Some of the recipes in "Southern Lady" include a selection of fall desserts, quick bread and butter recipes that are both sweet and savoury, and a selection of pumpkin desserts. Other recipes include apple-based desserts and a typical Sunday dinner recipe.
The "Southern Lady" Recipe Box section includes recipes that use seasonal fruits and vegetables, in addition to food ideas for carnivals and fall events. This ranges from tarts, bars, pies and fudge made of apples and pumpkin for autumn to ice cream and onion marmalade sandwiches for the summer. The magazine features numerous recipes for hot and cold beverages, including chai egg nog punch, peanut butter hot chocolate, strawberry-mint spritzers and spiked sweet tea.
One of the very useful aspects of the recipes in "Southern Lady" magazine is that it provides the details of an entire meal for certain occasions. For example, for Thanksgiving, the magazine prescribes a full meal that consists of turkey glazed with molasses, green beans in balsamic vinegar, sweet potatoes au gratin and a pumpkin caramel tart with a gingersnap crust. In addition to the meal, creative tips on tableware that suits the season, unique centerpiece ideas and DIY tips, such as using hollowed out pumpkins as candle holders, are provided.