Gourdough’s Specialty Doughnuts Austin, TX

Austin is well known for their food trucks and food truck trailer parks. In 2010, I had a blast visiting Torchy’s, Man Bites Dog, and Hey Cupcake. When I was back in Austin for The Southern Tailgating Cookbook Tour a few weeks ago, I made a stop at a new truck that I had heard quite a bit about; Gourdough’s Specialty Doughnuts!

These aren’t your typical doughnuts. At Gourdough’s you are getting a doughnut that will eat like a meal! Each doughnut is topped with a wide assortment of toppings. From the Flying Pig (Bacon with Maple Syrup Icing) to the Dirty Berry (Fudge Chocolate Icing with Grilled Strawberries), Gourgough’s has something for every taste! I decided to go with the Funky Monkey (Grilled Bananas & Cream Cheese Icing with Brown Sugar). If you are a doughnut lover, you have to give Gourdough’s a try!

For those of you who live in the Athens, GA, area, I would love to see you at Avid Bookshop tonight (10/4/13) at 6:30pm for a signing of The Southern Tailgating Cookbook! Have a great weekend!

Sausages with Pepper Jam

Bratwurst and other sausages are staples on grills. Whether it is a noon, 3pm, or evening kickoff, there is really no wrong time for a bratwurst. After a few games of eating sausage sandwiches on their own, you may be wondering how you can add some color and flavor to this tailgating classic. The solution is to serve them with this sweet onion and red bell pepper jam! The jam will not only add great flavor to your sausage sandwich, but its bold red and orange color could complement your team’s color scheme! The jam can be made the day before, refrigerated over night and then brought to room temperature at your tailgate.

Sausages with Pepper Jam
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  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 5 cups yellow onions, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup chicken stock

  1. In a large sauce pan melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Stir frequently and cook for 5 minutes. Add the sugar, vinegar and lemon juice. Cook, stirring frequently, for 15 minutes.
  2. Add the red bell pepper and cook, stirring frequently, over medium heat for 20 minutes. Add the chicken stock and cook , stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove pan from heat. Using an immersion blender, blend ⅓ of the onion pepper mixture. Stir jam to blend.
  4. Return jam to heat and cook over medium high heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove jam from heat. Let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate over night and transport in a cooler to your tailgate. Bring to room temperature before serving.



The Southern Tailgating Cookbook Texas Book Tour

2 weeks of college football are now in the books. Some of you have teams off to a strong 2-0 start, while others have teams that are still trying to find their stride.  Don’t worry!  It’s still early in the season and anything can happen. Are you a Texas Longhorn, TCU Horned Frog, Houston Cougar, Baylor Bear, SMU Mustang, Texas Tech Red Raider, or Texas A&M Aggie? I am coming to your state for part of The Southern Tailgating Cookbook Book Tour!

There will be two game day stops. I will be on The UT campus this weekend when Ole Miss comes to town and at Texas A&M on 9/21 when SMU comes to town. There will also be stops at Brazos Bookstore in Houston and The SMU Bookstore in Dallas.

Here are the full details for each event.



Texas vs Ole Miss Game

 Saturday, September 14, 2013

University Co-op Bookstore

2246 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705

I will be in and out throughout the day and will have a seated signing from 2:30-4:30. 


  Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 7:00pm

Brazos Bookstore

2421 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX 77005



Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 5:00pm

Southern Methodist University Bookstore

3060 Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75205


College Station

Texas A&M vs SMU

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Texas A&M University Bookstore

Memorial Student Center, College Station, TX 77843

 I hope to see you there! I will be tweeting about my time in Texas. Follow me on Twitter   or Instagram to see what I find along the way. If you haven’t picked up your copy of The Southern Tailgating Cookbook, it is available on Amazon, through UNC Press, or your local bookstore! If you live in a town where the book tour has made a stop, there are signed copies available there! (Charlotte try Park Road Books, Raleigh, try Quail Ridge Books).

