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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Celebrating Southern Living Magazine

Southern Living Magazine | Golden Anniversary

Here it is, the February golden anniversary issue of Southern Living Magazine! Isn’t it “purty?” Just look at that 50th anniversary Lane Cake! Like so many treasured recipes, Lane Cake has a storied past:)

…The Lane Cake, one of Alabama's more famous culinary specialties, was created by Emma Rylander Lane of Clayton, Barbour County. It is a type of white sponge cake made with egg whites and consists of four layers that are filled with a mixture of the egg yolks, butter, sugar, raisins, and whiskey. The cake is frosted with a boiled, fluffy white confection of water, sugar, and whipped egg whites. The cake is typically served in the South at birthdays, wedding anniversaries, and other special occasions. The recipe was first printed in Lane's cookbook Some Good Things to Eat, which she self-published in 1898… (Encyclopedia of Alabama)

Actually, the title of Ms. Lane’s cookbook was A Few Good Things To Eat when it was originally published in 1898. I believe this because of an article I found published in the Reading Eagle in January 1968

…More than 100 years ago, Emma Rylander Lane of Clayton, Alabama, entered the annual baking competition at the county fair in Columbus, Georgia. She took first prize. No doubt the judges were swayed by her cake’s filling: a richly yolked custard heavily spiked with bourbon. The recipe, entitled Prize Cake, can be found in Some Good Things To Eat, a collection of personal favorites she published in 1898. Though later versions add shredded coconut and pecans to the filling, the original recipe calls for raisins only. Like Lady Baltimore Cake, it’s one of many spirited fruit-filled cakes of the era that became a holiday tradition. In July 1960, Lane Cake gained literary fame in To Kill A Mockingbird. And in March 1966, Southern Living featured a recipe for Lane Cake in its second issue…

In February 1966, the first issue of Southern Living Magazine, the “Magazine of the Modern South” was published and sent out free to over 200,000 subscribers of the Progressive Farmer. Just in case you’re curious, here’s what the first issue cover of Southern Living Magazine looked like when it debuted. There’s a story behind this cover too:)

Southern Living Magazine | Premier Edition
…Begun as a section in The Progressive Farmer titled The Progressive Home (retitled "Southern Living" in 1963), a new monthly magazine made its debut as a separate publication, Southern Living, in February 1966. At a time when the South was changing rapidly from a rural to a more urban region, Southern Living targeted families who often lived in suburbs, owned their homes, and enjoyed cooking, gardening, entertaining, travel and home-improvement projects.-- From The Companion to Southern Literature: Themes, Genres, Places, People, Movements, and Motifs

Lane Cake may be the quintessential Southern dessert, but, do you know what cake Southern Living Magazine claims to be the most requested since its publication in 1978? Why it’s Hummingbird Cake, which we all know has nothing to do with these beauties:)

Hummingbirds

WOW! Wasn’t that a glimpse of Sunshine:) So is this Hummingbird Cake, let me tell you! The recipe is from the Southern Living 1982 Annual Recipes Cookbook. (I have a few annuals through 1996:) The picture for the Hummingbird Cake was harvested from good ol’ wiki.

Hummingbird Cake

I’ve been in search of just the right Bran Muffin recipe for Marion. As you know, she is quite fond of all things sweet:) However, every now and again she decides she needs to eat healthier and we wind up with 5 or 6 boxes of Raisin Bran cereal in the cupboard! With the exception of Cherrios and once in a blue moon, Frosted Flakes, I don’t do boxed cereals! I usually have to remind Marion that she doesn’t either. She just laughs, lol…

Bran Muffin
Bran Muffin

I think I’ve hit the jackpot with this recipe. As a matter of fact we both have become quite fond of these Bran Muffins. I found the recipe in the Southern Living Annual from 1984. To add a bit of sweetness to Marion’s, I “frosted” hers with a brown sugar crumb topping. To be perfectly honest, they really didn’t need it. I was glad I omitted the topping on mine and added blueberries instead. My adjustments are in red:)

Bran Muffins Recipe

The history of Southern Living Magazine spans over 50 years. As you can imagine, there have been numerous articles printed and posted about its beginnings and its future. Way too much for the scope of this blog post. (we all saw how carried away I got about Bing cherries:) Of the many bits and pieces I learned about Southern Living in my travels, the one that really surprised mewas, Cooking Light Magazine. Did you know it sprang from the pages of Southern Living! I didn't!

