Add a little love to your Southern cooking, and you’ll be Fixin’ to Eat.
When I was in the second grade, there was no food in the world as special as my mom’s chicken salad sandwiches. My parents had divorced years before, and I was accustomed (as well as a child can be) to traveling from one house to another. If I was at Mom’s house, I’d pack my little bag in preparation for heading back over to Dad’s house.
Sometimes, before I left, she’d pack up a Tupperware container of freshly made chicken salad to take with me on Sunday afternoon. Although I normally had hot lunch at the school cafeteria, for as many days as it lasted I’d take that chicken salad with me to school for lunch instead.
Every bite of that chicken salad was a bite of pure love. I can still feel that buzzy sensation of happiness I got in the midst of the raucously loud school cafeteria. Despite the noisy crowd, I might as well have been floating quietly in a cloud of joy.
It’s amazing what Southern cooking, and a little love, will do. When I set out to learn how to publish a cookbook on my own, I wanted to wrap that feeling up into a package and share it. Within the cookbook, you’ll find Magnolia Days favorites, family recipes, and much more.
May it bring back memories of joy for you as much as it did for me.