Thread: Southern food........
#1 Southern food........12-29-2011, 01:57 AM
...not a recipe, but this is as good a place for this article...
For those of us who enjoy Southern cooking, and it ain't that different here in the Ozarks, here's something to digest...
The New York Times has declared down home Southern cooking undignified in a story that heaped praise on a new generation of Southern chefs while denigrating fried chicken, Cracker Barrel restaurants and the Queen of Southern Food — Paula Deen.
The food snobs at the Times attacked Miss Paula in the second sentence of their lengthy diatribe – calling her a “so-called queen of Southern food, who cooks with canned fruit and Crisco.”
“Today, purists believe, Southern cooking is too often represented by its worst elements: feedlot hams, cheap fried chicken and chains like Cracker Barrel,” the Times whined.
Perhaps The New York Times should consider first restoring its own dignity before launching a crusade against shrimp and grits.
In New York City, they eat boiled animal tongues. In the South we use our tongues for licking our fingers.
Southerners eat buttermilk biscuits and sip frosty glasses of sweet tea. New Yorkers nosh bagels and drink seltzer water.
New Yorkers eat fermented soy and tuna tartar – while folks in Tennessee eat fried catfish – with tarter sauce.
So let this column be a warning to my fellow Southerners. Take up your cast iron skillets and prepare to defend our kitchens from the Yankee invaders. And let our rally cry be heard from the beaches of Biloxi to the mountains of Gatlinburg – the only good chicken is a fried chicken.
So praise the Lord and pass the biscuits.
For the record, our first meal on January 1 will be blackeyed peas with ham and cornbread.....
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12-29-2011, 09:52 AM
North Carolina, pit cooked BBQ, Slaw, Brunswick stew, maybe a little side of Squash casserole. Top it off with Banana pudding. Washed down with several tall glasses of Iced Tea, heavily sweetened. Ah, nuff said.
12-29-2011, 06:23 PM
This brings back memories of Mary Mac's in downtown Atlanta. Going back in March and will definetly be ordering their Fried Catfish.
I loves me some southern food.....and their mens ain't too bad either...
12-30-2011, 03:14 AM"In England a king hath little more to do than to make war and give away places; which in plain terms, is to impoverish the nation and set it together by the ears. A pretty business indeed for a man to be allowed eight hundred thousand sterling a year for, and worshipped into the bargain! Of more worth is one honest man to society and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived."
—Thomas Paine, Common Sense
12-30-2011, 08:57 AM
The New York Times thinks the Mason Dixon line is a restaurant. The people of the South think it is a rest room.
12-30-2011, 06:01 PM
Cracker Barrel blows and Paula Deen should be an embarrassment to Southern folk.
Fried chicken rules though.Be Not Afraid.
12-31-2011, 08:56 AM
Cracker Barrel, food's OK, but portioned to small. Paula Deen, she's entertainment mostly. I don't watch her, but she's got a following apparently.
12-31-2011, 01:18 PM
Only thing ever have eaten in Cracker Barrel ... on way to and from Florida to North Carolina, was breakfast on the road.
And IMHO you can't beat their Biscuits & Gravy!!!
Even if filled with carbs (which I avoid like the plague) and fat. Yum!
As for the New York Times opinion of Southern cooking?
THHHHBPT! Who cares? :D
01-05-2012, 10:00 AM
I'm not a southernor, but New Yorkers are assholes. Bagels are good, though.
I live in a city that although it is northern, it is filled with people whose cooking traditions come from the south. I love it, whether it's BBQ or soul food.
I've never been to a Cracker Barrel and never will-for similar reasons to why I shop at Home Depot instead of Lowes.
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