Creative Woman of the Pond: A Southern Grace

Posted on November 14th, 2009 in Stories


Invisible Friends, I am brought to present to you one of my favorite bloggers today.  Grace of A Southern Grace was one of the first readers of my blog, back in the day when I was thrilled that someone besides my mother and mother-in-law were reading it.  Not only is Grace sweet and loyal, she serves up delicious dishes with drool-inducing pictures and a dry wit.  She may be living among the Yankees in New York, but Grace is a true Southern girl, no doubt about it.

Dallas Jean Lee would be proud.

Let’s learn more about her, shall we?


How did you get started blogging? How did you come up with your title/ name?

I initially began my blog when I moved from southwestern VA to NY so I could keep my family updated on my life. How it morphed into a food-focused blog, I have no idea. I picked the name because it can be read two ways—a)my name is Grace and I’m Southern, or b)I exhibit the grace and attitude most commonly associated with the South.

What does being creative mean to you?

I’m actually the least imaginative person I know, so when I make even the simplest change to a recipe, I consider it a great creative success.

What kind of creative things do you do every day?

Well, I pick out my own outfits, design and make my own meals, and try to find new and exciting ways to tame my hair. Do those things count?


Favorite food?

Just one? This changes just about weekly, but how about this—savory=a juicy burger loaded with pepperjack cheese and juicy tomatoes, and sweet=pie a la mode, preferably apple, preferably homemade.

I completely agree.  Favorite song?

Again, this will probably be different tomorrow, but today, I’ll say “Pepper” by the Butthole Surfers (how wacky is that for a band name?) and “The Best Day” by Taylor Swift.

Do you like to dance?

I only dance when no one’s around, with one exception—I’ll flat-foot for the world to see.

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If you could take a trip with anyone and go anywhere, where would you go and who would you take?

I’d take the Mamster with me to Greece. We share many qualities, including a love for Greek cuisine.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever been given?

Life. Thanks, Mammy.


What’s your ideal pet?

Based on a few recent experiences, my answer to this would be one that never got sick. Alternatively, one that never disturbed my sleep.

There’s an enormous present waiting on the kitchen table for you. What’s in it?

My very own full-size food processor!


How did you get started cooking? Have you always been interested in food?

My Mammy and grandma have always been big cookers, and I’m certain that their influence is what kick-started my love for the kitchen. And yes, I’ve been interested in food for as far as my memory goes back.

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What’re your favorite things to cook?

Oddly enough, my favorite things to cook are my favorite things to eat—pies, cakes, burgers, and anything southwestern. Isn’t that peculiar?

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Not to me.  I’m the same way.  (Wiping drool.) What’s your favorite recipe to serve to guests?

I’ll be vague and say anything that elicits “oohs” and “aahs.”

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If you were on a desert island and had a water-proof box with six ingredients/ food items in them, what would it be?

Butter. Eggs. Salt. Flour. Sugar. Chocolate.

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What do you want to achieve with your blog?

I want to make people laugh and I want to make people slobber.

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What do you hope people get from your blog?

Amusement, combined with a good recipe every now and then.

Who’s your favorite chef/ favorite cookbook? Why?

Although I’ve never tried his food, I was really impressed by Rick Bayless in Top Chef Masters—good food and good attitude!

What are your goals with your cooking–do you want to open a restaurant, write a cookbook, get a cooking show?

Mostly, I just want to fill people’s bellies with something that tastes good going down and provides nutrition to boot. If I could ultimately open some sort of bed & breakfast or bakery and subsist, well, that’d just be dandy.

What do you hope to do in the future with your blog?

Entertain myself and anyone who deigns to read it.

What’s the ultimate Southern recipe?

I can’t even begin to answer this one—it depends on the day of the week, nay, the hour of the day.

For more, check out Grace at A Southern Grace!

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40 Responses to “Creative Woman of the Pond: A Southern Grace”

  1. Typ0 Says:

    Why are there always so many food posts and yummy food photos when there’s nothing to eat in my house? *sob*

  2. Barbara Says:

    Lovely post!
    If anyone wasn’t following Grace before (which I doubt) they will now!

