Driving down I-10, roll down the windows as you cross the Atchafalaya Basin and listen to the rhythms of the road mixed with the natural melodies of the swamp and soul of the muddy muddy smell of the Lousiana waterways. Those beautiful rich sights and sounds are melded into the local Zydeco music, just like those of the neighboring Delta Blues. Mel Melton and The Wicked Mojo’s new album PaPa Mojo’s Roadhouse is a great new example of Southern Zydeco and Blues fusion. So why is the Hungry Southerner interested? Mel Melton is also a great Southern Chef who infuses the spirit of his music into his Creole cuisine.
Monthly Archives: August 2010
Sometimes I daydream about all the things I could possibly cook in my cast iron skillet. The one dish that I’ve battled with and lost a cast iron skillet to is cast iron Peach Berry Cobbler. It’s the one dessert that I love to eat, but have feared trying to make, that I haven’t revisted this recipe in over 3 years. This time around I’m bringing my brand new recipe and my grandmother’s guaranteed nonstick cast iron skillet, to finally conquer a Bourbon Soaked Peach Berry Cobbler with a Molasses Biscuit Crust.
I’m not sure how your summer’s been, but the staff of The Hungry Southerner has been roasting! After several days of temperatures in the 90’s, a cool white wine is a great way to beat the heat on a warm summer night. We’ve got two great options that are light, crisp and refreshing. The first is a Sauvignon Blanc from Cupcake Vineyards, recommended by one of our readers back in May. Thanks Kevin! The second is a Trinty Oaks Pinot Grigio. Give them both a try and let us know your favorite.
My fifth Yankee Challenge was a bomb. Well, the whole meal wasn’t a bomb, just the fried chicken part. The fried chicken was supposed to be the guest of honor and ended up on the back burner.Fried chicken is my new nemesis. I thought I was doing everything right – soaked the chicken overnight in buttermilk, mixed seasoning into the flour, used Crisco instead of oil, and baked the chicken after it was fried. After 30 minutes in the oven, my chicken was crispy on top, soggy on bottom, and rare inside. I didn’t follow the rule about the fryer chicken because I needed to feed 5 people and I figured ginormous chicken legs would do the trick. I was so wrong. There was so much meat on what I have decided were probably the calves of all-star-track-running-chickens. The entire time I stood in front of my cast iron skillet filled with melted Crisco and was splattered all over my apron, I tried repeating to myself, “You can’t lose to the chicken.”
It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of Phickles Pickles, thanks to Garden & Gun so are a lot of you as well. Angie and Phin Tillman have started a small Southern business with big flavor and fresh, local, ingredients. You can’t help but love what Phickles is doing, how they made it a family business and the importance on quality that they put into every jar. Phickles Pickles is definitely keeping it Fresh, Local, Sustainable and producing some fine Southern food. Stay Hungry Y’all!
-The Hungry Southerner
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Though Spring seems like a distant memory, the heat has caused me to seek out something light and fresh from the Southern garden. I’ve managed to find some really great watermelons this season and I was inspired by a delicious dinner to make a cool summer salad. I’m new to this whole salad game, since I’m the carnivore of the group, but the fresh, cool flavor of the watermelon and the zip of red onion was too good to pass up. I give you my Southern fresh Watermelon Spring Salad to take the edge off this heat.
On our first podcast we speak with Tim Gaddis (@Timthecheeseman) the cheese monger for Star Provisions in Atlanta,GA. We met up to talk about the state of Southern Cheese, and to sample some of the growing varieties of artisan products being developed right here in the South. Tim really explained to us that there is a great new culture of Southern brand cheeses, and quality farms that are keeping up with the best in the world. If you love cheese and Southern food is your thing, then this is for you. Stay Hungry Y’all!
-The Hungry Southerner
Download : The Hungry Southerner Podcast – Episode 001