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Southern foodie gift basket

Southern Foodie Gift Basket

credit: Jenny Turknett

This year, I collected some of my favorite Southern food items to create a gift baskets for friends and family. It’s a great way to give someone a taste of the South. Here’s what is included:

My Southern Pantry Pecan Smoked Sea Salt by Virginia Willis

Y’all. (As Virginia Willis would say). This salt smells and tastes incredible. I have to confess that I’m addicted to the smell of this salt — almost like a campfire. But if you can stop smelling it, try seasoning your meat with it and you will receive high praise. Virginia Willis also has a recipe on her website for collard greens with the pecan smoked salt. If you plan to order it, don’t delay. My Southern Pantry closes next week or if you’re lucky, you might still find it at The Cook’s Warehouse. ($7.95)

Riverstead Provisions Yellow Grit Sandies

Made with yellow corn grits from Anson Mills, these cookies give a taste of the South. Buttery and rich, they are made fresh to order and contain no preservatives. They can be purchased online. ($9)

Date’n A Pumpkin Granola by Goodness Gracious Granola

This granola, made by a small company in Suwanee, is made with fresh-roasted pumpkin and tastes just like the holidays. Goodness Gracious makes a large selection of granolas, which can be ordered from their website. ($4)

Moonshine Jelly by David’s Garden

This little jelly makes a fun Southern-themed gift. It is a sweet jelly with just a hint of moonshine flavor — not enough to knock your socks off. You can purchase it at David’s stand at the Stewards of the Earth farmer’s market at North Springs United Methodist Church, 7770 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. ($6)

Duncan Creek Wine by Château Élan

This muscadine wine will bring any Southerner back to their childhood. You may have read my blog post about this wine, explaining my fondness for it. The wine can be purchased directly from Château Élan or at Total Wine & More.

Batdorf & Bronson Coffee from Dancing Goats Coffee Bar

Okay, so this may be cheating a touch. Batdorf & Bronson’s coffee is roasted in Olympia, WA. But, the retail store is here in Atlanta (Dancing Goats). As it’s one of my favorite coffees, I decided to include it in the basket. It has a very full and rich flavor with hints of chocolate. I first had this coffee at Miller Union and promptly sought out the maker. You can purchase it at Dancing Goats, Alon’s Bakery, or at the Peachtree Road Farmer’s Market.

What would you include in the basket? Do you have any favorite Southern or local specialty items?

Jenny-Turknett-Tagline–by Jenny Turknett, Food & More blog

– Jenny Turknett writes about Southern and Neighborhood Fare for the AJC Dining Team. She also publishes her own blog, Going Low Carb.

24 comments Add your comment

Brad Lawrence

December 16th, 2010
1:22 pm

Hi Jenny.Batdorf & Bronson actually does roast their coffee right here in Atlanta. So, turns out, ya didn’t really cheat!


December 16th, 2010
1:38 pm

This is AWESOME! …. how are u assembling all this into a basket? Is a company doing it for you and shipping it? Or are you buying several baskets, etc and doing the handmade thing …???


December 16th, 2010
1:39 pm

Also, I’m pretty sure BakeShop in Midtown uses Batdorf & Bronson…. GREAT hot chocolate.


December 16th, 2010
1:42 pm

I make baskets like this too! I like to include Emily G’s jams of love. Especially the jalapeño raspberry one. Yum! I also like using Bella Cucina Blood Orange Spread with a pound cake. Great combo! While it’s not local, a regional favorite of mine is Olive & Sinclair salt and pepper chocolate bars from Nashville, TN.


December 16th, 2010
2:00 pm

I love the cheese or garlic flavored Grits Bits, Every time I go to cash & carry day at the Mart, I come home with tons of these. Yum!

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Jenny Turknett

December 16th, 2010
2:19 pm

This is great! I’m getting good ideas from you for next year’s baskets!

Kenbud – this is handmade all the way! ;)


December 16th, 2010
2:48 pm

Pralins from that wonderful candy shop on River St. in Savannah. I can’t think of the name of the shop.


