Southern Living 50th Anniversary Skillet Giveaway

March 14, 2016 | By | Comments (37)

DillardsSpringSummer10One of the best things about working at Southern Living is being able to hear the reader’s stories about their memories of Southern Living.  My own memories include my mother’s cabinets filled to the brim with past issues – many of them stuck together with flour and egg from being over used. Some of my favorites are too old to see the writing on the pages as it has faded with time.  The magazine has weathered the storm of time and weathered many bookshelves and cupboards.   Like my mother, I will pass these issues onto my daughter in hopes that she will one day share the same appreciation for the Southern classic and enjoy reading about fellow Southerners and their recipes.

In honor of our 50th Anniversary, we are giving away 5 of the Southern Living Cast Iron Skillets, made exclusively for Dillard’s by one of our favorite southern companies, Lodge.  The back of the skillet has our 50th Anniversary logo and will only be available for purchase at Dillard’s for a limited time.Share with us your favorite Southern Living memory for a chance to win your very own.  Contest will run Monday, March 14-18 and we will select five lucky winners on Monday, March 21.

Check out the Southern Living Collection, exclusively for Dillard’s here.

Official Rules here.


  1. Lynn Welch

    My favorite Southern Living memory dates back to July 2002. My daughter got married on July 6 that year. The reception was catered, but I wanted to do something special for her on her special day. I searched my SL Annual Recipes cookbook collection and found recipes for Mexican wedding cookies and cheese straws. I made dozens and dozens of each; they’ve become two of our favorite recipes. The Mexican wedding cookies were once again a big hit at our family Christmas party last year. And as I type this, my husband and I are on our way from South Carolina to visit our daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren in southern Georgia. And in a tin in the backseat–you guessed it–cheese straws.

    March 17, 2016 at 10:33 am
  2. Brenda Haines

    My Great Grandma’s kitchen was 50’s pink, (with a matching fridge), and huge. She design the house after years of living in a shack on the property, and the kitchen was the biggest room of all. We spent many holidays learning in that pink kitchen and I fondly remember copies of Southern Living in the kitchen nook, where we ate the most delicious meals. #IRememberGrandma

    March 16, 2016 at 9:29 pm
  3. Kathryn

    When I finally graduated from college and had a place of my own (many years ago!), one of the first things I did was order a subscription to Southern Living magazine. My mother had always gotten a copy in the mail each month and now that I was an adult with my own place — I wanted to get one too!

    March 16, 2016 at 1:53 pm
  4. Amy Kelly

    My favorite Southern Living memory is cooking the recipes with my family.

    March 16, 2016 at 1:06 pm
  5. britduncan

    My mom’s side of the family is from Mississippi and Arkansas, so we always have Southern cravings growing up here in Southern California. Bacon, butter, salt, hushpuppies you name it… we love it! My grandma calls me every issue of Southern Living she gets in the mail and talks to me about the recipes she loves best. She has all the special edition cookbooks from Southern Living and she is passing them down to me so it’s fun to get her opinions, and she really likes to give her opinion :). The Christmas cookbooks are my favorite because it’s the best holiday! It’s funny to see things like jello molds from a different time and see how trends change but the staples are still the same!

    March 16, 2016 at 12:06 pm
  6. Natalie

    My husbands father was featured in a photograph in an article about the tobacco markets in the 80’s. Since he has past away, the photo of him doing what he loved has always been very special to his kids.

    March 16, 2016 at 11:47 am
  7. Donna Matuszak

    I have loved, lived and breathed Southern Living all my life. The steeping of our favorite things through the pages was passed to me through my mother and grandmothers. We have lived for every Christmas cake issue, every neat recipe, all the lovely homes and floor plans to dream by, as well as all the everyday essentials in each issue. I still cannot wait to read the essays in the back cover. The issues we have kept and treasure are precious and lovely favorite things. Southern Living is simply a part of us, and our lives.

    March 15, 2016 at 10:18 pm
  8. Susan Hatcher

    My memories go way back with Southern Living. Waiting every month patiently for the newest issue, drooling over all the recipes, toting around the page with the house plan I loved for years, excitedly opening the annual recipe book…too many good memories to list. Thanks for chance to win.

    March 15, 2016 at 6:00 pm
  9. Courtenay

    Southern Living has ALWAYS been a part of my family. My grandmother’s recipe box was filled with clippings of the most delicious recipes. She also had file folders filled with gardening ideas from Southern Living. My mother is the same. Our house is even a Southern Living House Plan! Now, I’m doing the same thing! I just passed along the Southern Living Travel Guide for Savannah to my new Finnish co-worker with a copy of the latest Southern Living! Welcome to the South y’all!

