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.
Set these bread-and-butter-style pickled veggies out on your relish tray so guests can nosh on them before and during dinner. Red pearl onions add vibrant color to the relish, but white onions will work too.
Pimento cheese on a hot dog is nothing short of genius. Allowing pickled jalapeños to sit in sugar overnight tames the peppers' heat, while intensifying their sweetness. This spiciness is the perfect contrast to the rich pimento cheese.
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.