Bon Appetit, Y’all – The Best Way to Manage Holiday Stress is…to Give it Away!

Bon Appetit Y'all Cookbook

The giveaway entry period is now closed, but please don’t let that keep you from sharing your favorite Southern dish! Check back in a few days for the winner, and in the mean time, we have even more Holiday giveaways and Gift Guides!

Someone once told me that the most stressful experiences in life are death, taxes, and moving.

Hm. I may have mixed something up there with the death and taxes part, but you know what I’m getting at right?

I am still deep in the throes of moving which is stressful enough, but for some reason, instead of moving the normal way — taking three all-nighters in a row to filter out the junk, clean the old house, and hire professionals to move the material representation of my life to the new house in one single stressful shot — I have stretched and pulled and dragged the process out to a long, painful, black, blue, tear-streaked six weeks.




At this point, we’re physically all “moved.” We are not however, mentally moved, and are now facing the real-time nightmare of unpacking, putting things away, cleaning and the most detestable task of my life, contact papering shelves. This, of course, on top of the (ab)normal Holiday chaos this time of year, has stressed us so much to the point that we are now schizofrenetically referring to ourselves in both the single and personal plural forms in the same post, but we have forced ourselves to take a breather and just…

give stuff away so we don’t have to put it away.

What We’re Giving Away

No, we aren’t giving away stained clothes, shoes we’ve worn or the partially complete set of Corningware dishes in the ever-so-Korean Gold Butterfly pattern. At least, not giving those away to you.

You’re getting cookbooks! (Our special friend Craig S. List is getting the other stuff.)

Over the last two years, the TasteSpotting Kitchen’s cookbookshelf has been stacking up books that authors, publishers, and PR reps have sent us to review and test. We meant to review/test the cookbooks as they came in, but you know how life gets…

So what better reason than this once in a lifetime moving opportunity (because we really don’t think we can handle this kind of stress ever again) to finally give those cookbooks away? We might also love our TasteSpotting community and want to thank both contributors and readers for this past year, but don’t let that get to your head.

Check back every day. And we’re not saying we have more than just cookbooks, we’re just…

Okay, and we have more than just cookbooks, too.

Bon Appetit, Y’all

But those are later!

First up, we have this kind of very much amazing cookbook, Bon Appetit, Y’all. The Southern-cooks-French collection of recipes from Virginia Willis is the perfect combination of all the flavor and fun of Paula Deen with the finesse and beauty of Giada de Laurentiis. If Giada were French. And didn’t overpronounce (is that even a word?) non-English words.

All of the usual Southern suspects are there. We love that there are recipes for Coca-Cola Baby Back Ribs, Fried Chicken and Gravy, and Buttermilk Cornbread, but what makes this book special is that these recipes are right alongside Boeuf Bourguignonne, Coq au Vin and Gougeres. From a font/type/design-geek perspective, we can’t help but love the fonts and how pages are laid out.

How to Enter this Giveaway

This is a quick and easy giveaway. There is one step:

Leave a comment on this post with your favorite Southern dish.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a favorite Southern dish; just make something up. It doesn’t actually matter what you say since we’re going to pick the “winner” randomly, it only matters that you do comment, and that you do by the deadline, midnight Friday December 3. Make sure to enter your email address in the space provided address so we can contact you if you’re chosen!

Just to get things started, we’ll go first.

We love buttermilk biscuits. So much so that sometimes, we find ourselves sneaking out of a KFC drive-thru with a box of just biscuits in our lap at 1 am.

Good luck!

by Sarah J. Gim on December 1, 2010 · 253 comments


Shannon December 1, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Fried Okra or Fried Green Tomatoes . . . can’t decide.

Astrid December 1, 2010 at 12:57 pm

I love Grits :)

Stephanie December 1, 2010 at 12:57 pm

I absolutely love jambalaya, always have. I love just throwing any meat or seafood I have on hand into a big pot of roux goodness. Delish.

Carrie December 1, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Buttermilk biscuits sound good to me! Isn’t mac & cheese considered a veggie in the south? :)

Jane George December 1, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I don’t know how southern it is, but I have only had it in the South, Shrimp and Grits.