    March 15, 2016 at 2:02 pm
  10. Patricia Pollard

    My husband introduced me to Southern Living magazine. He had several older Christmas issues he had saved. We would put them out each Christmas. I also found my dream home in Southern Living.

    March 15, 2016 at 1:31 pm
  11. Ashley Couch

    I first discovered Southern Living when I was an early teen and would babysit my cousins. My aunt always had the latest edition of Southern Living on her coffee table and the pages were filled with such beautiful photographs and recipes. I thought it was so cool that the recipes often were submitted by southern people like me, and the areas featured were practically in my backyard. I found my inner southern cook when one weekend while my cousins were napping, I found my aunt’s collection of Southern Living Annual Recipe cookbooks. I was in heaven. My family also was in heaven when I would cook food from those recipe collections. Since I will be 50 in July, I guess that it is fitting that the first magazine that showed me that being southern was something to be proud of is the same age as me!

    March 15, 2016 at 1:07 pm
  12. Sarah Scott

    My favorite Souther Living memory is making a what has become a tradition of the staple cake from the south and making a Hummingbird cake from scratch. I remember this being served often at our family celebrations and it was wonderful to give it a try for my first time, thanks to the Southern Living official recipe. I will always cherish some of the memories that food can assist in taking us back to, like the fond ones I have spending time in the big backyard alongside family.

    March 15, 2016 at 9:47 am
  13. AngelaS

    I know I’m dating myself. Fifty years is a long time and age 50 has been in my rear view mirror for a while now. So, I look back to the days before internet, when outdoor summer kitchens were common place because central air was not, and when every girl in school took Home Economics and boys took Shop, whether they were interested or not. We did not get Southern Living or any magazine at home. Not that the family could not afford it. Everyone knew my grandmother was one thrifty (but not cheap) southern lady. Magazines were borrowed. If the library did not have a copy, it was not something we needed to see.

    My grandmother was the family cook and baker who taught my mother. They cooked by look, taste and feel. That left those of us growing up with two great cooks, a bit lacking in details. My assignment for Home Ec was to bring a favorite family recipe to share. Yeah, I could just hear myself saying, you take a big spoon of sugar, a shake of this, a pinch of that, a jelly glass full of flour (about a cup). I was doomed. It was on one of my trips to the central library to find a “family recipe” that I discovered Southern Living magazine. Just which borrowed recipe became our heirloom, has faded from my memory. It should have been something sensible. I doubt it was.

    Thank you and Happy 50th. Southern Living It has been a resource since I was 12-years-old.

    March 15, 2016 at 4:44 am
  14. LaLa

    After searching for many years, thankfully, I recently found my son’s baby book. I had almost given up when I remembered an old chest in the attic that had been in the family for forever. Apparently, I assume, my insightful mother (RIP) must have had the great idea to purchase, and save, a copy of Southern Living as a keepsake. There, inside the front cover, of my son’s beautiful baby book, with illustrations of Peter Rabbit and others by Beatrix Potter, was a pristine copy from July of 1992… What a wonderful way to recall the “comings and goings” in, and of the south, from the era when my sweet son was born.

    March 15, 2016 at 12:16 am
  15. Marilu Garza

    As a young bride, I would always head to the library when I knew that the new SL would be found waiting for me…..we did not have enough money to buy a copy but with my tablet and pen, I was happy to copy the recipes that caught my eye…the ones that I knew would delight my law student husband…we saved our money to cook something special om Saturday nights….and 9 times out of 10, they came from the pages of the SL copy that was waiting for me each month at the library!

    March 15, 2016 at 12:03 am
  16. MissEMarie

    My first memory seems like a hundred years ago. I must have been in first or second grade, but the memory is as clear in my mind as waking up this morning. My grandmother, who was a wonderful Slovak cook, was trying her hand at Southern Recipes because my fathers family was coming up from West Virginia for the weekend. She was reading from several recipes in the magazine trying to handle them all at once, stirring, checking, adding and tasting. It seemed like she wasn’t making much progress and was stressing out. I pulled one of the kitchen chairs up to the stove as she dried her hands in her apron and studied the recipe once again. It was one of those chrome ‘diner’ type chairs with the white padded leather seats and back rest. I climbed up onto the chair so I could see over her pots and got hold of her wooden spoon and began stirring. I cannot tell you what was in the pot or any of what she was cooking. I do know she kept running to that pot and stirring. I knew by watching, yes, I can do that. I can help. She turned and saw me working hard, and concentrating on what I was doing, and walked up beside me looking down into the pot I had claimed as my task for the day. Good she said. Still fills my heart to think about that. Funny my chest even filled up thinking of that single second in my history. That was the very first day I stood at my grandmothers side making dinner. I learned how to cook at my grandmothers side. I learned how to make dinner for 8 with next to nothing in the fridge. I learned how to stretch the Sunday pot roast into Hash for the next day and use the bones for soup on the third day. I learned how to make it look pretty even though it may not have tasted so good. I learned the cook always eats the burnt because nothing goes to waste….so you just don’t burn. I learned so very much and it all started with standing on the white padded chair slowly stirring the contents Inside that big soup pot on the front right burner.

