Dinner on the Grounds - Southern Suppers and Soirées
Whatever an event's raison d'être, a true dinner on the grounds combines classic elements of Southern culture - freshly cultivated food, family tradition, heirlooms, laughter, and stories - with a beautiful outdoor venue. Whether your grounds are a peaceful garden, a dock on the river, or the misty mountaintops of Appalachia, the menus presented in Dinner on the Grounds will give your event distinct Southern character.
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A Time to Cook
Southern food is more than cornbread, biscuits, and fried chicken. James Farmer—a young voice for the New South—revamps the menu with his own twists on traditional southern dishes (ergo, Peach and Pecan Chicken Salad, Collard Cole Slaw, Plum and Persimmon Pork Tenderloin). Stitched together with a combinations of tradition and nostalgia, Farmer’s dishes are updated for today’s lifestyle without sacrificing the scrumptious delight that is the hallmark of Southern foods. What is fresh and best, gleaned from the land and garden, and steeped in heritage.
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Wreaths for All Seasons
In this book, James Farmer gives us ideas galore for making gorgeous wreaths for year-round use and special festivities. Whether winding greenery onto a wreath with you own hands and florist's wire, or transforming a store-bought wreath into something of your own, you can use materials from your garden, or from the produce section of the market. Roses, hydrangeas, citrus, berries bushes, contemporary greens and herbs, fruits, flowers and vegetables are all fair game in making a beautiful and unique wreath!
Sip & Savor: Drinks for Party and Porch
Delectable non-alcoholic libations perfect for parties or for relaxing at home. Fruity drinks and creamy milkshakes combine with teas infused with garden herbs for dressing up your next tete a tete. A few special cake and bread recipes, plus stories and history capture the traditional experience of entertaining on the porch.
Nostalgic yet modernly apropos, Porch Living provides the venue of venues to grasp the goodness of both the home and garden. From the contemporary yet classically rooted outdoor fabrics and furnishings that make porches chic and cherished, to the hanging baskets and planters chock-full of seasonal delights, today’s porches offer comfort and elegance, and most importantly, an addition to the home and garden. Whether jettisoned boldly into parterres aplenty or delightfully diminutive, a grand outdoor salon or sleeping nook, the porch represents how we live and how to gloriously live hinged to and romantically suspended in the home and garden.
A Time to Plant
A vital young voice in the gardening scene teaches a new generation of Southerners to love gardening and to make it a focal point of their lifestyle. James Farmer, III teaches respect for the age-old rules of flower and vegetable gardening in the Deep South, in a fresh voice that resonates love of life and entertaining at home. Also included are delicious recipes for seasonal meals, as well as suggestions for floral arrangements and centerpieces created from the garden.
By James T. Farmer III