New Cookbooks You Should Know About.

When building my house I measured every cookbook from the tallest to the smallest of my collection and custom built a shelf (ok, shelves) in my pantry to perfectly house them all. If I could buy each and every single one as a hard copy, I would.

I'm one of those old school people that just loves flipping through a magazine and a cookbook IRL, as they say. And I know there's a lot of us out there. SO, I thought I'd share a little roundup of some of my favorite cookbooks that have recently been released, and a few that are on pre-order that you will want to go ahead and snag.

Love to know if there are any others on your list that I may have missed! I even slipped one or two non-cookbook in the mix because I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. And, word on the street is that Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper fame is coming out with her own cookbook very soon (insert your swoon here!)


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More from Chef Damaris Phillips.

I'm sure you're not surprised to hear that I love a good cooking or food-related TV show. One of my favorite people to watch is Chef Damaris Phillips. 

You might recognize her as one of the winners from Food Network Star, which led her to her own show, Southern at Heart. The show ran for several seasons on Food Network and I'm so thankful that she wore just about every one of our aprons across the episodes. This season, she has two brand new shows that you just have to catch, The Bobby & Damaris Show with the always-popular Chef Bobby Flay and Southern + Hungry with Rutledge Wood.

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Not too long ago, she was even sweet enough to co-designed a special apron for us in this limited edition collection - take a peek here .

Not only is she fun to watch on TV, her personality shines through on her Instagram and Facebook Live. She's so full of life!

Oh, and I can't forget that she has a new cookbook, Southern Girl Meets Vegetarian Boy. It's a collection of timeless recipes that combine the best parts of being a vegetarian and a meat eater, inspired by her own marriage. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy (it's on presale now) but from the Amazon preview it looks like our aprons will be making another debut.

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Damaris isn't only an amazing chef and southern personality, she's a great supporter of ours and we don't think you'll regret keeping up with her on TV, social media, and everywhere in between. So thankful for her support over the years so just wanted to share and I hope you guys will give her some love and support right back!


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Fresh Mint Ice Cubes

Shane and I got married at the most wonderful farm outside of Atlanta called Serenbe in the dead of Summer, my favorite time of the year. The beautiful property was filled with blooming flowers, climbing roses and more fresh mint than you’ve ever seen. The Farmhouse restaurant used mint as ground cover for each flower bed surrounding the old building, providing both a gorgeous green vision as well as the aroma of fresh mint if you walked by.

Inspired by those gardens + the memories of our best day, I too decided to use mint in my front yard gardens to fill the void. Over the years it has spread and sprawled, and in a few more I think it will completely cover every square inch of anything that has been left unplanted (fair warning if you’re planning to jump on board) but I do love it so much and always have an abundance of mint at hand during the Spring and Summer months. Oh, and did I mention it practically grows itself? Effortless gardening is big in my book.

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As we say goodbye to Summer, I am scrambling to find something to do with the mint and flowers before I loose them for the season. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite things to do with fresh herbs, especially if you love entertaining. 

Frozen herbed ice cubes are so simple, so gorgeous and such a thoughtful little hit for your next party. And, you can really make these with any edible flower or herb that you’d like so feel free to shake things up. I just have a whole yard full of mint I’m trying to utilize here so that’s what I went with, and the freshness of the mint flavor is so easy to use with nearly any drink pairing (plain water included).

MINT ICE CUBES

Hot water

Bundle of fresh mint leaves

Ice cube tray

Pick your fresh mint from the garden and wash well with cold water, pat to dry. Pluck mint leaves from the stems and lay several leaves in each hole in your empty ice tray. Carefully fill your ice tray with warm to hot water and fill completely. Set your ice tray in the freezer for at least two hours, or until cubes are fully frozen. Remove ice cubes and enjoy!

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A few tips, if you want a nice clear ice cube without any of the cloudy fog be sure to use warm to hot water when you fill your trays. Also, if you can find “pretty ice” it makes all the difference. I used this vintage metal ice tray (have you shopped our Vintage Goods yet?) but also love using the square 1” silicone cubes or even the sphere ice maker, especially for a punch bowl.