    March 14, 2016 at 11:06 pm
  17. gmcl

    Choosing one favorite is just about impossible! Some of the cooking schools held in Nashville years ago were wonderful, many favorite recipes are from the magazine or SL cookbooks, decorating and garden ideas have provided so many ideas for plans through the years, and travel suggestions!

    March 14, 2016 at 10:16 pm
  18. Kim G

    One of my favorite SL stories is how my mother, ( Mama to 3, Nanny to 4 and Great Nanny to 3) made a mistake when looking at her recipe for dressing. She had come to the role of dressing master late in life when she lucked upon a wonderful recipe in one of her SL Annual cookbooks. She is mostly a vegetarian and had not grown up eating or making Southern chicken dressing so was happy to have found a recipe that we all loved. She had been making it for several years with no incidents. Then the holidays rolled around and we all show up with eager anticipation and hungry kids in tow. The dressing was awful! We were all eating and looking around and no one was saying anything, how could we since our Mama raised us to be polite?! When the meal was over she just happened to mention that she guessed her memory was starting to go because she didn’t ever remember having put raisins in the dressing in the past but that she thought it sounded tasty. That’s when we realized she had looked at the wrong recipe! It’s now a funny story we tell along with many others that almost always involve a family gathered around the table.

    March 14, 2016 at 8:13 pm
  19. Rebecca Collins

    My first memories of Southern Living are of my dear Nanny. I loved going to her house and looking thru her issues. When I married, one of her gifts to me was my own subscription. I lost her in 1986. I’ve continued my subscription, and with each issue I think of her.

    March 14, 2016 at 5:08 pm
  20. Kelly E.

    My memories of Southern Living started when I was young. My Mom used to get a copy every month in the mail, and while it took me till my early 20s to take interest, I still have found memories of watching her read it from cover to cover. When I graduated college, I realized the South is where my heart and soul were, so I got my own subscription and haven’t looked back. I also have key recipes that are now “mine” – or so my family refers to them as mine – thanks to Southern Living. Recently, my youngest brother texted to ask me for the Tex-Mex Egg Rolls with Creamy Cilantro Dipping Sauce recipe, and it couldn’t have made me happier! Happy 50 years, Southern Living! (Thank you for the chance to win…imagine the cornbread and fried chicken that could be made in that skillet!)

    March 14, 2016 at 2:42 pm
  21. Jeanie Mark

    When my children were little, I was at a loss to find interesting meals for our family; there was always something new and exciting in my latest Southern Living magazine to interest them! Many of the recipes would be requested by our friends and family after we fixed them for church or neighborhood parties! Now our family knows that Southern Living is a great place to go for the latest and best recipes!

    March 14, 2016 at 2:39 pm
  22. Heather Weir

    My fondest memory of Southern Living is my mom sitting on our front porch in her rocking chair sipping iced tea after dinner and reading her latest edition. She always seemed to have everything taken care of – a hot meal, a clean kitchen, and laundry done. While, I am not as organized and put together as my mom, I still take the time to slow down and read my Southern Living each month!

    March 14, 2016 at 2:38 pm
  23. karen s

    For me, opening an issue of Southern Living is like being invited into a friend’s home. Recipes are shared, gardening and travels tips are offered and so much more. My favorite memory is of is a tip that my friend Southern Living shared with me about 10 years ago. I was reading an article in the travel section about pies. Not just any old pies, but extraordinary pies. I believe they were referred to as Mile High pies. I was drooling over the pictures and as I read on I realized that the restaurant being featured was only an hour away from where I lived. I remember being completely shocked and a bit excited too. The very next weekend we went there to eat and have returned every month since. It was everything I expected and more. Thank you Southern Living!

    March 14, 2016 at 1:51 pm
  24. Linda Haley

    My daughter has a December 8th birthday so it’s always been a challenge to make it special amidst the Christmas rush. The cover of the Southern Living December edition with the beautiful white cake decorated as a gift with a red bow and gingerbread men inspired her most memorable party. For once I followed a recipe exactly, except for adding a “Happy Birthday, Katie” tag to the fruit roll up bow.
    I found a giant gingerbread man cookie cutter and made each guest a large cookie which they enjoyed decorating with icing and bowls candy. We decorated and ate smaller gingerbread men so they could keep their masterpieces as their take home favor. The party was finished with a reading of The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett.
    I look forward to seeing the cake each year on the cover of the December edition, but that one continues to be my favorite for the sweet memories it inspired.

