Our 2nd Birthday and a Giveaway

| January 6, 2014 | 83 Comments

Our 2nd Birthday and a Giveaway
Contest Ended:  We just turned a great big TWO YEARS OLD and we’re celebrating by having a Giveaway.  It’s super easy to enter, all you have to do is leave us a comment to our question and you could WIN our PRIZE.  Contest ended midnight January 12, 2014.

This Giveaway Has Ended:

THANK YOU, to everyone that entered our giveaway.  You’ve shared some very kind comments and given me some great ideas for future recipes to place here on Taste of Southern.  Keep watching for our next giveaway… real soon.  Be Blessed!!!  -Steve

Technical Stuff:  Winner was chosen in a random drawing from all the entries received.  There was no right or wrong answer to our questions. Thank you for listening.


Ball Water Bath Canner Giveaway.
Win this Ball 21 Quart Water Bath Canner and 4 piece tool kit.

It’s never too early to start thinking about “Saving Summer In A Jar.”  We’re already looking forward to warmer weather and getting the chance to drag out our own canning pots once again.  I hope you are too.

We’ve posted several recipes here on Taste of Southern on canning and preserving over the past two years, and we’ve won numerous awards for our home preservation efforts.  I’d like to help you get excited about the upcoming season with this brand new Ball Canning Kit.  It’s just a little something to say Thank You for helping us reach this point.  New Years Day marked our 2nd Birthday.

Here’s what you could win.

Ball 21 Quart Enameled Water Bath Canning Pot with Lid
Chrome Plated Rack
4 Piece Utensil Set, includes Jar Funnel, Jar Lifter, Lid Lifter, Bubble Remover and Headspace Tool.


To enter our giveaway and be eligible to win, just leave us a comment in the section below with your answer to our question.

“What recipe would you like to see us post here on Taste of Southern?”  -or- “What’s your favorite recipe already on our site?”

You may answer either question.  No answer will be right or wrong.



One entry per person.  Please and Thank You.
Contest ends Sunday night, January 12, 2014 at midnight, EDST.
One winner will be chosen at random from all the entries and announced on Monday following the end of the giveaway.
Winner will only be announced on Taste of Southern and you must claim your prize to win.

Sponsored by Taste of Southern.

Our sincere apologies to our many International friends for not being able to include you in this particular giveaway.  We sincerely appreciate your support and hope you’ll forgive us.  Be Blessed!!!  -Steve



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Award Winning Food Preservationist, Fisherman, Author of three cookbooks. "From Mama's Big Oval Table, From Mama's Big Oval Table - BOOK TWO and Carolina Christmas Sweets and Appetizers." Online Contributor to Our State Magazine Newsletter.

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  1. Rhonda B. says:

    I would like to see a good potato pancake recipe. Thank you.

  2. Wanda Cannon says:

    Happy EVERYDAY! I love your newsletters. I would like to see some old timey tea cake recipes. The only thing I can remember about my grandmother’s tea cakes is that she used shortening in hers. They were so good!

  3. Emily says:

    First let me say HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I love your site and am so glad that I discovered it! My favorite recipe so far has been the one that caught my eye on the Our State Site for Biscuits!!! Biscuits are my all time favorite southern food that I have not yet mastered. I used to work by my Grandma’s side as she made them just as your recipe instructs-along with the wooden bowl that came over from Scotland!!! A recipe I’d like to see is one for an old-fashioned blueberry cake that my Grandma used to make-it was so delicious and all of the wonderful blueberries always landed on the bottom in a nice gooey pile!!!

  4. Cynthia Gray says:

    I’d like to see more pecan and gingerbread recipies on your site.

  5. Jan Hammersmith says:

    bread pudding with different flavors

  6. Shirley says:

    I would like to see a recipe for old fashioned southern tea cakes.

