If you’re a die-hard football fan like me, then you will definitely understand where I’m coming from when I say that Saturdays during the fall are the most important on the calendar. But I’m not talking about just any type of football. I’m talking about SEC football.

Our friends at Oxmoor House have produced another fabulous publication: Southern Living The Official SEC Tailgating Cookbook. Let me tell you; I could not have been more excited to see this slide across my desk a few weeks ago. The cookbook features all 14 SEC member schools with menus and classic recipes that any loyal fan would love. The book also features Team Cupcakes, Spritzers, and Deviled Eggs that will give you endless ideas and tastes when planning your party. I couldn’t think of a better tool to have to kick off the tailgating season!


Tailgating is not something one casually does in the South. It’s a hardcore, do-or-die, rich in tradition, deep in team spirit kind of event. I grew up in the South and was born and bred to be a Georgia fan. My parents went to Georgia, my aunt and uncle went to Georgia, and my grandfather went to Georgia. Needless to say, I was a little brainwashed. It was easy for me to slide into the group of the SEC faithful and cheer on the Bulldogs every weekend. As I grew up and actually started attending football games, it was then that I realized the importance of tailgating.

New traditions were created in my household however, when my sister Caroline and I decided to go to college at schools in sweet home, Alabama. I broke tradition first and attended Samford University in Birmingham and my sister attended The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Even though ties to loyalty were stretched, it didn’t matter. Whether tailgating with the best of the Crimson Tide or the Bulldogs, I still and always will have a passion for a good tailgate in the SEC.

I have been spending the past few weeks going through this cookbook trying to figure out what I want to bake first to open college football season. I have an uncontrollable and undeniably massive sweet tooth so I flipped straight to “The Sugar Bowl” section of the book to pick out a yummy treat. After much deliberation, I officially decided to make the Mississippi Mud Cookies.


The unmistakably good combination of chocolate, marshmallows and pecans drew me in and I can’t wait to bring them with me to serve at tailgates this fall! There is no doubt in my mind that this is my kind of cookbook and I hope you other football fanatics also find this to be true!

For more mouth-watering recipes to make and add to your tailgating celebrations, I encourage you to check out The Essential Tailgating Recipes and Top 20 Tailgating Dips and Appetizers from