Millie December 1, 2010 at 1:01 pm

I always love jambalaya. Or gumbo!!

Carrie December 1, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Corn nuggets. I miss the deep fried amazingness of corn nuggets.

Charisse December 1, 2010 at 1:41 pm

I havent thought of corn nuggets in years – those ARE little bites of goodness

Rachel December 1, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Mmm, pecan pie!

Valerie December 1, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Shrimp & grits!

Siena December 1, 2010 at 1:02 pm

crawfish etouffee!

Lauren December 1, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I love jambalaya and cornbread!
Soooo delicious!

Natalie December 1, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I’m going to have to go with Mac & Cheese… I don’t think I’ve had enough southern dishes to gauge by, so I’ll have to go with what I know this time!

Tam December 1, 2010 at 1:03 pm

I love biscuits as well!

Miriam December 1, 2010 at 1:05 pm

My favorite Southern dish is Waffle House hashbrowns, well done and smothered, diced and peppered! (for those of you who have not experienced this delicacy, the translation is: with onions, tomatoes and jalapenos)

Julia December 1, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Hard to pick just one since I grew up in and currently live in Alabama. Gonna have to go with my grandmother’s chicken & dumplings, though!

Donna Howard December 1, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Turnip greens and cornbread

Olivia December 1, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Fried Chicken and corn bread

Ande B December 1, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Hands down, Chicken Fried Steak with mashed potatoes!

bunkycooks December 1, 2010 at 1:12 pm

It has to be Shrimp and Grits. That’s pretty rich and downright Southern!

Gary Gardner December 1, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Southern Dishes….Blackened Louisiana Redfish over dirty rice with greens and divine southern cornbread….

Kita December 1, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Ok, i am not sure I can pick one southern dish over another. I looooove southern food. But I can say that being above the mason dixon line, I never get good okra or southern cornbread.

Steffy December 1, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Fried Catfish and fried okras..yumm!

Amy December 1, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Cheese grits and mustard greens with a slice of buttermilk pie afterwards! YUM.

penny December 1, 2010 at 1:15 pm

I would have too say fried chicken with biscuits and hunny…..Good luck with the move and this time of yr you have more guts then i do lol

Andrea Robbins December 1, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Favorite Southern Dish –LOVE true, traditional SOUTHERN FRIED CHICKEN. Zachary’s in New Orleans did it best —one of their secrets to the best fried is a cold water bath…I don’t know if this restaurant is there since Katrina, but if it is, GO!!!!

Eva December 1, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Bon Appetit! I loveee biscuits!

Tracey December 1, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Fried chicken and jalapeno corn bread.

Regina December 1, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Being a northern girl having lived in the south, I miss okra; fried, pickled, or stewed it is all good! That and chicken bisketts…. Yumm

Rhea December 1, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Kiss my GRITS! Yummy!!

Pepperpot December 1, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Pineapple Casserole.

vicki December 1, 2010 at 1:23 pm

jumps up and down… new cookbook…and this one sounds exciting

fooddreamer December 1, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Pee-can Pieeeeeee!

Got a kick out of the “Craig S. List”. You know, just to prove I read the whole thing.

Colleen December 1, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Our family favorite is chicken and dumplings! Thanks so much for offering this holiday!

nikki December 1, 2010 at 1:29 pm

hmm fried chicken and mac & cheese

Ashlie December 1, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Pinto beans and cornbread! I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

Rachael Alford December 1, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Cornbread, baked mac and cheese MMMM

Linda Hastings December 1, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Shrimp & corn gumbo…yummmm!

Zach Lewis December 1, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Eastern North Carolina vinegar-based pulled pork BBQ sandwich!

judie December 1, 2010 at 1:38 pm

My mom’s pecan pie, but she made it with walnuts (having grown up around walnut trees — our school was built in the middle of an old orchard — and no where near the south).

Charisse December 1, 2010 at 1:39 pm

I DOOOO love buttermilk biscuits – and I may or may not have done the exact same thing at KFC, with extra gravy in the box. :)

But, man do I love chicken fried steak. TEXAS-sized chicken fried steak. With mashed potatoes and gravy. And green beans!!!