  7. KayAnn says:

    I just found this site by doing a google search for an old fashioned Salisbury steak with gravy recipe. I can’t wait to try it tonight! I’ve been enjoying looking at all of the wonderful recipes. I can’t wait to try more of them. I feel like I found a recipe gold mine! I would, however, like to see more soup recipes. Thank you for such a wonderful site! I really appreciate all that you tell about each recipe and the photos along the way. I do believe I have stumbled upon my new favorite website.

  8. julie murphy says:

    How to make a good chow chow for canning.

  9. marian boll says:

    Any kind of soup for my soup lovin family!!

  10. Tomoca says:

    I would love to see homemade peach cobbler & banana pudding. Happy 2nd

  11. Melissa Nagy says:

    I would like to see an apple butter recipe.

  12. Annette says:

    I’d like to see more soup recipes – I could live on soup, year round. The Ham Bone Beans recipe, here, is a nice one.

    Happy Birthday! Wishing you many more. 🙂

  13. Steve Hooker says:

    I was raised in Michigan and then moved to North Carolina for 20 years until I moved back here up north. Thank you for the pulled pork recipe which I’m cooking today as we speak! I would love a recipe for a cat head, hoop cheese and tenderloin bisquit!!!! Thanks.

  14. linda ss says:

    Happy, Happy terrible twos Birthday! I absolutely love your sight. I search for down home recipe “maps” and you always have what I am looking for. My husband LOVES tomato gravy and rice. It can be be made with any kind of meat or meatless. I have worked on this many ways. Give me your help. I have made it with a rue and without. I cannot seem to get the right taste and consistency. Most people have never heard of this or even attempted to make it. TRUE Cajun. Keep on Keepin on! Luv Ya!

  15. Yvonne says:

    I love the old fashion chicken pastry recipe . I added my own touch to it

  16. Mystikat says:

    I am a new member as of today, I am very eager to try your vegetable beef soup recipe served with your biscuit recipe! It looks absolutely Yummy!

  17. Thelma P says:

    Hello, everyone this is my first time here you have many wonderful recipes. My mother was from the south and she made biscuits just like you they are delicious. I have a question she made chicken salad that was absolutely to die for, the problem is I never got a chance to ask her how she made it. I do know she boiled chicken breast but the problem is she cooked the dressing that she put in it would you happen to know what else I would need to make this. Thank you so much for taking your time to answer me back.

  18. Ellen Sedberry says:

    I haven’t actually tried any of your recipes yet. I just happened upon your website today, by way of the Neese’s Sausage/Beef Meatloaf recipe. I can’t wait to try the meatloaf recipe. Neese’s Sausage is our favorite; I always make my sausage gravy using Neese’s.

    The one recipe on your website that I’d most like to try is the Chicken Pastry or Chicken & Dumplings as we’ve always called them. I’ve never been able to make them very good, but I’m looking forward to trying your recipe. They look delicious!

    Enjoyed looking through all your recipes!

  19. Steve,Happy Birthday and congrats on your win!! Have just found your site,downloaded all your recipes and am anxiously awaiting more.I didn’t grow up cooking,as long as I could open a can I thought I was doing well. Well, I am older now,( in my 70’s) and have decided to learn to cook “southern”..grew up in Clinton,NC,school in roommate in nursing school was from Sanford….yep, I am southern!Love all your recipes and can’t wait to “start” cooking the way my grandmother did!

  20. I would love to see a good fudge with nuts recipe

  21. Judy O says:

    My favorite is the basic “Pound Cake”. It makes me think of my mom. She use to make pound cake a lot when we were kids.

    • Patricia Wooten says:

      Happy Birthday, so happy to get my first newsletter. I would like a Liver and Onions recipe please. Congrats too,thank you kindly and God Bless.

  22. Wendy F says:

    I found beef tips w/gravy and rice on your website that I am going to try tomorrow night. My mother loves to get this when we go out to eat. We have been looking and looking for a good recipe. This one looks awesome and I love the pictures that go with each step. I am not a create my own recipes kinda of girl, I need specific instructions and pictures w/it are even better. 🙂

  23. Robin says:

    Southern Banana Pudding! Yum! I love your recipes and pictures and the colorful stories that are included. It’s all like the good stuff my Momma cooks!

