Holiday Time

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Log on to Cyber Monday Deals (December 2019)

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Get Into the Holiday Spirit with the 29th Annual Smoky Mountain Winterfest (November 2018)

17 Celebrations Honoring the Red, White and Blue (June 2018)

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25 Festive Events to Keep that Holiday Feeling Through the New Year (December 2017)

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Fun and Fireworks: 14 Events Celebrating Independence Day (June 2017)

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Three Festive Ways to Avoid Going Stir Crazy Before the Holidays (December 2016)

30 Ways to Get Your "Jingle" On in the South (December 2016)

Five Ways to Experience the Holidays "Louisiana-Style" (December 2016)

"Brighten Up" Your Holidays with These Holiday Light Displays (November 2016)

Red, White, Blue and You: Fourth of July Celebrations in the South (July 2016)

Drops, Celebrations and More: Memorable Ways to Welcome in 2016 (December 2015)

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14 Dazzling Holiday Light Displays Throughout the South to Enjoy Now (November 2015)

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New Twist on an Old Favorite: Amping Up the Grilled Cheese (April 2015)

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A MoonPie, Pickle, Red Stick and More...Welcoming in the New Year in the South (December 2013)

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2013 Holiday Gift Guide...Packages and Escapes (December 2013)

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Breakfast for Mom, Southern-Style (May 2013)

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8 Reasons to Visit Louisiana’s Holiday Trail of Lights this Season (December 2012)

Absolutely Southern Gift Guide: Chef's Table at Emeril's Delmonico (December 2012)

Absolutely Southern Gift Guide: Simply Ballastone Cookbook (November 2012)

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Celebrating Milestones in the South (August 2010)

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Celebrating Mardi Gras 2010 (February 2010)

Published: November 2012
Absolutely Southern Gift Guide: Simply Ballastone Cookbook  

“I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time,” comments Jennifer Salandi, owner of Ballastone Inn about the Simply Ballastone cookbook. “Guests kept asking for recipes. They want something extra to take away from their stay with us.”

Featuring over 100 rare and selected recipes (“different chefs have worked in the kitchen, bring in different recipes and I’ve kept them”) from the Savannah, Ga.-based property, the hard-cover cookbook also provides a two-page history of the city as well as The Ballastone, which dates back to 1838. The 16-room property is highly regarded for its full southern breakfasts, high afternoon teas and hors d’oeuvres.

“Our afternoon teas are fairly sophisticated,” she says. “Every night, we serve both hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, many of which are real southern fare.”

The hors d’oeuvres include cheese balls, which Salandi says they do a lot; and Vidalia onion dip that is served hot.

“I try to use Georgia produce or products in many of the dishes.”

Ballastone also does a lot breads.

“Every morning we have homemade available on the bar. We do everything from a fruit nut bread to a bread with dates and naval oranges in it, and more.”

And scones, which she says are good and not too big.

As for what’s popular at Ballastone Inn, it’s quite a few creations, according to Salandi.

“Guests really love our Cinnamon-Sugar French Toast. We tried to change it, but that didn’t work, the guest loved the original recipe. The Orange Ricotta Pancakes are popular as well. We make them small. They are light as a feather and absolutely delicious. Chocolate or lemon macaroons are really popular, too.”

She adds,” We make the best tomato sandwiches, and of course shrimp and grits, which is a more seasonal dish.”

Hungry yet?

How about a sneak peek at two of the recipes included in Simply Ballastone. Wow everyone when you make either the Orange Ricotta Pancakes or the Scones with Blueberry Sauce and Devonshire Cream.

Ballastone Inn’s Orange Ricotta Pancakes

2 oranges – zest and juice                              1 cup self-rising flour
1 ¾ cup Ricotta cheese                                   1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs, beaten                                                    Dash salt
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoon sugar                   Powdered sugar

Mix ingredients together and pour batter by 3 tablespoons on griddle. Cook on low heat just under 350 degrees. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Ballastone Inn’s Scones with Blueberry Sauce and Devonshire Cream

2 cup all purpose flour                                                       ½ cup butter, sliced cold
3 tablespoon brown sugar                                             1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt                                                             1 egg, separated
1 cup sour cream

Blueberry Sauce:
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries                                      1 cup sugar
2 tablespoon corn starch                                                   1 cup water

Devonshire Cream:
1 cup heavy cream                                                         ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoon powdered sugar (or more to taste)
Nutmeg (optional)

Measure flour into mixing bowl, cut in butter, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until it looks like coarse meal. Add egg yolk and sour cream and blend together. Turn out on to a floured surface and roll out to ½-inch thick. Cut with cookie cutter and place on baking sheet. Add splash of water to egg white; mix and brush scones with the egg wash. Bake at 395 degrees for 12 minutes; turn pan around and bake 2-3 more minutes. Blueberry Sauce: Combine blueberries and sugar in a saucepan. Mix together water and cornstarch and add to blueberry mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until berries burst and sauce is thickened. Devonshire Cream: Mix heavy cream, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar in mixing bowl. Transfer to serving bowl and top with nutmeg, if desired.

Want more great recipes, or perhaps have someone on your holiday list that loves cookbooks? If so, order a copy (or copies) of Simply Ballastone for $20 by calling 912-236-1484 or 800-822-4553.

photo courtesy of Ballastone Inn