a {game} day in the life of… James T. Farmer

James T Farmer A Time To CookJames T. Farmer III is president of James Farmer Designs, which specializes in residential landscape, interior and floral design. A graduate of Auburn University, James is the author of A Time to Plant, Porch Living, Sip & Savor: Drinks for Party and Porch,Wreaths for All Seasons and recently released A Time To Cook.

1.) Who are you pulling for come football season?

I’m a third generation Auburn grad. War Eagle. ‘Nuff said.

2.) What is your signature recipe to serve for game watching?

I love something completely indulgent and fattening for tailgating. If it involves Rotel and Velveeta, then I’m pretty happy. But, I’ll tell you one of my favorite tailgating experiences at Auburn: a friend of mine’s father is a catfish farmer, and he would do a catfish fry for every home game. We would eat fried catfish with coleslaw and hush puppies. A fish fry quickly became my favorite menu to serve at a football game.

 3.) Tell us about your most memorable game day?

Well this is a funny one. My favorite Auburn football memory comes from my sophomore year. National champion, undefeated Florida came to our house and we beat them. Auburn, who was ranked number billion, beat Florida!  I still remember everyone charging the field.  But, I had to leave early ‘cause I had a turkey in the oven and everyone was coming back to my house after the game. I literally had to run from the Jordan Harris stadium to my old house in Auburn, to get the turkey out of the oven.  I get there and realized I was locked out, so I broke in my roommates window… but the turkey didn’t burn and everyone loved it.

4.) Given your background, if you were asked to deck out a tailgate tent for a game day Saturday, what would you do to give it the style it deserves?

First I would think about the team colors, so while we are on Auburn, I love Auburn’s colors.  They aren’t orange and blue, but a deep blue and a deep orange, I love that color combination. I’m a sucker for anything plaid or checked. So I’d mix your favorite team colors in checked or plaid napkins.  Match them with a solid tablecloth and there you go. For the fall, I love dried hydrangeas for a centerpiece, nothing too stuffy, it is football after all, y’all.

5.) What is your signature cocktail on game day Saturdays?

A jack and coke. I’ve kind of just recently gotten into whiskey, thanks to some friends in Kentucky. It’s the smell of a jack and coke; that’s game day for me, in a Styrofoam cup.

James has appeared on the Today Show as well and regional television. His work has been featured in Southern Living and Traditional Home, among other magazines, and he is an editor-at-large for Southern Living. He lives in Kathleen, Georgia, just outside of Macon.

music to his ears
“Free” Zac Brown Band

Zac Brown Band Free Music Video

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Be sweet.

About Rebecca Gordon

* Southern Born * Southern Bred * Tailgate Queen * Southern College Football Fanatic * SEC Tailgate Strategist * Southern Recipe Writer & Sometimes Novelist * Half-Hour Hostess * Media Personality * Houndstooth Hound Owner * Small Town Dreamer * Big Idea Doer * 3rd Generation Pimiento Cheese Fixer * Casserole Maker * Budweiser Drinker * Bourbon Cocktail Sipper * Peanut Butter Love Affair * Cookie Monster * Calorie Burner * Retainer of Useless Pop Culture One Liners * Terrible Dancer * Even Worse Singer but doesn't care * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Rebecca Gordon shares over 20 years of cooking knowledge in the instructional filled original editorial content on Buttermilk Lipstick as well as the cooking class format videos that can be found on her YouTube channel through regular collaboration with numerous media outlets. Gordon draws from an extensive background in corporate publishing spanning over 13 years on both the business and editorial side focusing on women’s southern lifestyle. She is a classically trained pastry chef and draws from fine dining restaurant experience from a James Beard award winning chef as well as her southern roots upbringing to share cooking, entertaining & style content relevant to today’s modern woman.


One Response to a {game} day in the life of… James T. Farmer

  1. Megan August 25, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    Nice article, but I can tell you’re a Bama fan cause its Jordan Hare not Harris stadium! LOL

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