And by the way, Craig S. List had me rolling around in my chair laughing my head off!

Deanna December 1, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Southern Pecan Pie. swooning and hungry!

April C. December 1, 2010 at 1:43 pm

bread pudding!!! =)

Melanie December 1, 2010 at 1:46 pm

cornbread and veggie chilli!! Yum!!

UrMomCooks December 1, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Bourbon Pecan Pie!

Zita December 1, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Love vegetables! Fried okra is one of my favourite!

V December 1, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Chicken and Waffles!

Kristie K December 1, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Love any kind of pulled meat– pork– chicken— can you
“pull” catfish??! Yum.

samantha December 1, 2010 at 2:06 pm

cornbread and chili!

Cindy December 1, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Mmm… North Carolina-style pulled pork & slaw. For sure.

April December 1, 2010 at 2:40 pm

biscuits and gravy! yummmmm

Jenny December 1, 2010 at 2:41 pm

I haven’t really had very much authentic southern cooking, but I do love cornbread!

Stephanie December 1, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Fried chicken!

Tori December 1, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Granny’s pickled peaches… Mae’s tiny, perfect butter yeast rolls… and her squash casserole… Miss Annie B’s Quakin Puddin for her sister, Miss Dot’s Christmas eve birthday day supper every year. Viola’s greens… Aunt (pronounced Ain’t) Mildred’s homemade mayonnaise with well, anything… Mama’s salt water cornbread… Petit Jean peppered ham and hot curried fruit with cheese grits souffle and black eyed peas with jalapeno pot likker on New Year’s Day… with enough of Mama’s milk punch to make us giggle.

Christina December 1, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Pecan Pie!!!

Niki December 1, 2010 at 3:26 pm

navy beans and cornbread. or black eyed peas and greens and pulled pork.

i’m southern through and through, so i love it all!

Lori @ Lemons and Lavender December 1, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Uh…that would have to be beignets…with a Hurricane chaser!

Joni Sellers December 1, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Fried Chicken and krispy kreme doughnuts!!!!!!

Lara December 1, 2010 at 4:05 pm

I love biscuits too!!

Angela B December 1, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Cornbread! Especially with a big bowl of chili to eat it with :3

Mallory Penny December 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Mmm…. cornbread and bean soup. I also love jambalaya.

Wynn December 1, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Pinto beans and corn bread.

GD Blogger December 1, 2010 at 6:30 pm

My favorite southern dish(es) – hush puppies and pecan pie!

gdblogger1 at gmail dot com

Ellie Delancey December 1, 2010 at 7:09 pm

CORNBREAD all the way!

Quyen December 1, 2010 at 7:32 pm

My favorite southern dish is fried chicken and a big glass of sweet tea!!

Kim Foster December 1, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Fried Okra. I love it!

Kristen December 1, 2010 at 8:13 pm

I’d have to say Hoppin’ John. :)

Staci December 1, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Gumbo…or fried okra…or biscuits…okay, I can’t decide. Now I’m hungry.

Josh December 1, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Fried Chicken and Mac & Cheese

Lillian December 1, 2010 at 8:58 pm

shrimp n grits!

Maria December 1, 2010 at 9:18 pm


Elyssa December 1, 2010 at 9:19 pm

cornbread…but it has to have actual pieces of corn in it to count!

Angelia December 1, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Spiced Molasses Cookies for sure…
I have a great recipe for them and they never fail to be a crowd pleaser!

Jasmine December 1, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Mac n Cheese!

catharine December 1, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Fav southern dish has gotta be buttermilk biscuits. That’s not a dish, but still…

i8alot December 1, 2010 at 9:29 pm

buttermilk biscuits to the grave and beyond!

Amy December 1, 2010 at 9:35 pm

biscuits and gravy!

Megan @ MAID in AK December 1, 2010 at 9:35 pm

My favorite southern dish is lickity stickin’ cheddar upside down buns. Okay, that’s probably not a real southern dish (I’m an Alaskan girl and you said just to make one up!!), but I do love a good rib!!

