Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen: Blog Spotlight!!!!!!!!!! Southern Plate

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Blog Spotlight!!!!!!!!!! Southern Plate

Today I am Shining the Spotlight on one of my all time Favorite Blogs Christy at Southern Plate. If you want home cooked southern goodness then this is the blog for you. I cant even remember how i came across Christy's site. I just found it one day and it was like finding gold. All my favorite southern favorites. Christy is from Alabama and comes from a long line of true southern cooks. Do you remember all those recipes your mother and grandmother used to make? I know i do, all that good southern comfort food that i just assumed nobody made anymore. I love those recipes, so you can imagine my excitement to find Christy's site. Southern Plate has all the recipes that I remember growing up on as a child. (chocolate gravy, chicken and dumplings, apple butter, homemade biscuits and fried green tomatoes the list just keeps getting bigger).

I wanted to Spotlight a Southern Plate to let everyone know all those great southern recipes are still around you just have to make them. Great recipes are the kind that you get from tattered old recipe cards that come with a great story behind each and every one. You know the recipes you practically have to beg for because they are a family secret. I am so happy that Christy has shared her southern recipes with everyone. I have actually prepared a few of Christy's recipes that have now become a part of my own family. I am so happy I came across a Southern Plate now I can enjoy all my favorite southern foods again and I have a new friend to top it off, I really don't know which one is better all the food or all the chatting we do.

Below you will find a couple of Christy's recipes that I have personally made. I can honestly say that all of them were wonderful. Click through on a Southern Plates Logo at the top of this post and go pay Christy a visit, I know you will find something there you will like. Here are the recipes I made.....

Pizza Rolls
These are just to die for . They are very easy to prepare and very light on the pocket book. Guaranteed to please any big guys appetite. I love how these are prepared and stored in the refrigerator. They are at hands reach for a quick lunch or snack. I can say one thing they don't last very long at all so i do recommend making a full recipe. I made a half of a recipe yielding in 6 rolls and they were gone in a flash, next time i am making more.

These are the ingredients you will need.

Place ground beef in a skillet and stir in Pizza sauce. Stir well and cook on medium until bubbly.

Slice each of your rolls as you would a hot dog bun, careful not to go all the way through. The rolls i purchased were already semi cut so i was lucky on that one.

Fill with beef mixture and any other pizza topping you like. My husband loves pepperoni and black olives so i added that on a few of the subs and then topped with cheese.

Wrap in Saran Wrap. Tuck the ends onto the side and you've got a pizza roll! Start over with a new roll and stuff until you have used all your rolls Ta DA your done!!!

Now once you have them all done and wrapped up, put them back in the bags and shut them again. Plop these in the fridge and whenever you want one, just get it out and microwave for one minute! When they come out of the microwave they are really hot to handle so be careful not to burn yourself. My son found it hard to get the plastic wrap off his after warming so i recommended for him to remove the plastic wrap first and place on a plate for reheating.

Pizza Rolls Recipe

2 lbs ground beef, browned and drained
2 C Mozzarella
1 Dozen sub rolls
2 - 15 oz jars of pizza sauce

Add one and a half jars of pizza sauce to beef in skillet. Stir and cook on medium until bubbly. Slice each bun almost through and spoon beef mixture into the bun. Add cheese on top and seal with plastic wrap. Place in refrigerator and heat in microwave for one minute when ready to eat. Can be stored in fridge for several days.

Southern Chocolate Gravy & Biscuits

This recipe really brings me back to childhood. Every time I mention chocolate gravy to people they do not know what the heck I am talking about. I grew up on Chocolate Gravy. Mother used to make SOS gravy (browned hamburger mixed with a cream gravy similar to sausage gravy) for the adults, oh i just couldn't stand that stuff. I remember her making us kids sit at the table and telling us we could not get up until we finished our plates. Ugh it never happened I just couldn't eat it. There were many of morning that I sat at the breakfast forever with my plate UN touched. To my surprise one morning my mother prepared "Chocolate Gravy" and Biscuits. It was love at first site!!!! from that day on my mother made SOS for adults and that chocolaty gravy for the kids. Chocolate Gravy is one of my fondest childhood memories. My eyes would light up when i would see hot biscuits and a big pot of Chocolate Gravy on the breakfast table. I couldn't get to the table fast enough to dig in.

I told my husband about the Famous Chocolate Gravy only for him to turn his nose up to it along with my kids. I thought to myself whats wrong with these people don't they know a good thing when they hear it. oh well I prepared it anyway with the thought if they don't eat i know i will. I made the gravy and had my daughter as a handy helper as usual fashion. I baked up some biscuits and said who wants some??????? what did i hear?? NOTHING!!!! now i know they truly are nuts. I made myself a bowl and sat down to dig in. I gave my husband a taste and he said it was pretty good.

