Cookbook Giveaway! Around the Southern Table

September 10, 2012 | By | Comments (383)

Around the Southern Table

Rebecca Lang wants you to pull up a chair to her table.  And once you get a taste of what the Athens, Georgia, writer is serving up in  Southern Living Around the Southern Table, you’ll be happy to oblige. Rebecca is a dyed-in-the-wool Southern cook who knows that the welcome is as important as the food, and that tradition is passed on with every serving of biscuits, butter beans, and fried green tomatoes.

Her food is straightforward with creative touches that bring it up to date while maintaining its down-home deliciousness. (Thank Rebecca’s culinary school background for that.) In Brown Butter Coffee Cake with Peaches and Pecans, she uses an innovative technique of browning butter before chilling it, then creams it with the sugar. She gives cranberry compote a touch of citrus using clementines rather than oranges, and enlivens shrimp and grits with prosciutto, white wine, and jalapeños. One of our picks is Peppered Pork Roast with Blue Cheese Grits–we’d happily eat it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Rebecca Lang

Rebecca Lang and her sous-chefs / Photo by Jennifer Davick

Real Banana Pudding

Real Banana Pudding / Photo by Jennifer Davick

Fellow food lovers, among them Grammy award-winning Zac Brown, celebrity cookbook author Nathalie Dupree, and HGTV star Vern Yip share essays describing their Southern tables, and the role that food and family have played in their lives. For all of them, and for Rebecca Lang, gathering around the dinner table with loved ones offers sustenance far beyond that offered by the food. So go ahead and pull up that chair.  You’re going to want to sit a spell.

Enter for a Chance to Win this Book! Between now and October 31st, tell us your favorite Southernism in the comments section of this post. We’ll choose the 25 we like best, and those folks will get a copy of Southern Living Around The Southern Table. 

Meanwhile, here’s a sample of what’s in store.

Real Banana Pudding
Rebecca writes,  “It’s a simple, from-scratch dessert that often leaves me speechless: homemade vanilla pudding layered with vanilla wafer cookies and banana slices and topped with a cloud of meringue. Some like it warm. Others prefer it like I do: nice and cold. The hardest part is waiting for it to fully chill.”

1⁄2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1⁄4 tsp. salt
2 1⁄4 cups milk
4 large eggs, separated
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 1⁄3 cups vanilla wafers
4 ripe bananas, cut into 1⁄3-inch-thick slices
3 Tbsp. sugar

1. Preheat oven to 375°. Whisk together first 3 ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk together sugar mixture, milk, and 4 egg yolks in a medium-size heavy saucepan until well blended. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 6 to 8 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla.

2. Layer half of vanilla wafers in an 8-inch square baking dish. Top with half of banana slices and half of pudding. Repeat procedure with remaining wafers, banana slices, and pudding.

3. Beat egg whites at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy. Gradually add 3 Tbsp. sugar, beating until sugar dissolves and stiff peaks form. Spread meringue over pudding, sealing to edge of dish.

4. Bake at 375° for 7 to 10 minutes or until golden. Let cool 30 minutes, and serve warm; or chill an additional hour, and serve cold.   Makes: 8 to 10 servings Hands-on Time: 25 min. Total Time: 1 hr., 5 min.

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  1. Debra Yawn

    my grandparents(great) always made friends welcome back again with this idea “Y’all come on back now ya here” “Set a spell take your shoes off’

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  3. Carlene Kimmel

    Heard your interview on 95.5 on Saturday <ay 11. 2013. I would like to order your cookbook. Please send me the informmation. Thank you.

    May 12, 2013 at 12:04 pm
  4. Barbara Leger

    When I lived in Maryland and someone stopped by I would say “get down and come on in”. My friends would ask how could they come in if they did not get down.

    March 18, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Working has hard as a dog. Well my COONHOUNDS aren’t working unless my husband takes them for a hunt on the creek where we live. And then they are so eager to hunt and they are so good tracking a coon it only takes about 30-45 mins. and they are back home. Sure which my work day was only that long. I learned how to cook from some very SOUTHERN WOMEN, my Grandmother,Aunt Dorothy, Aunt Betty and MY LOVING MOTHER. I am trying to pass those wonderful times I had to my Granddaughter Emma Kate. Every year at Christmas I make Friendship Cakes that takes 30 days to make and we have a great memories in her helping Nana do this. I always tell her she has to come help Nana make the cakes and she gets so excited telling her mother my daughter that she has to go help Nana make the cakes. WHAT A MEMORY I’LL TAKE WITH ME TO THE END AND HOPE SHE DOES TOO! NANA MYERS

    March 1, 2013 at 5:42 pm
  6. Marceil

    My mother used to say” I’m Gonna wrench those dirty dishes out!”

    February 24, 2013 at 8:25 am
  7. Jen E

    My book arrived today via UPS and it’s even better than I expected. 🙂 Well worth the wait. Thank you so much.

    January 17, 2013 at 6:04 pm
  8. Jen E.

    Thanks for replying, Andrea. I just sent an email myself. Hopefully we will get our books or at least some information soon.

    January 15, 2013 at 1:10 pm
  9. Andrea

    Not yet. I wrote and asked about it and was told they had shipped but would ship another. I was expecting it before Christmas so something must have happened that 7 cookbooks didn’t get out correctly. ??

