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Southern Cooking Brings Soul To Food
Southern Cooking Brings Soul To Food
I was born and raised in the deep south. As far back as I can remember I can remember drinking big glasses of my Grandmothers Iced Tea and shelling peas and breaking green beans out on the porch with my Grandmother and Mom. From time to time various Aunts , Uncles , and cousins would show up there on the porch to help prepare food and tell tall tales. Over time my Mom and Grandmother passed away and I moved on to other parts of the world but all my life I have remained a huge fan of southern cooking. And it is southern cooking that I have worked all my life to perfect and cook the perfect southern dishes.
While I was growing up my Grandmother Hattie Propst taught me how to fry chicken and I think I truly make the best southern fried chicken that I have ever tasted. And many years later and several states away a 83 year old African American lady named Alice Brown taught me how to take southern fried chicken to another level by turning that southern fried chicken into the best barbecue chicken I have ever tasted. My mother Virginia Propst Walker taught me much about cooking. The most important thing she ever taught me about cooking was to stick to the basics and never over season. She taught me how to cook the best green beans , cabbage , and banana pudding I was to ever taste. She was the one that taught me how to make a dressing for chicken or turkey that is the best anyone has ever tasted. Those three women taught me southern cooking in a way that you could never learn in a class room or in a cook book. I considered all three women to be living breathing cook books and they taught me much. Here I plan to share a part of what they taught me with you.
It was only many years later at a little sidewalk cafe in Bangkok Thailand that I discovered that not all tea comes iced in a glass. It was also about that same time that I discovered that not all vegetables have to be soaked in batter , dredged in cornmeal and fried. Southern cooking though is truly the best in the world and you will never find anything else like it in the world.
You have never lived until you taste free range chicken like was served for many many years in the deep south. Okra is another thing that comes to mind. I have some growing outside the window right now. And okra is one of the most delicious foods you will ever taste or cook with. I love it individually breaded and deep fried and I also like it in delicious gumbos where it really becomes the heart and soul of that dish. Okra also makes a wonderful thickener for delicious southern soups. And if your lucky enough to know exactly how to make it stewed corn , okra , and tomatoes served over cornbread hot from the oven is one of the most delicious southern dishes I have ever tasted.
People in most parts of the deep south of the United States were very poor and they learned to make do with what they had and they learned to make some of the most delicious food in the world with what they had. And even today you will find some of the poorest people in America in the deep south but also the most generous. In even the poorest homes in the deep south they have some of the most delicious food you will ever taste and you'll never be turned away with an empty stomach. One of the most delicious meals I ever remember being served was cooked down along some riverbanks in Alabama. It was Cajun Catfish , homemade hush puppies , fresh cut french fries fried golden brown and some of the most delicious slaw I have ever tasted.
Gumbo oh man Gumbo. I remember my Grandmother Hattie Propst making Gumbo and how we would all gather around setting on my Grandmothers front porch and eat big steaming bowls of Gumbo served over huge cornbread squares fresh from the oven. I remember my Grandmother teaching me how to make roux. She said your roux had to be the same color of a river just after a big rain. The roux you make for your Gumbo is as important to your Gumbo as the Okra. If your Gumbo is put together just right you'll find you have one of the best tasting dishes you will ever have the privilege of tasting. Want the Worlds Best recipe for Gumbo CLICK RIGHT HERE
And you know perhaps its the seasonings that are used in southern cooking or it could be the okra or the roux. Or it just might be that some of the best cooks in the world are found all over the deep south. And that there are a lot of front and back porches located all over the deep south. And the laughter , family ties , and friendship there on those porches just might have something to do with why southern cooking and soul food is truly some of the best food on earth.
And we have to remember the wonderful desserts like pralines , pecan pie , home churned ice cream , apple pie , and Mississippi Mud Cake. And we have to talk about Coconut Cake because you guessed it. I have the best recipe you will ever taste on earth for Coconut Cake and you can find out all about it BY CLICKING HERE. My best friend ever in the world Carolyn Wright and my Mom Virginia Walker both made this cake and if you try the recipe for it you'll find that you truly have the best tasting coconut cake in the world. Oh so delicious.
Have you ever tried fried green tomatoes? Yes the dish by that name not the movie. Well guess what you're in luck because I have for you what many many people say are the best fried green tomatoes they have ever tasted. And I tell you what. Your probably setting there thinking oh man I would never eat that. But I tell you if you ever tried it you would. Because I have the best recipe in the world for fried green tomatoes. Want the recipe CLICK HERE NOW.
Here is one of the most delicious unique desserts that I ever came up with. I have cooked this Green Tomato Apple Pie for thousands of people and they all went WOW!!!. Yes it really is that good. Once you make it you'll be hooked for life. When you make the pie be sure that you have Granny Smith Apples because it is the delicious tart flavor of this apple and the tart green tomatoes that make this pie both one of the most unique and one of the most delicious pies you will ever taste. If you want the recipe all you have to do is CLICK HERE NOW.
As we move along I have to mention here that seafood is a big part of southern cooking and there is nothing in the world like deep fried seafood. Over the years I have worked hard at developing some of the best recipes in the world for seafood. And if your a seafood lover like me I suggest you try a few of these oh so delicious seafood recipes.
1. Fried Oysters Recipe , Click Here
2. Delicious Fish Tacos , Click Here
3. Gumbo And Everything About It , Click Here
4. Some Of The Best Crab Cakes Ever , Click Here
5. How To Cook Fish , Click Here
6. Delicious Cajun Catfish , Click Here
7. How To Cook A Shrimp , Click Here
8. Chicken And Sausage Gumbo , Click Here
9. How Do I Fry The Best Fish Ever, Click Here
That should get you busy cooking some of the most delicious southern seafood recipes ever. Please if you cook one of these delicious recipes please post a comment below and if you have any questions feel free to ask.
I have always loved cooking and southern cooking is one of my all time favorites. I hope I have given you some ideals about southern cooking and I hope you try one or more of my recipes. If you have any comments or questions feel free to ask them below in the comments section. And thanks for taking the time to read my Hub Page about Southern Cooking. Why not find a front or back porch and set on it with some of your family and friends and try out what ever recipe or recipes you decide to make. Again if you need to ask questions just post them below.