Savannah Style: Fall Table for Two

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By Paula Deen

Fall in Savannah is one of the best times of the year. The weather is just perfect! In fact, the fall is so magical in Savannah, that I almost like it better than spring! All of the humidity is gone from the air, and with the coastal breezes comin’ in off the islands it’s so light and airy. Michael and I love eating outside and breathing in the crisp fall air with a cozy soup as we look out over our garden.

I put this table together on a quiet Saturday afternoon the other week, and I just had to share it with y’all. We sat on the north end of our home, near the chicken coop. I made a sweet and savory soup and salad, and served it in some beautiful old bowls from my grandparents’ restaurant- these are two of the most precious things I own.

Take these tips, and make this table your own! Do you have a special recipe, or fall-inspired decorating idea? I’d love to hear about them!

Lunch Menu:
Sweet Potato and Date Soup
A mixed green salad, chilled apple cider to drink
Crusty bread slices served in a collectible porcelain chicken for dipping

The Table: I found some vintage Bakelite flatware and pewter soupspoons in my butlers’ pantry. I thought they were so sweet and simple. Just a remnant of vintage yellow gingham was used for the table-runner. And who says less is more? I found such beautiful sunflowers at the Farmer’s Market right here in Savannah- I bought three dozen and arranged them in one of my wooden Salad Bowls.
Takeaway Tip: For a fun twist on a place card, I fill a squeeze bottle with sour cream, and monogrammed the first initials of our names on top of each bowl of soup. It’s all about the details, y’all!
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54321

paula just want to say i love you and am sorry you were so picked on.......i have been to your place in savannah many times i live in atlanta and my dauhter lived in savannah for a few years......love every thing you do ...cook your recipes all the time.....thanks for sharing.......joanne doyle

By joanne doyle on October 02, 2013

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I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED AUTUMN OR INDIAN SUMMER AS WE CALL IT IN THE SOUTH. HERE IN CT. WE LOVE COMFORT FOOD AND GETTING THINGS FROM THE PRODUCE STANDS AS SUMMER WINDS DOWN. SO BEING OUTDOORS ON DECK OR PATIO OR A LATE SUMMER PICNIC FOR TWO IS JUST THE TICKET. LOVE THE COUNTRY LOOK, REMINDS ME WHEN I LIVED IN N.EAST OKLA. AND BY A LAKE AND MY NEIGHBORS HAD RHODE ISLAND RED CHICKENS. MUCH LOVE FROM CT. ROSIE

By R. Herdman on September 17, 2012

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SO LOVE OUR DECK HERE IN cT. eSP. EARLY MORN WITH MY COFFEE AND LISTENING TO THE BIRDS AT THE FEEDER.GIVES ONE SOME TIME TO REFLECT ON THE NEW DAY AND HAVE SOME PEACE AND QUIET. ONE THING EVENINGS AROUND SUPPER ARE NICE HERE IN SEPT. MORNINGS HAVE BEEN A BIT ON THE CHILLY SIDE. I LOVE SOUPS, A COMFORT I LOOK FORWARD TO WHEN INDIAN SUMMER ARRIVES. I LOVE THE RUSTIC AND THE SIMPLE LIFE. SOMETIMES WE GET SO CAUGHT UP IN OUR BUSY WORLD THAT WE MUST STOP AND TAKE TIME FOR FAMILY, EVEN IF IT IS JUST THE TWO OF YOU. I LIKE WHEN I FIX CHICKEN DISHES AND HAVE LEFT OVER , WORKS SO WELL IN A SOUP. I AM NOT MUCH FOR COLD SOUPS OR REAL CREAMY SOUPS. BUT RIGHT NOW SOME POTATO SHRIMP SOUP WOULD BE SUCH A COMFOT. LOOK FORWARD TO JAMIE;S SHOW ON SAT. MORN, ENEN THE RERUNS ARE WELCOMED. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR WALK AND CHARITY , U DO A GREAT SERVICE. HUGS FROM CT. ROSIE

By R.Herdman on September 13, 2012

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Could you tell me when your going to start having less sugar ,and salt recipes. For I love the ones you already make . But I can not eat them because of the sugar and salt

By Helen Cascio on September 13, 2012

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Love your precious hen in the picture! I also love the idea of personalizing the soups with monogrammed letters! Wish I was sitting in one of those seats next you, Paula!

By Elise Johnson on September 13, 2012

Dear Paula,  I met you some years ago at the restaurant before you became a star.  You were
just as friendly, just as nice and warms, as you
are today.  I tell everyone about Lady & Sons and
how delicious the food is. Matter of face, over the years I have taken maybe 20 or so of my customers there and to Uncle Bubba’s.  Loved the
article and all the comments after the article.
America is still a wonderful country to live in.

By Anne Schroeder on November 08, 2010

Dear Paula,My Mom and I love everything you do for others,wanted to know if you have any plans for this year coming to Chattanooga,Tn?We would love to come to one of your shows?thanks

By Lisa Swearengin on November 05, 2010

Hi Paula,love your show and the setting is beautiful.Love the chicken.You are beautiful and so are your ideas.Lve when your sons are on the show also.

