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  • I'm a true blue Yankee

    36 posts, 15 voices, 3231 views, started Dec 30, 2008

    Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2008 by Vikki Hall

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      But please don’t hate me!

      I am fairly new to the South and am learning the ways slowly. But how do you teach an old dog new tricks?

      Please any tips that you can share with me to bring me up (or down) to Southern Living speed.....



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          Vikki Hall wrote Dec 30, 2008
        • I’m very serious about this. I have had a bbq and 2 dinners and I know the food was good. But it just didn’t seem to be the right food. So Please!!!!!



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          Leadinladytracy wrote Dec 30, 2008
        • Vikki I am a Yankee too. I don’t know what you could be doing wrong? When we go to SC to visit my husband’s family the food that we eat at a bbq is the same as in CT. The basics, burgers, hot dogs, ribs, chicken, potatoe salad, mac and cheese, green salad, corn on the cob.  

          Give us a sample of what you served and maybe we can help you.



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          Linda Hendricks wrote Dec 31, 2008
        • Vicki..

          I know exactly what you mean... I’m from the north too and moved to south Georgia early last year to live with my guy...a southerner... so I’ve had some help in understanding the south.

          Southerners do eat differently... even the supermarkets are different than what I was used to... I was used to huge fresh fruit and vegetable selections... here they aren’t as big... less variety and less quantity

          From what I can see...

          -They fry way more things... and often
          -they tend to eat less salad (I used to eat it with every supper)
          -they like comfort foods more
          -I’ve had a lot of success with my Italian cooking... especially meatballs and baked ziti
          -they eat fish more than I was used to... there is something called a low country boil... that is popular
          -expanding on the fish... catfish and shrimp are very big down here
          -they have the best grits recipes and biscuits... by the way, shrimp and grits are wonderful
          -I live in Brunswick, GA.... brunswick stew is huge down here
          -BBQ is also big and delicious ...I’m taking about BBQ Beef and Pork in sauce
          -Jambalaya is great
          -Creole recipes

          I agree about checking out Paula Deen... she tends to put butter and mayo in everything... well not everything... but let’s face it ... she has an out of control addiction to cream.... so watch out... her stuff can be rich

          Check out Emeril’s recipes... his stuff seems to be the type of stuff I see on menus down here.

          I hope this helps... I agree southern cooking is different... but I have found lots that are terrific... in fact... you’ve given me an idea for my blog in January...

          Linda



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          Darla5 wrote Dec 31, 2008
        • Girl,

          I am the Southern Bell and Southern will I die.

          As Linda said we fry...fry...fry.. But we will die happy. haha

          Paula Dean is great. I have several of her cookbooks.

          I just bought a new cookbook. IT is  great!!! It  Is called The Blue WIllow Inn Cookbook. IT is a place in Social Circle, Georgia. IT has won best  small town restaurant in the South  for 5 years in a role with Southern Living Magazine. The recipes are very simple.... MOst of the stuff you will have on hand. It has the very best of southern cooking.

          I am getting hungry just thinking about it. I used two recipes on Christmas from the new book  for our full house. One was the banana pudding.. Yum...Yum... Another was the green beans. We do not like crunchy green beans. I always joke that we  in the South will cook the vegetables until there are no vitamins left in them. BUT... they taste so good.

          Joyful, Mac and cheese is always on the vegetable list in any food establishment here. Funny!!!

          Let us know when you make some of our Southern cooking.



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          Vikki Hall wrote Dec 31, 2008
        • Thank You Ladies!

          Here is an example of things I made yet were not touched....

          Hot dogs with coney sauce
          Tomatoe cucumber salad
          Pasta salad
          Macaroni tuna salad
          Sweet potatoes with glaze and marshmellows
          relish tray with pickles, olives, pepper rings
          veggie tray
          tossed salad
          deviled eggs
          cut and baked in the oven potatoes
          and of course no ketchup on the burgers

          Now I know my cooking was not awful because they ate....
          mashed potatoes
          stuffing
          green bean casserol
          corn
          baked beans
          baked ham
          steak and chicken teriayki kebobs
          saurkraut, potatoe, kielbasa dish

          So I will check out all your suggestions. If you think of anything that may be regional please pass on to me.

          Thx!



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          UK Girl wrote Dec 31, 2008
        • In the UK which is tiny to the USA – we have huge regional variations – start in Scotland – it's all fried I mean everything – they even eat fried Mars Bars in batter..... Donuts – Haggis (cows unmentionables fried)  

          The North where I'm from – everything has potatoes and everything has a pastry crust.... you can have a meat pie with a pastry crust and then an apple pie with pastry crust.....we also eat lots of stews (chopped meat and veg cooked for several hours ) served with a slice of pastry  or suet dumplings.

          The South where I live they have jellied eels (vile) and then they boil broccoli till its mush and then mash this into potatoes mash making the potatoes green ..
          I might live in the South by my kitchen is Northern ......... I love my pastry and my potatoes it must be my Irish gene !



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          Leadinladytracy wrote Dec 31, 2008
        • Vicky I am sitting here laughing, not at you but you really went way out of your way to impress your guests. If I went to your bbq, I would have eaten the same as your guests, why - better choices.  

