Bon Appetit, Y’all

Alabama – made grocery products . . . except I think Georgia may have something to say
about the packs of Coca-Cola!
Piggly Wiggly recently had an intriguing display of Alabama – made products. It’s fun and sometimes surprising to see what is manufactured locally.  I know I was surprised a few years ago when I discovered  China Doll Rice products were manufactured right across the Bay in Saraland!  Why did I think they were made in China?  Ironic that American flags are made in China but China Doll Rice is made in Alabama.  Touche’.
You may remember my previous story about how much I love Wickles, which are also made in Sweet Home Alabama. (Click here if you want to relive the joy).
Red Diamond Coffee and Tea is a favorite throughout the South.  
And stand back – my all time favorite – Golden Flake Potato Chips.  My dream is to visit the plant in Birmingham and load my car up with crunchy, salty chips.  I would rather have one bag of Golden Flakes than twenty double fudge chocolate cakes!

And this is a new favorite of mine, Stone Hollow Creamery’s Goat Cheese, made in Harpersville, Alabama. Alexandra Stone is the daughter in the family farm business and a student at Samford University. The beautiful goatherd  handles all of the product design and public relations for the family’s artisan creamery and farm.  Click here to read an article from b-metro magazine, written by Tracy Robinson, about the talented young Alabamian.

I took home several of the state goodies, including a box of Whistle Stop Cafe Fried Green Tomato Batter Mix, which I’ll tell you more about another time.  For now, here’s what I made with the chèvre from Stone Hollow:

Alabama Chèvre Pecan Spread
from: Fairhope Supply Co

Mix two 3oz packages of Stone Hollow Creamery Goat Cheese with half that amount of cream cheese.  Stir in approximately 1/2c red seedless grapes which have been finely chopped.  In a pan, melt 1/2 stick butter.  Stir in 1/2c brown sugar.  When dissolved, stir in 1c chopped pecans.  Stir to coat.  When cool, stir pecans into cheese mixture and refrigerate.

Serve with crackers or toast points.  I used it to make goat cheese-pecan tea sandwiches.

I cannot begin to tell you how good this was!  
And if you live in the South, you probably have your own pecan tree.  If not, The Pig will have those too!
Bon Appetit, Y’all.

See this recipe and other great ideas at Coastal Charm, Savvy Southern Style, and Claiming Our Space.

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  1. Pixie says

    Yum, sounds delicious. And I do have my own pecan trees. Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, lots of them have blown off. I had to hurry and pick them up before those pesky squirrels moved in!

  2. says

    I just went back through and read a whole mess of posts (which were not a mess, just to be clear, but very fun, informative and interesting!) Thanks for stopping by Quirky Vistas last week. I was out of town and off the computer (woo!) so I’m taking my sweet time responding to people, but so glad to see you stopped by. Hope you’ll come by again. I know I’ll be back to visit you. I’m your newest follower. Come on over and follow as well if you like.

  3. says

    Isn’t it amazing to learn all the things that are actually local when your store does this type of display? I always find at least one or two things I didn’t know about. Your spread sound delicious and perfect for the upcoming holiday season. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you next week.

  4. says

    So I watched “O Brother, Where Art Thou” with my teenage sons a couple weeks ago and there’s a fleeting reference to Piggly Wiggly in it. My younger boy asked what the heck that was, as the fellow who mentioned it had gone to prison for knocking one over. When I explained, he was incredulous that there could be a chain of grocery stores with such an improbable name!

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