To my surprise there stood my daughter with a cute little smile on her face can i taste it???? So i gave her a bite and a bit of a grin popped up on Mackenzie's face hmmm does she like it???? do you like it????? That's good mommy so chocolaty she was off to the kitchen she broke up a biscuit and dumped all that gravy on top and ran upstairs to tell her brother. Mackenzie said go and get some of this chocolate gravy and biscuits mommy made it's good. Travis said yuck!!! Mackenzie said just taste it.............. Who do you think came down the stairs next to get a bowl. Ugh if they would just all listen to me in the first place. I yelled hey i thought you said this stuff was Gross!!!! all I heard from the top of the stairs is this is good mom can you make it again. TA DA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! another mission accomplished!

Chocolate Gravy
(pour over homemade biscuits)

1 cup white sugar
2 T flour
1 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 cups milk
1 tablespoon butter

Combine everything except butter in a heavy saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Once boiling, cut the heat down and stir for a minute more (it will get pretty thick rather suddenly). Take off heat and stir in butter. Pour over biscuits. I tear my biscuit up in a bowl first and then pour it over. If you need a great biscuit recipe try Christy's Homemade Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe you wont be disappointed.

Southern Hoe Cake

This recipe was one of those recipes that when you see it you gotta make it. I was so excited when this recipe turned out as beautiful as the one at Southern Plate. I was needing a bread to accompany one of my meals Salisbury Steak Crock Pot Style and this recipe immediately came to mind. The outside of the Hoe Cake is a crispy golden brown with a cotton soft biscuit like middle, slather it up with butter and its just to die for. Don't take my word for it make it yourself and you will see.

Southern Hoe Cake

2 cups self rising flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable shortening

Preheat oven to 425. Pour a thin layer of oil to cover the bottom of an eight inch round cake pan and place in oven to heat. Cut shortening into flour well. Pour milk in and stir until wet. Pour into well heated pan and bake for fifteen to twenty minutes or until browned. Invert onto plate.

Banarita Smoothies
I made Christy's Bananarita Smoothie. What wonderful creamy goodness. I had it for Breakfast I love smoothies for breakfast actually i had two glasses of this stuff. I wasn't to sure of adding the lime, but i did exactly as the recipe said and it was a perfect combination it ended up having just a hint of the lime flavor it was so yummy and good. My DH and my oldest son along with me really loved these. I cant wait to get some more bananas so i can make it again. Perfect for a quick breakfast on the run.

Banarita Smoothie Recipe
4 bananas
1/2 C milk
1/4 C sugar
1/2 C lime juice

Ice Fill blender halfway full of ice.
Add other ingredients. Blend until frothy. Serve!

Sometime this week I am making this beautifulChocolate Pound Cake with Homemade Fudge Glaze

I can't wait.

Well there you go a blog well worth posting about. Christy great job girl!!

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Debbie said... #

ah yes.... I enjoy her blog too (and yours of course) I've made some recipes also and they've turned out great!

Stephanie said... #

I too have totally fallen in love with Christy's blog! I get so excited when I click on the link and Southern Plate starts loading. Such delicious Southern recipes!

You know, I actually found your blog through Southern Plate - you were always leaving Christy comments, so I eventually checked out your blog, and I check it every day now! I just love making new friends through blogging. :-)

Southern Plate said... #

I JUST LOVE Y'ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Live.Love.Eat said... #

Wow, my MIL who's from Kentucky was just telling all of us last weekend how she always had chocolate gravy when she was growing up. We were all like WHAT? a million times. How cool.

Teresa Cordero Cordell said... #

Tina, I can hardly wait for the Chocolate pound cake! Your chocolate gravy sounds good too. Please go to my site, I have a message for you.

Noor said... #

Tina, wow I thought my mom was the only one who made chocolate gravy, lol. I am glad someone else likes it to, yum. And apple butter another great that I just bought when we were in the smokies, but I love my moms the best :).

I have something waiting for you on my blog come on over :)

VG said... #


What great recipes you have made and thanks for pointing out the Southern Plate blog. The problem is, I don't know what to cook now....too many choices!

Leslie said... #

I love her blog too! She is new..but her site looks like it has been around forever!! Lots of yummy Southern goodies.
To answer your question on the Lemon Yogurt Cake...It came out like a dense wet sponge!! It was REALLY dense. But it was still really yummy!
Thanks for visiting my site

T. Pierce said... #

Brought back a lot of good memories for me...I plan on making some of these soon! Will pass this along to others.