There are certain images that recall an era of deep southern tradition. Things that look like they belong to Southern Culture out of shear necessity. Seersucker is an iconic fashion statement, born and bred for the heat and humidity of the South. A statement is made every time you wear this unmistakable fabric; a reflection of the laid back spirit of the South. Seersucker is a classic.
Monthly Archives: May 2010
I’m a cinnamon roll addict. My addiction started while I was a graduate student, living in Oxford,MS. Every Saturday morning, for 2 years, I would drag myself out of bed, before 8:00 am, to be the first to eat Bottle Tree Bakery’s fresh cinnamon rolls. Bottle Tree’s rolls were anything but average, with their monster size, tender gooey middle and sweet warm frosting. The flavor is burned into my taste buds and no matter where I’ve eaten since, other cinnamon rolls haven’t lived up to Bottle Tree’s excellence. Which brings us to the first official Southern Kitchen.
With summer just around the corner, my thoughts (stomach) turn to summer food treats. Some foods just scream summertime. Burgers, milkshakes, fresh-squeezed lemonade … you get the idea. Summer treats are fun.
If you’re like me, you get excited after a long, cold winter when the temperature begins to climb and the days start to lengthen in anticipation of summer. Along with blooming flowers and bountiful vegetable gardens, summertime provides the perfect backdrop for backyard barbeques and impromptu dinners with friends over a bottle (or two) or good wine.
The weather is finally getting warm, the sun is out, and everything is starting to bloom just in time for the latest Yankee Challenge. Because of the warm, wet, Springs in the south we get some tasty vegetables early. It’s always exciting to see what fresh produce is available at the first farmer’s market. In honor of the spring market, this month’s challenge is to cook a classic southern “Vegetable Plate” with a side of cast iron corn bread.