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Southern Plate by: Christy Jordan
Ms. Jordan ‘gets’ comfort food. The categories are broken down by seasons, and include foods that fit the weather. I am not a big fan of gravy, but I want to make a good milk gravy. Imagine my delight when I found an easy recipe for it on page 211. Even better, there is a photograph on the opposite page that shows a plate of chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes and green beans. That is a truly classic Southern meal. Yep. Those are my drool marks right smack dab in the middle.
Another great feature of this book is the personal thoughts and tips, such as Welcome to the South: friendliness strictly enforced; Why I don’t Need Diamonds; and Did You Know you can Freeze Apples? Reading these stories tells me this is a true Southern Woman, not someone who just wishes she could be from the South. Next up for me is Lela’s Fried Pies – something I want to learn to do, and do well. This recipe makes it look as easy as, well, pie!