On our second podcast we’re talking to Ashley Schoenith of IceMilk Aprons. She’s a Southern girl with a eye for design, style and a desire to bring tradition and heritage to your kitchen through her heirloom Aprons. She shared with us a little bit about her business, her family recipes, her Southern spirit and what makes IceMilk Aprons so special. If you’re going to cook for generations IceMilk Aprons may be the thing you’ve been looking for to complete your kitchen wish list. We’re now available for Free on iTunes, just Search for “The Hungry Southerner” and subscribe to our podcast and you’ll receive each new episode automatically. Stay Hungry Y’all!
We continue our quest for local Southerners that are doing things Local, Fresh, and Sustainable and have stumbled upon a marriage of food and brew. Meet Crawford Moran, the Brewmaster at 5 Seasons Brewing, and a Southerner with a passion for bringing seasonality and sustainability to the micro-brewing industry. We sat down and talked about what makes 5 Seasons so unique including its symbiotic relationship to the farmers with its constantly changing menus, and the constantly rotating styles of beers that will keep your palates busy for years to come. Throw out all your old notions of what a brew pub is. The dynamic team of Crawford Moran’s brewing and the fresh, local, seasonal cooking provided by Chef David Larkworthy combine to pay great respect to the wonderful ingredients they are both working with. A wonderful local Southern discovery that can’t be missed. Stay Hungry Y’all!
This week, I’m reviewing a favorite red of mine and…wait for it…a boxed wine. Now before anyone gets all bent outta shape over wine in a box, take the time to read the review and try some for yourself. You may be surprised how good (and convenient) boxed wines are.
Our passion is for the rich history and culture of the South and the wonderful flavors that are unique to our corner of the United States. Our goal has always been to tell great stories about the people, businesses, food, and flavors of this region and to use whatever tools we have to make that possible. We’ve experimented a lot with different formats, writing styles, video, audio and are continuing to try to find new ways to tell the story of people who make our Southern culture so unique. We are very attached to our family recipes and talking to folks about the Southern flavors and cooking techniques that make up Southern cuisine, so we have decided to stick to what we do well and tell Southern stories about food.
If you haven’t seen our first two videos ( Local 3, Phickles Pickles) and our first podcast ( Southern Cheese) please take a moment and check these out. We plan to bring you more of these amazing stories on a monthly basis. You’re going to notice that our writing is going to slow down a little bit to free up some time to work on our “Stories”. We’ll still bring you recipes from time to time, but we’re going to try harder to tell you about the people and the places of the South that you all grew up with and are most passionate about. The folks that remind you of your grandparents home cooking, or the restaurants whose flavors will live with you for a lifetime.
As part of this process we need your help in two ways: 1) we need your tips telling us about your local country stores, restaurants, chefs, shops, suppliers, etc anybody that you think might be a good fit for our stories; 2) tell your friends about what we are doing to tell these great Southern stories and help us grow these businesses so they can succeed and continue to provide their wonderful Southern goodness for more to enjoy. In the end it’s not about advertising, or numbers of readers on our website, or video views, but that we are building relationships with our farmers, chefs, Southern suppliers and local business owners and passing that on to you to do the same. I hope you guys will help us make these Southerner’s Stories a success!
A few weeks ago in the midst of our jam making, “The Hungry Southerner” let me borrow Thomas Keller’s latest book, Ad Hoc. While many cookbooks may give you some great recipes, this one will make you a better at-home cook. The kitchen tips alone are worth the read. One of the recipes I came across in the book was for Red Pepper Jelly, which my wife and I love. My grandmother had given us some of her pepper jelly last time we were at her place, so I figured it’d be fun to do a little comparison between the two versions.
There was a period in the South where everyone knew how to jam, can, preserve and pickle. Southerners knew how to preserve just about everything using all natural household ingredients and every home would have pantries stocked with jars of canned vegetables, fruits and everything in-between. Learning how to pickle, or to brine, is very simple and doesn’t require any special tools. The best part about learning how to pickle is getting to experiment with creating your very own Southern brine recipes.
Encouraged by our “success” with the peach honey and inspired by an amazing deal on fresh blueberries, my wife decided our next endeavor would be Blueberry Preserves. Unlike the last time with the peaches, we felt like we were walking into things with a little experience under our belts. Armed with a bit of confidence, we chose Paula Dean’s blueberry lemon preserve recipe.