Cookbook Giveaway

Today I have TWO fun cookbooks to give away!  The first one is called The Southern Food Truck Cookbook: Discover the South’s Best Food on Four Wheels.  Not only does this book contain a boatload of fun-sounding recipes, it also tells about the food trucks from which the various recipes come. A New Orleans-based food truck called La Cocinita offers a fabulous-sounding Black Bean and Butternut Squash Empanadas.  FreshJunkie, based in Baton Rouge, shares a Grilled Lime Shrimp Salad with a wonderful vinaigrette. Spoonfed Grill from Birmingham, Alabama, features Slow Roasted Pork with collards and Lime Thyme Sauce.  Hungry yet?  I am!

The next book I have to give away is Y’all Come Over: A Celebration of Southern Hospitality, Food, and Memories.  This book features yumminess like Preacher Fried Chicken and Gravy (it finishes in the oven so you can visit), Old Fashioned Southern Fried Okra, and Rhubarb Cake with Coconut Pecan Topping.

If you’d like to enter the drawing to win one of these books, comment below and tell me what you cooked most recently.  For an additional entry, share this giveaway on Twitter or Facebook using the buttons at the bottom of the post. I’ll choose a winner on Monday. My most recent meal was homemade mac and cheese made with a couple handfuls of salad-size shrimp and gluten free pasta, inspired by the recipe below, from Y’all Come Over.  Cheesy yumminess!

Shrimp Macaroni & Cheese

Yield: Serves 4-6


  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 3 T. butter, divided, plus extra for prepping baking dish
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups large shrimp, cut in half lengthwise
  • 4 cups shredded Cheddar
  • 1 cup shredded Pepper Jack
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs


  1. Bring a pot of water to boil. Preheat oven to 350. Butter a 2-quart baking dish.
  2. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain. Add 1 T. butter and toss to coat pasta.
  3. In a large bowl combine milk, egg, salt, pepper, shrimp, and Cheddar, and stir into the macaroni. Pour into baking dish.
  4. In a small bowl, mix Pepper Jack cheese and bread crumbs together and sprinkle over macaroni.
  5. Drizzle with remaining melted butter. Bake for 20-25 minutes.


And if you happen to be in the mood to hear more about all things southern, don’t miss my friend BooMama’s What Mississsippi Does.  That’s the kind of lady I want to be.


  1. While I love to cook and consider myself pretty accomplished at it, the last two dinners at my house were pretty basic. Linguine with clam sauce last night and cheeseburgers tonight. Why? Well, my husband (a battalion chief in the NYC fire department), has worked many rough nights during the past week and these are his favorites. Sometimes, love trumps culinary ambition!

  2. Most recently cooked item … soup and grilled cheese sandwich. Not really cooking by some standards, I suppose. Really cooked, that would be Dutch Apple Pie

  3. Hi Mary! Tonight Laura cooked a great recipe out of Tara Mataraza Desmond’s latest cookbook “Ripe”–it was Orecchiette Pasta with Artichoke Hearts and Feta. Easy, delicious and something we’ll be making again. Both of these cookbooks sound delectable!

    Dan @ Casual Kitchen

  4. Made chicken, potatos, and greenbeans from pinterest…. the one that you pour italian dressing and melted butter over and bake- so good but I cut Waaaay back on the butter recommend.

  5. coraly harlan says:

    Made chicken and rice soup and biscuits for lunch and now pancakes for our family night!

  6. Chicken in the crockpot. That was a few days ago… All 5 of us have/are battling the flu.

  7. Aindrea De La Paz says:

    I most recently cooked Doritos chicken casserole.

  8. Quinoa with herbs and cheese.

  9. Stuffed baked potatoes with veggies!

  10. Tonight I made Loaded Baked Potato soup for dinner. It’s in the 30’s so I wanted something warm and yummy. I had some milk and cheese I needed to use and I recently got at Aldi’s canisters of French fried onions for 10 cents each and potatoes 10 lb/1.99 so it economical, used up some things and was delish.

  11. Chicken noodle soup for supper tonight….1 down with a stomach bug, hopefully the other 5 of us stay clear of it!

  12. Chicken noodle soup for supper tonight – 1 down with a stomach bug, hoping the others of us stay clear!

  13. I made a lobster bisque. The onions, carrots, celery, and lobster chunks all came out of the freezer, which cleared out some great space. I paired that with a grilled cheese made with smoked gouda. It sounds so decadent when written like that, doesn’t it? Much more posh than “what can I make to use up stuff that has been hanging around for too long?” 🙂 It tasted fabulous, too! That Food Truck cookbook sounds like fun.

