Posts Tagged ‘Southern’

Sep

18

2010

You Want a Reason Why?

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Catfish Tacos with Pimento Cheese Crema, Watermelon Salsa

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Catfish Tacos and Watermelon Salsa

It was time to cook, and we needed a new, fresh idea.  The exchange normally starts over email, with ideas fluttering through the virtual airwaves during the days leading up to the planned bonanza. Its starts as a number of rambling replies until we’ve narrowed it down to something that actually would make sense to another person. This is how we work. It’s what we do! It has proven successful over the near two years we have worked on this website, so why fix something that ain’t broke?

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Jul

1

2010

Our Summer Southern Twist

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Crab and Shrimp Burgers, Garlic Grits Fries

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Our Summer Southern Twist

We do a lot of talking about Southern foods. Maybe it’s because we miss them so! There’s something comforting and familiar with all of the foods we remember from our respective youths (even if that youth extended to our college years). We associate these foods with memories of family and friends on birthdays and holidays. No Thanksgiving or Christmas are complete without key dishes that only certain people are entrusted to make, and they know exactly who they are. One of the Southern dishes we’ve lamented the loss of would be shrimp and grits. It’s not a complicated meal, but it is full of complexity in its own right. A mouthwatering bowl of shrimp and grits will remind you of all that is good in the world, and you will be craving more. Oh yes, it is that serious, and you’ll see why.

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Feb

23

2010

Stuff It

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Crab and Shrimp Pecan Stuffed Mirlitons

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Stuff It

Ever heard of a chayote squash? Don’t worry if you haven’t. They are a pear-shaped and colored, medium size squash that’s actually abundant in your local grocer–especially if you live in SoCal as they originate from Mexico. We experimented with the chayote last year when we made a delish and pretty soup. This time we wanted to make a Southern Louisiana dish called “mirliton” that’s hollowed out and usually stuffed with seafood. We had never tried them, mind you, and were eager to do so. Further research revealed that a mirliton is nothing more than the aforementioned chayote squash. Score!

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Sep

17

2009

Southern Eye-talian Fare

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Cornbread Panzanella

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Southern Eye-talian Fare

When life gives you tomatoes and cornbread, make panzanella.  Panzanella, you say?  Yes, panzanella.  It’s not just for the Italians.  We love to try Southernized versions of dishes, and we’ve seen several versions of cornbread based panzanellas out there.  It was time to give it a try.  This is the summer bread salad of all summer bread salads, especially if you have a pint of cherry tomatoes that are just waiting to be used for something good.  If you’re asking why cornbread, we’re sure you’ll have no doubts once you take a bite.  The Southerner in us says thanks to whoever came up with the idea.

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Aug

10

2009

Trimming the Fat

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Buttermilk Baked Chicken, Honey Dijon Spiced Pecan Coleslaw

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Trimming the Fat

There are a couple of foods that we love, and if we could eat them all the time, it would be more than a treat.  Needless to say, a lot of those foods aren’t so great for you, and if we did eat them as much as we wanted, we’d be tipping the scales.  There’s nothing like taking a favorite and trimming it down, so you don’t feel as guilty.  Somewhere along the way, especially for those of us who know that being a foodie opens you up to a world of tantalizing treats, we’ve picked up a trick or two here and there to recreate a dish without all the extras–those additional ingredients that you can either decrease or lose entirely.  Or maybe it’s just a change in the preparation.  Whatever you do, the final dish will still be a winner.

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Jun

17

2009

Claudia’s Test Kitchen

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Crook’s Corner Shrimp and Grits

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Claudia's Test Kitchen

Welcome back to June’s installment of the Guest Test Kitchen!  In case you forgot, or didn’t know, the Duo hails from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (so much pride, we had to say the whole name!).  Last time we were in NC, we went to breakfast right after leaving the airport.  We were thrilled to see all the Southern staples on the menu, especially grits which is actually one of our favorites.  For the whole meal, we lamented over grits missing in our lives out West.  Polenta abounds, but its Southern cousin is either ignored or poorly executed. So just for us, Claudia Hill (another UNC alum and mother to a good friend) cooked a recipe in her kitchen from Charlotte, NC featuring the prized corn mush–grits.  Take it away Claudia!

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May

11

2009

Good Morning to You

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Buttermilk Biscuits

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Good Morning to You

There are really great things about waking up in the morning on the weekend:  knowing it’s a Saturday or Sunday and you don’t have to go to work, staying in bed past 9:00 am because you can and smelling something baking.  Someone once said the best part of waking up was Folgers in your cup, but we think the best part of waking up is arising to the scent of someone cooking in the kitchen.  We’ve made biscuits before, but these are purely unadulterated.  Eat them plain or add butter, honey or jam.  They are most definitely a great way to usher in a good morning.

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Mar

20

2009

Ain’t Nothin’ Like the Real Thing Baby

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Herbed Fried Chicken

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Ain't Nothin' Like the Real Thing Baby

We would like to say that although there are KFCs that have popped up all over parts of Europe, that is not real fried chicken.  We tried to tell two Parisian friends that bit of undeniable truth during their vacation here in Los Angeles.  To all the Frenchies, and any other international friends, who believe the Colonel’s bird is the only ticket, prepare to be mystified and satisfied when someone makes the real thing for you.  What if they make a couple other Southern favorites for you?   Then truly be ready for an experience!  (We are on a below the Mason Dixon line kick this week!)  We love Southern food.  The joy of fried okra, fried green tomatoes and fried catfish rings deep in our hearts and bellies–and fried chicken too.  When there are guests in town who are looking an American experience, why not start with one of the best examples.  Food.

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Mar

18

2009

A Taste of Home

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Southern Sage Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

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A Taste of Home

You may be aware by now that the Duo was partly born and partly bred in pleasant North Carolina–a place where sensational foods abound!  Most dishes there are of course distinctive to the South and have great tradition behind them.  Each region even has its own particular spin on certain Southern staples, like good ol’ biscuits and gravy.  A recent trip back East reacquainted us with this special breakfast dish that you just can’t find in the greater Los Angeles area.  If you’re not familiar with how us ‘Tar Heels’ get down, it’s easy!  Simply take your favorite biscuit and smother it with a creamy, sausage-filled gravy, then enjoy it in all its deliciousity, savory-ish, sinfullistic goodness (so good it makes you wanna make up words!).  To our joyous discovery, and hopefully yours too, biscuits and gravy isn’t difficult to make no matter where you are located.

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