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The Sweet Magnolias Cookbook: More Than 100 Favorite Southern Recipes [Paperback]

Sherryl Woods

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Book Description

Aug. 28 2012
Fill your home with the freshly baked scent of luscious apple pie, the sizzle of peachy grilled chicken or the beckoning aroma of juicy roast lamb, all brought to life in this charming collection of recipes.

New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods invites you into the world of Serenity, South Carolina, where good food and good friends await. Based on her beloved Sweet Magnolias series, this gorgeous cookbook is full of Southern classics and heartwarming stories of friendship and fun. Join Dana Sue Sullivan, a popular character and Southern cook herself, as she shares her favorite down-home recipes as well as secrets, stories and small-town gossip from the world of the Sweet Magnolias!

Whether you're making flaky, buttery, too-good-to-be-true biscuits, or spicy seafood gumbo, the 150 recipes found in these pages will bring your family and friends together to celebrate the comforts of home.

From legendary margarita nights to indulgent Sunday brunches to heartening holiday meals, every recipe in this book is sure to infuse your life and your kitchen with the warmth of the South and the comfort of good food.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition (Aug. 28 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373892608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373892600
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.9 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #296,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

With her roots firmly planted in the South, Sherryl Woods has written many of her more than 100 books in that distinctive setting, whether in her home state of Virginia, her adopted state, Florida, or her much-adored South Carolina. Sherryl is best known for her ability to creating endearing small town communities and families. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 75 romances for Silhouette Desire and Special Edition.

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Throughout the Sweet Magnolias books—ten of them to date—food plays an important role. Southern food. Grits and gravy. Fried chicken. Meat loaf. Red velvet cake. Peach cobbler. Bread pudding. Oh, my!

The talk of food is particularly prominent in A Slice of Heaven, Dana Sue's story centered around Sullivan's—her regional success story, a restaurant known for putting a new spin on traditional Southern dishes. But food—and drink—also come into play at the infamous margarita nights held by the group of old friends who call themselves the Sweet Magnolias, at the cafe in The Corner Spa where less caloric offerings are available and in the many backyard get-togethers of the Sweet Magnolias and their families. These Southern gals are, you see—like the friends you have in your community or neighborhood—always ready to share a meal and have some fun.

Since the Sweet Magnolias series began, many of you have asked about recipes for some of the dishes mentioned. Here they are, along with many, many more created by Teddi Wohlford, who (like Dana Sue) has put a new spin on many traditional Southern dishes and kicked 'em up a notch. I have worked my way through these incredible recipes and developed a whole new relationship with my treadmill along the way. But trust me, it's been worth it. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

– Sheryl Woods

Southern Smothered Corn Chowder

2 medium peeled, diced red-skinned potatoes

2 (20-ounce) packages frozen creamed white corn, thawed

3 cups water

4 cups half-and-half

6 slices bacon, cut into thin strips

1 cup chicken stock

1 cup finely diced onion

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Salt and pepper to taste

1. Bring potato and 3 cups water to a boil in a large Dutch oven, reduce heat, and cook until potato is cooked through. Remove from heat and set aside. (Do not drain.)

2. Cook bacon in a small Dutch oven or large saucepan until crisp. Using a slotted utensil, remove bacon from pan, and reserve drippings in pan.

3. Saute onions in drippings until tender. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often.

4. Add potatoes and their cooking water to the soup. Return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 5-10 minutes.

5. Ladle into bowls, garnishing each with the cooked bacon.


Carolina Red Rice

4 diced, thick slices pepper-encrusted bacon

1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, including juice

1 diced, large onion

2 cups chicken stock or canned chicken broth

2 cups converted rice

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook bacon until crisp.

2. Add onion to skillet and saute until transparent.

3. Add rice and stir to coat the grains. Add tomatoes and chicken stock. Bring to a boil.

4. Reduce heat to simmer. Cover, and cook until liquid is absorbed. Season with salt and pepper. Fluff with a fork before serving.


Why converted rice? Converted rice has been parboiled. When you cook with it, all the grains stay separate and never get mushy. Don't make the mistake of buying instant rice.

Backyard Low-Country Seafood Boil

3 tablespoons shrimp and crab boil (such as OLD BAY Seasoning)

2 pounds smoked sausage, cut into 2" pieces

3 tablespoons salt

12 ears freshly shucked corn, broken into 3-4" pieces

1/2 gallons water

4 pounds fresh shrimp

2 pounds quartered medium red potatoes

Note: Do not wait for the liquid to come to a boil when timing the sausage, corn and shrimp.

1. In a large stockpot, add shrimp boil and salt to water. Bring to a boil.

2. Add potatoes. Return to boil, and cook 10 minutes.

3. Add sausage, and cook 5 minutes.

4. Add corn, and cook 5 minutes.

5. Stir in shrimp, and cook 3 minutes. Drain immediately.


Traditionally, this one-dish meal is dumped onto a newspaper-lined table set with paper plates and lots of paper towels. Serve with butter and loaves of warm, crunchy French bread.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sweet Magnolias Cookbook Aug. 28 2012
By Jbarr5 (julie Barrett) - Published on
The Sweet Magnolias Cookbook 150 Favorite Southern Recipes by Sherryl Woods with Chef Teddi Wohlford
ISBN: 9780373892600
Love that this cookbook is not only about the food at the margarita club meetings but other locations in the series: Sullivan's Restaurant, Farmer's Market,
Corner Spa, and the other special places the people gather to celebrate.
Starts out with the introduction about Southern Food and other experiences in the series of holidays, memories and disasters and successes.
Each section is highlighted with what they are best known for. People in the series sometime highlight their favorites, also easy to follow recipes and tips even to make things easier.
Photography of the food is top notch. I can't decide which recipe I want to make first. I know this cookbook is gonna be used a lot in my house.
Desserts will be my favorite to try.
So many varieties of scones. Love the holiday section, oh yum!
Conversion charts and other helpful information and index is also included, at the back of the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cookbook!! Oct. 31 2013
By Joni Rich - Published on
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Great Book with many wonderful recipes in it. A must for any cook and so enjoyable! I loved the series of books that went with it!
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read and eat Aug. 15 2013
By HASH - Published on
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I love the Sweet Magnolias books and to find a cookbook with so many good recipes in it relating back to our beloved characters was quite a find. I am enjoying reading it and, of course, making some of those delightful recipes.
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Magnolias June 28 2013
By Barbara A LaFlam - Published on
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Very disappointed !! I collect cookbooks and am always looking for new recipes but didn't find anything very exciting in this book. Sorry!
5.0 out of 5 stars Sent a book to my Granddaughter also.. May 14 2013
By Mary Anne Erlinger - Published on
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It is a good book. I'm from Charleston, South Carolina and some of the recipes do not have the same ingredients in them that my Grandmother and Mother used but that it OK. I can add. Still a great book for people that is not from the

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