Follow Friday: Deep South Dish

The closest I’ve ever come to living in the American South is a week I spent in Kentucky with my first wife (I call her “Cute-poet-chick” online) for a family wedding.

It. Was. Gorgeous.

Cute-poet-chick said I have a “hick fixation”, because I’m so charmed by Southern manners, accents, and folkways. I say I just appreciate cultures that are not my own.

And the food, of course!

There are lots of foods in the US that are strongly associated with the South, and Mary of Deep South Dish (@deepsouthdish) has showed us how to make most of them.

She doesn’t just cook up my own Southern favorites, like Pimento cheese,

Pimento cheese sandwiches

Photo courtesy of Mary of Deep South Dish

fried okra,

Deep-fried okra

Photo courtesy of Mary at Deep South Dish

Louisiana meat pies,

Louisiana met pies

Photo courtesy of Mary at Deep South Dish

and that beverage of sublime glory, sweet iced tea,

Sweet iced tea

Photo courtesy of Mary at Deep South Dish

but she also introduces me to things I’ve never even heard of before! Click the thumbnails to see some remarkably yummy-sounding dishes, all of which I want to cook one day soon (all photos courtesy of Mary at Deep South Dish):

Old Sober soupEggs in purgatoryCrawfish Rice DressingOzark Pudding

I’ll leave you with a little story that Mary’s blog reminded me of. One day, Cute-poet-chick told me she was going to make banana pudding. Being a northener, I assumed she meant banana-flavored pudding, and I made a face and said I disliked it. I don’t like banana-flavored stuff, but I do love bananas. Anyway, turns out Southern banana pudding is vanilla pudding with Nilla wafers and bananas in it! I loved the stuff, and ate more than my share, which ticked her off no end, and she teased me for years about how I’d lied about not liking banana pudding, then stolen it from her.

Good times, good times.

Food and memory. Completely intertwined. Head on over to Deep South Dish and make some memories of your own.

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  1. Elaine wrote on April 15th, 2011 at 6:10 am Uhr1

    Oh, wow. These dishes bring back so many memories to me. I am a southern girl at heart since we lived there for a good part of my growing-up years and I still have to have sweet tea to this day. I love it when I go visit my family in Florida and I don’t have to ask for an Arnold Palmer – I can say, “Sweet tea, please!” :) Fried okra. *sigh* And don’t forget about hushpuppies! I want some banana pudding now! My mom used to make the best and I haven’t made it myself in years. I’ll have to make some soon. Great post, Serene!
    Elaine recently posted..French Friday with Dorie- Éclairs- Éclairettes- and Cream Puffettes

  2. Mary at Deep South Dish wrote on April 15th, 2011 at 10:08 am Uhr2

    What a lovely post! I am humbled and honored. Thank you so much Serene! Hope you have a beautiful weekend.
    Mary at Deep South Dish recently posted..Crunchy Saltine Chicken Tenders

  3. Serene wrote on April 15th, 2011 at 4:46 pm Uhr3

    Ooooh, hushpuppies! Love ‘em.

    (And thanks!)

  4. Serene wrote on April 15th, 2011 at 4:46 pm Uhr4

    Thank you, and thanks for all the joy your blog gives me!

  5. mangocheeks wrote on April 16th, 2011 at 8:35 am Uhr5

    The fried okra looks great.

  6. Serene wrote on April 16th, 2011 at 8:39 am Uhr6

    Yeah, I’m pretty tempted by it! Maybe I’ll make some this weekend. :-)

  7. Judy wrote on April 16th, 2011 at 8:55 am Uhr7

    I left the South over 25 years ago and I brought some of the traditions with me. We still make sweet tea and banana pudding, but I really miss the banana pudding!

  8. Mary at Deep South Dish wrote on April 16th, 2011 at 9:04 am Uhr8

    Same to you! I love visiting over here.
    Mary at Deep South Dish recently posted..Crunchy Saltine Chicken Tenders

  9. Serene wrote on April 16th, 2011 at 9:52 am Uhr9

    I’ll make some this week if you will. :-)

  10. yummychunklet wrote on April 16th, 2011 at 10:57 am Uhr10

    OMG. Southern fried food. I miss it sometimes…the fried okra, catfish, hush puppies, apple fritters. I could go on but then I’d gain about 20 pounds!
    yummychunklet recently posted..ffwD- Vanilla Profiteroles

  11. Serene wrote on April 16th, 2011 at 7:14 pm Uhr11

    Just from talking about it? Wow, you have a really freaky metabolism! ;-)

    (And just to be Clarity Girl, I don’t automatically assume gaining weight is a bad thing; I like my fat body, and I don’t believe that there’s a one-to-one correlation between eating more and being fatter. :-)

  12. Shannon wrote on April 19th, 2011 at 12:49 am Uhr12

    Oh, I am a fan of southern fried pies, and sweet tea, and good BBQ, not okra although the kids love it (they are official Texans, I’m from the north). We’re likely moving in the fall and my one rule is that we must stay south of the Mason-Dixon line! ;o)

    However, I’ll share my favorite Tennessee fried pie story with you, just because it’s just worth sharing. We stopped somewhere between Jackson and Memphis to get gas in the car, driving home from Canada. The gas station had a general store attached to it, very friendly staff and nice clean bathrooms. They were stocked with all sorts of fun local foods–jams & preserves, honey, etc, and they even had “Nanna’s Homemade Fried Pies” at the counter. We were checking out and about to buy fried pies when my eyes wandered to the right, to a display of canned goods. They weren’t just any canned good though, they were “Canned Possum, canned by the TN Possum Club”. Needless to say, that pretty much ended our desire for fried pies, because I was very concerned that Nanna might use the same knife to make her fried pies that she used to can her possum.
    Shannon recently posted..The Kids Cook Monday – Faiths Lunch

  13. Serene wrote on April 19th, 2011 at 7:35 am Uhr13

    Eek! Possum pie! :-)

  14. Susan in the Boonies wrote on September 23rd, 2011 at 5:47 am Uhr14

    Trying to be more careful in our eating these days, but who doesn’t love Southern food. Just a morsel here and there: how bad can it be?

    Happy SITS day!