Monica December 1, 2010 at 9:37 pm

buttermilk biscuits and honey + butter… or gravy…
and catharine it is TOTALLY a dish! =P

Shae December 1, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Oh, definitely fried chicken with biscuits and gravy!

polwig December 1, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Love fried green tomatoes but have been getting into some collard greens lately too.

Lindsey December 1, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Hush puppies. Oh, lord, hush puppies.

Speck December 1, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Black Eyed Peas

az December 1, 2010 at 9:52 pm

fried green tomatoes!

Crystal C December 1, 2010 at 9:53 pm

i LOVE some good biscuits and gravy.

Becca December 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm

red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting!

Lisa December 1, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Flaky buttermilk biscuits!

Thi-ly December 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Pecan Pie

Lenzie December 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm

I LOVE sweet tea :)

Sarah December 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Mmmmm, flaky biscuits!

Christina December 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Oyster Po Boy Sandwiches

Elise December 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Sweet Potato Pie, all the way.

Jane Ko December 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Gotta love the great, lip smacking Texas BBQ and creamed corn!

Daktari December 1, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Soup beans and corn bread. Now that’s comfort food.

Deb December 1, 2010 at 10:31 pm

BBQ Shrimp and Grits

Ann December 1, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Has to be sweet tea and a good brisket.

vincent December 1, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Fried chicken

Brian December 1, 2010 at 10:50 pm

biscuits and red eye gravy

K December 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm


Lynn December 1, 2010 at 10:58 pm

I have to concur on the biscuits! nothing better

Jordan December 1, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Cheesy grits with chilies!

Stephanie December 1, 2010 at 11:00 pm

The best has to be hot buttered sweet cornbread!
How can you not want to eat that for every meal?

Good luck with the contact shelf paper! : )

Archie December 1, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Fried Pickles!

Michelle December 1, 2010 at 11:11 pm


Sarah December 1, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes, fried green beans, …and coconut cake.

Beth December 1, 2010 at 11:30 pm

cornmeal breaded skillet fried okra, corn bread, turnip greens, pralines, deviled eggs, country ham…gah…so many more. Dirty South represent!

Robin December 1, 2010 at 11:40 pm

Fried green tomatoes, bar none.

Steve2inLA December 1, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Gumbo, gumbo, gumbo, gumbo. And of course, there’s gumbo. Did I happen to mention gumbo?

Michaela Swanson December 1, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Buttermilk biscuits and vegetarian pepper gravy! Yum!!

Michelle C December 1, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Buttermilk biscuits with fried chicken and a little gravy on the side! :)

CarolQ December 2, 2010 at 12:06 am

I resently was in Branson and had deep-fried okra. OMG it was better than French fries! We don’t get okra here in Seattle but I’d like to try making the dish!

Devin December 2, 2010 at 12:23 am

Fried Chicken and cornbread!

Michelle W. December 2, 2010 at 12:34 am

Homemade Mac & Cheese, but it has to be my family’s recipe! I haven’t had anything as good as what I can make, but I’m always looking for a new recipe.

Tango December 2, 2010 at 12:35 am

there’s something amazing about a good mojito on a hot day

Tango December 2, 2010 at 12:37 am

nothing like a minty mojito on a hot day!

Chao December 2, 2010 at 12:47 am

biscuits, mac & cheese, ribs ?

Nariko December 2, 2010 at 12:54 am

fried chicken! and pecan pie

Emily B December 2, 2010 at 1:03 am

Fried okra!

nico December 2, 2010 at 1:03 am


Katie December 2, 2010 at 1:07 am

cornbread…..i could eat that stuff every day!

jessbeanie December 2, 2010 at 1:32 am

I’d love to say that I love a good bowl of gumbo w/ okra bc my dad claims to love a gumbo w/ okra but in all honestly I’m not sure I’ve even tasted it before… but I do love fried chicken! ;)

Ryan December 2, 2010 at 1:52 am

Chicken-fried steak; the perfect hearty breakfast.

Soha December 2, 2010 at 2:11 am

Hashbrown casserole! December 2, 2010 at 2:28 am

I love me a good gumbo!!

