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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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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