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True Grits! 
May 23, 2013 8:12 am 
Updated: May 25, 2013 8:10 am
When the weather turns from cold, gloomy & wet, and the Sun finally decides to make an appearance... Here in Mississippi that means one thing:
It’s Patio-sittin’ Time, my friends!  Time to load up your rolling coolers & get on over to the Maddox household for an afternoon of food & fun with all of the regular crew. This year we called it Silly Spring Saturday. How, you may ask, is this different from Funny Fall Friday? Well, there are a few distinct differences:

1)    It’s Saturday, so nobody has to play hooky from work
2)    The men and kiddos are invited too (Funny Fall Friday is just the ladies)
3)    The women are encouraged to shower & get dressed (F.F.F. is strictly loungewear/hair clippies/no makeup)

So, you see, there are clear differences……..

As usual, Grill Master Maddox was doing his thing outside – Smoked venison sausage, deer poppers, chicken wings, grilled veggies… and I handled all the “indoor” food – the ever-popular Chili Cheese Grits, New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp, green bean bundles and of course, the Margaritas!

I’ve done some tweaking on my grits lately and the results were Fantastic!

I used Sargento ® Chef Blends 4 State Cheddar™ and added more hot sauce.  Now, I can’t necessarily say they were the hands-down favorite (those deer poppers are pretty darn fab), but I doubled the recipe – which, believe me, is a LOT of grits – and they were completely gone!

Grits get a bad rap in general, if you ask me. First of all, they don’t have to be served plain with nothing but butter, salt & pepper – personally, I don’t really care for them like that either. And secondly, they’re most certainly not just for breakfast anymore! Trust me on this one! Jazz them up & try them with grilled meats or seafood. You won’t regret it. - Just a little sage advice from this True G.R.I.T. (girl raised in the South) to you.
You can find my Chili Cheese Grits recipe and lots of other cheesy, tasty treats in Sargento's® online cookbook too. Sargento Cookbook 

I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I'm not compensated for my work with I received the products from Sargento Foods Inc. as part of my participation in this campaign. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.
May 23, 2013 12:29 pm
Grits aren't very common around here, but polenta is. I may be wrong, but I think they may just be two different names for the same thing. I would eat your cheesy grits in a heartbeat, they really sound good.
May 23, 2013 1:35 pm
I have only had grits once or twice in my life and they were okay. Silly Saturday sounds totally fun. Porch sitting now that is my kind of sport.
May 23, 2013 2:16 pm
May 23, 2013 2:49 pm
From one G.R.I.T.S. girl to another, good job on the blog and the recipe!
May 23, 2013 4:50 pm
From an honorary GRITS girl, I just want to say that I miss you and your wonderful sense of humor. Your recipes sound great and I would love to try your grits with the Barbequed shrimp. I could get real messy with that. (Just so y'all know, at the Southern Round-up I do believe that I was the only non-southerner there and was treated to southern elocution lessons. What a fun time) Bless her heart. lol
May 23, 2013 5:46 pm
lol pelicangal! bless your heart. staci i be down for some grits! girls raised in the south rock! we gotta talk about the next redneck round-up! love ya honey tell hubby to drag is butt back down to the coast so we can gettem fish real fresh!
May 23, 2013 7:34 pm
fun blog - and grits are my FAVORITE. :) this sounds amazing...
May 24, 2013 9:08 am
BSM - They're definitely close. Purists will tell you the difference is in the coarseness of the grain & the way the corn is dried. I like how one guy said it, "the difference is about 5 bucks & a couple of syllables."
May 24, 2013 9:10 am
Joey - some people just don't like the texture (my best friend won't even eat them MY way), but if it's just the blandness, you should give something like these a try. And you're welcome to join us on our porch any time!
May 24, 2013 9:11 am
Maui, Paula (I know You know your grits!) and Superhot - Thanks!!
May 24, 2013 9:16 am
Pelican & Gderr - Miss ya'll!! Yes ma'am. We try to help you non-Southerners in every way we can! Gary, give Miss Claire a big hug for me!
May 24, 2013 11:43 am
I love that you had fun, and I love that everyone ate up all the grits! I promise I won't feel slighted!
May 24, 2013 11:51 am
I remember this first time I visited the south while in the Army. I went to a restaurant for breakfast and ordered hash browns with my eggs. You want WHAT? You'll get grits! I though I was being punished until I tasted them, yum. Yours sound great. BTW I am from the south, it just happens to be Southern California.
May 24, 2013 12:49 pm
Great blog girl! Those grits sound AMAZING! Miss you and the other GRITS! I think the GRITS acronym fits for Gary too... Gary Raised In The South :)
May 24, 2013 2:07 pm
I would never eat grits until a friend made them with jalapenos and cheese - delicious. Yours look marvelous.
May 24, 2013 5:31 pm
bd - HaHa! We'll give you an honorary Southerner badge (and many thanks, btw). You should know I got In some trouble for not bringing your Jailhouse Dip on Girls' trip this year!
May 24, 2013 5:34 pm
arich - Yum! Trust me! You & the soon-to-be Mr. arich will love th with some of your fancy spicy stuff. Minim 2 jalapeños for you guys. And Yes!!!! Very accurate for our sweet gderr!!
May 24, 2013 5:36 pm
MWC - a girl after my own heart - much agreed, plain grits really just take up space in my opinion.... Is that sacrilege?
May 24, 2013 8:39 pm
A southern man's wife was brought to a hospital in Mobile AL. I was there with my aunt because my uncle had Lung cancer and was in that hospital. The southern man asked me to take care of his infant son and his Mama. He was with his wife for awhile till she was taken to a room then before he left to go back to work he went to KFC and got us a bucket of chicken. The next morning he brought us coffee and pancakes and cheesy grits. I thought that real nice of him to do that for us since we had no way to go get any meals. His mother told me how to make grits and biscuits and sausage gravy. I wrote it all down in my note book so I could do it when I got home.
May 25, 2013 6:39 am
Silly Spring Saturday sounds like my kind of get-together. Took a customer out to lunch one day in Valdosta, Georgia, and that was my introduction to cheese grits. Been hooked ever since.
May 25, 2013 8:08 am
Linda - What a great story. I'm always amazed at the generosity of strangers - both you and him! I can make a mean sausage gravy, but have to admit I haven't mastered real homemade biscuits. I certainly do love 'em though!
May 25, 2013 8:10 am
lutzflcat - Thanks for stopping in, and yes ma'am..... they are quite addictive (IMO)!
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I'm not so much a person who loves to Cook, as a person who loves to EAT!!! I'm "born & raised" in Mississippi, though I've lived other places and am thrilled to be back. Married to a good ol' country boy - Jim, aka "Redeye" - who's reluctantly become a good daddy to my sweet kitty, Tallulah Belle.
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