Born/raised in TN. Joined Marines at 17 and travelled the world for 36 years, decided to come home to TN.
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook "Themes" and share the cooking with others who love to cook.I guess I like "cooking" parties-not "dinner" parties!I really like the historical aspects of food from pre-history to the present.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holiday meals of course, along with the southern comfort foods I grew up with.
My cooking triumphs
3 day pig pickin' with catfish stew and all the trimmins'! This used to be a southern early fall tradition, but you rarely hear of one anymore. People just sleep in the yard or field on pallets, especially the kids who get a kick out of such big, outdoor, 3 day parties! Like a huge, multi-family camping trip in your own yard!
My cooking tragedies
"pine-sol" Crappie...all day cleaning our catch at my brother's house and the whole family is gathered for a fish fry. The last step before putting the fish into the hot oil is adding cider vinegar to the batter the fish is in(this fizzes the batter and makes it light and crisp). I asked,
"Where do you keep the vinegar?
"The answer was,
"under the counter"
I reached in and pulled out the bottle and poured without looking at the label...it was Pine-Sol...