I have certainly found too that keeping these on hand makes me drink more plain water too, giving it a pretty (and tasty) pop of flavor and color. You can even freeze a few pieces of fresh fruit or strawberry tops in your cubes for another hit of flavor.

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Love to know how you’re using your herbs at home, and what other kinds of ice cubes you’re making! #HEIRLOOMED


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Skillet Cornbread with Leeks.

My littlest guy Waylon hasn’t met an ear of corn he wouldn’t tackle and his little hands holding each side while he’s chowing down is pretty much the cutest thing you’ve ever seen.

I love corn so many different ways and especially love white Silver Queen corn, grabbing it right off the back of a pickup truck and rolled up inside a big paper bag to bring home and enjoy. Today I’m sharing a little something I made up myself, a recipe for Skillet Cornbread filled with fresh green leeks and kernels of corn right off the cob. 

And, I hope I’m introducing you to one of my favorite Southern makers, Smithey Ironware out of Charleston, SC. I have quite the collection of cast iron these days, new and vintage pans and this one they shared with me has quickly become one of my favorites in the kitchen. And the little quail logo makes the pan such an iconic heirloom-in-the-making.

Cooking your cornbread in cast iron gives it a beautiful crispness to the crust that I just love. It also seals in the moisture inside the loaf, providing the perfect balance and texture especially, when smothered with a little pat of butter on top.

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Skillet Cornbread with Leeks

1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal

1 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

1¼ teaspoons kosher salt

1 3/4 cups buttermilk

1 egg

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces

1 bundle of fresh chives, chopped

2 green leeks, chopped

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large measuring cup, whisk together the buttermilk and egg. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients and stir the batter together until completely combined.

Put butter in a 10-inch cast iron skillet and place in oven for 3 to 5 minutes to melt butter. Remove the skillet from the oven, swirl the butter around to coat the bottom and sides, then pour the batter into the pan. Smooth the top and bake about 20 to 25 minutes. Serve warm.

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Isaac at Smithey Ironware sent over this skillet to try, so I was inspired to do a little cast iron cooking. These days, I've been putting leeks in everything I can - tossing them on the grill, putting them in risotto, and anywhere else I can think to, so I thought it was a natural fit for a hearty cornbread. Not to mention, my herb garden has a bunch of chives and its great to have them on hand to throw into recipes. 

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I love this dish because its hearty and a perfect side dish as the weather gets cooler, and pairs nicely with chili. You can also try a hot slice of this cornbread topped with some Herbed Butter or Honey Butter for even more added flavor. Love to know what meal you pair your cornbread with? #HEIRLOOMED

Pan from : Smithey Ironware

Cornmeal : Alabama King

 

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Garden Herbed Butter

As Summer comes to an end and we get underway with Fall, I'm still on a quest to try to use as many of the fresh herbs in my garden as I can. I am constantly trying to come up with new ways to preserve the flavor far beyond the season. 

Today I’m sharing a recipe for Garden Herbed Butter, which I absolutely love atop a slice of Skillet Cornbread or Buttermilk Biscuit. A dollop of this butter on a big juicy steak is also a big win for the Mr. I must say I am 100% #teamsavory if given the option and this dish hits all the right notes.

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Garden Herbed Butter

1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter, softened

3 sprigs of fresh rosemary

1 bundle of fresh chives

Kosher salt

Allow your butter to soften to room temperature (or use our recipe for Homemade Butter here). In a small bowl, spread and stir until creamy with a large spoon. On a chopping board, pull off needles from your rosemary and add chives into a pile, chopping into small pieces. 

Add chopped herbs and salt to butter and stir to combine. Spoon the mixture onto a small sheet of waxed paper and roll into a ball or log, twisting the edges of the waxed paper to seal. Place in refrigerator until chilled. 

Serve and enjoy!

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You can certainly substitute any fresh herbs you may have here, like tarragon or thyme, and get creative with using them atop your favorite dish. I'd love to know your best combination. #HEIRLOOMED


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