Blogging from A to Z: April ~2016: C
The Blogging from A to Z challenge is to post everyday during the month of April 2016, except Sunday. I will start with the letter A and hopefully make it all the way to Z. I hope you enjoy the read!
Come sit a spell with me and learn about the foods and memories of my Southern heritage, and enjoy a little Southern talk along the way… I grew up in the heart of Georgia, married a Yankee in Connecticut and suddenly became displaced from my roots. But one thing is true – You can take the girl out of the South – But you can’t take the South out of the girl! I’ve learned to eat differently over the years, but I’ve never given up the foods I grew up on. When I left Georgia, at the young age of nineteen, I knew how to cook nothing! I pretty much learned to cook by asking mama over the phone, how do you do make this, and how do you make that; thank heavens for my Southern mama! Even though mama doesn’t cook too much today, she still remembers the recipes and she’s been my go-to person every night in chatting about my Southern foods and many of her memories.
Southern Food and Memories
Hey, how y’all doing today…. how’s your mama?
Yippe here comes letter C. …Oh boy, are you hungry… well you will be, because I’m fixing to mention Chicken and Dumplings! I so remember my mama’s when I was a teeny tiny girl. I just don’t find any like mama’s today, and shame on me as I never learned to make them. I surely haven’t forgotten the taste though. Good thing I have mama’s recipe written out in her own handwriting… I might just have to go put a pot on tonight. Her dumplings weren’t the biscuit or big dumpling type though, she rolled out long slender strips of dough that slid right off her hand into a waiting pot… Mama’s secret to the thin noodle was letting the dough rise twice – at least that’s what mama says – and I don’t question my mama – she’s still the boss!
Oh my, now I’m thinking Chicken and Dressing – and I’m getting really hungry for some Southern food. I hope you aren’t questioning that I don’t know how to make the dressing part – well don’t take that bet as I make a mean pan of dressing; hmm.. should I have saved dressing for the next letter… well I’m pretty close here and it just goes so perfectly with the chicken. Good dressing is not made from a bag, it’s made from your saved cornbread and leftover biscuits. But it sure is hard to have leftovers in those food categories – there have been times when I just had to go and make a fresh pan – just to make the dressing. I learned quickly that there is no dressing in the North – they call it stuffing. I do like both – no choosing on that!
Time to make a pan of Cornbread for that sneaky dressing that snuck in on the “C” post.and not just in any pan, you better get your grandma’s old-timey cast iron skillet out. And if it’s all dusty hanging on that nail – then shame on you! Oh boy does it make it taste sooo good!
Unless you’re a Southerner, your gonna turn your nose up to what we did with the leftover cornbread at night. Our snack was a glass of sweet milk with the extra cornbread crumbled in. Ok, I can just see you wrinkled up your nose, but don’t knock it – till you try it. My mama makes a mean pan of cornbread. Mama likes buttermilk with hers, but I never fancied to that taste.
I gotta run and go call mama, she’s waiting to hear what foods I’ve been writing about. I’ll surely make her good and hungry tonight with this one. Don’t forget to tell your mama I said hi!!!
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