula Deen's recipe:
Amish Savory Tomato Pie:
I only just came across it here:
That's what brought it to mind. I looked in a few books I have and didn't find recipes for it. That's why I asked. There are recipes on-line. Maybe it's just something folks throw together and don't think belongs in an actual cookbook.
Well, those do sound delicious, Gio and YYD. So, are you thinking that it's not necessarily a "classic" Southern dish, just one Paula Deen invented? Or, are you thinking it's such a basic dish, no one but Deen has ever bothered to write it down. Sort of like, who writes down the recipe for a BLT sandwich or something?
Somewhere I have a really good tomato pie recipe and friend gave me years ago (long before Paula Dean hit the scene). I think it came from a B & B somewhere in North Carolina. It's quite different from PD's recipe. I think it has very thinly sliced Vidalia onions, along with the tomatoes. I'll hunt for it.
I have both books and will enjoy Southern month when I get back from Italy 9/04.
I think it'll be interesting and fun; interactions between born Southerners like myself and those to whom it's a new forum. Can't wait!
In addition to these two books, I also have a great little book called Southern Cakes. If there were still a DCOTM, I would suggest that it be added as an extra!
Little help needed from those of you who have both books:)
I have BAYA but not SDST and I'm trying to put together the chapter threads. From googling I think I have a list of the SDST chapters, or at least their main gist. I was thinking of having the following chapter threads:
Cocktails and Appetizers
Soups, Stews, Gumbos, Dumplings and Bisques
Eggs and Dairy
Fish and Shellfish
Grits, Pasta, Potatoes, Rice
Biscuits and Baked Goods
Sauces, Condiments, Jams, Jellies and Preserves
Does that leave anything out? Is that too condensed, or not condensed enough? Thanks for your input, I tried to get both books in time, but alas, life got in the way, so I appreciate the SDST experts chiming in on whether most recipes from that book would easily fall into the above classifications;)
Hi yamalam, I'm hardly an expert on SD&ST, although I have had the book an ENTIRE 24 hours now, but shall chime in nevertheless. I find her chapters a little odd, actually, so I think your organization is pretty good, though I do have a couple of questions.
Her chapter on salads is actually "luncheons" and she has one sandwich recipe. I don't know where that would go in your scheme, but for one sandwich, is it worth bothering?
Where would beans go? With vegetables?
And are biscuits and baked goods both savory and sweet? She has a section that's called "hot from the oven" that is different from desserts, but it contains gingerbread and doughnuts. I'm not sure where those go in your scheme.
These are just small things....
Hi yamalam, I got my book yesterday evening and as Dairy Queen says, the organization of the book is odd. I think I like your organization better and would prefer that over what's actually in the book.
Just in case you decide to stick to the actual organization, her capters go like this:
Mailbox happy hour and pick up party food
Luncheons, salads and dressings
Gumbos, soups, dumpling and a bisque
Dishes form the backyard and kitchen
Field peas, greens, sides and the like
Hot from the oven
The sweetest things
Thanks for organizing.
Ok, though it may a serious faux pas to be so early, I just put the Sept threads up. I know I'll be too busy tonight and by the time I can get to it tomorrow, it'll be late afternoon Eastern time. I'll wait to ask CH to sticky them and try to hold off on posting my review of the broccoli grape tomato salad, which was awesome!