    January 15, 2013 at 12:57 pm
  10. Jen E.

    Has anyone received their cookbook yet?

    January 15, 2013 at 12:26 pm
  11. Andrea Myers Barrilleaux

    Thanks so much!! So excited to have a new cookbook to peruse and share with friends and family. Thanks, Southern Living and Daily South!!

    December 3, 2012 at 1:19 pm
  12. Donna Florio

    Congratulations to our cookbook winners! We’ll be shipping cookbooks by December 31st to: Barbara Deer Brown, Jill Paglia, Susan Scates,Evelyn Kay Ting, Amie Hodgin, Melanie Moore, Patricia A. Nogar, Karen Ballard, Jennifer Engelland, Gina Wirtz, Philip Kremers, Andrea M. Barrilleaux, Brenda Thomas, Gena Hood, Dawn Clark , Lisa Forde, Michele St. Onge, Jean McCarthy, Lori Wear, Mandy Waters, Grace Sheaffer, Linda Monroe, Hannah Grossman, Jennifer Hatcher, and Mary Lawson.

    December 3, 2012 at 11:34 am
  13. Sylvia Harwood

    When I was a child my Grandmother had rules of what was and was not good behavior in children. After an infraction of one of her rules she would look at me and say “If that don’t beat a hog-a-scratchin and hen-a-rootin!” I knew I was in trouble and some gentle punishment would be handed out to me. Usually it would be something like ironing her linens or polishing the silver, both of which I secretly loved to do.

    November 28, 2012 at 10:57 am
  14. Cindy Clark

    My Mother used to say ” crooked as a dog’s hind leg” to refer to someone dishonest. Also, we grew up in Texas and we would say “I;m goin to the ice-house” referring to the convenience store.

    November 14, 2012 at 8:13 pm
  15. Elizabeth Ellington

    When someone is asked how they are feeling and they reply “fair to middlin”.
    When someone is asked what have you been doing today and they reply ” oh, nothing much, just piddlin”
    The ever appropriate ” well, bless her/his little heart” can have a multitude of meanings.
    I am proud to be a 72 year young southern woman from many generations of strong southern women and gentle southern men.

    November 8, 2012 at 3:56 pm
  16. KEberhart

    “A sight for sore eyes”

    November 1, 2012 at 6:42 am
  17. Darlene Marchant

    I grew up near the water: so mine is telling someone to “take a long walk off a short dock”; It was always said in jest. When our girls were young and I would say this around their friends they would always shake their heads and think a little bit before they got it. When they got it they always liked it.

    October 31, 2012 at 7:39 pm
  18. realfoodsimpleliving

    “That dawg don’t hunt!”

    October 31, 2012 at 3:14 pm
  19. kt

    “I reckon.”

    October 31, 2012 at 3:02 pm
  20. Jason

    Often in the South, you will have an afternoon rain shower while the sun is shining. At my house, we always said “the devil is kissing his wife.”

    October 31, 2012 at 2:43 pm
  21. S. McNabb

    I just love “As full of notions as a a dog with fleas.”
    I confess that I have used this one more than once.
    It leaves nothing unsaid.

    October 31, 2012 at 12:54 pm
  22. Lisa

    “A month of Sundays”or ” a dogs year” to express a long time.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:58 am
  23. elizabeth

    over yonder

    October 30, 2012 at 11:41 am
  24. Paula Tirpak

    “We might-could go over to the Walmarts.”

    October 30, 2012 at 6:49 am
  25. Courtney Morris

    “I’m fixin’!” It never fails that even close friends and family tease me when I use that phrase, calling me their true little “southern girl!” (And trust me, I’m always “fixin'” to do EVERYTHING!) But my does my chest swell with pride when my loved ones only confirm what I’ve known to be true my whole life – I’m just a southern girl through and through!

    October 29, 2012 at 8:09 pm
  26. goldspinner

    My favorite “southernisms” are a toss-up between “poor as Job’s turkey” and “makes me no nevermind”: I tend to use them both rather frequently.

    October 28, 2012 at 9:59 pm
  27. David Marsh

    I love “making groceries” for going to the grocery store but “Y’all” is the expression that is the best known Southern phrase of all time.

    October 25, 2012 at 7:21 pm
  28. grace

    goodness, this was hard! i always remember, “i’m busier than a moth in a mitten.” being pretty unique and cute! my grandma always said it and now i do too!

    October 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm
  29. Brelinda

    “Finna”, as in “I’m finna go outdoors.”

    October 24, 2012 at 11:41 am
  30. Marcia Broell

    I have always liked “sometimey” as in she’s sometimey when someone you know either greets you or snubs you and you never know which is coming. I live in Iowa and on this block (a diverse neighborhood) the kids all call me Miss Marcia as I am an older person and it is a sign of respect to adults older than you. I love the manners!

    October 23, 2012 at 6:31 pm
  31. J. Puckett

    Mash that button!

    October 23, 2012 at 5:12 pm
  32. RaDonna Lanterman

    “Switch off those lights” makes me giggle every time!

    October 23, 2012 at 3:15 pm
  33. Rucker Eggleston

    Well I’ll be dogfoot!

    October 23, 2012 at 10:09 am

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