Southern Kitchen

This post was sponsored by SouthernKitchen.com. All opinions my own.

I found a fantastic new-to-me resource that I think you all, my dear readers, will adore. Have you seen Southern Kitchen yet? Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I think it’s the perfect time for me to introduce you to Southern Kitchen and all of their wonderful recipes, stories, and kitchen items. From their site…

“We created Southern Kitchen to share the stories, recipes and heritage of Southern food and culture in today’s South; the South that praises locally-made, rejoices in diversity and revels in finding the perfect balance of traditional and modern. Everything Southern has a story, and many of those stories take place around the kitchen — whether that’s the actual kitchen, the porch kitchen or the backyard kitchen. Southern Kitchen is focused on delivering the best in eating, drinking and entertaining. We celebrate the chefs who are redefining what it means to ‘cook Southern.'”

When Southern Kitchen asked me to be one of their brand ambassadors, I jumped at the chance to bring you wonderful traditional holiday recipes like…

Deep-Fried Turkey

Bacon Cornbread Dressing

Pickled Cranberry Relish

I also thought you’d enjoy a few Southern-inspired recipes like…

Alabama White BBQ Sauce

Black Bottom Pie

Chipotle Shrimp Tacos

Not only do they have terrific Southern recipes, but they also have a fully stocked store where you can find all kinds of cook’s utensils. I am so pumped about the new mortar and pestle I just received from them. I’ve already used it to grind dried herbs when I made chili the other night, and the flavor was so much more intense. I love how grinding dried herbs unlocks the flavor!

If you love cooking Southern foods as much as I do, I encourage you to sign up for Southern Kitchen’s emails (to receive special deals, recipes, entertaining tips from Southern Kitchen). And lucky you… SouthernKitchen.com is giving all TheHillHangout.com readers $10 off of your first $50 order using the code WELCOME10. How fun is that?!?

I’m excited to partner with a brand that fits so well with my readers, as I know you will love seeing their recipes, shopping the store, and hearing stories from the wonderful chefs at SouthernKitchen.com.

Abram and Sarai and Marriage and Comfort

I’ve always been enthralled by the story of God calling Abram to leave his home and family and follow God to a place that He would show him. Abram was from the area we now know as Mesopotamia – the land of the nomads. The theological belief of most of the nomadic people was polytheism – the belief in many gods, each of whom controlled a different aspect of the world. It was common practice that if one had a desire – a baby, say – then one would pray to the fertility god and offer gifts and sacrifices to that god. But if one also needed safety for a journey, one would call on the god of travel. This would have been common practice for Abram, his family, and all those with whom he lived in community.

That’s why it has always been so significant to me that when God called Abram to follow Him to a land that He would show him (Genesis 12: 1-2), that Abram recognized the voice of the One True God, turned his back on polytheism, and followed God without knowing where he was going. Amazing faith, right?

But until today, I’d never noticed much about Sarai’s part in Abram’s calling. Read with me from Genesis 12:4-5…

So Abram went, as the LORD had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to the land of Canaan.

God called Abram, and Abram obeyed quickly, without hesitation, submissively, and fully – even when he’d only known a religion of many gods before. Sarai went with Abram supportively, though she’d only had the same religious beliefs before God’s call to Abram. She didn’t command that the LORD also speak to her; it was enough for her that He’d spoken to Abram. I love Matthew Henry’s commentary on this, “If Abram leave all to follow God, Sarai will leave all to follow Abram. And it was a mercy to Abram. It is very comfortable when husband and wife agree to go together in the way to heaven.”

Abram walks so closely with God that Sarai is able to trust his judgement, even when it doesn’t make sense to her. What a beautiful picture of a wife who honors her husband, and in so doing honors God!

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