Monthly Archives: July 2010

Southern Kitchen – Red Beans & Rice

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My all time, most loved and hated, Creole Southern food is Red Beans & Rice , but it’s been an essential part of my Southern culture.  Southern Culture, in general, is one giant melting pot, pulling from all continents and cultures, which is most prevalent in our cuisine.  Red Beans & Rice is a dish adopted from Latin American beans and rice dishes such as Arroz Moros, and blended with the creole way of life including the addition of the trinity; onion, bell pepper, and celery and creole spices.  Red Beans & Rice is also the ubiquitous meal I associate with eating 3 days straight when times were tough, to the point of never wanting to see red beans again.  So here is “the” Red Beans & Rice recipe that over came it all.

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Southern Review – Phickles Pickles

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Nothing reminds me more, of simple Southern food, than homemade pickled products. My grandmother would keep a well stocked pantry full of pickled foods, especially her beloved spicy pickles.  To this day I haven’t found a brand that matches the quality and balance of my grandmother’s pickles, that is until Phickles Pickles.  Southern food at its finest.

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Southern Kitchen – Sweet Blueberry Infusion

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In case you haven’t noticed, summer is officially here and it has brought some sweltering heat with it.  There are three stages of summer heat: 1)the a/c is running, 2)the a/c and ceiling fans are running, 3)the a/c, ceiling fans, floor fans, and refrigerator door is open .  This summer has officially moved into stage 3, so it’s time to make something cool and refreshing.  What’s more refreshing than some fresh summer blueberries, and chilled vodka.  Let’s make some Sweet Blueberry Infusion.

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Preview – Bacon Marmalade

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Put bacon in just about anything, and you have you just raised its wow factor by 100%.  Bacon is my Southern vise, I love it in everything, and will try it in just about any form.  I’ve even been working on how to use bacon fat in chocolate chip cookies, but that doesn’t compare to the accidental genius of Chef Ross Hutchinson and his “Bacon Marmalade” .  Bacon what you’re asking?

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The Hungry Southerner Wine Tasting: Spanish Reds

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A wine tasting is a great way to get some friends together, try a few new wines and learn something new about your own palate. The Hungry Southerner recently hosted our first wine blind tasting.   We had a great time discussing (and sometimes debating) the virtues and drawbacks of the five Spanish reds we sampled.

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Southern Kitchen – Hungry for Homemade Yogurt

yogurt

I started making my own yogurt about 5 years ago when I was on a low
carb diet and wanted to control the sugar in my food.  Once I got into
it,  I really appreciated the fact that making our own food helps
reconnect us with lost traditions and reminds us where our food comes
from.  Making your own yogurt is simple, saves money and allows you to
create your own custom flavor combinations…and it’s delicious.

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Yankee Challenge: Red Velvet Cake

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Growing up my Sisters would watch Steel Magnolias, over and over.  So you can imagine that I’ve managed to see this, modern, Southern classic once or twice.  About midway through the film, there is this great scene where the “mean old” Ouiser is serving the, Armadillo shaped, red velvet groom’s cake, and she chops the tail off and serves it to Tom Skerritt.  Seeing this scene makes me laugh every time, which brings us to this month’s Yankee Challenge. This month you’ll be baking Southern Red Velvet Cake.

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