Thursday, January 20, 2011

Cookbook Review: Southern Plate by Christy Jordan

I have been following Christy Jordan's blog(Southern Plate) for a long time.  I love her recipes and the tutorials she provides.  I live in Mississippi so I love me some southern cooking!  Back in October, Christy's cookbook Southern Plate: Classic Comfort Food That Makes Everyone Feel Like Family was released.  I knew I had to have it so I bought it the day it hit Amazon.

I absolutely love the cookbook.  Not only is it a cookbook, but it has some of Christy's stories that are behind some of the recipes.  The recipes are simple and you can find all of the ingredients at the local grocery.  No fu-fu ingredients that have to be sought out at speciality stores.  If you love southern cooking you will love this cookbook.  She has 135 reviews at Amazon and she has a 5***** rating!  I too rate this cookbook at 5*****.

Some of the recipes included are:

  • Aunt Sue's Pound Cake
  • Homemade Cinnamon Buns
  • Daddy's Rise-and-Shine Biscuits
  • Jordan's Rolls
  • Basic Milk Gravy
  • Corn Bread
  • Chicken and Dumplings
  • and over 100 more

Here is a example of one of the recipes:

From Southern Plate: Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is a must-have whenever kids are around, and there are countless takes on this classic comfort food, so I couldn’t bring you just one. This is the recipe for the baked version, which is for those who prefer stringy, extra cheesy mac and cheese. It’s best made in an ovenproof bowl rather than a 9 x 13-inch pan.


• 2 1⁄2 cups uncooked macaroni

• 2 1⁄2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

• 1 1⁄4 teaspoons salt

• Black pepper to taste (I use about 1 teaspoon)

• 4 tablespoons (1⁄2 stick) margarine, cut into small slices

• 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese

• 1 cup milk


First, preheat the oven to 350°F. Next, cook the pasta according to the package directions until tender and drain. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, and pepper and set aside. Spray an oven-safe bowl or dish with cooking spray. Place half of the macaroni in the bowl or dish. Sprinkle half of the flour mixture over the top and then top with half of the margarine slices. Sprinkle 11⁄2 cups of the cheese over the top. Repeat. Pour the milk over all. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes, until bubbly. Serve hot.

Makes 8 servings.

Two Minutes with Christy Jordan: America's Next Southern Food Star from Jennifer Davick on Vimeo.


Amanda-The Nutritionist Reviews said...

Sounds like an awesome cookbook!

I just found your blog through a Thursday blog hop! Have a great night.

Amanda @

Tanya said...

Who wouldn't love this mac and cheese?!

Tina Peterson said...

Thanks for sharing and for visiting Family Literacy to link up your review. I have been eyeing this cookbook - I love the writing and the recipes look so yummy.

Here's to Great Comfort Cooking!

Tina "The Book Lady"

nicole / Twitter: BTHM1 said...

christy is WONDERFUL! i am glad I can call her a friend- her recipes are just like my mamas. her cookbook is the best to give to friends getting married, or kids moving out on their own! Its like having all your family recipes in one place!

if can meet christy at a booksigning, GO_ she's a hoot as we say here in the south!


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