Monday, February 14, 2011

Southern Foods We Love

Since today is Valentine's Day, I thought it would be appropriate to share with you some of our deep, abiding food loves--as well as a few hot and heavy crushes. These foods will make almost any Southern heart go pitter patter:

  • Okra  Fried, grilled, pickled ... it doesn't matter; we'll take it.
  • Buttermilk Biscuits  Cat-head sized, but we're not particular.
  • Sawmill Gravy  Hello? You need it for your biscuits.
  • Fried Pork Chops  Another canvas for sawmill gravy.
  • Casseroles  Any kind, but we like our mamas' recipes best.
  • Tomato Sandwiches  Summer wouldn't be summer without them--but only if they're slathered in Duke's Mayonnaise.
  • Green Beans  These are only a favorite when they're cooked in fat-back (as if there's any other way).
  • Pimento Cheese Homemade. ONLY homemade.
  • Carolina Slaw Burgers  If you don't end up with it all over you, you're doing it wrong.
  • Lexington-Style Chopped BBQ  Yes, we're taking sides in the BBQ wars.
  • Chess Pie  If your teeth don't fall out and you don't go into diabetic shock, you'll probably ask for seconds.
  • Sweet Tea  It's not a food, but what else are you going to wash down all this mess with? Nothing else, that's what.

Gosh, I'm starting to realize this list could go on and on. Does it make us culinary sluts that we spread our love around to so many dishes?

I hope we don't get a reputation.

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