Karima December 2, 2010 at 3:17 am

hands down…it’s hot browns!

Katiep December 2, 2010 at 3:22 am

Don’t know if it’s southern, but I LOVE raspberry cobbler!

Rinali December 2, 2010 at 3:38 am

I haven’t had much of southern food but i really like the jambalaya!

Carrie December 2, 2010 at 4:03 am

Wet cornbread.

Carole December 2, 2010 at 4:05 am

I love biscuits and gumbo and jambalaya!

mj December 2, 2010 at 4:12 am

fried green tomatoes!!

Jason December 2, 2010 at 4:36 am

Collard greens with Smoked turkey, Turkey Wings, Baked mac and cheese, and a big piece of Coconut cake.

CJ December 2, 2010 at 4:51 am

Texas cornbread’s the favourite in my household

Rachel December 2, 2010 at 5:02 am

Sticky, finger lickin’ ribs – mmm…

Kayleigh December 2, 2010 at 5:02 am

Jambalaya! Always delicious.

Barb December 2, 2010 at 5:08 am

Cheese grits does it for me!

Mike H December 2, 2010 at 5:29 am

I’m an Atlanta native. Nothing beats blackeyed peas and cornbread, with jalapenos added to one (or both)!

Amanda December 2, 2010 at 5:31 am

Creamed corn. Absolutely.

Jessie December 2, 2010 at 5:46 am

sweet potato pie maybe. anything that contains sweet potatoes!

Anna December 2, 2010 at 5:54 am

Biscuits and sausage gravy. Didn’t even know I loved them till my now-husband made them with a little nutmeg and lots of crushed red pepper. They are a welcome weekend breakfast whenever we can make them!

amanda December 2, 2010 at 5:59 am

Our family is all over buttermilk biscuits! Breakfast time, lunch time, supper time, anytime!! What about ribs?? We love them too, sweet and smokey and oh so juicy.

Constance December 2, 2010 at 6:06 am

pecan pie :)

Charlotte December 2, 2010 at 6:09 am

Macaroni and cheese :-) Actually, anything with a lot of cheese!

Tasana December 2, 2010 at 6:10 am

fried chicken and waffles

karen b December 2, 2010 at 6:12 am

Collard greens — with or w/o hot pepper sauce

erin s. December 2, 2010 at 6:15 am

g.r.i.t.s (girls raised in the south) of course!

Vienna December 2, 2010 at 6:17 am

So many fabulous Southern recipes to choose from… where to start? I’m with Zach on Eastern North Carolina pulled pork sandwiches with a spicy vinegar sauce (and extra slaw!), and of course soft, fluffy buttermilk biscuits but my favorite may have to be Brunswick Stew, made with leftover slow cooked pork shoulder, tomatoes and a bevy of vegetables. It is the perfect cold weather meal! Yummm!

Bonnie December 2, 2010 at 6:19 am

Fried okra…..yum!!!!!

Erin December 2, 2010 at 6:20 am

I love baked macaroni and cheese! You can’t go wrong with fried chicken either.

Hilary December 2, 2010 at 6:21 am

Southern food is a delicious treat! My favourite is Shrimp and Okra Gumbo!! Mmm!

Caroline December 2, 2010 at 6:22 am

Beaufort Stew (aka Frogmore Stew): Shrimp, Corn on the cob, red potatoes, Sausage, Old Bay Seasoning. Yummmmm!

Amelia December 2, 2010 at 6:29 am

I would have to say my favorite southern dish is homemade biscuits and gravy. My great grandmother used to make them and none of us has managed to recreate them.

Christine Mollenauer December 2, 2010 at 6:33 am


Steff December 2, 2010 at 6:35 am

I’m a huge fan of fried chicken and mashed potatoes with gravy. It’s a total weakness – the perfect meal on a hot, lazy day or a cold, snowy day; if you’re happy, sad, or somewhere inbetween; it’s my favorite comfort food!!

Teresa Olson December 2, 2010 at 6:36 am

Anything crawfish yummm

nestra December 2, 2010 at 6:38 am

First off, good luck with the move. My husband and I have moved three times in the five years we have been married (OH to VT, VT to TN, TN to OH).