Beside the annuals, I do have a few Southern Living cookbooks. The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook and Southern Living’s Our Readers Top-Rated Recipes are both on the shelf next to their Cooking Light counterparts. This recipe for Shellfish Crêpes in Wine-Cheese Sauce is from the Top Rated Recipes cookbook. A bit decadent for the first day of Lent but, hey, we’re just looking:)

Crepes
Shellfish Crepes

Did you download the February calendar yet? No? It’s right up there in the left side bar:) You might need it because it’s another busy week for food celebrations, there are Plum Puddings, Tortellini, Gum Drops and Almonds to nibble on before I come back just in time for Cabbage Day. Yes, I said Cabbage, lol…We can’t forget, Valentine’s Day snuggled in between. I can’t believe it’s been two years since I did my retro Valentine’s post. In case you missed it, you can start here. Have a GREAT week everyone and Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Louise:)

Vintage Valentine

Resources:
1.What Ever Happened To The Boozy Cake In 'To Kill A Mockingbird’?
2.Whitewashing Southern Living: the sociocultural significance of the 1966 magazine launch in Birmingham, Alabama









60 comments:

  1. Fifty years is a long time! That means that the magazine has many delicious and tried and true recipes that shares with its readers! All recipes look delicious but the one with the crepes and the seafood caught my eye from the moment I saw it!

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    1. Hi Katerina:)
      Yes it is quite a popular magazine. According to wiki, the circulation in 2011 was 2,830,179! For some reason it doesn't surprise me that you like the seafood crepes. I do too!!!

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  2. Hi, Louise!
    Oh, my! It sure is purty!
    Fifty years is something to celebrate, especially when you think of the publications that are having problems now. On to another 50 years!

    Glad you found a good Bran Muffin recipe. As Mary Poppins sang, “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.”

    Keep it cool, chum!
    Margaret

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  3. I'm thinking of doing something for cabbage day too. :-) Anyway, that sure is a "purty" cover! And the post is purty darn good, too. :-) Fun stuff -- thanks.

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    1. I'll check your post to see John. If you did, I'll be a linking, lol...

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  4. What a fun post! Two of the more popular posts on my blog are for southern recipes--caramel cake and angel flake biscuits. I've always wanted to make a hummingbird cake, but I'm allergic to pineapple. I wonder what I could substitute instead? Hummm Happy Valentine's Day!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it, Linda:) Oooo Caramel Cake, that sounds yummy! That's too bad about the pineapple. I guess you could still bake the came without it. I'm not sure it would still be Himmingbird Cake though, lol...but, I bet it's still tasty!

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  5. I love seeing your list of substitutions in the recipe you made! I can never just follow the recipe without making any changes either. :-)

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    1. Sometimes it is to the demise of the recipe though Poppy...One day I will follow a recipe to the T!

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  6. Interesting post Louise. I have wanted to make Lane Cake for a long time because it features in To Kill A Mockingbird, and I've never tried it before.

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    1. You're not alone, Gaye. I've seen that reason many times. I read that the movie is one of the reasons Lane Cake became so popular!

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  7. I actually like Raisin Bran, but I don't eat cereal often. Usually my breakfast is a glass of OJ and 2 eggs, followed a couple of hours later by yogurt. Your bran muffins look great! Hummingbird Cake sounds good, too, and reminds me of "Chipmunk Pie" and "Daffodil Cake", both of which I've made and have nothing to do with the actual food. I think I have a Southern Living cookbook here, too, given to me by one of my daughters. Great post, Louise; stay warm this frigid weekend.

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    1. The Bran Muffins were really good, Marjie. I may just make them again! Although, now that you mention it, it is getting to be Daffodil Cake time of year. Hmmm...

