April 12, 2008
Originally published August 9, 2003
In response to some of the comments I received on my post about Southern Food, I need to make a few comments myself.
#1 Chicken Fried Steak is good, but it's more Texican than Southern.
#2 I should be dragged off and shot for leaving butter beans off my list.
#3 Fried fatback with biscuits and gravy isn't bad, either.
#4 Boiled peanuts are a Jawja staple. I thought everybody knew that.
#5 How could I forget Kryspy Kreme doughnuts?
#6 Anybody who calls "instant grits" GRITS should be dragged off and shot TWICE. I am a purist when it comes to grits.
#7 A Low Country Boil WITHOUT SHRIMP ain't a Low Country Boil. Goddam. That's blasphemy.
#8 There's not a whole lot of difference between "soul food" and genuine Southern Cooking.
#9 Corn bread is baked in the oven in a cast iron skillet. Period.
#10 People down South actually argue about which way fried okra cooks best. Do you slice it longways or sideways? I slice it longways. And I can eat it until my pants slide off.
I could go on, but I am finished now.
Update: I should have thought of this.
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