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What Can I Bring?

Elizabeth Heiskell

What Can I Bring?

Welcome Every Invitation. Bring Something From the Heart, Wherever You’re Headed, No Stress Required.

Southern etiquette dictates that guests never arrive empty-handed, shy away from a cocktail party, or avoid a covered-dish dinner out of fear of what to bring. Well fear no more. Delta-born cook and TODAY show food contributor Elizabeth Heiskell (aka The Debutante Farmer) has become your personal what-to-bring whisperer, guiding you to the perfect nibble, tempting casserole, or hostess gift to impress family and friends no matter where you’re headed. From snacks to sweets and everything in between, What Can I Bring? soothes partygoer anxiety with over 100 recipes for any occasion life serves up. 

Based on the popular monthly feature “What Can I Bring?” in Southern Living magazine, no matter what the occasion, you’ll have the perfect dish. From housewarming party to garden party, a new baby, a wake, a wedding, christening or anything in between, Elizabeth delivers over 100 delicious recipes, including appetizers, mains, sandwiches, desserts and more, that are sure to please a crowd, no matter how big or small. Additionally, these are all dishes that can be prepared in advance and travel well.

But let’s not forget the most important question: What can I bring to my own table? Whether you’re looking for some new ideas for dinners to please a fractious family or want to make Sunday brunch a more special event, What Can I Bring? has you covered.

Recipes include Elizabeth’s take on Sour Cream Coffee Cake (perfect for welcoming a new neighbor!), delicious salads – Chicken, Shrimp, and Pimiento (you won’t go wrong at the church picnic), amazing sides, including Lemon Rice and Spoon Bread (perfect for rounding out the potluck table), and comfort food that no one will be able to say no to, including Vegetable Beef Stew, Chicken Pot Pie, and Chicken and Dumplings, plus an array of desserts so good that that’s the only thing people will remember about the meal.

Above all, these are all delicious dishes, served straight from the heart, with no stress required.

About Elizabeth Heiskell

Elizabeth HeiskellElizabeth was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, where she grew a passion for combining her love of food and the history of the rich agricultural area she was raised in.  Under the brand name The Debutante Farmer, she sells home grown gourmet pickles, jellies, jams, salsas and her popular Bloody Mary Mix.    Elizabeth is a frequent Contributor to NBC Today Show and Southern Living Magazine

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Crack Crackers Recipe

Crack Crackers

One bite of these highly addictive crispy, crunchy, herby, cheesy crackers will leave you with a full understanding of why they’re called Crack Crackers!

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  • 1 1-oz package Ranch dressing mix
  • 1 tbsp dried dill
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 16 oz packages bite-site Cheddar Cheese crackers
  1. Preheat the oven to 300-degrees F.

  2. Whisk together the first 4 ingredients.

  3. Drizzle over crackers in a bowl.

  4. Toss to coat.

  5. Divide between two large rimmed baking sheets and spread in even layer.

  6. Bake 30 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring every 10 minutes. 

  7. Cool on pans 30 minutes.

  8. Store in large ziplock plastic bags or in airtight containers.

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One Comment

  1. Thank you for the wonderful snack. This will be wonderful to pack for when my son goes to college.

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