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Southern Living Community Cookbook…Feature and Giveaway


November 3, 2014

I’m a southerner through and through and my mother and grandmother enstilled proper cookbook love from an early age. You know I love them (almost to the point of hoarding) and I keep them all tucked away in my kitchen pantry for proper use. I have worked with the fabulous folks at Southern Living quite a few times before and today I’m here to introduce a new cookbook called The Southern Living Community Cookbook (available at Amazon and/or Barnes & Noble to purchase).
This latest edition celebrates everything we love in the south…food and fellowship and all the local flavor so many distinct cities, regions, and places offer up. It is comprised of more than 200 treasured dishes and includes the best hometown cooks, recipes, and stories which have been hand-picked from 50 years of Southern Living.
A few of my favorites that I’ve already bookmarked include “Ashley’s Cheese Ring with Strawberry Preserves”, the “Boarding House Meatloaf”, and “Sausage and Cheese Muffins”. Of course I can’t not include a few dessert recipes, since that’s my weakness, so here are two of my favorites:

Classic Chess Pie (makes 8 servings)
1 (9-inch) unbaked piecrust shell, chilled
2 cups sugar
2 Tbsp. cornmeal
1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1⁄4 tsp. salt
1⁄2 cup butter, melted
1⁄4 cup milk
1 Tbsp. white vinegar
1⁄2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1. Preheat oven to 425°. Line pie shell with aluminum foil
or parchment paper, making sure it extends over the edge of the crust. Fill
with pie weights or dry, uncooked rice or beans. Bake at 425° for 4 to 5
minutes or until pie shell no longer looks wet. Carefully remove foil and
weights, and bake 2 to 3 more minutes or until crust looks dry and golden. Cool
on wire rack.
2. Reduce oven temperature to 350°. Whisk together sugar,
cornmeal, flour, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk in melted butter, milk,
vinegar, and vanilla. Whisk in eggs. Pour mixture into piecrust.
3. Bake at 350° for 50 to 55 minutes or until set, shielding
edges with aluminum foil after 10 minutes to prevent excessive browning. Cool
completely on a wire rack.
From the kitchen of
Mildred Wheeler 
Richmond, Virginia 
Hummingbird Cake (makes 12 servings)

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 large eggs, beaten
1 cup vegetable oil
11⁄2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 (8-oz.) can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 cup chopped pecans
2 cups chopped bananas

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1⁄2 cup butter, softened
1 (16-oz.) powdered sugar, sifted
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1. To prepare cake, preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour 3 (9-inch) round cake pans.
2. Whisk together flour, soda, salt, sugar, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add eggs and oil, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened; do not beat. Stir in 11⁄2 tsp. vanilla, pineapple, 1 cup pecans, and bananas.
3. Pour batter into prepared pans. Gently tap pans on counter to remove air bubbles.
4. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on  wire racks.
5. To prepare frosting, beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until light and fluffy. Stir in 1 tsp. vanilla.
6. Spread frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Store in refrigerator.
From the kitchen of Mrs. L. H. Wiggins 
Greensboro, North Carolina

Also, I’m excited to have the opportunity to give away a copy of this incredible treasure so enter using the Rafflecopter widget below! **Giveaway open to US residents only and you must be a follower of Hello! Happiness**

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  1. Taylor says:

    I have two of Pioneer Woman's cookbooks and I'm obsessed with both of them! Her lasagna recipe is to die for!!

  2. Sharyn says:

    I love ANYTHING Southern Living!

  3. Meredith says:

    I have two Southern Living Cookbooks and love them both, one has "lite" versions of comfort
    foods which is always a win.

  4. Jillian says:

    i usually go on pinterest for recipes! but i'd love to win this cookbook so i can make that hummingbird cake. YUM!!

  5. The first cookbook I ever received was the Susan Branch Heart of the Home and I think that is special because it started my love of cookbooks off.

  6. April says:

    I love cookbooks too but have really cut back on buying them since Pinterest came along. I do have all of Ree Drummond's cookbooks and love them!

  7. My favorite cookbook is the Pioneer Woman holiday book and I love ALL of her recipes. So simple and yummy! Trying her potato soup this week!!

  8. I love cookbooks and have several that have special recipes in them that I love to make. I would like to make the Southern Living chess pie.

  9. KatiePerk says:

    My favorite cookbook is Charleston Receipts! I adore a Jr. League cookbook!

  10. Megan says:

    I love all of the Southern Living Cookbooks, but I particularly love their annual Christmas book that they release every year. Their recipes are all pretty simple and there never is a bad one!

  11. I love all the Southern Living Cookbooks, but my recent new favorite cookbook is Sunday Suppers!

  12. Rachel says:

    I love me some Pioneer Woman cookbooks…but my favorites are definitely my holiday Southern Living ones passed down from my mom. Those will always be special to me!

  13. megan says:

    My fave cookbook is full of soup recipes!

  14. Jennifer says:

    I love cookbooks too! My favorite's are church cookbooks from my grandmother and great-grandmother. It's fun to see how food and community has changed over the years!