          The list below most folks don’t eat every day. So that is why it was a hit. It was different.  

          mashed potatoes
          stuffing
          green bean casserol
          corn
          baked beans
          baked ham
          steak and chicken teriayki kebobs
          saurkraut, potatoe, kielbasa dish  

          Now this list below is more everyday. Who would pick hot dogs over steak and chicken. Who would pick stuffings and mash potatoes over any of the salads on your list. In my opinion the stuffings and mash potatoes rock!  

          Hot dogs with coney sauce
          Tomatoe cucumber salad
          Pasta salad
          Macaroni tuna salad
          Sweet potatoes with glaze and marshmellows
          relish tray with pickles, olives, pepper rings
          veggie tray
          tossed salad
          deviled eggs
          cut and baked in the oven potatoes
          and of course no ketchup on the burgers  

          Solution - don’t give your guest so many choices. I think that was the problem, not your cooking.



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          Kmarie wrote Dec 31, 2008
        • I do agree with Tracy, as a transplant to the South, fewer choices, but more of it and food not consumed everyday is a winner everytime.



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          Vikki Hall wrote Dec 31, 2008
        • OMG!!! Tracy no!!! I didn’t cook all that at one time. That was things I offered over 3 different meals I had.
          But you bring up a good point.... growing up we always had huge meals. There was always a variety offered to serve different tastes.
          So maybe what you‘re saying is the people here are easier to please and will eat whatever I offer if thats all there is?

          And Vicki... maybe I should send my vegatarian daughter Kylie to you. She requires potatoes at every meal. And have you actually tried jellied eels or hagis? YUCK!!! I would be too chicken. However I would try the fried mars bar.....if I wasn’t dieting now :(



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          Leadinladytracy wrote Dec 31, 2008
        • Vikki - now this if funny - lol.  

          But yes, I think if you keep it simple it is easier.  

          Let us know when the next BBQ is going to occur!



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 31, 2008
        • My husband lived in the south for thirteen years. I know nothing about their cooking but I have tried some things to surprise him. One night I made pulled pork and made a homemade mustard based barbeque sauce for him. He said it smelled like Maurice’s restaurant in our house. I guess that was a compliment because he ate everything on his plate.

          I don’t know how to fry but I make a pretty good mac and cheese. My granddaughter loves it but what kid doesn’t like noodles and cheese?

          I have to say my husband makes the low country boil. One time he made it in our backyard for 100 people! It was delicious.

          I want to try shrimp and grits. That looks good to me.

          I got a recipe from Paula Deen on the food network’s website for creole shrimp. I liked that.

          What I want to know is, how to make really good fried chicken.



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          Darla5 wrote Dec 31, 2008
        • Cynthia,

          1 chicken cut into 8 pieces
          1 quart water
          1 1/2 cups flour
          1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper
          cooking oil

          Wash the chicken and remove the excess ft. Cover the chicken in  bowl with the quart of water.  Allow it to sit in the water for about 5 minutes. Mix the flour, salt and pepper. Remove the chicken from the water, shaking off only Do Not pat dry the chicken should be moist.

          Dredge the chicken pieces in the flour mix. In a large,deep,  skillet heat enough oil to cover the chicken. Place the chicken in the hot oil and cook uncovered. Do not crowd pieces in the oil. Turn once to cook and brown the other side. When golden brown remove and drain on paper towels.  

          I have a friend who puts bacon drippings in the oil for extra flavor.

          Let me know how it turns out!!!



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 31, 2008
        • That’s it? I can do this. Thank you, Darla. I’m going to make this and let you know how it turned out.

          Thank you Thank you!



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          Leadinladytracy wrote Dec 31, 2008
        • Lori you are right about the South being the most friendliest. Living in CT folks are cold and are snobs, not all but most. When we go visit SC, oh my goodness what a difference. I love it. I guess that is what makes the world go round.



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          Linda Hendricks wrote Jan 1, 2009
        • UK Girl...

          You think Scotland is bad.... they have a deli here that deep fries pickles.... I haven’t brought myself to try them yet.... and Warren’s family fries the damn turkey at Thanksgiving (our holiday) ... they say its the same as baked... I say not a chance...

          Vicki...

          Your menus aren’t bad... I agree completely with Darla... they don’t like crisp veggies... and salad you have to force feed it to them... oh and butter is considered a food group all by itself.

          The key to success in the south...butter, mayo and cream... and when in doubt ...fry fry fry...

          and yes...Darla... southerners die happier...LOL

          Tracy... I know what you mean... I lived in Hartford, CT when I was first married... people take longer to warm up to you... and they will socialize at work... takes a lot to socialize with them outside of work... we tended to socialize with other transplanted couples... but eventually those New Englanders do open up.



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          Jacquie6363 wrote Jan 1, 2009
        • Yankee in my blood.  Living in South, people so nice, at first it scared me coming from NY...gotten use to it...



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          Vikki Hall wrote Jan 6, 2009
        • I agree the people here are much warmer and easy going. I have no complaints about that. If I was to complain about anything besides the food it may be either the roads or the way people drive here. Keep in mind this is from someone who is used to four lane roads everywhere.

