Southern From Scratch

Ashley English has authored a number of cookbooks ranging from homesteading to pie making to picnics. Her books are treasures and will become worn and food splattered from love and use. Her latest, Southern from Scratch: Pantry Essentials and Down-Home Recipes delivers 150 recipes that will not only guide us to creating our own Southern foods pantry but will inspire and encourage us to make more staples from scratch.

Ashley begins with preservation and freezing techniques that are shared via step-by-step photographs before diving into chapters that are organized as follows:  pickles and relishes, jams and spreads, sauces and vinegars, fruits and vegetables, dry goods and sundries, fats and meats, ice box and freezers, and sweeteners and desserts. She has thought of everything in this well-organized and thoughtful book.

Southern from Scratch is not only a beautiful work (as are typical with Roost Books’ titles and Ashley’s modus operandi) but also shares a collection of recipes that we will turn to time and again. From making your own Sour cream or Pimento cheese to Breakfast sausages shaped into meatballs that will turn your brunch upside down, this book will please any level of cook. Recipes include Southern Shakshuka with hoecakes, Buttermilk and smoky paprika fried chicken (using homemade buttermilk but I won’t tell anyone if you buy the buttermilk, I promise), and a Salted caramel cake that is slap ya’ mama good. This book should be on everyone’s bookshelf as it is a valuable resource for scratch cooks as well as those who want reliable home-spun recipes. 

Our   provides a lovely look inside this title and features the following   dishes: 

Thanks to the publisher, Roost Books, for sharing the materials for our preview above and for providing five copies of this keeper title in our giveaway below.

The publisher is offering five copies of this book to EYB Members in the US and Canada. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • leilx  on  August 1, 2018

    I would try watermelon rind sloppy Joe’s!

  • Kristjudy  on  August 1, 2018

    Slow cooker bbq chicken

  • JRumi  on  August 1, 2018

    Brunswick stew

  • vickster  on  August 1, 2018

    Meatloaf with Ketchup Crust

  • Lmocooks  on  August 1, 2018

    Chicken and Herbed Dumplings.

  • sarahawker  on  August 1, 2018

    Sweet potato & peanut butter soup with crispy okra "croutons"

  • smartie101  on  August 1, 2018

    Peach Basil Ice Cream

  • stjones  on  August 1, 2018

    Pork chop stack with apple butter & cheddar

  • robynnemellor  on  August 1, 2018

    Pork chop stack with apple butter and cheddar

  • riley  on  August 1, 2018

    Green tomato pickles

  • Brancica  on  August 1, 2018

    I’d try paprika fried chicken

  • FireRunner2379  on  August 1, 2018

    I would like to try the Pork tenderloin with cherry & dried fruit compote.

  • Sheli  on  August 1, 2018

    I'm feeling the Southern shakshuka with hoecakes.

  • matag  on  August 1, 2018

    Cornbread sausage casserole

  • ixoye2u  on  August 1, 2018

    Chicken fried shrimp with comeback sauce

  • beetangsurat  on  August 1, 2018

    Tomato jam! Then shrimp and grits, of course.

  • LSanders  on  August 1, 2018

    Paprika fried chicken

  • ravensfan  on  August 1, 2018

    Chow chow

  • monasli  on  August 1, 2018

    Cornbread sausage casserole

  • lgroom  on  August 2, 2018

    Cornbread and sausage casserole

  • mph993  on  August 2, 2018

    Southern shakshuka with hoecakes

  • rchesser  on  August 2, 2018

    The Shrimp & Grits.

  • amandabeck  on  August 2, 2018

    Sausage meatballs with hot pepper glaze!

  • t.t  on  August 3, 2018

    Tomato jam

  • southerncooker  on  August 4, 2018

    Bread & butter pickle grilled cheese rounds sound delicious and I love b

  • amandapros  on  August 4, 2018

    definitely I'd try the goat cheese and smoked trout tomato jam sandwiches! yum!

  • banba1  on  August 4, 2018

    Pork tenderloin with cherry & dried fruit compote sounds fantastic.

  • MiMi60  on  August 5, 2018

    I would like to try Piggy popcorn.

