Tag Archives: Southern Cooking

Southern Skillet Cornbread

Real Deal Southern Cast Iron Cornbread

You know I posted a recipe just the other day for some very special cornbread – my Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread. And declared (oh but I do declare a lot of things – just because it’s my blog, lol) that being a Northerner I liked my cornbread light & fluffy & moist.

Pintos with Southern Skillet Cornbread
Pintos with Southern Skillet Cornbread

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Dark or Red Roux

A dark or Red Roux (pronounced roo) is what gives my Jambalaya, below (as well as other classic dishes) its indescribable flavor. Try this with caution if you’ve never made a roux – the nutty flavor will haunt you to the rest of your days and once you’ve had a great roux in a dish…well, there’s no going back.

Jambalaya - This one is Sausage and Chicken made with a Roux
Jambalaya – This one is Sausage and Chicken made with a Roux

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Braised Turnip (or other) Greens – Healthy Style

Until late in my life, I didn’t really eat greens, and when I’d had them they’d always been Collard greens cooked forever with ham hocks or salt pork – delicious, but something I’ve avoided because of the high fat and long cooking process. That was a shame, because any of the greens, turnip, kale, collard and beet greens are powerhouses of nutritional value. Even radish greens are great for you!

Braised Greens
Braised Greens

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Jambalaya

Jambalaya truly reflects a cultural heritage carried into the New World, nurtured and melded into its own special blend – hundreds of years ago, displaced French Canadians settled into the Louisiana area and adapted this dish to their new surroundings. A lovely melange of vegetables, earthy sausage and chicken are in this version, as well as just the right amount of spice to be interesting.

Jambalaya - this one is Sausage & Chicken
Jambalaya – this one is Sausage & Chicken

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Red Beans & Rice

Years ago, my son and I had Red Beans and Rice in New Orleans – and if you’ve had that experience, you know how the flavors of that dish can literally haunt you; you’ll think about it, taste it again in your mind, and not be satisfied until you have it again. Luckily, its only a food or I’d sound like some kind of crazy stalker…

Red Beans & Rice
Red Beans & Rice

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