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  8. I've made that Hummingbird Cake several times through the years! Always wanted to bake the Lane Cake, but have never tried it. Perhaps that should be a goal for me.:-) - xo Nellie

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    1. It sure should be Nellie. Just make sure you share, lol...

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  9. Oh, I love that magazine so much!

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  10. Dear Louise..
    Love this post, but then again I love all of your posts. This magazine is a real good one...I have loved this for a long time, even though I am from NY (North) I love the pictures of the beautiful flowers, and yummy recipes. Wow, can't believe it is "50" years. I have tried making a Humming Bird Cake before, but my family did not care for it, even though I thought it was delicious. Also love the Bran Muffins and the Crepes..I always get hungry when I read your posts..Thank you for sharing and Happy Valentine's Day to you dear friend and give a hug to Marion. Talk to you soon...
    Dottie Hugs :)

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    1. I buy Southern Living once and a while too, Dottie. I think many "northerners" do. It does have some interesting recipes that's for sure!

      Marion likes Hummingbird Cake but it did take a while for her to get use to it. I guess different taste buds for different folks. I happen to LOVE it!

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  11. Hmmm, 50 years doesn't seem as long as it used to! I have been seeing Hummingbird Cake everywhere lately, though. Perhaps it is a sign I need to make it!.

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  12. Bran muffin sounds so healthy, Louise! Southern Living Magazine looks like a treasure to have especially being around for 50 yrs! Hey, it's the same age as me!! Hahaha! I've just posted a Valentine's Day recipe too & certainly hope to entice you with it........ xoxo

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    1. LOVED your Valentine post, Shirley. I only wish I could have enjyed it in person!!!

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  13. i've had many magazine subscriptions over the years, and i think i can honestly say that southern living is my favorite!

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    1. I had a feeling you would say that Grace:)

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  14. Hi Louise, such a great magazine, I love all your posts especially ones like this that share cookbook and magazine history and recipes. Will prepare the bran muffin recipe looks delicious!

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    1. I hope you get to try the bran muffins, Cheri. They really came out good. I'm going to make them again next week! So glad you enjoyed this post:)

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  15. This looks like a great magazine, and that cake on the cover is definitely "purty" :-)

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    1. Lol, the magazine is very informative Kari. LOVE that cover cake too!!!

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  16. I've heard of both cakes but have never tasted them but from the ingredient list, I know I would love them. A question on your bran muffins…on the 2 1/2 cups of flour, did you substitute 1/2 cup of that with the oat bran?

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    1. Isn't it great that you can tell if your going to like the outcome of a recipe by the ingredient list, Karen, lol...As for the bran muffins, yes, I used 1/2 cup of oat bran for the 1/2 cup of flour. Hope this helps:)

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  17. I love the southern culture. The best is southern foods.

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  18. I have never made a hummingbird, but I have eaten it, so yummy. I like how you made the muffins healthier. Cabbage day sounds interesting, I am a big fan of anything with cabbage. Happy Valentine's Day to you Louise!!

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    1. It is yummy isn't it, Dawn. You really need to bake one some day:)

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  19. Happy Valentines Day Louise - those bran muffins look like an excellent way to use up the boxes of bran - I am not so keen on boxed cereals but occasionally sylvia wants them and then I am left with the rest - sadly not bran or these muffins would be on my to do list

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    1. I guess you could consider it lucky not to have any leftover bran, Johanna. Marion just keeps on buying it! I'll be baking more muffins this week!!!

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  20. This is so interesting! I don't know much about Southern culture and I enjoy reading your article! 50 years is a long time for a magazine, wow. The recipe of Hummingberg cake looks good, interesting with pineapple.
    I wish you a lovely Valentine day Louise! xx

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the little bit of Southern history in this post, Alida:) If you ever get a chance to bake the Hummingbird Cake, I know you won't be disappointed!!!

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  21. Happy Valentine's Day, Louise. I had no idea this started as an offshoot of Progressive Farmer. I think if I were still able to dig through my grandmother's attic and all of her stacks of magazines, I would surely find the original!