    March 14, 2016 at 1:03 pm
  25. AnnaZed

    I can remember an edition of Southern Living that featured a lovely spread of a house (I am now not sure where) that had one of my late brother’s paintings in it. My brother was a very noted painter with work in the National Portrait Gallery (London), The Harry Ransom Center in Austin and other places but my mother was so particularly thrilled by this that she kept that magazine on her immense gorgeous coffee table in her New Orleans home for far longer than any magazine ever. I wish that I still had it!

    March 14, 2016 at 12:17 pm
  26. Al lindsay

    My favorite memory of Southern Living magazine is when the ladies at church were getting ready for special occasion dinners. They would pull out the Southern Living magazines recipes and make the finest buffet spreads! Absolute delicacy for us small city southern folks.

    March 14, 2016 at 11:57 am
  27. Anna robertson

    When I was in graduate school I lived in a single wide trailer in rural Alabama. At Christmastime I invited my mom and brothers over for dinner. I was so excited to be living close enough to my family to have them all over. I wanted to create a special meal and so in my little trailer kitchen I made a lemon meringue cake from scratch because I saw it on the cover of SL. Much to my excitement it came out just like the cover on the magazine! I kept it in the fridge and pulled out the table in my tiny kitchen (I had to wait until I was done cooking or else there would have been no room). I set the table with good dishes that I cobbled together from flea markets. When I presented the cake, my youngest brother who had just been to his first college formal in Atlanta gasped “that looks as good as the Fox theatre”. It was amazing dinner. In the years since I have accumulated granite countertops and a kitchen aid mixer in a roomy kitchen and yet and I have never been able to create anything fancier than that night in the single wide.

    March 14, 2016 at 11:56 am
  28. Lizana

    My grandmother prepared a family Easter dinner from the pages of a mid-50’s issue of SL. It was a special thrill to me as a little girl to see our festive table and menu pictured in our celebrated magazine. Happy 50th! Keep it coming.

    March 14, 2016 at 11:43 am

    I have been reading Southern Living from almost the beginning with my Mom’s subscription and now with my own subscription! Love the magazine and their cookbooks too! I even pay attention to other cookbooks that Southern Living mentions as good recommendations.

    March 14, 2016 at 11:06 am
  30. Rebecca

    I loved the red velvet cheesecake cake that was published a year or two back. I made it and it was great! I also have memories of the Southern Living Annual recipe books. LOVE THOSE!!!!

    March 14, 2016 at 11:03 am
  31. Faye Bailey

    A memory that comes to mind is my sister collecting issues of Southern Living published the year each son was born. She tied each bundle with a beautiful bow and presented to her sons.
    Then ~~~ there’s all the fabulous recipes and southern homes!!!

    March 14, 2016 at 10:52 am
  32. Kathleen

    I have 8 children & have always loved Southern Living. I can afford a subscription now, but back in the day I’d collect the free older copies of Southern Living that the library put in their give-away pile.
    We were always about a year behind reading issues.
    One of the first things I did when I earned enough income was to get my own subscription & not have to wait a year to read the latest recipes & stories.
    And my grandma always cooked in an iron “spider” (frying pan.) It’s the *only* way to make cornbread.

    March 14, 2016 at 10:46 am
  33. Faye Bailey

    Love Southern Living. Been a fan for many years!!!

    March 14, 2016 at 10:46 am
  34. Jan Yates

    I have very fond memories of my grandmother and I thumbing through each issue of Southern Living together in her wonderful, warm and cozy kitchen. This fine southern belle taught me more than just how to cook. She taught me what family and love for others means when we hopped in her old 1948 Ford and delivered our latest Southern Living creation to someone who was sick or needy. I have tried to model this same behavior for my children and grandchildren.

    March 14, 2016 at 10:29 am
  35. Donna

    I discovered the million dollar pound cake through Southern Living. It is my go to cake recipe and I always get compliments.

    March 14, 2016 at 10:20 am
  36. Kelly Hunt

    Southern Living has ALWAYS been a part of my family, especially my family’s kitchen. My mom has For The Love of Cooking cookbook as we have The Best of Southern Living Cookbooks 1&2. We are true Southerners from Southeast Georgia and will always have a special place in our home and hearts for Southern Living…Happy 50th Southern Living !!

    Sent from my iPhone


    March 14, 2016 at 10:11 am
  37. Kelly Hunt

    Southern Living has ALWAYS been a part of my family, especially my family’s kitchen. My mom has For The Love of Cooking cookbook as we have The Best of Southern Living Cookbooks 1&2. We are true Southerners from Southeast Georgia and will always have a special place in our home and hearts for Southern Living…Happy 50th Southern Living !!🎉💞✨

    March 14, 2016 at 10:07 am

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