December 16th, 2010
2:51 pm

Better to say “a” retail store for Dancing Goats is in Atlanta. Aurora Coffee started serving Batdorf & Bronson coffee years ago (they do roast here). As for Olympia, WA, there are two stores I know of there — one downtown (they honored my Aurora coffee card) and one at the new market at the Port of Olympia. Try to make it to at least one of them when I visit my sister there. Have a Dancing Goats mug from the Port of Olympia store.


December 16th, 2010
3:05 pm

I haven’t tried the grit sandies, so don’t know how they are, but I would use David Jeffries Kitchens biscotti instead because they are one of the best cookies I’ve ever tried. In fact I sent them to all of my northern relatives last year and they were a big hit.


December 16th, 2010
3:10 pm

I LOVE the Hab-A-Honey from Hot Tar. Mix it with some mustard and you’ve got a dip with just enough heat to warm your cockles and other bits! They’ve got gift packs that will please anyone who likes their food spiced up. is the website and it’s worth a look-see if only for the quirky artwork!


December 16th, 2010
3:19 pm

Add in some Sweetgrass Dairy Cheese- oh yes!

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December 16th, 2010
3:31 pm

Here are my two favorites that I bought gifts from this year. Both ore located in Gwinnett County and sell at the Dacula Farmer’s Market at Rancho Alegre farm, or you can order online. Wonderfully fresh organic spices and mixed spices, single and boxed sets Very reasonably priced! Yummy southern jams, jellies, condiments, toppings, pickled goodies, and whirligigs, single and gift baskets, and GREAT PRICES


December 16th, 2010
3:54 pm

I guess you didn’t like my Hot Tar post. *sigh* It’s really good stuff!


December 16th, 2010
4:28 pm

You can buy Dancing Goat coffee at Artisan Foods on Canton St. in Roswell.

stick with the true local guys.....

December 16th, 2010
4:43 pm

Cafe Campesino Coffee is located and roasted in Americus, GA. The states first 100% organic, fair trade coffee roaster. Available at Sweet Auburn Market, online, or at Whole Foods locations around Atlanta.
Batdorf does a great job with coffee, but they ain’t southern and they ain’t (technically) local.
Merry Christmas!!!


December 16th, 2010
5:05 pm

River Street Sweets or Savannah Sweets both have delicious pralines. I would include ALL of Virginia Willis’ pantry products — the Pecan-Smoked Salt, the New Orleans Spice Rub, the beautiful and delicious grits, and the Pecan Brownies. All are WINNERS.


December 16th, 2010
5:27 pm

I tried to post earlier, here are some great local sites that I bought from for my Christmas baskets.

Serenity Gardens for great locally grown and canned jams, jellies, spreads, toppings, pickled treats and whirligigs, great website and great prices!

And for fresh organic spices Mill Creek Spice Co.


December 17th, 2010
12:52 am

@stick with the true local guys: cafe campesino is great, i won’t argue with you there. but batdorf and bronson is just as local. as they have a store and roasting facility here. They, too are fair trade. Technically neither is truly local, as no coffee beans are actually grown in Georgia…or the US, for that matter :)


December 17th, 2010
5:46 pm

Where’s the meat? Namely all-things PORK! No self-respecting southerner leaves out a bit of porcine goodness… Worried about refrigeration? Well get some vacuum sealed country ham… Jenny, you’re making me think your a faux transplant!

Jenny Turknett

December 17th, 2010
7:01 pm

Art, the funny thing is that I REALLY wanted to include some of Pine Street Market’s sausage but I was concerned about refrigeration. But, my brother-in-law is getting a cooler full of Pine Street for his birthday on Christmas Eve!

Lynn D

December 18th, 2010
8:59 am

I have to second Serenity Gardens from Buford GA. I have been purchasing their products for years and the receipients always love them. Great prices and very tasty.


December 19th, 2010
9:09 am

Responding to roguwino, coffee is grown in the US, in Hawaii. Kona Coffee is sublime!