March 28, 2014



“She was so Southern that she cried tears
that came straight from the Mississippi,
and she always smelled faintly of
cottonwood and peaches.”
~Sarah Addison Allen, Garden Spells

My mother often gave garden parties. She also attended garden parties on a regular basis when living in Vicksburg. Hmmmm, perhaps that is why I was left in the care of Miss Mary so often,  since she was in her whirlwind of social activities! I can certainly understand that now that I'm older. It was either the Ladies Auxiliary, The Junior League, the local medical society wives, the Presbyterian Women's Club, The Vicksburg Garden Club, The Knife and Fork Club.....such an endless list of luncheons. These types of ladies luncheons are a tradition in the south, even today. Ladies luncheons, bridal showers, birthdays are still celebrated at the best tea rooms across the south.
In fact, the Divine Miss M will be attending a bridal shower at The Swan House in Atlanta in a few weeks. I posted about our day trip to the Swan House a few years ago. It was a most marvelous Mother/Daughter day and one of the tried and true southern traditions I cherish! You can read about our day trip here!
This is the new springtime dress she ordered for the luncheon!
When I have hosted bridal showers or ladies luncheons in the past, I love serving some of mother's best fruit salads, a good chicken salad, a southern asparagus casserole, assorted petite muffins, sweet peach tea and peach Bellini's! And you must have a sweet ending that they will remember! If you ever host a shower or luncheon, you may want to serve this marvelous Mushroom Crust Crab Quiche! It will have your guests swooning and asking for your recipe! Oh how I love the south and the tea rooms.....I think Miss M and I need to plan another Mother/Daughter luncheon at The Swan House......."I'll throw on my pearls and Be Gone with the Wind, faster than you can say Puh-Cahn Pie!! "

~A Taste of Pisgah
5 T. Butter
½ lb. mushrooms, chopped finely
½ cup crushed crackers
1 ¼ t. dried tarragon
¾ cup chopped scallions
¾ cup Monterey Jack Cheese
¾ cup shredded Swiss cheese
¾ cup small curd cottage cheese
¼ cup ricotta cheese
3 eggs, beaten
½ t. red pepper
2 T. sherry
6 ounces of crabmeat

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt 3 T. butter in a skillet. Add the mushrooms and sauté until tender. Remove from heat. Stir in the crushed crackers (saltines) and 1 t. tarragon. Press into an oiled 9-inch pie plate. Bake for 1 minutes. Melt the remaining 2 T. of butter, add the scallions and sauté until tender. Spread the scallions over the cooked mushroom crust. Blend together the shredded jack and Swiss cheeses, the cottage cheese, ricotta and beaten eggs. Season with the remaining ¼ t. tarragon, cayenne and Sherry. Fold in the crabmeat. Pout over the mixture of onions and bake for 40 minutes. Allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving! Divine!!


Be Your Most Beautiful


  1. I. am. drooling.
    Imust make this! (And eat this!) I think this dish offers a good excuse to host a party, don't you think?

    1. Hi Cheryl! Yes, my is a perfect excuse to celebrate springtime and host a garden party! Think of all the beautiful possibilities! Take pictures please!!

  2. I would love to come to your garden party! It all sounds wonderful!

  3. Oh I sure could use a garden party about now with all this snow around us. I love the photos and the vintage styes of the dresses. They are so sweet. And the quiche sounds wonderful. Yummy. The garden party will have to be put on hold until about June ok? :)

  4. Dear Estelle, I want to be a southern belle and go to garden parties too! I want pecan pie. I want a garden with every kind of flower imaginable, I want someone to make this quiche for me NOW! And I just think your daughters dress is so pretty.
    I loved your quote of putting on your pearls and you would be gone with the wind! I really enjoyed this today! I needed it as we worked out in the yard all day spring yard stuff!
    We are still in drought conditions. I want humidity :o).
    Think I am a little whiny today? Oh please don't answer that...
    Blessings, Roxy

  5. This sort of social experience is so far removed from my experience, though it certainly is fun to read about. That dress is beautiful!

  6. I don't eat crab, but hubby does and he loves Quiche--all real men do:-D I love the idea of a Garden Party; wish we lived closer so we could do one together, XOXO

  7. Hi Betsy I am currently completing a book about the social history of English afternoon tea and would love to use your beautiful image entitled Spring Garden Party to illustrate a vintage style afternoon tea. I will of course give your lovely blog a credit in the book. My email is I am based in London Uk. Warm regards Gillian


I so love receiving your thoughts and comments. I also hope you found something that made you smile.