Peach and Scallop Ceviche

Tailgating season is finally here! I hope you enjoyed the start to the college football season last night. Planning on tailgating this weekend? Try this Peach and Scallop Ceviche. This South Carolina inspired appetizer takes advantage of juicy late season peaches and beautiful plump scallops. If you are a Clemson Tiger fan, you can theme your ceviche with yellow/orange peaches and purple bell peppers. Gamecock fans can serve theirs with white peaches and red bell pepper. Either way, this light and refreshing appetizer is a great item to serve on a hot game day before an evening kickoff. Good luck to your team this weekend and happy tailgating!

Peach and Scallop Ceviche
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Serves: 8

  • 1 pound dry pack scallops
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1½ cups peeled bite sized peaches (yellow or white)
  • ½ cup finely diced bell pepper ( purple or red)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon seeded finely chopped jalapeno pepper
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated lime zest
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly grated orange zest

  1. Put scallops into a large bowl. If scallops are large, cut into to halves or quarters to make bite sized pieces. Add the lime juice and orange juice. Toss the scallops to cover. Chill in refrigerator or cooler, tossing every few minutes, until scallops reach your desired level of “cooked,” about 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. While scallops are “cooking,” put the peaches, pepper, shallot, cilantro, mint, brown sugar, jalapeno, lime zest, salt, pepper and orange zest into a medium bowl. Stir until mixed.
  3. Add the peach mixture to the scallops. Toss until all ingredients are mixed. Adjust salt and pepper if desired. Serve.


Breakfast Cookies

I always admire those who are first at a tailgate. These early risers are there long before kickoff to set up the tent, get the smoker or grill fired up, and be the first to welcome everyone in for game day! If you are an early riser or have one in your tailgating group, send these breakfast cookies along with them. Yes, they are technically a cookie, but when you taste the wheat germ, old fashioned oats, coconut, toasted almonds, apricot, golden raisin, and dried cranberries, it feels like you are eating a balanced breakfast. Served with a french press filled with hot coffee, you have a breakfast that will help those early risers get the tailgate ready for you! In the off season, these cookies are great for any type of day. Once you tailgate with them, they will surely enter your regular cookie rotation.

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Fresh Peach Salsa

With school beginning and college football about to begin, summer is rapidly coming to a close. This sassy peach salsa is full of bright flavors and designed to take advantage of late summer peaches and plums. Like all salsas, it shows great versatility. It can be served as an appetizer with chips, or as a condiment on fish tacos. If you want to have it sit on a bun, try adding goat or cheddar cheese to your salsa topped chicken sandwich. When serving this to friends at a late summer BBQ or tailgate, you can’t go wrong!

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BLT Pesto Sliders

Who is ready for football season? Sally and I are. Have you thought about what you will be bringing to your tailgates this fall? For an early season game, take advantage of summer’s heirloom tomatoes and serve these BLT Pesto Sliders. The BLT component comes from the thick cut bacon, arugula, and tomato. With the addition of Basil Arugula Walnut Pesto and mozzarella cheese, you have a sandwich that will satisfy your guests’ appetizer or main meal cravings!

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Smoky Barbecue and Cheddar Egg Roll

College football season is almost here! Are you taking these last few weekends before the season starts to test out a few new recipes or make sure your equipment is ready to go. If you are smoking a pork shoulder, you are bound to have some leftover meat. Sally’s Smoky BBQ and Cheddar Egg Rolls are the perfect way to make use of any leftover shoulder meat. If you aren’t smoking a shoulder, head over to your favorite barbecue restaurant and order a few pounds to go. Smoky Barbecue and Cheddar Egg Rolls can be cut in half and served as an appetizer or grab two for a full entree. Either way, they are a perfect food to have on your plate during the NFL Preseason games this weekend!

