OK y’all…I’ll admit that I’m Southerner born and bred. I love my sweet tea, think pearls with blue jeans are about the most fabulous fashion choice ever and never address an adult (even as an adult myself) without using sir or ma’am. So when I was recently asked by The J.M. Smucker Company to show my Southern side through their fabulous Martha White® line, I figured it was only fair to introduce you to life (and cooking) as a true Southern Belle.
Growing up in the South, I spent my fair share of time in the kitchen. By the age of ten, I knew all about fried chicken, collard greens and of course my beloved corn bread. Being a true Southerner, I quickly discovered that creating meals that would bring my family running didn’t mean getting fancy. It simply required delicious meals just like mama made that filled their bellies and continued a tradition of Southern cooking at it’s finest.
And while I’ll admit that my style of Southern food has been fine tuned with recipes that have been passed down over several generations, I’ll also tell you that anybody can cook amazing Southern style meals (even y’all Northerners) with a little help from Martha White®. And with the Country Music Awards quickly approaching (which I know Southerns and non-Southerns alike enjoy) I thought it was the perfect time to share with you some of my simple tips for easy Southern Cooking.
Keep It Simple Sweetie
You may have heard this line said another way but here in the South, we’re all about sweetie. Honestly, you’re either sweetie, honey or darlin’ to everyone…including your mama. And my mama wanted me to remember that when it comes to true Southern cooking, it’s not about a million ingredients and getting fancy. It’s about tried and true recipes and knowing where to shop. That why she always took me to Kroger. After moving from the Southeast part of the state to my beloved montains, I stuck with what I knew worked and began doing all my Southern shopping at our Kroger banner store, Harris Teeter.
It allowed me to find the Southern cooking essentials I needed quickly and easily so that I could continue to create the recipes her, my grandmother and her mother before her had (thankfully) passed onto me in a family recipe cookbook when I was married.
Knowing that my local Kroger banner store is the smart place to shop, I’ve followed my moms advice and always head there to find the essential items I need.
Know Your Essentials
So what are these essentials to true Southern cooking. Well, anybody who has spent any time in the South knows that we’re known for cooking from scratch….or so they think. Because probably one of the best kept Southern secrets is that while y’all may think we’re spending all our time in the kitchen, we’re really using Martha White® Baking Mixes. From muffins to cornbread to even our beloved biscuits, Martha White® Baking Mixes from Kroger are the secret ingredient to real Southern cooking. And so anytime I want to whip up a delicious tasting Southern meal, I simply hop in my car, head across town and walk right into Harris Teeter.
Then I find my way to the baking aisle because I know that the key to making the most of my meals is Martha White® Baking Mixes. With a variety of mixes that can help in the creation of pretty much every favorite Southern meal, they are the quick, easy and convenient way to ensure that my cooking always tastes like my mamas without spending the time she did in the kitchen. And for me, they are essential.
In fact, Martha White® Baking Mixes are the one item that I ALWAYS have in my pantry. Because whether I’m planning on whipping up a true Southern meal for my man or sharing the love with a just because gift basket for my neighbors, they are the starting point to bringing it all together in a way that truly tastes Southern! And to think that for me it’s as simple as heading to Harris Teeter, finding the conveniently located Martha White® Baking Mix for the Southern dish of my choice and adding it to my cart! That’s truly Southern cooking made easy y’all!
Because with Martha White® Baking Mixes at my local Kroger banner store I’m able to make my purchase, motor back across town to my waiting kitchen, throw on my apron, pull out my cast iron pan and create Southern cooking magic!
Bless THEIR Hearts
While most of my amazing Southern dishes wouldn’t even have a starting point without Martha White® Baking Mixes from my local Kroger banner store, it’s not the only ingredient that goes into true Southern cooking. Because, you see, you need to add a few things to your Martha White® Baking Mix. Sometimes it’s milk. Sometimes it’s eggs. And always, it’s love.
Now I know y’all have all heard of cooking with love but here in the South we really mean it. While we love our seasonings and can’t live without our buttermilk, the one thing we never leave out is a little love. Southern food is created to make people happy, to bring them to the table and to help make memories that they will continue to pass on. And while the saying “Bless Your Heart!” has gotten a bad wrap outside of the South, the true goal of Southern cooking is to bring friends and family together for a meal that leaves everyone with happy bellies and blessed hearts.
So now that I’ve shared my secrets to Southern cooking and shown you how I prep for all my Southern meals with a trip to Harris Teeter, I know you are all ready to try your hand at it. And later this week I’ll be back to share a Southern recipe made with Betty White baking mixes that you won’t want to miss! Let’s just say that it will change the way you look at how we cook here in the South.
But until then, be sure to head to Kroger or your local Kroger banner store and pick up your own Martha White® Baking Mixes. Then don’t forget to whip up a Southern Style treat to enjoy with the 49th Annual Country Music Awards on November 4 at 8/7c! After all, Martha White® brand is a proud sponsor of this truly Southern event and it’s the perfect way to get you ready for the truly spectacular Southern cooking I’ll be sharing later this week!
So there you go! Pull out your apron, get your Martha White® Baking Mixes and see how Southern your cooking can really get! But before you head to the store, I’d love to know one thing….what is your favorite Southern recipe?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of J.M. Smucker’s®. The opinions and text are all mine.