That doesn’t stop me from wanting more cookbooks though! My favorit Southern food is collard greens.

cookienurse December 2, 2010 at 6:38 am

I love fried chicken!

Anca December 2, 2010 at 6:48 am

Fried Chicken of course

Megs December 2, 2010 at 6:49 am

shrimp & grits…definitely

Stephanie December 2, 2010 at 6:54 am

All things tex-mex but especially tomatillo chipotle shrimp. Mmmmmm.

rose December 2, 2010 at 7:11 am

firecracker cornbread!

Angela December 2, 2010 at 7:11 am

Chicken and waffles – or Tx MEX… ANYTHING. (Is chicken and waffles southern? lol) I live in western PA.. But married a man from texas.

Nina Bressau December 2, 2010 at 7:11 am

Jambalaya for sure… yummy yum yum

Bebe December 2, 2010 at 7:15 am

I love grits!!

Jennifer G December 2, 2010 at 7:23 am

Fried pickles…. very hard to find in the north, but when I go to visit my mom in Charlotte, I always get them!! :)

Catarina December 2, 2010 at 7:45 am

Coconut cake!!!

Year on the Grill December 2, 2010 at 7:46 am

Almost anything Cajun… But I make a Court Bouillon that will make you cry!

Brittany B December 2, 2010 at 7:49 am

Jambalaya with sweet potato biscuits! anything Cajun is good!

Heidi December 2, 2010 at 7:51 am

Pecan pie. Omg yum!

Alexandra December 2, 2010 at 7:58 am

Jambalaya…Oh my God do I love me some Jambalaya. That, and grits.

Diane December 2, 2010 at 8:00 am

I love pecan pie!

Susan K December 2, 2010 at 8:07 am

Biscuits are a huge love of mine as well, but BBQ has to be mine.

Flora R. December 2, 2010 at 8:09 am

Well, if foreigners can participate, I’m in!
Anything with pecans in it is elegible to be my favorite, so I could say pecan pie.

Hey, good luck with the moving process.

Elizabeth Murray December 2, 2010 at 8:12 am

Papa Ted’s Black Bottom Pecan Pie. ymmmmmm……..I just made one for Thanksgiving and it was gone in a flash. I need to think of a reason to make another one this weekend!

Suzanne December 2, 2010 at 8:23 am

Shrimp and grits! The cheesier the grits, the better.

Jessica December 2, 2010 at 8:25 am

pecan pie!! thank goodness for leftovers from thanksgiving

Angie December 2, 2010 at 8:28 am

Shrimp & Grits!!!

Charlene December 2, 2010 at 8:32 am

I love carbs so biscuits!! But I also love fried okra.

Sydney December 2, 2010 at 8:37 am

Definitely cornbread!

Hillary December 2, 2010 at 8:38 am

Shrimp n’ grits! So classically delicious!

Carrie December 2, 2010 at 8:42 am

BBQ Pork!

Heather December 2, 2010 at 8:45 am

maque choux… mm… mm… :)

kathy December 2, 2010 at 8:46 am

Coconut Cake

Cyndi Fecher December 2, 2010 at 8:48 am

Fried okra and cornbread!

Natalie December 2, 2010 at 8:50 am

gumbo by far

Trent Dolyniuk December 2, 2010 at 8:55 am


stell December 2, 2010 at 8:57 am

I am not American, and i dont know the Southern cuisine, but i sure would like a nice, warm, piece of any home made fruit pie! Just the thought of it makes me shiver!!!
Happy holidays everyone!

Yvette December 2, 2010 at 9:08 am

I love buttermilk biscuits!

heather December 2, 2010 at 9:08 am

My uncle’s chocolate pecan pie for Derby week! Warm and gooey and like a rock in my stomach after I’ve eaten a huge wedge!



chefpandita December 2, 2010 at 9:08 am

Pecan Pie!!

Karami December 2, 2010 at 9:14 am

Mac & Cheese and Texas BBQ, mmm love it!!

Caroline Flitter December 2, 2010 at 9:15 am

Chipotle corn bread. It’s smoky and sometimes a little spicy and always AMAZING.

