Anyway, I shouldn't keep you for too long. Just wanted to share some links with you.
Firstly, I have been chatting with Jennifer Rogers Spinola about her new book that just came out; Til Grits Do Us Part. I have not read it yet, but am hoping to soon. Have you read her first two books Southern Fried Sushi (review) and Like Sweet Potato Pie (review)? If not, why not? They're fabulous!
I promised her that I would recommend everyone to read her stories, so here's my shout out! READ THEM! Seriously, they're funny and sweet and will give you a great insight to the wonderful southernisms that exist in places like Virginia or North Carolina. To help you along, here are links to amazon:
Jennifer and I have been amusing ourselves remembering all the weird things our parents would eat. For example, did you know there is such a thing as livermush? Really! Check out this site and see for yourself. Doesn't it just sound scrumptious? *sarcasm* I told her it sounded as bad as pon haus or scrapple (look it up here), which my parents love. There used to be only one store they could go and buy this stuff, and when I asked mom about it recently she stated that they couldn't get it anymore. She was pretty sad about it, but frankly it doesn't bother me at all. I'm pretty sure I tried it when I was younger (most likely my mother told me I "had" to), but I did not like it and have never been tempted to try it again. Anything described as "a semi-solid congealed loaf" holds no appeal to my taste buds whatsoever.
Should I confess that I'm not really a fan of grits either? I know, I know. How can I call myself a southern girl and not like grits? Just terrible! But if you don't like something, there's not much you can do to change that fact. And really, I'm perfectly okay with it. :) There's one other main dish that I don't care for and that's country ham. Not regular ham, country ham. It is really, really, really, really, really salty. (That's not an exaggeration at all! Honest.) My entire family loves that stuff and I am the single oddball that refuses to eat it. But trust me when I say that it is incredibly salty.
I know it sounds like I don't like anything, but I do! I love fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, peanuts, Dr. Pepper. Lots of things! :)
So basically this was just a post to see if I could gross you out with what southerners eat. (At least some southerners, anyway.) And please check out Jennifer's books. They really are a lot of fun. :)
Do you have a favorite dish that I might not have heard of? Tell me all about it!
(Btw, isn't my new friend cute? She was drawn by an artist I know at my request and I think she did an awesome job! I plan to keep her (the kangaroo) (and my artist friend too for that matter) around a while. Perhaps I should name her? Got any suggestions?)