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Calling all southern belles!!

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My besttest friend ever is original from Georgia and was transplanted to Iowa by her hubby. She is feeling super homesick so I want to cook her a southern meal. I need help because I want authentic recipes not Northernized ( Her term) southern food. Thanks
post #2 of 54
What does she like?
post #3 of 54
Paul Deed has plenty of good Southern recipes on foodnetworks.com, check out the website and scroll down to her name and check out the recipes. Some I have tried and were delicious, especially her fry chicken. Hope this helps somewhat. icon_smile.gif
post #4 of 54
I would go with the greats... biscuits n' gravy, southern fried chicken, and green beans that are cooked in bacon grease! (I'm a mountain girl to the core!) Don't forget your sweet tea to drink!
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post #5 of 54
My friend and I make sweet potato casserole two or three times a year for our extended families and that stuff gets eaten UP!
post #6 of 54
Don't forget fried green tomatoes and/or fried okra! icon_biggrin.gif
Most of the cooks in my family don't use recipes for our everyday southern food. I would definitely try Paula Deen's recipes, although it's somewhat different from what I'm used to. She lives on the coast of Georgia, where as I'm in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Do you have any particular veggies or dishes in mind?
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I'm not a southerner, but my dh is and we lived down south for four years... if there's one thing they can't do without, its their sweet tea!!!!! Brew some tea on the stove and then mix about a cup and a half to two cups of sugar to a gallon of tea.
post #8 of 54
I'm a homegrown Georgia girl myself!!!! And proud of it thumbs_up.gif Paula Deen is a great choice. I grew up eating in Lady & Sons, her rest. in Savannah.

Gosh, where do I begin? Turnip greens cooked in bacon drippins, can u get them there? Homemade cornbread with lots of butter, in an iron skillet of course icon_lol.gif Blackeyed peas, cooked with a little onion and bacon, of course! Fried Chicken!

I could go on and on. PM me if you have any questions! Give your bestest girlfriend a big ole Georgia hug for me!

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post #9 of 54
I know my Avatar says I'm from Florida, but don't be fooled.. I grew up in Tennessee in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.. So here's my take on the Southern food:

Cornbread! (Iron skillet a must for this one).. And I agree with the biscuits and gravy and fried green tomatoes and okra as well.

Hmm.. some others that come to mind are fried potatoes (my grandma used to make those for me), chicken and dumplings, and my mom makes a homemade chicken pot pie that you'd kill someone for! If you'd like the recipe PM me and I'll send it on..

And for dessert, peach cobbler! (I also have my mom's killer recipe for this one if you'd like it, as well as her how-to's on how to make good homemade southern white gravy!). icon_biggrin.gif
post #10 of 54
No one has mentioned what I grew up calling Macaroni Pie. My northern friend calls it baked macaroni & cheese. You can PM me for my great-grandma's recipe.
post #11 of 54
I grew up in LA, that's lower Alabama for you Yankees (actually it's the most western part of the Florida panhandle right near the boarder!). Anyway ya gotta have a southern dessert! We like our sweets to end a good meal. You could try pecan pie, sweet potato pie, peanut butter pie, or a black berry cobbler. If ya have fried chicken, don't forget the pan gravy to accompany the potatoes!
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post #12 of 54
Red Velvet cake is big in Texas

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post #13 of 54
Okay...how about this dessert-Chess Pie, let's see if anybody knows about this...it's truly a "Southern Thang"
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post #14 of 54
I didn't need any recipes. But reading this post has made my mouth water icon_cry.gif Any southern fried chicken recipes would be greatly appreciated. DH loves fried chicken. Always looking for a good recipe for that. thumbs_up.gif And I never heard of green beans cooked in bacon grease. I gotta know how to do that one icon_biggrin.gif DH would love that one also.
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post #15 of 54
Oh, yeah! I love chess pie!! I also vote for chicken and dumplings - my favorite!
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