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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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

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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

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

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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hi! wink i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above? thanks! wink sandra
Sandra Neuheimer-Huller in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 19, 2014 at 10:37 am

Where do I buy these magazines
in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 8:22 am

I WISH I COULD COOK. COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER? I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE. YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE. TAMMY LEVAN 19 SPENCER WAY KINGS PARK, NY 11754 HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 4:31 am

Hi Bubbles, You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm