Southern Cooking with The Help

The HelpA good book will often entice multiple senses as it evokes memories of sights, sounds and smells.  This month’s Swagbucks Book Club selection, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, is one such treasure. The Help takes place in the heart of the South, Mississippi in 1962.  This is ground zero for sumptuous Southern cooking. We will discuss the meat of the book on Friday,  August 5th but today I wanted to tempt you with a recipe to set the mood.

First we have a little business to cover and then it is straight to dessert!  Please join us in reading The Help if you have not already done so.  The Kindle version is available in the Swag Store for 1999 Swag Bucks.  Or take advantage of the Special Offers section for several book offers and earn Swag Bucks in return.  Another options is using those Amazon Gift Cards or visiting your local library.  Also, before we dive into the recipe don’t forget to check the Coupons section where you might be able to save some cash and earn Swag Bucks at the same time.

Below is a recipe for my favorite Southern dessert for you to try.  If you have a favorite that you want to share let us know the name and a description in the comments.

PECAN PIE* by Jackie Smith

Pecan PieIngredients:

1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust

3 eggs, beaten

1 cup dark corn syrup

1 cup white sugar

1/4 cup melted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup pecan halves


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. Beat together the eggs, corn syrup, sugar, butter and vanilla.

3. Arrange pecans in bottom of pie crust and pour mixture on top.

4. Bake for 1 hour or until knife inserted 1″ from edge comes out clean.  Allow to cool before slicing.

* Recipe courtesy of


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