This book focuses on Roper’s belief that “As southerners, many memories are created around the table sharing food and fellowship with people we love. Traditions are made and kept with family and friends and passed to the next generations through time-tested recipes.”
“Thanksgiving and Christmas would not be the same without sweet potatoes, cranberries, and cornbread dressing prepared from grandmother’
Easy Does It: Winners and Favorites is a collection of these favorite recipes. Many are winners of recipe contests and were created for special occasions or for special people. The Coconut Pound Cake, a grand-prize recipe contest winner, is a cake that mother and daughter Peggy Shivers and Susan Lott take to friends in times of need. Lime Freeze was created by Joan Ferguson for her niece’s bridesmaids’
Roper’s book offers guidance for a variety of event planning, whether it is a formal dinner with many courses before an extraordinary entrée ending with an over-the-top dessert, or just having friends over for chicken salad with pimiento cheese sandwiches, or looking for cookies and candies for teachers and neighbors. Astonishing photographs in delightful settings display much more than just great food. The easy solutions for winning and favorite recipes bring much enjoyment to your entertaining.
Roper is editorial director of Mississippi Magazine, a bimonthly lifestyle publication with emphasis on homes and entertainment. Roper’s hugely popular Easy Does It departments have generated a devoted following during its 18-year run by offering innovative ways to make every occasion special with minimal effort and expense. “I like to show my readers the best of the old and the new, including tried-and-true Southern recipes paired with the latest culinary delights, and excellent entertaining and decorating how-to’s,”
Roper is the author of four entertaining and decorating books including Easy Parties and Wedding Celebrations revealing how to create beautiful and elegant tablescapes while using delicious, tried-and-true recipes and menus.
“Entertaining is an integral part of our lives in the South – a way of sharing the milestones of life with others through our gracious hospitality. Our children grow up tasting delicious family recipes served on heirloom china and silver and hearing memorable stories of relatives and friends,” says Roper, “I truly love to entertain.”
A Mississippi native, Roper resides in Jackson, Mississippi, with her husband, publisher Richard Roper.
Books are available from Quail Ridge Press at www.quailridge.com or 1-800-343-1583, or anywhere books are sold.
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Quail Ridge Press was started in 1978 when Barney McKee brought home a cookbook manuscript that the University Press couldn't publish. His wife, Gwen McKee, thought The Twelve Days of Christmas Cookbook was too cute and clever to pass up.
Publishing mostly cookbooks in the early years, Gwen became known as "The Cookbook Lady" and was frequently asked which book was her favorite. She began to list all my favorite cookbooks in Mississippi;
After the Mississippi book, Gwen enlisted the help of her good friend and golf-partner, Barbara Moseley. Both love to cook and have families that love to eat, so reading and trying recipes was a natural for them. They've traveled the country gathering the best cookbooks from each state for three decades now. This is the only cookbook series known to cover all fifty states.