On Southern Food Day, fire up the grills and deep fryers to engage in some southern hospitality. You will discover, while browsing recipes on January 22, the south is pretty darn big and each corner offers its own unique delight.
From the Cajun/Creole influences of Louisiana, gumbo, oysters and crawfish are celebrities and hot sauce is obligatory. Carolinians offer pulled pork and Virginians bring ham to the table.
Expect to consume plenty shrimp a la Bubba Gump when sitting down to dinner in the Gulf region, and woodland critters end up in the stew pots of those residing deep down in the rural areas.
If you are hosting this gig at home, avoid upsetting queasy stomachs by keeping opossum, raccoons, squirrels and beavers off the menu. Instead, bring on the pork, brisket and fried chicken.
Speaking of fried food, southerners love it and they don’t discriminate in their selections of food for the frying pan. Even okra and green tomatoes cannot escape those poppin’ hot pans.
Ever been to a southern food buffet? No? Well, you haven’t lived.
Sides have strong supporting roles alongside the meats on every southern plate – everything from cornbread, biscuits and hush puppies to collard greens, grits and black-eyed peas. Peach cobbler, sweet potato, pecan, and key lime pies are at your service for dessert.
Need something to wash all that down?
The south is very fond of its bourbon and whiskey. However, sweet tea is the favorite, it contains enough sugar to keep southern dentists in BMW’s for life.
The weather up north may not be conducive to rockers on the porch and rays of sunshine, but that is no excuse. You northerners can host your Southern Food Day gatherings indoors and I guarantee the food will taste just as good.