28 June 2009

treats from pebble hill plantation

Just up the road in my old backyard... One of my favorite cookbooks is Feast of Pleasure from the Kitchens of Pebble Hill Plantation (PHP) by Jean Hagan Johnson. When I was living in Tallahassee, Florida, covering the political scene, Pebble Hill was a nice escape from the hectic world of my crazy newsroom. Pebble Hill, located in Thomasville, Georgia, is my favorite antebellum home in the region and tours are provided Tuesday through Sunday. More than a decade ago, I was on the planning committee for the Junior League of Tallahassee's Summer Soiree at Pebble Hill. It was an amazing event! This time I brought a bit of PHP back with me packaged nicely in this amazing cookbook. Not only does it provide the most delicious Southern recipes, it also gives the historical aspect behind certain dishes, including the proper way to prepare a pork dish from hog pen to the the dinner table. You simply MUST click on the above photo and read about preparing the pig! Now I enjoy taking a tour on my trips back to the Capital City of Tallahassee, which is simply 15 minutes south of Thomasville, Georgia. Until you can make it down south, enjoy this video tour of PHP. It is so full of history, including a few historic letters that you can read online.