  24. Martha M says:

    I like the recipe for Mama Ruth’s Strawberry Shortcake.

  25. JANET J. says:


  26. Linda H says:

    I was looking for some recipes that my North Carolina Mom and Aunt would make. They have both passed. I found your Chicken Pastry (or Chicken and Dumplins. It was described step by step so I could follow it. You actually had precise measurements. That is one thing that Mom and Aunty could not tell me. Thank you for keeping the old recipes alive.

    Can you make an old fashion banana cake? Aunty was known for this, but she would not fork over the recipe.

  27. Carol Byars says:

    Being from the South, I’m always interested in any website with recipes of some of my favorites from childhood. I’m fairly new to this site but have found several great recipes that my family loves.
    I’d love to see one of my all time favorites featured here……chicken and dumplings. Not the canned biscuit kind or the store bought kind (heaven forbid!) but the homemade silky kind of dumplings that only my mother could make. I’ve tried but have been unsuccessful in duplicating them….maybe you could help! Thanks!

  28. Tori R. says:

    We moved to SC from Missouri almost two years ago now and in attempt to familiarize myself with southern cooking, I happened upon your site. I have made just about everything, but our favorites are definitely the fried pork chops and the Cheerwine cobbler. My son has gone so far as to say that he never wants a cake for his birthday again….just Cheerwine Cobbler! A request I will most happily oblige. I love your stories, your recipes and your site. Thanks for making my transition to southern living easier. Happy Birthday! “Hear, my son, and accept my words, that the years of your life may be many.” Proverbs 4:10

  29. Debbie Bishop says:

    Happy Birthday! My favorite so far is the Baked Picnic Ham. This had a lot of flavor, not like my usual, just heat it up ham! Everyone liked it! I am sure I will have others as I continue to try your many recipes. Thanks!

  30. Alisha says:

    Hi Steve-

    My favorites from your website are the Salisbury steak, squash fritters, and your Southern Banana Pudding recipe…Yum.

    Thank you for all your recipes and photos that go along with them!

  31. Sylvia says:

    Hello Steve,
    I really enjoy reading your articles and recipes. Do not have a favorite–like them all. Thanks!!! Happy Birthday Website!!!

  32. Laura says:

    My sister lost a wonderful recipe that she borrowed. It was called Bourbon street Apple pie-everyone loved it. It has been gone for over 20 years. I don’t even know if the original restaurant that served this pie still exist but we all would love to have this recipe again.
    Thanks to anyone that can hep

  33. Annalee B says:

    Oh my….THE best pulled pork I have ever made! All thanks to the great recipe with visuals by Steve. My friends thought I had just gotten back from the South with some hidden secret recipe!
    Thanks so much!
    Happy Birthday! God Bless!

  34. Brenda says:

    I love your site! I would like to see more in the “canning-freezing” section. Especially if you can “cold pack”, then hot water can fresh garden veggies. We are planning on adding a straw bale garden to our small “in dirt” garden this spring. I want to be able to save as much as I can of the veggies without over cooking them.
    Keep up the great recipes! 😀

  35. Karen M says:

    I would love to see “cooking for two” recipes. Thanks!

  36. Steve R says:

    My family and I love the salisbury steak recipe. I did add an ingredient to the recipe. I like bell peppers so I added about 1/2 cup to the recipe.
    We also love the baked beans. I do have a question with this recipe. I decided to try and can the beans and after I did the beans have a sour after taste, do you know what is causing this? They are not spoiled because I had a jar of beans the same night I made them and they had the sour after taste. Besides that they still taste wonderful.

  37. Annie says:


    My favorite recipe is the white icing. I tried it and actually didn’t burn it or under cook like I usually do most things. It turned out perfect and I used it on some cupcakes for some friends and they loved it too. Your instructions and photos are amazing. You are great at what you do, as always.

    Thanks, and keep up the good work.