  14. I made chicken pot pie here. Lobster bisque had me drooling though.

  15. Salad. I guess that’s not really cooking though so I’ll go with oven fried chicken.

  16. I’ve most recently made chicken and dumplings with some frozen peas and carrots added in. Great for a chilly night!

  17. I am making bacon and eggs for breakfast.

  18. Both cookbooks sound fabulous! The last thing I cooked was turkey & vegetable soup.

  19. The last thing I cooked was chicken stir fry with jasmine rice. Southern cooking is good! I am a northern girl relocated to the south (north-central fl) and could use a good southern cook book!

  20. Last thing I cooked, that’s worth mentioning, was Smoked Sausage and Lentil Soup — full of yummy autumn flavors! Both cookbooks sound like great fun. 🙂

  21. Bonita Timmons says:

    I cooked curry chicken and rice
    a recipe i got from your recipe book:) it had apple onion chicken curry powder etc…

  22. Chicken stir-fry with chinese noodles for dinner last night. I love it, but I am still working on my kids . . . .

  23. My husband was away on business so I enjoyed some of my favorites that he doesn’t like — lima beans and jo jo potatoes!

  24. ginny jolin says:

    Last night : teriyaki chicken fingers with roasted butternut squash..yum

  25. Dinner last night ~ HM Mac and Cheese with hot dogs

  26. tortellini with meatballs & marinara

  27. Believe it or not, I have your White Chicken Chili in the crockpot right now. It’s my first time to try it, but it smells and looks delicious! It’s rainy outside right now, so a perfect night for it. 🙂

  28. Both cookbooks sound yummy. My son is a chef for a Louisiana-style restaurant, so maybe I can give him some competition! I have a super recipe for crockpot Gumbo already. We live in the southwest, so we eat tortillas with most meals, and I made an Arroz Con Pollo (chicken with rice) dish that turned out yummy from 365 East Mexican Recipes by Marge Poore. Really a great dish, but I would like to expand my repertoire with those cookbooks you are offering!

  29. Crystal Cowles says:

    chicken a la king

  30. Fish, breaded okra, melon pieces, and ice cream.

  31. Beef and lentil stew, served over basmati rice.

  32. I am actually, as we speak, smoking a brisket. Does that count? It smells so awesome! I can’t wait for it to be done.

  33. Baklava! For a thanksgiving potluck.

  34. I last cooked curry noodle soup with fish and veggies, which is the fanciest way I can think of describing ramen with a red curry bouillion cube instead of the flavor packet, a can of sardines, and frozen mixed vegetables. 🙂

  35. Last night I made meatballs in a white mushroom sauce with rotini pasta. It was pretty darn good, if I do say so myself. 😉

  36. The most recent noteworthy thing I cooked was a delicious pistachio pesto with pasta and sautéed chicken. I have a weakness for pesto and alfredo sauce.

  37. The most recent thing I cooked was super duper lazy, but delicious. I made a big batch of buffalo chicken dip earlier this afternoon for game night tonight.

  38. Last meal I made was spicy roast shrimp and broccoli from Dinner with Julie (one of my fav cooking blogs!) It was super easy… just toss broc and shrimp and sliced lemon with some spices and roast… delicious with bread and salad. I’m excited for Thanksgiving break so I can cook more often!

  39. just tried my hand at making homemade marshmallows!! will find out tomorrow if I did it right. lol

    meal-wise – cheeseburger soup

  40. Both cookbooks sound terrific. I had family from the Birmingham area and I remember going to visit my aunt who served the best food. I remember one breakfast (and this was over 40 years ago) when she served ham, red eye gravy, grits and biscuits. I was in hog heaven.

    Tonight I fixes spaghetti, salad and homemade bread. We ate leftover pumpkin pie and cheesecake bars for dessert.

    Last night I fixed leftovers from Thanksgiving. Our Thanksgiving dinner is not traditional as hubby prepares a garlic and rosemary scented pork loin on the barbecue grill. We had that along with some scalloped potatoes and veggies. For dessert it was leftover pie and Boston Cream Cupcakes.