Blogging from A to Z: April – 2016: O
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
So what foods does “O” bring to the table – well, another fun fried food – fried okra. Everyone in my house loves it but it’s such a pain to make. Seems like it takes forever to cut, flour and fry and if you don’t get it nice and crispy, well it’s just not good.You know what I mean!
My favorite place to eat fried okra is at The Smith House in Dahlonega, GA. We keep them hopping in bringing us bowl after bowl until our bellies are full. If they were smart, they’d just bring us one jumbo bowl.
Fried Okra is a dish that is a must have with fried chicken and fried corn – Oh My – my fried foods. But isn’t that what the South is known for – fried foods. Some people like it boiled – but not this cookie!
And my other “O” food – and yes its fried too – fried onion rings. I hardly ever make them from scratch, but I have a few favorite places I can get my fix at. Don’t they just taste better sometimes when you’re not the cook???
Mama loved to eat onions raw when I was young; you know those Vidalia onions – from Vidalia, Georgia. She swears they tasted just as sweet as eating an apple. OH, I think I’ll just take her word for that – she can have mine! I do use them in all my cooking – as I do find them sweeter, but I don’t think I could bite into one like an apple! Let me know if you eat them that way!
I’m a little thirsty tonight, think I’ll go rustle myself up a tall, cold glass of sweet tea – anyone else? I think mama is going to fill her glass with buttermilk and cornbread! Now which one would you like???
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