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    1. Go for it, Debra. Let us know how you do!!!

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  22. Hi Louise, that hummingbird cake sure looks very close to my carrot cake with pineapple. I bet it taste delish...

    You have over 4000 cookbooks and you make use of them for your blog post. So much research you put into it. You're amazing.
    Happy Valentine day.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Hummingbird cake reminds me of Carrot Cake with Pineapples too Julia. Simply delicious! I try to share some of the cookbooks in my blog posts. It gives me another reason to attack those shelves!!!

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  23. Ive only had one recipe turn out poorly from southern living. It wasn't tested for sure but anything else had been wonderful. I like that magazine. Also Cooking Light.

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    1. I really don't bake out of the Southern Living books often enough, Tina...I do like the Cooking Light cookbooks, perhaps more:)

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  24. Southern Living is one of my favorite magazines. I love Hummingbird cake. It has always been a favorite. Happy Valentine's Day :)

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    1. Southern Living has quite a following from everywhere Geraldine. I really should get a subscription, lol...

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  25. Hi Louise ,
    Great post as always . Stopped by to wish you and Marion a happy Valentine's Day . Everything is well in my corner of the world . Thanks for sharing , be back soon . Wiggling my toes . :) Nee

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    1. You're so sweet Nee:) We miss you!!! I'm wiggling too:)

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  26. Dear Louise, My brother has given me his old copies of Southern Living. I enjoy so very much reading these recipes. Everything looks so very delicious!!
    I enjoy some box cereals myself. I love Frosted Flakes!! and my daughter tells me "I should know better" lol.
    This Valentine's Day was freezing!! but this too shall soon pass.
    Keep well and my best to Marion. xoxo Catherine

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    1. I love thumbing through old copies of magazines, Catherine. How lucky that your brother was so willing to share:)

      Every once in a while, we all need to indulge in Frosted Flakes even when we know better, lol...Good for your daughter reminding you through, lol...Thanks for visiting, Catherine...I think we're in for a chill but the last two days have been gorgeous!!!

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  27. I have had the hummingbird cake before and have made a cake similar to it, I just didn't know the name. It's a delicious cake! I am loving those muffins. Healthy, hearty, and delicious. I love making breakfast crepes but have never tried savory. The seafood crepes up above look very tempting!

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    1. Hummingbird cake is soooo yummy Pam. The muffins really were popular around here. Marion has asked me to bake them again. That's always a good sign, lol...

      I don't make savory crepes often but when I do, oh so good!!!

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  28. Hi Louise,

    Happy Valentine's Day to you and Marion! Your bran muffins are yummy!!!

    I'm totally amazed when I saw your 1966 issue of Southern Living magazine... and it costed just a quarter! Now it must be like $5 or more ??? LOL!

    Zoe

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    1. Hi Zoe,
      That copy of the 1966 issue is from the Southern Living website. I did, however, buy the recent issue and yes, there is a big difference in price, lol...Thanks for popping by Zoe...

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  29. Louise! Thank you so much for all your comments on my blog, so sorry I've been annoyingly absent. The last few weeks have been hectic. Hopefully I can find balance soon. Also thank you for the follow on Instagram. I have to look out for you so I can do the same. Your bran muffins look delicious. I'm pinning those for later. Also I have to say the modernised version of a Lane cake sounds more appealing than the original. I seriously can not stand liquor in cakes or food. I don't know why that is, but it stems from my childhood.

    Hope you're all doing well and I am so glad to see you back here again. You are a burst of sunshine
    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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    1. Not to worry, Sonia...I enjoyed seeing your gorgeous vacation pictures on Instagram. You take all the time you need to catch your balance. I''l be by to visit. Who knows, maybe I'll bring some Bran Muffins, lol...

      Thank you for your kind words, Sonia...It's wonderful to be back:)

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  30. Love this look back at the history of Southern Living! And, now I want to make a hummingbird cake. Both versions of the bran muffins look great!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it Lisa. It was such fun to post!

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