Savannah Style: Taffy Table

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By Paula Deen

I just wanted to change things up a bit this holiday season. Of course I’m still makin’ cookies. Michael (a.k.a. The Cookie Monster) would never forgive me if I didn’t bake all his favorites. I just started dreaming about taffy and how pretty it was and how fun it is to make. I knew Jack and I would have a ball pulling it. I never thought Jamie and Bobby would have as much fun as they did! Well, at the end of the taffy making, I was setting on a big ole’ pile of taffy and decided to use it to decorate a lunch table for me and my girl friends! Here’s the ingredients I used:

For my centerpiece: I took a topiary form I bought at the craft store and hot glued taffy all over it. I placed the bottom in a clay pot so it would stand up and added in some magnolia leaves and branches from my yard just to make it more festive.

Glassware, plates, linens and flatware: Some of the most precious things I own, are the few pieces of cranberry glass I have that were my grandmothers. They live most of the year in a glass case in my butler’s pantry. I couldn’t bare to break one, so I don’t bring them out often, but I wanted the girls to see and use them. I chose some bakelite handled flatware and just cut up some fabric I had leftover from covering a piano bench in the guest room to make napkins…they looked perfect and didn’t cost much at all.

Take Away Tip: For the place cards, I took a piece of that pink taffy and rolled it out real thin using just my fingers. Then I wrapped it around a styrofoam ball, rolled it in some candy sprinkles and set it on top of a mini terra cotta pot. I used a gold pen to write the name of each guest on a fresh magnolia leaf and stuck it in the taffy covered ball. I can’t wait for the girls to come over!

Here’s what I’m making the girls for lunch:

Appetizers:
Spinach Gruyere Puff Pastry
Pecan Stuffed Dates

Salad:
Spinach Salad with Hot Blackberry Walnut Dressing

Main Course:
Chicken Chili Stew
Easy Yeast Rolls

Dessert:
Mason Jars filled with Paula’s Homemade Taffy (one for all the girls to take home)

 

 

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loved this article. I too have pieces of the Kings Crown cranberry that were my mothers and a few pieces my mother-in-law gave me. Plus I have added to my collection. I have always loved cranberry glass and have collected the Fenton cranberry and have several pieces of the Mary Gregory in Cranberry. I have a recipe for pulled candy that was my great aunt’s recipe. You have to pour it out on a marble slab and temp. needs to be cool weather for it to good. Sometime I would share this with you. Enjoy your newsletters and also the cooking shows.

By Patricia Sams on December 05, 2010

THIS IS ALL SO BEAUTIFUL.  I WISH I LIVED IN THE SOUTH SO THAT I HAD ACCESS TO THE MAGNOLIA LEAVES AND IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE FOR MY CHRISTMAS PARTY!  BUT I LOVE ALL THE IDEAS AND I WILL KEEP THE TAFFY PROJECTS IN THE BACK OF MY HEAD FOR OTHER PARTIES!!!!

By MARY CONNER BALL on December 01, 2010

Paula,
I love all of your table and cranberry glass.  I have red glass.  My mother taught me about glass.  I enjoy all of it.Your stories are always good to me.
Sincerely, Rita L. Rucks

By RitaL. Rucks on December 01, 2010

where can I buy that taffy?

By Rosemary LOurcey on November 30, 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

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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