  15. My go-to cook books are from Pampered Chef but I have several favorites that we're passed down from my mom as well!

  16. Oh my gosh I have so many favorites! Right now I'm loving The Skinny Taste cookbook though 🙂

  17. Love this cookbook! I'm not a big cook so cookbooks are my go-to for everything!

  18. Heather says:

    Yum! Hungry already. 🙂 I'm so happy to have re-discovered your blog. I had lost track for a while but I love reading the updates about you and your beautiful family.

  19. I have always wanted to try Chess Pie!!! And I just learned about Hummingbird Cake as well!! Yum

  20. Christy says:

    I love a good cookbook! My grandmother purchases one for me each year for my birhtday. They are typically small town books from a local church. I would love to win.

  21. Molly says:

    I love finding new cookbooks and especially love cookbooks that are community based. This one looks great.

  22. francyface says:

    I love Junior League or small town church cookbooks! They have some of the best classic Southern recipes!

  23. Megan Parker says:

    Love cookbooks! I also really love Southern Living. I'm always excited to get one their magazines in the mail!

  24. I love cookbooks. I would love to try the chess pie or southern classics.

  25. Southern Living + a Southern Cookbook = Kitchen Win!

  26. I received The New Slow Cooker: Comfort Classics Reinvented from Williams Sonoma as a gift and I love it!

  27. Lauren says:

    I'm a big fan of the Pioneer Woman cookbooks … and it's rare a recipe fails me!

  28. T Bailey says:

    I pretty much love all Junior League cookbooks, but my go-to favorite is A Taste of Louisiana, by the Louisiana Federation of Women, published by Claitor's.

  29. My favorite cookbook is the one my mom made for me full of all of my favorite recipes!

  30. I love any cookbook that I have received from churches or schools with local women sharing their recipes. They are always the best!

  31. Paige Viollt says:

    My grandma used to make chess bars every Christmas – one of my favorites! Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway!


  32. Jessica says:

    Huge fan of junior league cookbooks… My favorite is big taste of little rock!

  33. My favortie cookbook is Paula Deen's Cooking Bible!! I met her and Michale at Books A Million and got it signed by both!! <3

  34. Love cookbooks, esepecially my Southern Living ones. Can't wait to check this one out!!

  35. Drach says:

    I am a cookbook collector and I drool over the cookbook section at half price books every time we go. My favorite cookbook is a community collection from my Grandma's church. The recipes are all written very strangely and they all call for oleo instead of butter or margarine but the results are always great.

  36. Sonja says:

    My mom used to make chess pie with lemon in it before she passed away and it is still my favorite pie! I'm a lover of good, true Southern cookbooks! I have a handful with worn out pages 🙂

  37. Lindsay says:

    I'm a sucker for any/all cookbooks, but my recent favorite is Heather Christo's Generous Table (she's from Seattle, like me, so it's especially fun to thumb through). I like making her beet pasta dish 🙂

    This Southern Living Cookbook looks especially fun! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  38. Remember when we went to Hog & Hominy? They have a FAB chess pie, and chess pie ice cream that is to die for.

  39. that hummingbird cake looks divine!

  40. bella says:

    This cookbook looks wonderful. Although I have never lived in the South I love to vacation there.

  41. I love trying new recipes! My favorite recipe is my grandmas cabbage and noodles or any of her authentic Polish recipes.

  42. I love finding cookbooks when I visit new places.. my all time favorite has to be from the junior league in my hometown. It was published in the early 90's and many of the ladies contributing are family friends. It makes it that much more special!

  43. I love cookbooks and I definitely love southern cooking so this is perfect! Love it!

  44. Lea says:

    Oh, thanks for sharing this, it is going to be a Christmas gift for someone who is going to love it!!!!! Happy week!

  45. Kristin T says:

    I love all of the barefoot contessa cookbooks!

  46. 8 can taco soup by six sisters stuff. Love it and their cookbooks.

  47. Love trying new recipes! 🙂

  48. Toni :O) says:

    I love my mom's macaroni salad. It's so popular at our family gatherings. Everyone loves it.

  49. Andrea says:

    i cherish a recipe book that my family put together for me & presented at my bridal shower 🙂

  50. One of my favorite cookbooks is one that was put together years ago by elderly ladies at a local church. It is full of good southern recipes and my go-to when looking for a recipe that I know will be delicious. Would love this cookbook!

  51. favorite go to cookbook- Nashville Jr League, Nashville Seasons.

  52. Hannah says:

    Love this! I LOVE all things Southern Living. As a new southerner, I need all the help I can get 🙂

  53. Erin says:

    My favorite cookbook is the the Southern Living Cookbook-binder! It has the BEST carrot cake recipe!

  54. Jodi says:

    I really like Katie Lee's cookbooks. Her island-spiced salmon is delicious!

  55. My new favorite cookbook is Skinny Taste!

  56. Cali says:

    I'm torn between my Martha Stewart baking handbook and a 4H cookbook given to me by my aunt. I love recipes with a story.

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