Sunday, September 23, 2012

Being Dead Is No Excuse



I know you must be thinking ~ what is with that blog post title?
I have a reason for it ~ really I do!
I love cookbooks.  A few years ago I was reading only Southern
authors when I discovered this delightful book ~ Being Dead Is No Excuse
The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral.

These two authors, Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays have 
combined the perfect mix of storytelling, wit and recipes into a fun
read.  Go to the website Being Dead Is No Excuse for more info.




This is one of the recipes from their book that I highly recommend!  It comes
from the Viking Cooking School.  Since I have a Viking, I could hardly
wait to make this recipe.




It is sweet and has a very fresh taste because of the addition of the lemon zest
and the fresh parsley and garlic.




Positively yummy!

I laughed so much while reading this book.  One of my favorite stories is when they
discuss the women of St James' Episcopal Church:

"Ladies from the alter guild have been known to visit the Vatican only to sniff
'That's not how it is done at St James'."  So true!  I spent several years serving on the 
alter guild of St Michaels' Cathedral and I know how particular and careful
the alter guild ladies are to uphold tradition.  




Viking Tomatoes will be a great addition to your recipe file, so give it a try.
Check out a copy of the book too.  You will have so much fun
reading it!


I know Bentley, your Daddy is not a tomato fan, but we love them
don't we?

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley



19 comments:

  1. Wow! Thanks a lot! I'm a southern belle from New Orleans (living in California), and love to cook. (I"m also an Episcopalian - all of my life.), so this book has got my attention. I think I'll order it. Did you know that the Viking stove is the only one made in the USA? Sad, but true! Keep blogging!

    Helene

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    1. I know you will enjoy reading this book. Yes I do know that Viking is made in the USA. I have read so many nice things about this company.
      Susan

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  2. I am so glad you enjoyed this book. Both of these authors are as funny as can be in real life too.Most of this is no story either, I lived in the Delta for years and the ladies are exactly like this. Have you read her other cookbooks? They are just as funny.

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    1. The book is wonderfully funny. I have read it twice now and will read their others too! Thanks for the tip!!
      Susan

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  3. oh how I love that book....read it a few years ago...it is a keeper for sure :)

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    1. I have read it twice and still laugh out loud at their stories!
      Susan

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  4. You can tell by the title you'll get a chuckle or two out of this book! Great stove Susan, oh how I wish my development had natural gas-enjoy:@)

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    1. It's to die for! I know, I'm stilly but it's only 4:28 AM!
      Susan

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  5. Hi Sister! I think we have the same fridge???!!! Can you believe it, of course you can?! What brand is your? Your stove is so cool. I know it is dream to cook with.
    xoxo
    Me
    Bentley, see if Momma will put some bacon in those tomatoes for you :)

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    1. That was an Amana. I loved it, but it died and I bought a GE side by side to replace it. Of course I can believe that you have that fridge ~ we are sisters after all!!
      Susan

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  6. Wonderful little cookbook! I love all the pimento cheese recipes! Who can resist pineapple casserole? Everyone who has every eaten cheese grits know they are "healing"! What a great comfort food!

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    1. I make pimento cheese for my husband every year when he watches the Masters from Augusta. Of course I could eat pimento cheese all of the time! And of course cheese grits are healing!
      Susan

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  7. Will definitely try this!! I love tomatoes any way.

    Judy

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  8. What a fun read this must be, Susan. Lots of good recipes I bet. xo

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    1. A very fun read and makes me wish that I grew up in the Mississippi Delta. What a fascinating spot!
      Susan

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  9. I have this hilarious book and re-read it periodically because it is so spot-on about Southern funeral etiquette! It always puts a smile on my face! I haven't tried any of the recipes yet. So many sound like they'd be funeral-inducing!

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  10. Yum. I could top this with gluten free crumbs. Really must read this :)

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