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Savannah Style

Savannah Style

Apple inspiration and fall luncheon recipes.

by Paula Deen

Some folks think all we grow in Georgia are peaches, but I can assure you it’s not. Up in north Georgia, just over an hour’s drive from Atlanta and across the Coosawatte River sits beautiful Ellijay, Georgia. Historic Ellijay is known for many things: beautiful mountains, fishin’ holes and fresh apples! I can’t wait each year to bite into a Honey Crisp or Pink Lady from the many family-owned orchards around Ellijay. For baking, I don’t know if there’s anything better than a mix of Ellijay grown Granny Smith and Winesap. Michael and I make a day trip out of getting our fall apples. We drive up to Ellijay and bring back a carload full of apples, pumpkins, mums and Indian corn to decorate our porch. Michael gets a little “agitated” with me ‘cause I make him stop at all the junkin’ spots along the way! 

To celebrate this fall’s Georgia apple crop, I asked some of my girlfriends over for a last minute lunch out on my back porch. Heck, we’re always looking for some reason to eat an Apple Raisin Muffin and gossip a little! What better way to decorate the table than with apples? I hope it gives you some inspiration to celebrate the crops of your state and have some giggles with your girlfriends!

imageCenterpiece: I used wooden berry baskets filled with Red Delicious apples and greenery picked from my yard. I laid a length of burlap down the center of the table and placed the baskets down the middle.

imageTake Away Tip: I love this tip. I just put a little slice in the side of the apple and put the name card inside. Perfect and simple! The apples look so pretty against the Wedgwood Georgia Historical plates.
imageFood: Instead of putting out rolls, I put out mini Apple Raisin Muffins for my guests. I pulled some leaves from my garden, topped them with a piece of brown parchment and piled on the mini muffins!

Great Fall Recipes for a Fall Luncheon
Slow Cooker Apple Onion Soup with Cinnamon Cheese Toast
Creamy Squash Soup
Italian Chicken and Vegetable Soup
Mini Pork Sandwiches
Pickled Okra Sandwiches
Apple Charlotte
Cousin Johnnie’s Caramel Apple Cheesecake

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Reader Comments:

 

Paula, the table is beautiful, did you or Brandon do it?  I love the reuse of all the different items.  I too like to take day trips to buy seasonal fruits and vegetables fresh from the farms.  Makes me remember my family’s farms growing up.

Greg Kantner of Tampa, Florida on September 27, 2010 05:22 PM

Hey Mrs. Deen!

I am doing choclate cover candied apples with pink sprinkles for a baby shower and I hoping you could extend your apple selection to include my truely favorite apple..a candied apple!

A fellow belle

Melissa Thompson of Aiken, SC on September 28, 2010 12:31 AM

HI PAULA DEEN I LIKE YOURE SHOW IS GOOD AND YOUR FOOD IS HER AT BIG LOTS AND I LIKE YOUR COOKES MIXS IS SODNGOOD AND I HAVE TRED YOU BEER BREAD EATH NOW YOU HAVE YOUR CAKE MIXS THER ALLS CAN YOU SEND ME A EMAIL TO ME OK PAULA DEEN WE LOVE YOU A LOT OK THANK YOU

tinawright of SEND TO PAULA DEEN on September 28, 2010 12:23 PM

Love the tablescape.  The china is gorgeous and I love all the special touches!

Miss Janice of South Florida on September 29, 2010 10:53 AM

How ya doing Mrs Deen: My name is Ronald Coleman from Palatka Florida, 35 miles west of St Augustine Florida. My wife is a native from Savannah, Georgia,she was born there in 1953, and lived there until her late teenager years, before moving to Florida. We both are big fans of yours, we have been to the Lady and Sons and enjoyed the food your restaurant served. We make several trips to Savannah each year. My Question to you is: What Apple orchard in Ellijay Georgia do you buy your apples or the name of other farms there that will ship to Florida? Their is nothing better than a good raised mountain apple. Thanks for the information.  Ron& Jeannie Coleman

Ronald G Coleman of Palatka, Florida 32189 on September 29, 2010 06:30 PM

Hi Paula,
I love your cookbooks and love cooking as they are always easy.  Can’t wait to try some apple recipes.  YOU ROCK GIRL!!!!  I love watching your show as well as I am a southern woman too.

Bethany Kelso of Grand Prairie, Texas on September 29, 2010 07:30 PM

hay paula are you ready to hve a meeting with me tonight, i can’t wait to see you, me and my grandma, Joy carter have been watching your show evry day on tv.We love your cookbooks.

Chase carter of frankln county enry road va,24102 henry road unite on October 02, 2010 09:38 AM

This is a great article.  I’m coming to Savannah next week and have your tour booked on Tue. Oct 12th. Sure hope I see your lovely face at Bubba’s. Also plan to go to Lady and Sons restaturant.

Thelma Bell of Venice, Fl. on October 03, 2010 03:24 PM

i would like to bring my family again to savannah. they have never been. i would like for u to be there. i never know when y r going to be in savanah. my house burned down n my daughter wrote u about my loss of all u books. someone responded to u n u sent me some books n a pic. thank u so much. it meant so much to me . i would truly like for me n my girls to meet u. they r trying to get me to book a trip to savannah, but i would love them too meet u n michael .love u soo much. alice cork tusc. al.  i love everything bout u n micheal. let me know when u will be there this means so much. love u truly, alice cork

alice cork of tuscaloosa ,alabama on October 27, 2010 01:23 AM

 

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