Chelsea December 2, 2010 at 9:17 am

We love to eat all sorts of food. we have biscuits at least twice a week!

Robin December 2, 2010 at 9:19 am

A good homemade gumbo. Or mac-n-cheese.

Ellen December 2, 2010 at 9:26 am


Amelia from Z Tasty Life December 2, 2010 at 9:30 am

I am sorry your move has been stressful. My last move was from Italy to the US, from one south (Sorrento and Rome) to the next (Atlanta, GA). I just brought one luggage and one box…of cookbooks!!! Over the past years I have come to really appreciate Southern US cuisine, especially some of the new approaches, focused on seasonal and local.
I would have to say that “shrimp and grits” is one of my favorite southern dishes: it can be done country-style or upgraded to a pretty sophisticated dish.
This book is STUNNING. I have been coveting it for a while!!!

Konnie Ridout December 2, 2010 at 9:34 am

Everything I make has southern roots – from shrimp and grits to chicken and dumplings…..
throw in a little polish from the other side of the family with “golumpkes” (sp) – or stuffed cabbage rolls and sweet and sour cabbage………it’s all good. and i hope to be randonly
selected because i collect cook books too!

Melissa December 2, 2010 at 9:39 am

Banana pudding! amazing with home made pudding, Nilla wafers, and real whipped cream!

Theresa December 2, 2010 at 9:43 am

Chess pie, definitely.

Marissa December 2, 2010 at 9:45 am

I haven’t had too many southern dishes. But, I really love gumbo and fried shrimp!

Laura from Wanderlust for Food December 2, 2010 at 9:47 am

Deep fried turkey! or…deep fried anything!

Lindsay December 2, 2010 at 9:49 am

I love fried green tomatoes and fried pickles.

Janna M December 2, 2010 at 10:06 am

Fried green tomatoes are my new favorite.
When I was going to school in Texas it was hard to beat chicken-fried steak.

Miss December 2, 2010 at 10:28 am

Poke Salad with scrambled eggs! It doesn’t get any more southern than that!

Janet December 2, 2010 at 10:44 am

I think my favorite would be fried chicken with biscuits. I have tried to duplicate the biscuits but I havent found the perfect recipe yet! Maybe one day. I just finished moving, my heart goes out to you as it is a very emotional time. Good Luck!

Christy December 2, 2010 at 10:59 am

I have a friend whose parents signed an agreement before each move that they would not divorce over anything that happened during the moving process. I am staying in my falling-apart, way-too-small, middle-of-nowhere house only partially because I don’t think I can sell it. I haven’t even tried to sell it, mostly because I dread the thought of moving so much it makes having no closets, no bathtub, no insulation, and a mind-numbing commute seem bearable. Enjoyable, even.

As for Southern food, I sincerely love it all. When I was home for Thanksgiving my mom made one of our favorite meals (usually reserved for when our (yankee) dad was out of town because he wouldn’t touch most of it). We had Peas Beans & Okra (with ham), okra and tomatoes (with bacon), fried corn (with ham), fried green tomatoes, and fried okra. My New Jersey-born husband actually loved it and I was in heaven.

Hannah December 2, 2010 at 11:01 am

My mom’s chicken and andouille gumbo is hands-down the best Southern dish out there.

Michelle December 2, 2010 at 11:08 am

Cheesy grits, cornbread and fried okra are my favorites! Love chicken po’ boy and collard greens too…Mmm. My mouth is watering and my stomach is grumbling thinking about it..Think I need to go get some lunch..

Letitia December 2, 2010 at 11:16 am

Collard Greens & Cornbread

Kavey December 2, 2010 at 11:19 am

Southern US? I’d say it has to be blueberry muffins. They may not even be Southern but in my mind, they are indelibly associated with a childhood trip to the Southern States of the US, a few decades ago, now!

siobhan December 2, 2010 at 11:25 am

shrimp and grits

Chris M. December 2, 2010 at 11:34 am

jambalaya for me.