  3. grace Says:

    bless your heart for your kind words, miranda, and thanks for doing a bang-up job on this! i’m so honored. :)

  4. Channon Says:

    What fun! I’m off to check out her blog…

  5. Joanne Says:

    This was such a fun interview! What a great feature to have on your blog. I am going to check out A Southern Grace imminently!

  6. elra Says:

    Yes, I know of her too. Seem like lots of blogger friends happen to be yours as well. Isn’t that great?

  7. Cafe Fashionista Says:

    Ooh, I’m off to check out her blog right now. What a great interview! My favorite question…”What’s your ideal pet?” Hah! That was hilarious! :)

  8. daisychain Says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog,
    I’m loving yours,
    and I’m now off to check out this one!

  9. Christine @ Fresh Local and Best Says:

    I adore this Q&A, it’s so insightful and fun!

  10. Pietro Says:

    Another very nice interview! Now I’m going to the blog “A Southern Grace”!

  11. TheKitchenWitch Says:

    Hey, great interview! Thanks for introducing me to a new, great blogger! I love it when people share great blogs with their audience!

  12. Linda Says:

    I love it when you introduce us to new people…’s my social life ;)

  13. jennifer Says:

    I love her answer to the creativity question. Great interview!

  14. blueviolet Says:

    She sounds just wonderful and I’ll go look at her blog!

  15. Marjie Says:

    I like Grace, too; she makes me giggle. Glad she finally gave us a picture of her new baby kitties. Aren’t they precious? I just adore cats (so why do I have a dog? because he’s big enough to love 9 kids).

  16. teresa Says:

    fun interview, i’m going to pay a visit!

  17. debbie Says:

    I love Grace! This was a great interview, too.

  18. Reeni Says:

    Grace is such a talented cook! All of her food looks so yummy!

  19. Julie Says:

    She seems like a sweetie. I love her blog :)

  20. Michele C Says:

    Nice interview and lovely photos. I’m hungry this morning, and I feel like IHOP for some reason! I follow A Southern Grace already, and I’m sure it’s because I linked to her from your list ages ago.

  21. Cheryl Says:

    Ahh I love Grace! The Butthole Surfers, whoooooo hoooooooooo

  22. buffalo dick Says:

    Seems like a real person- in a good way! There’s a couple of good Yankees out there too, you know!

  23. Natashya Says:

    So nice to get to know Grace!

  24. Cakelaw Says:

    Fab interview Duckie. When I saw those cats, I was worried for a second that Bittie and Bear had been usurped, but no! Phew!

  25. Nutmeg Nanny Says:

    Fantastic interview:) I love learning about bloggers!

  26. Sophie Says:

    What a grand & lovely interview!! Now, we know a lot more about Grace!!

    Thanks as always!

  27. Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella Says:

    I adore Grace and you really captured her quirky sense of humour! I’d love to see a pic of her though. She’s so mysterious!

  28. dawn Says:

    I love gracie pie. She rocks my blogging world.

  29. Kerstin Says:

    Great interview, I love Grace’s blog!

  30. Faith Says:

    Fabulous interview! Grace’s blog is fantastic!

  31. michelle Says:

    Great interview, Grace! Thanks for sharing this funny lady with us.

  32. Baking Monster Says:

    Grace is amazing!

  33. Danielle Says:

    I just love Grace!!

  34. shaz Says:

    Hi there! First visit here thanks to Grace. Love the interview and your blog. Will be back :)

  35. marie Says:

    Yet another great gal Duckie!

  36. donna Says:

    I love Southern Grace!

  37. LilSis Says:

    Great interview!! A Southern Grace is one of my favorite blogs. I love her humor and all her fantastic recipes! (And, I’m glad I found your blog over at A Southern Grace.)

  38. Lynda Says:

    I love Grace’s blog, she,s fun and her food pics are amazing! Yes, a very drool worthy blog!

  39. nora@ffr Says:

    grace is among my fav foodie friend!! love her recipes always!!

  40. Lori Says:

    I love Grace’s blog- she always puts a smile on my face. Bless her pea pickin heart.

    I am stunned that cinnamon was not in that list of what to bring to the desert island Grace.

    Miranda- I love these interviews. Very fun!

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