How Southern is your Palate? And a Giveaway!!!

Today I am so excited to spotlight The Cedar Key by Stephania McGee. And to do that, we’re going to play a game!!!!! But first, here’s more about the book:

The Cedar Key: A Small Town Southern Contemporary by [Stephenia H. McGee]

The Cedar Key

Releases October 6, 2020


Could the key to Casey’s future be hidden in someone else’s past?

Casey Adams unexpectedly inherits an old Victorian house full of other people’s memories. Stuck in a quirky little Mississippi town, Casey’s hope for a fresh start died as soon she had to lay the grandmother she’d just met to rest.

But Grandma Ida carried secrets beyond the grave.

Before her death Ida carefully planned a trail of clues to help Casey unlock the Macintyre family secrets and finally explain why the family abandoned her. But each of Ida’s letters will only come from Casey’s handsome—and often frustrating—new neighbor. As Casey pieces together the stories behind the objects filling her grandmother’s house, she embarks on a heart-stirring journey that rattles her foundations, ignites her faith, and leads her to a startling discovery that will reshape her future. But only if she can face the lies that have been slowly tearing her apart.

Links to purchase:

Amazon / Kindle


In honor of my new release, The Cedar Key, we are going to play a little game I’m calling “How Southern is your Palate.”

Round One:

In the first category, tally up how many of these foods you’ve actually eaten.

1 point per food

Fried green tomatoes

Pickled okra



Biscuits with tomato gravy

Boiled peanuts

Pimento cheese

Cheese straws

Fried okra

Fried squash

Chicken and dumplings

Pecan Pie

I could go on, but we’ll leave it here. Count up how many points you earned. Now we’ll move on to the second round.

Round Two:

How many of these foods (no googling!) do you actually know what they are?




Slugburgers (hint: they are not made from slugs!)

Poke salad

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1 point for each of those that you knew what they were.

Round Three:

Finally, let’s get to the tough one. How many of these Southern combos would you be willing to try?

1 point per food

Biscuits with chocolate gravy

Peanut butter and banana sandwich

Mayo and banana sandwich

Tomato and mayo sandwich

Pear salad (mayo and shredded cheddar on a canned pear half)

A bottle of Coke filled with peanuts

Cornbread in buttermilk

Cornbread slathered in canned (homemade!) tomatoes

Shrimp and grits

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Tally your score and leave it in the comments! One winner gets a prize pack from Stephenia H. McGee including:

1 ebook

The Cedar Key recipe booklet

The Cedar Key coloring sheet

Bible verse pintables

Don’t miss Stephenia’s Small Town Southern Contemporary, The Cedar Key which released October 6, 2020

And be sure to connect with Stephenia online!

I took the test for the fun of it too. I scored 9 points. How about you!? Enter the giveaway by sharing your number in the comments, and tell us how you came to that number!!!

22 thoughts on “How Southern is your Palate? And a Giveaway!!!

  1. My score is 9!

    Round 1: Fried green tomatoes, fried okra, chicken and dumplings, pecan pie
    Round 2: Chitlins
    Round 3: Peanut butter and banana sandwich, tomato and mayo sandwich (they are amazing!!), pear salad, a bottle of Coke filled with peanuts

    Obviously I’m not very Southern! 😀

    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! I don’t know if I could handle a peanut butter and banana sandwich. Of course, it would probably still be better than the banana/mayo sandwich my mom eats. ha!

  2. I got a score of 10. I didn’t get anything in Round 2. Lol Really looking forward to reading this story!

  3. 13. Fried okra was a favorite for school cafeteria lunch. Round 2 was the hardest for me…I’ve heard of them, but don’t know their contents. I LOVE pb & banana sandwiches. I grew up in Texas, but didn’t realize it was a “southern” thing. Thanks for sharing! 😜🥰📚

  4. I got 16 and I grew up in northern Illinois!
    6 from round 1
    2 from round 2
    8 from round 3 I have actually tried some of these.

  5. Round one: I’ve had all but boiled peanuts and the two cheese ones as I don’t eat cheese.
    Round 2: I know what chitlins, ambrosia, and poke salad are
    Round 3: I’ve eaten pb&banana sandwich, tomato and mayo, pear salad, coke and peanuts, and cornbread with buttermilk.
    I want to try the biscuits and chocolate gravy.

    1. Nice! My husband was born and has lived his entire life in Mississippi, and he never had a pear salad until I made him one. He was NOT a fan. ha ha! We haven’t have the chocolate gravy either, but it sounds good.

  6. I had 7

    Round 1 – 3 Round 2 – 3 Round 3 – 1

    I guess that shows that I may live in the South, but I don’t eat like a Southerner.

  7. I don’t pretend to be Southern, I live in Kansas. However I did score 4 points:
    Round one: I’ve eaten chicken and dumplings and pecan pie.
    Round two: I think I know what Ambrosia is.
    Round three: I could probably try biscuits with chocolate gravy since I really like chocolate. The others aren’t appealing, though I mean no disrespect to you Southerners!
    I do enjoy reading books with a Southern setting though. Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Some of them aren’t appealing to me either. I love a good tomato sandwich, but I won’t eat chitlins, or poke salad, or a banana sandwich. Thanks for participating!

  8. 24 for me. Round 1: nope to pickled okra. Round 2: I know what these are, but doesn’t mean I would eat them. Round 3: I never liked the smell of buttermilk, much less the taste.

    1. You don’t like pickled okra? *gasp* ha ha. I completely agree with you on the items in round two. I know what they are, but I don’t think I’d eat any of them, either.

  9. I got 25…and I’ve eaten everything on this list except for chitterlings and a slug burger. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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