Friday, 4 March 2011

Quick-Fix Southern: Homemade Hospitality in 30 Minutes or Less

Quick-Fix Southern
Homemade Hospitality in 30 Minutes or Less

by Rebecca Lang
Paperback, 192 pages

Rebecca Lang is a contributing editor to Southern Living magazine and knows a thing or two about Southern cooking. In this cookbook she shares her tips and recipes to include Southern-style cooking into your busy schedule, "even if your home is lacking the quintessential screen door and magnolia tree outside".

Southern food is comforting and satisfying, and Lang shows how it can be easy as well. With pantry, fridge and freezer stocking tips as well as shopping advice, you are given the tools you need to cook up some tasty quick-fix southern cuisine.

The 115 recipes are divided into groups:
Rise and Shine
Sipping on the Screened Porch
Appetizers and Snacks
Picnics and Packables
Salads, Soups, and Sandwiches
Tailgates and Gatherings 
Busy Weeknight Suppers 
Comforting Casseroles
Girls' Night In
Southern Sweets

So there is something for everyone!

In our KitchenPuppy test kitchen, we whipped up these delectables below:

I cannot say no to a deviled egg. (Devilled, in Canada) These Jalapeño Deviled Eggs have just the tangy kick you need to add a little excitement to the table. I dare you to try to eat just one!

In order to make the Short-Cut Barbecue, below, I whipped up Lang's Tangy Barbecue Sauce. Definitely sweeter than I am used to - but a huge hit with my son.

It went perfectly with the Short-Cut Barbecue, done up easily in the slow cooker. The meat was fall apart tender and so nicely seasoned with a rub, some beer, and the tangy barbecue sauce.

Leftovers are perfect for sandwiches and wraps!

Although there were many sweeter sweets, such as Ambrosia and White Chocolate Trifle, Upside-Down Chess Pies, and Mini Key Lime Tarts; I was attracted to the Benne Seed Sugar Cookies.
Benne is an African name for sesame seeds, and these lovely little cookies are nutty and mild and delicious. Best of all, they are easy to make!

What about you? Are you ready to add some Quick-Fix Southern to your repertoire?