Anatomy of a Dinner Party: a day in the life of a hospitalityaholic

Cookbookery Club Goes South

Written by Patti on March 7th, 2012

Good Morning Darlings!

This month our Cookbookery Club chose The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook. It included recipes for all things southern and delicious.

Eric and I chose to fix refried blackeyed peas – with meat and without. We also made an apple cake that was pretty darn tasty.

The group convened at Michelle and Byron’s sweet home and we got to cooking, and eating and drinking. Not in that order, mind you.

Appetizers were deviled eggs made from Stephanie and Reeves’ chickens. Really fresh eggs. And topped with homemade pickles. You know, as a child, I never cared for deviled eggs – now, I can’t get enough of them.

I wish you had taste-o-vision!

It’s not southern, if there’s no liquor. Or likker – take your pick.

How do you spell southern? B O U R B O N, that's how.

Bryon assembles the banana pudding, while Charlie supervises. And eats cookies.

Michelle and Byron's lovely vegetable gratin.

Our refried blackeyed peas. With and without chorizo. Lovely and, well, brown.

Byron baked chicken in Cheerwine. Have you ever heard of Cheerwine? It’s a regional soda from North Carolina. Either way, this chicken was delicious.

Cheerwine Chicken!

Sweet Stephanie and Reeves. I just love these two.

Charlie's Okra Gravy - this was good eatin' y'all. It was served with skillet cornbread.

Byron's luscious fried catfish. Light as air.

Served with:

Stephanie & Reeves', "I'm sure I've died and gone to heaven" pimento cheese hush puppies. OMG.

We had plans to put everything on the table, but decided at the last minute to add another table to hold all that amazing food.

See? Just like Thanksgiving. In March.

Southern Food + Bourbon + Cookbookery Club Members = Very happy Saturday night.

Our group. Fun fun fun.

Oh, and that Apple Cake? Here’s a photo and the recipe. Enjoy!

You might want to add some whipped cream to make it pretty.

This gives directions for homemade applesauce. I just used the jar kind. And omitted the walnuts.

2 1/2 c All Purpose Flour
1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 1/2 tsp Salt
3/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
1/2 tsp Ground Allspice
1 Stick Butter, melted
2 c Sugar
1 Large Egg
1 1/2 c Applesauce*
1 c Black Walnuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and flour 10 in tube pan.
Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves and allspice together in a medium bowl.
In mixing bowl beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
Beat in egg and then applesauce.
Add flour mix to mixing bowl and blend until smooth.
Fold in walnuts and scrape batter into tube pan.
Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Let cool 10 minutes in pan then invert onto cooling rack to cool completely.

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Glen Campbell – Southern Nights


1 Comments so far ↓

  1. Patti says:

    Thanks, Byron! Everything was so good, wasn’t it?