  • Siegal  on  August 5, 2018

    I want to make pimento cheese dip

  • RSW  on  August 5, 2018

    Pickled beet & fennel salad

  • mpdeb98  on  August 5, 2018

    Sour cream bacon dip

  • sgump  on  August 5, 2018

    Sign me up for pickled watermelon rind–it's something I remember from my childhood (in Kentucky) but also something I've not enjoyed in YEARS.

  • tennyogirl  on  August 5, 2018

    Bread & butter pickle grilled cheese rounds

  • Wojtanowski  on  August 6, 2018

    Brunswick Stew

  • kmn4  on  August 6, 2018

    Potato pickle soup

  • KarenGlad  on  August 7, 2018

    Sour cream bacon dip

  • jmay42066  on  August 7, 2018

    Chicken and Herbed Dumplings

  • demomcook  on  August 8, 2018

    Blueberry Ketchup

  • Dannausc  on  August 10, 2018

    Pickled okra

  • debbiehb  on  August 11, 2018

    Pimento cheese dip

  • dtremit  on  August 11, 2018

    I love good Hushpuppies!

  • Steben  on  August 11, 2018

    Muscadine, peach & herb gelatin salad

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  August 14, 2018

    I would make the bread & butter pickle grilled cheese rounds.

  • sam2222  on  August 14, 2018

    Slow cooker BBQ chicken. I have a slow cooker, can get a nice fresh chicken, all I need now it this delicious looking book to prepare it. Thank you for the opportunity.

  • threefourpfeif  on  August 15, 2018

    Pimento cheese dip

  • Wojtanowski  on  August 21, 2018

    cornbread sausage casserole

  • JJWong  on  August 22, 2018

    Pimento cheese dip

  • davisesq212  on  August 22, 2018

    Serafina's chicken & grits is what I would try first.

  • floridagld  on  August 24, 2018

    loved picked…love chow chow…LOVE our seafood and BBQ…just love southern anything as a true southern gal
    I picked pickled shrimp chow chow.

  • Julia  on  August 24, 2018

    Cornbread sausage casserole.

  • fbrunetti  on  August 25, 2018

    Dilly beans

  • tararr  on  August 25, 2018

    Pimento cheese dip

  • jim.windle  on  August 25, 2018

    Pickled okra

  • cora429  on  August 25, 2018

    Sausage meatballs with hot pepper jelly glaze

  • RickPearson54  on  August 26, 2018

    chow chow

  • sequoia55  on  August 26, 2018

    Chow chow

  • circ2000  on  August 27, 2018

    Chow chow

  • artthecat  on  August 27, 2018

    Hot corn relish

  • lisambb  on  August 28, 2018

    Smoky spicy cheese straws

  • skyejaden  on  August 30, 2018

    the southern macaroni salad!!

  • DJCross  on  August 30, 2018

    Southern Mac Salad

  • NaomiH  on  August 31, 2018

    Serafina's chicken & grits

  • Lesliehauser  on  September 1, 2018

    Goat cheese and onion relish

  • hungryinhouston  on  September 2, 2018

    Pickled beet deviled eggs sound fabulous!

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  September 3, 2018

    love macaroni salad of all types so would start with the southern macaroni salad found on page 32 from "Southern from Scratch: Pantry Essentials and Down-Home Recipes" by Ashley English

  • ebs  on  September 3, 2018


  • orchidlady01  on  September 6, 2018

    Bread & butter pickles

  • auntietina  on  September 7, 2018

    Chicken fried shrimp with comeback sauce.

  • choppergirl  on  September 7, 2018

    Pickled shrimp & chow chow

  • EmilyR  on  September 11, 2018

    Goat cheese & onion relish spread

  • Francisa  on  September 11, 2018

    brown butter and bourbon braised cabbage

  • ket06e  on  September 12, 2018

    sweet potato and peanut butter soup with okra croutons!

  • jenlhawes  on  September 15, 2018

    Peach basil ice cream

  • mkcorban  on  September 15, 2018

    Shrimp and grits buffet

  • LeighF  on  September 15, 2018

    Chicken and Herbed Dumplings.

  • lauriesk  on  September 15, 2018

    I would try the Cornbread sausage casserole.

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