South vs North
Jan. 17, 2014 9:41 pm
Updated: Apr. 6, 2014 7:32 am
SOUTH: I have lived in the South all of my life. Even though I was born in Northern USA during my father’s transition from military life to civilian life, I never lived there.
During the transition and move across the country, my family stayed briefly at my uncle’s house in the Great Lakes area so that I could be welcomed into this world “off the road”.
Shortly after my birth, my family headed south to the place we could call home.
The South is where I learned to cook. I cook Southern dishes, but try new recipes of all types regularly. I would place my cooking skill level at: consistently good, often very good.
NORTH: My husband was born and raised in the Great Lakes area. Even though he traveled to many Continents in his 20 years in the Navy, there are limited foods that he will
eat, especially when it comes to “Southern” cuisine. In a nut shell, he is just not a Southern guy. He likes to light the charcoal grill on rare occasions; I wish he grilled more often.
My husband and I married almost 3 years ago. When we became a couple, I tried to learn his likes and dislikes of foods and right away I knew cooking for him would be a daily challenge.
He likes “steak, potatoes, corn, plain salads, zucchini, and casseroles” to name a few items from an already short list.
The casseroles he speaks of are unspecified varieties and contents; he can’t describe what kind of casseroles he likes – he just remembers his mom making casseroles when he was young.
I have made casseroles that appeal to me and hoped it reminded him of his youth, his hometown or his mom’s cooking. I have been successful a couple of times.
Over the past few years, I have prepared several traditional Southern foods such as: Chicken and Dumplings, Collards and Cornbread (short list).
Though my husband does love the cornbread, he will rarely touch other dishes that are considered “Southern” foods (especially if you call it Southern).
I really want to cook dishes that appeal to him.
Perhaps I need to learn how to cook “Northern” cuisine.
Do you cook “Northern” cuisine? This is where you can help me.
It would make my year if those of you reading this blog would post your favorite week-night recipes for dishes that men LOVE. Also, please share any stories you have about cooking in “South vs. North” zone. I am certain I could learn from them.