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Friday, May 29, 2015

Recipe Feature in Lake Wylie Today Magazine


Y'all, I'm giving myself a little pat on the back. Lake Wylie Today Magazine published one of my recipes. It is my recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes. Thanks so much Lake Wylie Today.

You can check it out here:

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Deep South Dish Cookbook Review

I have been a fan of the Deep South Dish and author Mary Foreman's southern food blog for years now. I was thrilled at the opportunity to receive a copy of her new Best Selling cookbook Deep South Dish ~ Homestyle Southern Recipes to review. I was so excited when I received a copy of the book last week and I began flipping right through those pages, reading her delicious recipes and what a great first impression.

My first thought - the print size is wonderful. This is a book that is easy to read especially when you're using it to do a task like cooking. The layout makes the book easy to use with tab sections for the recipes. The photos she adds to the recipe pages are great so you can see what your dish will look like. Mary's recipes are easy to follow and the ingredients she uses are items we usually have in our kitchens anyway. Mary is a home cook just like all of us so she keeps it simple and easy to follow. Who doesn't appreciate that, especially when trying something new?

Mary's blog has been so successful that it was her fans who requested a cookbook from her. The debut on QVC sold out in minutes. She made another appearance on QVC last night. Here is a link to the video so you can see some of her dishes for yourself. I'm not even joking when I tell you that you're going to drool! Check out the video here: QVC Debut ~ Deep South Dish

I can tell you as a blogger myself, it's a lot of work writing recipes. As cooks we often know how much of each ingredient to add, we don't usually measure. To write it down and give those amounts to others takes time, and testing to make sure you're giving instruction for it to turn out the way you make it. Mary does a wonderful job sharing countless recipes. One of the things I really loved when I first discovered her website was the tradition she shares, and her own stories with her posts.

The reviews of those who have bought her book have been excellent. People are saying "my go to cookbook" , "outstanding", and "this cookbook delivers".  If you like southern cooking, you'll really enjoy the Deep South Dish cookbook. I've made a couple of Mary's recipes as she wrote them and they turn out just as she says and I've used her recipes as guides and added my own flare. If you can get that out of a cookbook, it's well worth it.

Here is a link for the review of another favorite food blogger ~ Aunt Bee's Recipes. You can check out her review as well as an interview she did with Mary Foreman.

Here are some examples of the customer feedback received from those who have bought the book:

I would definitely recommend you all getting a copy for yourself, I know you'll enjoy this cookbook as much as I do.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Southern Memorial Day Menu Ideas


"Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices." ~ President Harry S. Truman

Hey Y'all! I don't think you can say it any better than President Truman said it. We will be forever grateful to our country's military. We have so much to be grateful for thanks to their service. I come from a family who's members have served this country for hundreds of years from the Revolutionary War, Civil War through our present day. I certainly honor their memory, service and sacrifice as well as all our military. 

Through our memorial we also celebrate this day. Family and friends gather around with the opportunity to spend time together. Our unofficial start to Summer and in the south where there is a celebration going on, there is food. BBQ season!

Here are some of my favorite recipes to celebrate this day. They may be quite similar to what your family will be having or you may get an idea of something you'd like to include. 

All American Sliders

Everybody loves sliders! They're fun and easy. This recipe combines ground beef and bison for a flavorful treat. 


My basic go to burgers are grass fed beef formed into patties and seasoned with salt, pepper, onion powder, and chili powder. If you've never tried the chili powder, it's great!

Hot Dogs

Everybody loves hot dogs, right?!? Well we sure do in my family. Do yourself a favor and use a good quality hot dog. It makes a difference. With a hot dog in the south, we love our hot dog chili. Here's my recipe for hot dog chili: Julia's Southern Hot Dog Chili

Smoked BBQ Chicken Legs - on the grill

Smokey flavor, tender, and delicious.

Potato Salad

My southern potato salad makes an appearance at every holiday. Get the recipe here: Julia's Southern Potato Salad

Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are just another one of those must have items at my house. Get the recipe here Southern Deviled Eggs 


Cold salads on warm days are so wonderful! This one is also a hot dog topper or side dish. Making it the day ahead saves time.
Get the recipe here: Julia's Simple Coleslaw 

and add any of these to you to your holiday feast...


         Keep it Simple and Have Fun

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Cookbook Giveaway

I am so excited Y'all! I'm doing my first GIVEAWAY. It's thrilling for me and I know you'll be excited for the chance to win.

Yesterday I received my copy of Deep South Dish Homestyle Southern Recipes cookbook so that I may do a review of it. I am truly excited for the opportunity to do this product review. I have been a fan of Mary Foreman's Blog Website for a few years now. If you haven't visited, you should www.DeepSouthDish.com Mary's recipes are wonderful and she makes them easy to follow, while sharing tradition and her stories to go with them. 

I can't wait to get into my copy. I can already tell you that the book is filled with some great recipes. The publisher was kind enough to offer to give a copy to one of my Julia's Simply Southern blog followers in a giveaway. 

One random winner will be selected to win a FREE copy of Deep South Dish, Homestyle Southern Recipes COOKBOOK.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 26th. 

1. You must be following Julia's Simply Southern blog website by email or Google+ 

2. Follow me on Facebook Julia's Simply Southern Facebook

3. Follow this link to complete the ENTRY FORM

Good Luck Everyone!

The Winner is: Raquel from Louisville, KY ~ Congratulations!

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