The Old Southern Me......well, maybe not OLD....lol
Sep. 7, 2012 7:10 am
Updated: Sep. 7, 2012 1:55 pm
I was born and raised in Austin, Texas. My mom from Midland, Texas and my dad from Arkansas. I have relatives in Lafayette, Louisiana and now, my sister is a Texan transplanted in Indiana. I think I am the only one out of the family that still cooks with Southern
flare. Real butter, gravy, Crisco...however, I dont fry near as much as I used to. But you just cant bake fried chicken or chicken fried steak. That would be against all I believe in! And you cant have a Southern Day without an ice cold, refreshing glass of
sweet tea. I wish I had a plantation home with a beautiful veranda and a porch swing with the willow trees swaying in the breeze. I'd be sitting out there every evening with my glass of sweet tea and loyal hound dog named Buford (Sheriff Buford T. Justice
OF TEXAS)! Although I dont have one at the moment. Just my 4 crazy dachsies..LOL
Anyway, as you can see my mind tends to wander LOL
My favorite Southern dishes are Chicken & Dumplin's, Chicken Fried Steak, Chicken Fried Chicken, Fried Chicken, Potato Salad, Deviled Eggs, Cole Slaw, Apple Pie, Peach Cobbler, Catfish Fry, Mudbug boil, Banana Pudding, Pulled Pork, slow smoked BBQ and a smoked
brisket that would make ya slap your grandma! (careful, she might slap back!)
Some things that have changed over the years that shouldnt have changed:
Texas Chili IS NOT MADE WITH BEANS! If you make chili with beans, its JUST called BEANS.
Texas Chili is NOT MADE WITH COCOA POWDER either! IMHO: That should be outlawed...I mean really.
Fajitas are NOT SMOTHERED IN GREEN PEPPERS...although I like them, I like to taste the meat and the spices..not just green peppers.
Cooking with cast iron! That's not done enough!
I learned a few years ago, its worth it to slow down and do things the right way and not rush. The key to southern cooking is taking it low and slow. Hell, the key to everything is to take it slow! I stay calm and cool taking life slow. Its nice. Again, on
the porch swing drinking sweet tea. Thats where my mindset is most of the time. I could see myself in the old South, white chiffon dress, all prim and proper. But then again, I can see myself in the old West, a female bandit on the run with my horse Thunder
as we ride over the range stealing from the rich and giving to the poor! YEEE HAWW!!! ...lol sorry, got carried away there...
So take it slow and low. You wont get burnt food and you stay calm. :0) Dont over season meat.
You never know the true taste of a good rib-eye if you smother it in steak sauce or marinate it before cooking. Just some salt and pepper and maybe some garlic and paprika. Meats like ribs, briskets and chicken, rub, marinate, slather on that bbq sauce while
cooking...build up that crust so the meat stays juicy and moist while smoking low and slow.
Cooking from scratch can give you much satisfaction! You have to do this every now and then to make sure you dont get stuck making already made dishes that the grocery stores have for you. Theres something about a meal that you literally slave over that tastes
so much better than the fast, convenient just heat up stuff. Get back to your roots! Show your family you can actually create a masterpiece! I do every weekend! Since I work M-W-F 8-5 and Tues & Thurs 8am -9pm, I dont cook a huge meal after work...well, I
could, I just dont want to. So I save the best for the weekends!
Yep, thoughts unorganized. Just the way I like it. :0) I have to run and actually work today. Gotta love large projects! Take care and have a wonderful Friday!