Holly's Diner at Shannon Sue's

While visiting SS’ I wanted to contribute so I brought some recipes along, got some help and everyone loved the menu. By the way, for those of you wondering what Alabama looks like, this is what it looks like to me – green, cozy, warm, welcoming, such a beautiful place.

I started off with gingerbread loaves (more on those during the Twelve Days of… next month). This is Miss Audrey Rose admiring the baking.

Then we had decided on a recipe for pasta and lentil soup. As we were buying ingredients, SS paused and said “is there meat in this?” No, that’s what the lentils are for. She said that wouldn’t fly with John and we needed some meat, so we added ground turkey. By the way, all this cooking was done in SS’ fabulous new oven – look at all those burners! Especially the elongated middle one which was perfect for the grill pan and the grilled cheese sandwiches for the Halloween party.

Madge made an appearance at that party, by the way, to help Miss Audrey Rose with her “Toddlers and Tiaras” make-up and hair.

Back to the soup, which turned out to be stoup (stew/soup)…we served the delicious fall dinner on SS’ Daisy and Dot dishes, these were our grandmother’s. I remember when we were younger I thought those dishes were just boring, brown dishes. Now I think they are folksy and homey and perfect for fall. How times change, and oh how that soup was delicious!

By the way, one of the things that is an added bonus during my Alabama fall visit, we celebrate my birthday since it is just a few weeks away! This year it was all about the South. There was the apron from the Piggly Wiggly, a wonderful necklace that has a cut-out from one of the pages of To Kill a Mockingbird and references Boo Radley (just perfect for Halloween), and a new magazine SS discovered – Garden and Gun with a cover story of “50 Best Southern Foods”. So cool!


  1. What was the featured gun in the newly discovered Cooking with Guns mag?

  2. Well, I learned the Garden & Gun is about harvesting fresh food. So there was not a specific model feature, although they did talk about hunting for the table.