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Roasted Yellow Tomato Soup

There is something comforting about a warm bowl of rich red tomato soup. That comforting feeling is perfect for a cool and rainy afternoon or when you are on a break from sledding and snowman building. Tomato Soup is not ideal for the heat of an August afternoon. Or is it? Inspired by her garden’s bounty of yellow tomatoes, Sally has created a Roasted Yellow Tomato Soup that is perfect for a warm fall or late summer get together! This velvety and  vibrant soup is full of tomato flavor and provides that same comforting feeling without overheating. The beautiful yellow color that would look great on any tailgating or dinner party spread. You can serve it warm, at room temperature, or slightly chilled.

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Bacon and Chipotle Gouda Cornbread Croutons

A crouton isn’t limited to the buttered sourdough square you are probably most used to. A homemade crouton can be made out of any bread and is an easy way to pack a ton of flavor into an item that won’t take up too much space when traveling. These Bacon and Chipotle Gouda Cornbread Croutons can be made a few days before your party or tailgate. At the event, they are a versatile topping to any salad or soup. You may intend them as a topping, but be warned. Once your guests taste these crunchy squares they will be eaten by the handful as a snack that any bacon lover would approve of!

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Chicken Chili with Roasted Tomatoes

Fall is quickly approaching. This means the end of summer vacation, kids going back to school, and most importantly College Football will be back!  Now is the time to start testing new recipes and thinking about what new flavors you can bring to your tailgate this season. Looking for a versatile dish that can feed a crowd? Try this Chicken Chili with Roasted Tomatoes.

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The Southern Tailgating Cookbook Book Tour

The day I have been waiting almost 3 years for is only 2 weeks away! On August 5th, The Southern Tailgating Cookbook will be available! Some of you who preordered might have already received your copy. I hope you enjoy it! To celebrate the book, I will be on a book tour this fall! I would love to meet you and sign your copy! Here is the line up of where I will be.


The Southern Tailgating Cookbook 2013 Book Tour

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Thursday, August 15 7:30pm


Quail Ridge Books-Raleigh, NC
Saturday, August 24 2:00pm


Park Road Books-Charlotte, NC
Sunday, September 1 5:00 PM


Decatur Book Festival-Decatur, GA
Sunday, September 8 2:00pm


Barnes & Noble-Burlington, NC
Saturday, September 14                  

Ole Miss @ U Texas Game

University Coop Bookstore-Austin, TX
Tuesday, September 17 7:00pm


Brazos Bookstore Houston, TX
Wednesday, September 18 5:00pm


Southern Methodist University Bookstore-Dallas, TX
Saturday, September 21     


Texas A&M University Bookstore-College Station, TX
Thursday, September 26  6:00pm  

VA Tech @ GA Tech Game 

Georgia Tech Bookstore-Atlanta, GA
Friday, October 4, 6:30pm


Avid Bookshop-Athens, GA
Saturday, October 12


Southern Festival of Books-Nashville, TN
Saturday, October 19 2:00pm            

LSU @ Ole Miss Game

Ole Miss University Bookstore-Oxford, MS
Saturday, October 26                            

Furman @ LSU Game

LSU University Bookstore-Baton Rouge, LA
Saturday, November 9                          

LSU @ Alabama Game

The University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, AL
Saturday, November 30                        

Clemson @ USC Game

University of South Carolina Bookstore-Columbia, SC
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Throughout the fall, I will be making 15 stops in 8 different states!  From bookstore, to festivals, to tailgating on college campuses, this tour has it all! Some events don’t have start times yet. I will be filling those in as they are finalized.

I am looking forward another fall filled with tailgating and can’t wait to meet you and come see your tailgate! I will be making game day stops at South Carolina, Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, and Texas! If you will be tailgating there, I would love to come by and see how you celebrate GAME-DAY!

I will be updating you throughout the fall of the tour’s progress. If you haven’t ordered your copy of The Southern Tailgating Cookbook yet, you can buy one as a hard back or Ebook edition!

I look forward to seeing you this fall! Happy Tailgating!