Mimi December 2, 2010 at 11:38 am

Barbeque!! And pulled pork sandwiches with cole slaw mmmm

BMOREHAPPY December 2, 2010 at 11:39 am

I looooooooooooooooooooove me some corn bread, right next to a big ol’ pork bbq sandwich

Paula December 2, 2010 at 11:48 am

Fried chicken and biscuits & gravy :)

Lori December 2, 2010 at 11:55 am

Shrimp and Grits! Oooooweeee!

Jodi Calhoun December 2, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Definitely going with Fried Okra. I’m the only one in my family to eat it( the rest of ’em can’t even look at okra) so I send everyone else out of the house and sit down and unapologetically enjoy myself

carike December 2, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I am going to New Orleans in two weeks so I will have a better answer then. For now, either bbq pulled pork with a vinegar/mustard mop or Gus’s fried chicken just north of Memphis

Carole December 2, 2010 at 12:05 pm

doh, that should say Carole, not carike lol

Chris December 2, 2010 at 12:22 pm

I loveee Fried Okra, haha fried anything is quite delicious…

rorkesdrift December 2, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Anything with crawfish.

No Onion Please December 2, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Can’t tell what I like most as I’ve never tried Southern cooking :D That’s why I would love to have that book!

mirinblue December 2, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Cheddar grits, baby! Gotta be grits!!

Natalie December 2, 2010 at 2:52 pm

I’m from the Deep South, so it’s all just Sunday Dinner to me!

George A. December 2, 2010 at 3:11 pm

I luv southern fried chicken, black eyed peas, buttery mash potatoes and biscuits.

Chris A December 2, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Crawfish Etouffee,

lily December 2, 2010 at 4:24 pm

fried grits with cheese

Mandy December 2, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Fried chicken with cornbread w/honey butter

Joan December 2, 2010 at 6:25 pm


Lia December 2, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Fried Okra is amazing!!

Jan Anderson December 2, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Spoonbread – I dream about it.

Jos December 2, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Southern style biscuits. And my Dad’s are incredible!

Andy December 2, 2010 at 7:03 pm

i lovelovelove new orleans food, but my favorite, is not food but dessert…RED VELVET CAKE. but then if you’re talking about food i like gumbo and jambalaya and cornbread and sweet biscuits with apple butter…yum

Carrie December 2, 2010 at 7:49 pm


ellen December 2, 2010 at 7:53 pm

anything with buttermilk in it.

Don Mills December 2, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Chicken and biscuits!

Christina Perry December 2, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Fried chicken of course.

Tiffany Lee December 2, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Mac & Cheese!

Angela December 3, 2010 at 2:28 am

Oh god, those biscuits from KFC are one of my biggest guilty pleasures. Of course I want to make my own. Of course I know eat biscuit takes a month off my life. But they’re sooooo goooooood ugh.

Jill December 3, 2010 at 11:00 am

Mac and Cheese! Grits!

Shannon December 3, 2010 at 11:51 am

I was going to say my family’s BBQ sauce on pulled chicken, but then you had to you and say biscuits… So maybe BBQ chicken on a cheddar jalapeno biscuit. See, I’m flexible!

Melissa December 3, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Red Velvet cake! Good luck with the move!

Jed December 3, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Gotta go with Jambalaya

Leah December 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Jello salad! Which is served as a vegetable, NOT a dessert :)

Tiffy L. December 3, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Brunswick Stew!!! Super yummy!!

Mellisa December 3, 2010 at 4:35 pm

I have to go with the biscuits!

Meryl December 3, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Fried Green Tomatoes.

Amy December 3, 2010 at 6:30 pm

I’m a Yankee myself, but I’ll admit I can’t eat enough grits. LOVE them!

sara @CaffeIna December 3, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Does cornbread count as southern food? If so, that’s my favorite of all times!

Aya December 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm

pecan pie

Stacy (Little Blue Hen) December 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm


Tanvi December 3, 2010 at 11:34 pm

My fav-Buttermilk Biscuits.Hope to win!

Melissa December 3, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Jambalaya… definitely. And I hear ya on the contact paper process. ugh.

A.J. December 4, 2010 at 12:12 am

Corn bread. Slow bbq’s meats. Pulled pork. Anything chicken fried and smothered with country gravy.

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