The Neelys' down-home approach to cooking has earned them the highest accolades from coast to coast. Read more...
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The Neelys' down-home approach to cooking has earned them the highest accolades from coast to coast. It has also won them millions of viewers on the Food Network. Simply put, the Neelys are all about good food and good times. In this, their eagerly awaited debut cookbook, the Neelys share the delicious food they have been cooking up for years both at home and in their restaurants.
Pat and Gina hail from families with a boundless love of cooking and bedrock traditions of sharing meals. At the Neelys', mealtime is "family" time, and that means no stinting on "the sauce." Indeed, that's one of the Neely secrets: the liberal application of barbeque sauce to almost anything--spaghetti, nachos, salad, you name it. Of course, there are other secrets as well, and you will find them all in the pages of "Down Home with the Neelys, " along with more than 120 mouthwatering recipes.
Here are the tried-and-true southern recipes that have been passed down from one Neely generation to the next, including many of their signature dishes, such as Barbeque Deviled Eggs, Florida Coast Pickled Shrimp, Pat's Wings of Fire, Gina's Collard Greens, Grandma Jean's Potato Salad, Nana's Southern Gumbo, Memphis-sized Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Slaw, Get Yo' Man Chicken, and Sock-It-to-Me Cake. Certainly, no self-respecting southerner would dream of offering a meal to a guest without a proper drink, so Pat and Gina have included some of their favorite libations here, too.
The Neelys work, laugh, love, and play harder than any family you'll ever meet. Their love for good food is infectious, and in "Down Home with the Neelys," they bring their heavenly inspired cooking down to earth for all to share.
A family affair
Pat and Gina Neely know how to do itthree successful restaurants, a super-popular show on the Food Network, a product line of BBQ seasonings and sauces, a catering service and, now, their very first cookbook, calledno surpriseDown Home with the Neelys: A Southern Family Cookbook. When Gina and Pat, who had been teenage sweethearts, reunited big time at their 10th high school reunion, Pat and his brothers were already on that "long and smoky road," running two thriving restaurants that turned out some of the best ribs in Memphis. Gina joined them and her special savvy, verve and love of traditional Southern food just made it all even better. The recipes here reflect the Neely's shared joy and delight in down-home cooking and invite their readers to take a place at the family table. Gina and Pat don't hold backyou get the scoop on the Neely's Barbecue Seasoning and Barbecue Sauce, the very keys to their kingdomplus their take on Seared Okra and Tomatoes that sing "summertime in the South," Gina's Collard Greens, Sweet and Spicy Slaw, Barbecue Spaghetti (they serve 200 gallons a week!), Barbecued Chicken, Shrimp and Catfish, even Mama Daisy's Banana Pudding. Gotta go, my yen for something Southern is overwhelming.