By Bonnie Mullinax on November 04, 2010

What an amazing life you must lead, Paula, I love the chicken, what a rustic touch.

By Karen Wood on November 04, 2010

Hey Paula, I love your sweet table arrangement! I also know exactly what you mean about fall in the south as we lived in SW Georgia for several years. It is so nice to have relief from the heat and be able to enjoy being outside.
Your Barred Rock luncheon guest is a twin to all of ours. Sure do love those fresh eggs they so generously lay for us everyday.
Enjoy your crisp weather and have wonderful holidays,
Roseann

By Roseann on November 04, 2010

Paula, i love your table setting. I have bought your magazine ever since they came out. I even bought it for my mom who had cancer at the time, she wasn’t cooking anymore but she enjoyed reading it. She was at my house the last 9 days of her life Jan. 2008. One of the last thing she said to me was she had a surprise for me that she,two of my aunts and cousins was taking me to your restuant. She past few days later. But that made her happy to think we were going. So i like to let you know that you touch alot of people many ways…. love the chicken i have 50 hens myself love them… Great job Paula….

By nita hurst on November 04, 2010

Hi Paula, I’ll see you on the cruise and we can talk sunflowers.  I used to raise them, but they interfere with tomatoes!!  Did you know that?  I moved them from the garden up to the house and they have been beautiful until this year when we had such a severe drought that they didn’t survive. Love your table and the soup sounds great. Love the chicken in the yard and wish I could view a close up of your grandparent’s bowls. My favorite recipe for fall might just be my cream of vegetable soup that I have in my new cookbook The Christmas Clinic (self published and available locally only in many stores in Lexington, Ky.) Will bring it with me on the ship and I’ll see you in January!!

By Barbara Harper-Bach on November 04, 2010

I want to pull up a chair and sit down and have a chat with you over a bowl of that soup! How warm and inviting it all is!

By Roberta on November 03, 2010

Paula, I SO LOVE YOU!!! You can not only cook but decorate. You are THE JACK OF ALL TRADES!!! Love your shows, pots and pans, cookbooks, ALL ideas and your kitchen utensils. I try to buy a different one every other month. This table decor is AWESOME! Love the old with the new and where it is located. Wish I was there sipping a glass of———you know tea.  LOL

By Jeanetta on November 03, 2010

Paula,
I love the sunflowers and the fall leaves were a beautiful touch… I lived in S.C. and so miss the South. I’m looking forward to your next setting.

By Inez on November 03, 2010

It’s a beautiful table and great looking food. We used to have chickens and I can relate well with eating outside. I love little picnics in the yard.
Also, morning coffee on the porch swing.

By Bonnie Heath on November 03, 2010

I love the table setting.  My 12 year old daughter and I watch you every day.  We love all the shows and articles.

By Laura Rippeto on November 03, 2010

“Simply Beautiful”, Paula. Love all your ideas!!! You are right…it is such a pretty time here in Georgia. We live a little north of Atlanta and the colors are just breathtaking!

Thanks for everything!!!

Gail Sears

By Gail Sears on November 03, 2010

Love your table setting, it reminds me of being at my Grannys. We were there just last week and loved the weather also. Our time was short but so enjoyed the food and hospitality all around Savannnah.

By Kathy on November 03, 2010

Paula,
It sure would be great if you were my neighbor!
Have a Great Day!

Wilna

By wilna on November 03, 2010

What a delightful table setting! Love the vintage/antique look; it gives it such character!

By Sheryl McGuire on November 03, 2010

Psst - Paula - you forgot to close the gate on the henhouse!! Too cute! This picture reminds me of this little restuarant we ate at on St. John. The food was awesome and we had chickens at our feet, also.

By Kimberly on November 03, 2010

Paula, I so love all your ideals. I just wish I could get your show here. What network do you air on?
We are thinking of moving to Ft. Stewart when my husband returns from Afghanistan. I want to live in Savannah. I just hope we can find a new house in the $300 thousand price range. I look for houses there but they are in the millions.
Thanks for your hard work for all of out here that enjoy your recipes.

By Brenda on November 03, 2010

Even though winter is on its way up here, this would be great in front of my dining room patio door.The sun gets there from 11 am til 4 and it would be great to have lunch or an early dinner in this setting…thanks for the idea and another great meal

By Barb Keizer on November 03, 2010

Oh Paula!! You are so inspirational!! I am going to print this photo on glossy paper, enlarge it and hang it in my ‘Vintage Rooster’ styled kitchen..near my Paula Deen ‘gathering table’ and ‘pretty near’ my light blue autographed ‘Paula Deen’ wall sign!! Love it!! I’m determined to meet you one of these days…...ever in/near West Texas….PLEASE stop by!

By Judy Wood on November 03, 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.
Carol Bryant in Love at Last on August 11, 2014 at 6:12 pm