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A Little Southern Hospitality

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So, this weekend, we had the in-laws over for a family dinner.  I was looking for a mostly do-ahead menu so I could enjoy the evening.   I also needed to please both the adults and the kids.  So, it didn't take much to lead me directly to the shelf full of Southern cookbooks.  Considering my penchant for healthy, local recipes, it may be surprising to learn that I have an ENTIRE SHELF of books focused on Southern cooking.  My aunt moved to North Carolina a few years ago so between her and my mother's visits to the South, I have amassed quite a collection of books on Southern cuisine.  But I digress...

We started out with some Thyme-Roasted Pecans (Courtesy of Bon Appétit Y'all), Spicy Cheddar Crackers (a recipe torn out of Sara Perry's column in The Oregonian) and Bacon Pimiento Cheese (Courtesy of Southern Living Magazine) on crackers.  I made this the night before and knew that, even if the rest of the menu didn't turn out, the appetizers would be killer!

The entrees consisted of Spicy Pulled Pork Sliders and the Ultimate Creamy Macaroni and Cheese, both from The Deen Brothers, Y'all Come Eat.  Did I mention that I required everyone to check their diet at the door?  There is nothing healthy about this menu.  I rounded out the menu with a Black-eyed Pea Salad courtesy of Paula Deen and a Broccoli Bacon Salad from Savor the Flavor of Oregon.  As we watched the Ducks roll over the Sun Devils, we finished the evening with what was supposed to be a Mississippi Mud Pie (a slightly undercooked brownie), but due to spending a little too much time in the oven, turned out to be pretty much a chocolate torte (that still tasted fantastic).  

All in all, a very successful menu with leftovers that became the ultimate hangover cure.