It’ s February and cold and miserable…at least in my neck of the woods and my thoughts turn to comfort foods because it’s more fun than more snow.
I love Savannah, visited there a lot of times and did a ton of research on the place for the Consignment Shop mysteries. Things like what streets go one way, how many squares are there, and is the Pirate House really haunted?
One of the things…probably the best thing...I love researching is the food! Eating my way across Savannah is a delicious, lip-smacking, calorie-overload adventure. Is there anything more delicious than Southern cooking?
You can have your sushi and broiled skinless/boneless chicken breast but give me a good old pork something-or-other anytime. I read somewhere that there are two religions down South...Baptist and Barbecue. This is where the pork comes in, a cookout over a hardwood fire. Pulled, shredded, chopped, diced or sliced, it’s all pure heaven.
Then there’re the pies. Lord have mercy, pies! My Kentucky mother in-law taught me to make crust that crumbles if you look at it sideways. And the filling… I have a pecan pie recipe that makes grown men cry, a peach cobbler recipe bequeathed to my eldest daughter and I do make mighty fine fried chicken with what my kids call bathtub gravy ‘cause it’s so good you want to take a bath in the stuff.
Here’s a list and you tell me if it’s on a Northern grocery list or a Southern one. First off there’s the grocery itself…just try and find a Winn Dixie or Piggly-Wiggly in New Jersey.
Bagels or hush puppies, granola bars or bread pudding, soft pretzels or jambalaya, baguette or grits, penne or grits, 12-inch Italian sausage or grits. You get the idea.
So what about you? What is your favorite Southern dish? Is there one passed down in the family or one you found in an old Southern Living magazine in your doctor’s office? Share the good food! Yummmmm!
And don’t forget the Chicks Saturday bash from 2:00-4:00 with prizes and fun. Hope to see you all there.