  38. docmorgan says:

    My husband LOVES when I make your beef tips with gravy recipe!!!

  39. Carla says:

    We love the Salisbury Steak recipe!

  40. Dani says:

    Hi, Steve. I would love to see a recipe for fried apple pies. I would love to share with my kids those delicious pies like my great-grandmother used to make.

  41. Le says:

    Hi! I would love to see some venison recipes on the site using various cuts of meat.

  42. Amy Warner says:

    Hi Steve!
    My favorite is the Salisbury Steak recipe. I would love another main dish recipe like that one. Perhaps with wild game? Thanks for all you do.

    • Babs Roberts says:

      CORNBREAD DRESSiNG!!!!!!! Your recipe is FAB-u-Lous!! I am not usually the one to make the dressing but had to this year. Used yours. PERFECT!! Made enough to freeze a batch and actually had it last night 1/7/2014. It was so cold here in Georgia and this was excellent…

      Have to cast a second vote though for the homemade biscuits your Mama made…I made those too during the holidays and froze some….the recipe reminds me of MY grandmother. In my little girl’s eyes I can still see her standing in her apron, using the deep WWII bowl with the blue ring around it gathering the flour in her hands and rolling the dough. To me there was nothing better than having a warm biscuit and some butter and syrup on a cold afternoon! So, Congrats to you for your win…..and whether or not I win, I am determined to learn how to can this year! Happy New Year with many blessings…You have blessed my life…Thank You!

  43. Tracy R. says:

    I love, love your southern green beans recipe. It helped me make ’em like my mom does. I would love to see more soups/stews and maybe desserts. I enjoy your blog because your sincerity and love for others and food really comes through. 🙂

  44. Sherry says:

    Just found this site last week when searching for a pinto bean recipe – the one you have is the best, but since then I’ve also tried the salisbury steak, buttermilk biscuits & ham bone beans. They’re all good! Next, I’m going to try that pie crust. I’ve always wanted to make my own pie crust, but it looked so hard. Thanks for making it look easy.

    Hmmm – how about good, old-fashioned fried chicken? My grandmother used to fry chicken that would put KFC, Bojangles & Popeyes to shame, but I never learned how. Mine is OK (kind of) if you eat it right away, but the crust is soggy when it cools.

    Thanks for this site – I’m lovin’ it!

  45. Sharon Cherry says:

    Congratulations on your two year anniversary!! While I have enjoyed almost every recipe that has been posted, but my most favorite one is the Adam’s Original Red Velvet Cake Recipe. I love the moistness that this recipe provides!! I sometimes add a drop of vanilla ice cream on the side and WOW, I feel like I have had a party!!

  46. Trina Frye says:

    Miss Sally’s bean recipe is my absolute favorite. Making them tonight.

  47. Nicole says:

    I loved your southern fried pork chop recipe! It’s my favorite one and my youngest brother loves it too. My older brother and younger sister love the Salisbury steak, and my mom loves the Beef Tips. Basically, you have a fan in each of us!

    I would love to see a fried chicken and homemade mac and cheese recipe. That would be awesome.

    And Happy Birthday to the site! I’m hoping it stays around for a long time!

  48. libby says:

    Many favorites recipes on your site, but especially love Salmon Patties, so glad you won!

  49. Jessica W says:

    Hands down my favorite so far has been the beef tips!!!! I absolutely love them! It’s also my birthday, Wednesday actually! 🙂

  50. Debra D in in NC says:

    Yes! Time to plan for 2014 garden!

  51. Julie M says:

    Congratulations! I can’t say I have just one favorite but I did really enjoy your salmon cakes recipe. Was excited to see what others put and now have more to try. Thanks for the recipes and the hard work you put into this website!

  52. I would love to see sweet chili sauce recipe that you can can on your site.

  53. Irene says:

    Banana pudding is great

  54. Marilyn H. says:

    I’m new to your website, but I tried your chicken salad recipe and I must say, it was the best chicken salad I have ever tasted. I gave my neighbor some and she said I could make chicken salad for her anytime. She loved it too.

