Thursday, May 9, 2013

Bakery Bliss, by Duffy Brown

There’s no food like Southern comfort food and that’s double for the holidays. Grits is most definitely a major food-group, buttermilk biscuits with butter and honey are the best breakfast food ever and red velvet cake truly is to die for.   
Sunday dinner isn’t worth squat if the hush puppies aren’t on the table right between the fried chicken and mashed potatoes. Moon Pies are in the snack drawer next to the pralines and those apples aren’t for eating but putting in the pie mamma’s baking tomorrow.  
Sushi is and always will be bait, granola is squirrel food, bone suckin’ sauce is what daddy puts on the ribs, and a spice rack is my thirty-six Bs 
My favorite part of the South is in the bakery. Everyone knows Savannah has the best Red Velvet Cake ever, and cocoanut cake to die for. Cobblers! Lord have mercy the cobblers are the best. I can almost taste a blueberry cobbler right now.  
You get the picture, I love Southern cooking, especially Savannah southern cooking. The city is best visited if you eat your way across it. When I was there I got the very best…and easiest…pecan pie recipe ever and I’m here to pass it on to you.  
Pecan Pie (yummy) 
9” unbaked pie crust (if in a hurry Pillsbury in the fridge section) 
1 cup light corn syrup 
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar 
3 eggs slightly beaten 
1/3 cut butter melted 
½ tsp salt 
1 tsp vanilla 
1 cup pecan halves (or walnuts) 
Heat oven to 350. Combine corn syrup, sugar, eggs, butter, salt, vanilla and mix well. Pour into crust, sprinkle with nuts and bake for 50 min till knife comes out clean. Cool. Add whipped cream, cinnamon or caramel ice cream is great.
And when you take that first bite think of me.  
So what is your favorite thing in the bakery? Do you have a special pie? Cobbler of your very own? A delish cake you save just for company?  
Happy eating. 
Hugs, Duffy Brown
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It’s August in Savannah, Georgia—hardly the season for a traditional Southern wedding with hoopskirts and crinolines. One could die from the heat—or from a cake knife in the back...

Reagan Summerside should be devoting all her energy to her consignment shop the Prissy Fox. But when her dear friend Chantilly Parker is arrested for murder, Reagan vows to clear her name. The victim is Simon Ambrose, who’s found lying in his own wedding cake with a knife in his back.

Chantilly has motive (Simon broke her heart to marry wealthy Waynetta Waverly) and opportunity (crashing the wedding in her UPS delivery truck). And she has cake on her face, and the stolen bridesmaid dress the killer wore is in her truck. But Chantilly would never wear crinoline to kill a man!

With the help of her flamboyant auntie, KiKi, and vexing but attractive attorney Walker Boone, Reagan is determined to save her friend—before she’s forced to turn in her brown uniform for an orange jumpsuit…


Anonymous said...

This book is definitely going on my list! I am a huge sucker for Southern cozies, and this one looks like a ton of rip-roaring fun! Thanks for bringing this series into the spotlight. :)

Unknown said...

Mmm, a piled high apple pie! My mother ate a slice for breakfast with some sharp cheddar cheese. A la mode works well, too.

Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf said...

I am so hungry now!!! What a delicious post and a book that looks equally appealing. I'd love to be entered.

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Carol N Wong said...

Really want to read Killer in Crinolines. The food looks so gooooooooooooooooooooooood!


Duffy Brown said...

I gave you all my fav pecan recipe, I'd love to see yours.
The ver best recipes are the tired and true ones from friends.

Duffy Brown said...

There is so much great eating in Savannah. You can just eat your way across the city and be happy plus it's so beautiful. If you get a chance to go in the spring time it's amazing. Take one of the trolley tours it gives you a feel for the place.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Melissa. I love to eat and read...guess that's way I keep gaining weight. UGH!

Duffy Brown said...

Apple alltime fav. I ask you, is there anything better! Just talking about all this food makes me hungry. I need to get to the store. The fridge is pretty much empty.

Unknown said...

Last time I was in Savannah I had a basket of hush puppies and fried oysters while looking over the Savannah River, oh and don't for get the nice cold beer! My favorite bakery item in Savannah is the biscuits from the Old Pink House. They were so good we had the waitress wrap up the leftovers from out bread basket to nibble on the next day!

Duffy Brown said...

Annie!!! This is my daughter who went to school in Savannah. You are a Savannah gal in NYC. Hugs