Hey ya! Groovy Readers;
I’ve missed you all. After a horrific month of ridiculous medical issues for the whole fam (my sweet toddler even had pneumonia!) and a very messy transfer from WP.com to fully hosted (My top links got hacked and I lost a ton of READERS due to rerouting issues!! YIKES!!!) I am now back on track and so is the blog.
I hope you haven’t forsaken me.
So to kick things off in style, I have a giveaway in appreciation of all of you that have stuck by me and continued to check back for new posts.
I know how much it sucks when your favorite cooking blog goes on hiatus.
I wanted to reward all you diehards with something fun and this new cookbook certainly fits the bill, it’s called:
Fire in My Belly: Real Cooking’ by Kevin Gillespie
This book is chock full of recipes that will knock your socks off — even for food you swore you didn’t like. I can’t wait to try the sage-battered mushrooms with cheddar fonduta and the savory fig tart. But lest you think Gillespie has abandoned his southern roots or swung into “modern southern” fare (he hates that label!) Fear not. The book is jam-packed with southern classics like Granny’s banana cream pie, pole beans, one-pot “hog supper,” and cocoa cola pot roast.
Gillespie, a Top-Chef contender and fan favorite, as well as a former transplant Portlander, is farm-to-table all the way. In fact, he is so committed to getting you to LOVE real food the way he does that he opens the book with a chapter titled, Food You Thought You Hated. It’s everything you’d expect from the man who uttered, “Man, bacon is my jam!”
Enter to Win Your Copy of Fire in My Belly: Real Cooking’ by Kevin Gillespie
If you get the chance check out the book (there are some sneak peak pages at Amazon to give you taste) I highly recommend it and if you want a copy for yourself then enter here because one lucky blog reader will win a spanking new copy of Fire in My Belly, just by leaving me a comment below and telling me your all-time favorite southern or comfort food dish — the one you just can’t live without!
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Congratulations to Denise Nickerson, winner of Kevin Gillespie’s “Fire in My Belly,” enjoy the southern comfort food!
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My favorite Southern recipe would (hands down) have to be, CHESS PIE ! Your Uncle and I were on a 7 week road trip in 2010 and while in Tennessee we stopped into a bakery (I love to look at all the breads and pastries), OK..and buy them too ! 🙂
The staff was so friendly, warm & helpful. We were given a sample of “Chess Pie”. It is super rich and delicious! Very similar to Pecan Pie without the pecans ! We immediately fell in love with it, and I could not wait to get home and scan the net for a recipe! I found many, and found one to be a very good match.
History says it originated in the South and a couple explanations &/or (folklore) on it’s name are:
The origin of the name, Chess Pie, is uncertain, but there are plenty of guesses and a bit of folklore surrounding the name. The most probable explanation is that since the English lemon curd pie filling is very close to lemon chess pie, and they believe the word “chess” is an Americanization of the English word “cheese,” referring to curd pie. Basically the Chess Pie is a cheese-less cheesecake.
One explanation suggests that the word is “chest,” pronounced with a drawl and used to describe these pies baked with so much sugar they could be stored in a pie chest rather than refrigerated.
I’m making little demi ones for Thanksgiving Dinner to take to my sister’s . You must try it ! Want the recipe I have?
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P.S. I might have more favorite Southern recipes, but this one popped in first, so I’d say it must be my favorite! 🙂
Yes, Aunt Deis please send me the recipe (in a private FB message and I’ll feature it and YOU on the blog!)
My go to comfort food is homemade Macaroni and Cheese! I actually made some tonight and the leftovers are going to be made into in a Mac and Cheese PIZZA. I’ve never made that kind of pizza but I think the kids will like it.
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I hope you’re all feeling better and your blog is running smoothly now. 🙂
My favorite comfort food is Acini de Pepe…tiny round pastina, smothered in butter with a little salt. It’s what we got when we were sick as kids, and a big steaming hot bowl of it always cheers me up now, any day, not just sniffly days. 🙂
Wow! Everybody’s recipes sound so good . . . Nik — I’d love to get your recipe for Acini de Pepe — if you’d like to share (photos and recipe) contact me at email@example.com.
I love this cookbook! So sorry to hear your family has been through health issues and hope you are all feeling better!
We’re better now Miss — thanks for checking in on me over here! That is a great cookbook isn’t it?
Thank You so much…for the winning recipe / winner of Chef Kevin Gillespie, Fire In My Belly cookbook. I am enjoying his writings and recipes. Thank You !