Sunday, December 16, 2018

Christmas in the South

Lethal in Old Lace
Consignment Shop Mysteries
Book 6
Duffy Brown

Tales from Savannah and a chance to win a Tandem Demise tote...

Her in Savannah guys are gentlemen, gals are belles, food is king and those of us from the Consignment Shop mysteries all hope to high-heaven someone doesn’t wind up dead before we open presents. 

Reagan Summerside here and I’m gearing up for my favorite holiday…Christmas Savannah style.
It all starts with a lovely fresh-cut tree and a beautifully set table. KiKi uses the good china, crystal and best linens. There’s turkey and dressing for sure, ham and red-eye gravey and AnnieFritz and her sister Elsie who live next door bring the best Pecan Pie you ever put in your mouth. It’s so good I’m going to share the recipe with you right here.
9” unbaked pie crust 
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
3 eggs slightly beaten
1/3 cut butter melted
½ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup pecan halves (or walnuts)
heat oven to 350. Combine corn syrup, sugar, eggs, butter, salt, vanilla and mix well. Pour into crust, sprinkle with nuts and bake for 50 min till knife comes out clean. Cool. Add whipped cream or a scoop of Leopold’s vanilla ice cream. J

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without mamma’s cornbread stuffing and this year I’m trying my hand at making the cranberry salad. I stole the recipe right out of Paula Deen’s kitchen.

1/2 orange
2 cups water
1 tart apple
3 cups cranberries
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
Squeeze the orange and set the juice aside. Cut the rind into pieces. Boil the rind and water for 10 minutes, then drain. Dice the apple add the cranberries along with the orange juice, orange rind, sugar, cinnamon and cloves. Boil, then simmer till the sauce thickens, the apple is tender and the cranberries have burst. 

Uncle Putter who always has his nine-iron handy in case a golf ball drops from the sky and he has to save the planet by sinking a shot, says the blessing and then we each take a turn telling what we are most thankful for. This year I started the Prissy Fox consignment shop, found my new four-legged BFF, Bruce Willis under my front porch and discovered my ex’s finance wrapped up in plastic and dead as Lincoln. I’d say that’s a lot to be thankful for.

After dinner friends drop by. That no-good, low-rent lawyer Walker Boone will come visiting and mooch leftovers, that’s just his style. 

It’s going to be a mighty fine Christmas here in Savannah, I’m sure. So what are your plans for Christmas or Hanukah? Do you have any favorite foods you’re looking forward to? 

Let me know for a chance to win one of two Tandem Demise totes. 

Merry Christmas from the Consignment Shop mystery regulars and the Cycle Path Mackinac Island gang!


  1. I love baking at Christmas! Breads, cookies and pies are normal. I always see my daughters and there families, so there is so much food! This year, I have my new rescue dog, Mojo. I hope his first Christmas with me is a good one!
    Happiest of Christmases to you and yours!

  2. We have been baking cookies now for two days. I love having them
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  3. It's just hubby and I so Christmas will be a quiet but lovely one. We have this way of eating what we want and when we want being just us two. Why wait? :) We had the big chicken and dressing meal just this last week so won't be having that again that soon. It will depend on the weather on what we have Christmas. If it's pretty and warm, we might fire grill a steak with homemade rolls. If it's medium weather we may smoke a pork shoulder for pulled pork. Or if it's cold and dreary, we may have a big pot of homemade chili. Being retired we have learned to be "flexible".

    Since we both love to be in the kitchen together and love to bake, the thing I look forward to the most is making goodies (anything from cookie, pies, cinnamon rolls, and homemade bread to cheese balls, dips, homemade jerky and homemade egg noodles. There is nothing like having fresh made and then sharing the bounty of the kitchen with loved ones.

    Learned at my Mom's side how to work the magic in the kitchen and then to box of the goodies to be delivered as Christmas presents. What a joy it was to see the smile on both the recipients faces and on my Mom's as well. As an adult, I now enjoy that same joy. Part of the joy is also the time spent with the folks when we deliver the boxes. It may be the greatest gift of all - time. What other gift can you give that can only be given once, everyone seems to love, isn't returned or exchanged because they didn't want it, one size always fits all, and makes everyone smile (both giver and givee)?

    I can think of no greatly joy during the Christmas holidays than to be creating in the kitchen with the love of my life and then delivery boxes of cheer around.

    May you have the merriest of Christmas' and the happiest of New Year!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  4. When we celebrate Chanukah we eat latkes which are delectable especially with homemade applesauce both of which I make. What a wonderful treat which everyone looks forward to enjoying. We have roasted chicken with roasted veggies and then for the beautiful dessert I make an apple cake which is the most delicious and mouth watering treat filled with loads of apples, cinnamon and vanilla. The family loves this feast and it is always a perfect winter meal for our holidya. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. We always have Sweet Potato Casserole.


  6. Going to my in laws for Xmas and she always does cheesy mac casserole which is my fave. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

  7. A mighty fine Christmas here too. I'd walk on hot coals for my mother's Port Wine Trifle.


  8. For our Hanukkah dinner my hubby makes the potato latkes and I make matzoh ball soup that tastes like my grandmother's. My grandmother never shared her recipes, or used a recipe, so us grandkids have gone by taste and memories of her cooking it. It's so good!! Thanks for the chance. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

  9. We're mostly going to be home, but will pop in at my parents' house to visit and exchange gifts.
    Donah42 at aol dot com

  10. We're going to our daughter's house this year. She and her fiancé bought their first house this summer so are eager to host Christmas. She knows that her Dad will boycott Christmas if it doesn't include turkey, cranberries and stuffing, so I guess we know what will be on the menu! Wishing everyone a happy holiday season.