  55. Rick Knott says:

    My favorite, so far, is your Hoppin’ John recipe (which with your permission I included in the Lo Tide Run cookbook last year.) Keep them coming. We really enjoy your website!

  56. Linda Hayes says:

    Hi Steve,
    My favorite recipe so far is Annie’s Christmas fruitcake. It was such a great story as to how you got the recipe to start with and also the recipe was easy and sounds like an ice box fruitcake we had as I was growing up in the little community of Bethesda N.C. I hope to get to try it real soon as I have seen the candied fruit on sale after the Christmas holidays. I have really enjoyed your articles very much.

    Let Love and Faithfulness Never Leave You. Proverbs 3:3
    Thanks Steve

  57. Kelly D says:

    My favorite recipe on your site is the Mahi-Mahi with Macadamia Nut Sauce.

  58. jadip says:

    I have made your banana pudding recipe several times and love it!

  59. Cynthia says:

    I’m a new subscriber and have already saved many great recipes. Don’t have a favorite as yet. Looking forward to more.

  60. Sharon Latta says:

    Salisbury Steak Recipe, HANDS DOWN, is the BEST recipe on this website, however, I haven’t tried them all yet… I’m working on it though :)!!! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome food with us!!!

  61. Stanley Owen says:

    Casseroles, 80yrs old and new cook, wife is sick, mama’s biscuits

  62. SandraP says:

    Love, love, love your mom’s biscuits. I now make them all of the time. Good luck in this new year.

  63. Robin Lasley says:

    Congratulations Steve on your well deserved award and two years! I’d love to have a sweet, smooth caramel Pecan Pie Recipe choc full of nuts, just like my Grandma used to make. Thank you!

  64. Valerie K says:

    I love to make your Strawberry Jam recipe in the summer when the berries are hand picked and soooo good!
    My dad (who was from Kentucky) always made a green bean recipe with bacon and onions that I loved. Sadly, I never got the recipe from him. I would love to have it or one similar!

  65. Sarah G. says:

    Your Blueberry Bread recipe looks delicious!

  66. Ann says:

    I would love to see recipes for pear preserves and watermelon rind preserves, if you have them. Thank you for the opportunity to win a canner. I certainly need one, especially if you post the recipes I am looking for. 🙂 By the way, Happy Birthday!

  67. Dana says:

    My favorite so far is Mamas Buttermilk Biscuts they are the best.

  68. Terresa (Trish)Wood says:

    Happy birthday and congrats on the biscuit win! I would like to see more easy chicken recipes, we prefer thighs. I would also like to see some more soup recipes. It is bitter cold here in Michigan today with 14 inches of snow and a good yummy soup sounds great!

  69. Garry Kennedy says:

    homemade southern biscuits

  70. Amy Perales says:

    Would like to make tea cakes.

  71. Charlotte Wammel says:

    Upside Down Apple Skillet Pie

  72. Hannah says:

    I enjoyed learning for your recipe post on making applebutter.

  73. Deb says:

    I’m going to go with a favorite of Pulled BBQ Pork because my son loves that so much!

    P.S. Steve, congratulations on your 2nd birthday! And wishing you much more fun blogging!

  74. Beverly J. says:

    I love the Southern Chicken Salad recipe. You just can’t beat homemade.

  75. Good Morning

    Please do your magic for blackberry jam or perserves!!

    I really enjoy your web site, so pleaase keep up the good

  76. Lori D. says:

    I would love to see a potato salad recipe made with a cooked dressing and no mayo. My mother made a delicious potato salad like this.

  77. Millie H says:

    I would love to see a recipe for fried apples.

  78. Mary says:

    Squash Fritters Recipe!

  79. Koren H says:

    My favorite is your Strawberry Jam. It’s what jump-started me into the wonderful world of canning & preserving! Thank you!!

  80. Heather S says:

    My favorite is the ‘Baked Beans Recipe, made from scratch’ post recipe!

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