I am a southern girl through and through. I learned to cook from my grandmother who my mother and I lived with when i was a child. so, chicken and dumplin's from scratch, snap beans and fatback, collards, salmon patties, squash patties, applesauce sandwiches, local or homegrown produce is so important. there is little better than i fresh-picked tomato and mayo sandwich on a hot georgia afternoon.
My favorite things to cook
~Soul Food~&~Italian~are what i understand the most.they were my learning base for spicing.but i love asian,mediterainin,& carribian cuisine.I rarely follow a recipe verbatim. I am not a stickler for measurements(except in baking of course)and even then only on the basics. i always experiment with flavors. for instance, my secret to an amazing meat sauce is a pinch of clove.
My favorite family cooking traditions
~i would have to say that we all love what we know.& southern cooking traditions are some of the most unique and timeless anywhere~ due to the mesh of cultures and cooking styles,even if dominated by traditional southern farming substance.A real southern home cooked meal is always satisfying to the pallet and the soul.