In The Help, the character Minny reveres Crisco, calling it "the most important invention in the kitchen since jarred mayonnaise." She uses Crisco to fry chicken to perfection, admiring the way the vegetable shortening "bubbles up like a song" as it cooks.
The ubiquitous Israeli bread salad makes a fine gathering place for black-eyed peas and sweet Georgia onions. Whisk the salad dressing together in a bowl, or do as I do--shake all the ingredients together in (what else?) a mason jar.
Rebecca Lang invites you to come home to comforting meals and treasured memories with these recipes from her book, Around the Southern Table. These old-fashioned Southern recipes are sure to become favorites at your table.
Start your party with Southern 75, a signature cocktail featuring bourbon, hard cider, lemon juice, and powdered sugar. For a dramatic presentation, garnish each drink with your choice of apple slices or a sprig of fresh rosemary.