Southern charm and recipes like these Sunday dinner favorites have made blogger Christy Jordan an Internet sensation.
Read Christy Jordan’s blog SouthernPlate.com and you’ll know how much she appreciates tradition—including gathering around the table after church. Her relaxed, confident
attitude toward cooking and her love of family have earned Christy legions of faithful followers.
“I try to talk in plain terms and show the food the way it would look if you did it at your house,” she says. It’s unpretentious, budget-conscious family fare. “We’re making food to eat here, not to build a shrine to!” she quips.
"I like to cook a big meal to share with our friends and their kids,” Christy says. “I make anything I’m in the mood to cook:
ham, Jordan Rolls, a couple gallons of tea, maybe some casseroles. My favorite meals are like family reunions—real casual.”
A perfect drink for fall, this recipe may be made ahead and chilled. Double or triple it for larger groups or to keep in the
refrigerator for sippin'.
Christy suggests keeping decor casual with wildflowers and grasses.
Christy tosses her Vidalia-Honey Vinaigrette over mixed greens, chopped apples, dried cranberries, and toasted pecans.
Christy and her mom, Janice, are both quilters and use quilts as decorative table coverings over casual muslin or cotton.
Christy’s first post was the recipe for her favorite made-from-scratch banana pudding. This vanilla wafer-filled dessert is
even better the next day.
Christy has always loved the way Southerners see food as a way to bring friends and family together—and the way it connects
one generation to the next. Most of her recipes have come from her mother and grandmothers, which is why she encourages people
to get in the kitchen with their kids and pass it along. “Cooking is a way of handing down the history of your family,” she
Photo: Katy Rose and Brady Jordan (left) with their friends Benjamin and Sophie Shull