          Anyway.....

          I plan on having a poker night and would like some suggestions. I get it about fry baby fry but I would like some healthy versions too.

          Please?



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          Inakika wrote Jan 6, 2009
        • Linda,
          Girl, if you have not tried a deep fried turkey you are TRULY missing out! It is by far the best turkey I have ever eaten and I say that in all honesty. The turkey is moist, juicy, flavorful, YUMMY!
          Here in Louisiana, frying Turkeys is a rite of passage! During the holidays you will find more peanut oil and propane fryers being sold then you will those flimsy aluminum pans to bake them in. You say “not a chance” as far as someone telling you it’s as good as baked, you‘re right. It’s better.
          As for fried pickles, they are fa-bu-lous! My very picky mom that won’t even eat cheese will eat a fried pickle. Dip it in ranch dressing and your mouth has gone to heaven.
          Just a few things you might want to try and post on your cooking blog.



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          Linda Hendricks wrote Jan 6, 2009
        • Oh I’ve tried deep fried turkey... I just didn’t care for it... you have to remember all I had before is baked... and I don’t eat the skin.... the breast meat in fried turkey ... to me anyway... is greasier than a baked turkey... but to each his own...  

          I think it’s a matter of what you‘re used to... when I was growing up... I did eat more fried things... and from what I remember... I liked it... then my Dad and Grandfathers started with heart issues (in my early teens)... and we started eating differently... over time the same foods just didn’t appeal to me...

          That said... give me a steak fry and I’m a happy woman...LOL



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          Linda Hendricks wrote Jan 6, 2009
        • Oh and as for the fried pickle... I will try it... I’m one for trying things... so I’ll have to get Warren to take me to get some... I’ll let you know if I go yummmm or gag...  

          And I promise next Thanksgiving... I will post a version of a turkey recipe that fries the turkey  

          I’m open minded.... I’ll give you fryer happy peeps a far shake...  

          In fact...I’ll tell you what... send me you best fry baby recipe of something and I will put it in the blog... and if you want... I’ll put your name to it...



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          Inakika wrote Jan 6, 2009
        • Deal! I will definitely go for that! I’ll send you my fried pickle recipe.
          Hooters has some darn good fried pickles, believe it or not.
          Also, although I am Southern in heritage, I was raised in Southern California. I moved here to Louisiana 2 years ago.



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          Kmarie wrote Jan 6, 2009
        • I do agree comming from the California Bay Area the people in the South are friendlier t approach but driving is an experience, do not let it snow.... the driving is really crazy then...



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          Vikki Hall wrote Jan 6, 2009
        • I have heard about fried pickles.... I found that to be so funny but they are actually good.

          Lori I would love your salsa recipe.



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          Vikki Hall wrote Jan 6, 2009
        • Awesome!!!! Thx for the recipe



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Jan 6, 2009
        • Great conversation ladies. Lori I could so relate to your commentary on food being religious in the South. I have great southern recipes for mac and cheese, sweet potato souffle, and biscuits. I make a homemade chicken salad, and a homemade pimento cheese that everyone always loves. I also have a recipe for pizza that is out of this world yummy.
          I am not big on fried foods, but I grew up with them. My family hates me because I won’t fry chicken. I’ll buy it on occasion, but it just isn’t cost effective, and being the health nut that I am, fried foods come close to the ‘never’ list.
          Simple veggie trays with ranch dip are usually a hit. For those who aren’t health conscience, sausage balls or pig in the blankets (little smokie sausages wrapped in pillsbury croissant dough) almost always disappear. Anything with cheese will be a big hit.
          I would think sandwiches/finger foods would go over well for a poker night. That salsa recipe sounds really yummy! There is also a great dip that is really a meal in itself. It is a 7 layer dip with refried beans, taco meat (if you like), tomatoes, onions, black olives, cheese, sour cream, guacamole (not necessarily that order). I never have any of that left!
          Casseroles are also big in the south - maybe because the veggies get cooked to mush and mixed in with cream of something soup to make them more mushy. Maybe it is a texture thing here for no one to like crunchy veggies. I am definitely a southern misfit (although I do like casseroles.) LOL



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          Darla5 wrote Jan 7, 2009
        • Lori,

          I am trying this recipe. I love salsa’s. When we go to a Mexican place I never eat my entree because I am always full from the chips and dip.  

          I am going to get the ingredients today.

          I love this blog. I am so happy it started up again.



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          Vikki Hall wrote Jan 7, 2009
        • I too fill up on chips n salsa. I’m one of those that will also put salsa on my hamburgers vs all the other stuff.

          Dee Dee I would love your 7 layer recipe or was that it?

          How would pigs n a blanket go over? (sausages wrapped in rolls and baked)



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          Darla5 wrote Jan 7, 2009
        • Vikki,

          I have seen people wrap vienna sausages in rolled out biscuits.

          Small sausages wrapped in crescent rolls like the Pillsbury ones

          For the little ones I have seen hot dogs cut up and put in rolls or biscuits



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