Since early adulthood, I’ve always been enamored by the South. OK, it started in stereotypical fashion – I’ve read Gone With the Wind more times than I can remember but even from my first visit below the Mason-Dixon line, there’s just something about this part of the country that gets to me. The people, land, the FOOD and yes, even the weather – bring it on. So, when my Southern mentor and friend, Regan Jones told me about the Food Blog South weekend in January, it took me less than a day to commit. As Serena & I just launched this blog in May, we still have a lot to learn and what better place do to it than in Birmingham, Alabama surrounded by Southern food lovers and online gurus? This Southern-Wanna-Be is in.
Last week, I ordered my first sack of stoneground grits from War Eagle Mill and got cooking (adding a fall flavor twist to tradition.) And any excuse I have to cook and eat shrimp, I’m all over it.
Fellow Yankees, do you have a favorite Southern dish? Southern friends, what are the must-haves in your Southern pantry?