I am thrilled to be featured in the Thanksgiving issue of Southern Living Magazine this month! Ten pages of beautiful photos, table setting ideas, and my Thanksgiving recipes all laid out to make your meal easy to plan and prepare.
“What happens when you pair one of the South’s most creative stylists with one of its rising culinary stars? Thanksgiving gold. Southern Living style director Heather Chadduck Hillegas created the season’s most inspired table, mixing vintage finds with traditional patterns along side Athens, Georgia, cookbook author Gena Knox, who crafter a modern menu full of classic dishes with smart new twists. Follow their leads and ease up on the formality this year to host your most gracious holiday yet. “
- Southern Living Magazine, November 2014
Love this overhead shot of my family enjoying the beautiful meal. I think my son, Neely, and daughter, Genevieve, consumed about a dozen biscuits each while we were shooting. My Constance china by Bernardaud is one of my favorite patterns and perfect for fall and into Christmas.
I love these rustic benches and the various heights on the table. Remember, if you can’t see the person sitting across from you, your table decor is too high! These pumpkins nestled into urns create the perfect height and subtle colors.
Brined Smoked Turkey is always the star of our Thanksgiving table. You can use Fire & Flavor’s brine as a wet or dry brine and either roast in the oven or smoke on your grill. Either way a brined turkey will always be juicy, flavorful, and make you look like a pro.
Roasted Cauliflower and Garlic Soup is a perfect starter that can easily be made in advance.
Cane syrup adds an old fashioned, Southern sweetness to many dishes, but you can substitute maple syrup if needed. I love the colors and complex flavor of my Cane Syrup Glazed Acorn Squash.
You can’t have Thanksgiving without pie! From my cookbook, Southern My Way: Food & Family, Butterscotch Meringue Pie with Pecan Crust, is a must.