Savannah Style: Apple Inspiration

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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:


I visited Ellijay several years ago and fell in love with it. My Great Great Grandfather I buried there. I'd love to spend some time in that area. The Apple season was over when I was there so I didn't get to sample them.

By Sue on October 20, 2013


How beautiful. I am a mother of 7 and would love to have a table like this on Mothers day Morning!

By cherril on May 03, 2011

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

By alice cork on October 27, 2010

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.

By Thelma Bell on October 03, 2010

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.

By Chase carter on October 02, 2010

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.

By Bethany Kelso on September 29, 2010

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

By Ronald G Coleman on September 29, 2010

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

By Miss Janice on September 29, 2010


By tinawright on September 28, 2010

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

By Melissa Thompson on September 28, 2010

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.

By Greg Kantner on September 27, 2010

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Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You Mary Ann
Mary Ann Tharp in A Summer of Burgers on August 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am

Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
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