Thursday, July 30, 2009

Because I think it's only fair.........................

Since I have been so SHOCKED that so many of you don't know about some of our Southern foods .....I thought I would research some of the foods you left me that I had never heard of (to show my ignorance. ha!) I bet this will be a learning experience for a lot of us: 1. Fry Sauce - two parts mayo, one part ketchup that people in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, and the Northwest eat with fries. Sounds pretty good to me.
2. Cincinnati Chili - which is not like the kind of Texas Chili I'm used to. This is like a meat sauce you put over spaghetti or hot dogs.
3. Scrapple - a mix of pork scraps, corn meal and flour. This is a mid-atlantic treat (Delaware, Maryland, NJ) I think this is a breakfast dish
4. Cheese curds - I didn't find a good explanation but they are eaten in MI, WI, MN and Canada
5. Pierogis - (I've actually heard of these but never had them) - Dumplings stuffed with varying ingredients
6. Tri Tip - a steak mostly found in CA (looks yummy!)
7. Goetta and Brats .....I know about Brats but not about Goetta (something similar)

And apparently y'all in the north (MN, ND) call casseroles "hot dishes". ha!

This was really fun to find out about different foods.
I will have to make Gumbo and Chocolate Gravy soon and post the recipes for all of you!

In the meantime - I'll just leave with you pictures of some Southern Sugar:

It's raining and BLEH here today so sweet girl was still in her PJ's and had some bed head crazy hair when I took these but she is still precious (to me!)
P.S. My dress from the last post was from Wal-Mart a couple of years ago! I love how everytime I get 20 comments/e-mails asking me where something I'm wearing is from .....it's Wal-Mart $14.95 and not Boutique $79.95. :-)

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Andrea said...

The only food I have heard of
is Pierogis. Looking at the pictures of all that great food
made me hungry.
Your "Southern Sugar" looks
adorable. Every girl needs
a pj day. So glad she is enjoying
her carrots!

Andrea

Diana said...

I just have to comment because I grew up in Alaska. We did had Rotel all the time growing up. We also ate Okra (although my husband from Indiana had never had it before we got married). We also were big fans of grits. I will admit that my family does have its original roots in the South, God bless the south for some GOOD food! Another southern food item is molasses. My husband never had molasses until he met me. I love the stuff!

Holly said...

Pierogis are so delish! Daddy is from up north and introduced up to Pierogis a while back! YUM!!

Summer and Matt said...

My husband is completely obsessed with skyline (cincinnati) chili! In fact, he is salivating listening to me read the comments about skyline chili! He is a native of cincinnati and has always been in love with it! I am a native tennessean and I am NOT a fan and find it gross!

We live in Cincinnati so I must live with his obsession, ha! Most of my friends here who are not natives don't like skyline chili nor do we understand the obsession people around here have with it!

Emily said...

I discovered Tri Tip when we lived in California and it's one of our favorite cuts of meat now. You can actually get it at the butcher counter here in the south, you just have to ask for it!

Carol said...

I didn't know that was called "Fry Sauce"! To me, it was a mistake that tasted pretty good! As for the other food, it made me gag. I guess I've been living in the south too long.

Melissa Miller said...

I have never heard of any of those foods you showed us. Hmmm.... Chocolate gravy? I've never heard of that one either.

Harper is a doll and looks so happy today! :)

gallaghergfam said...

You must try pierogis! DELICIOUS!! Up here in Northern Ohio pierogis are very popular during Lent. They go together real well with Friday Night Fish Fries.

Now I may have to try some Okra... Nancy from OHIO

Nat said...

I'm from MD and everyone up here eats Scrapple...I'm not a fan but it's one of my Mom's favorites and yes it's breakfast dish.

Julee said...

Man I am glad that I live in the south!! HA! I haven't heard of any of those things nor do I want to try them. :) Harper seriously gets cuter and cuter every day!! Hope you have a great weekend!

Beckie said...

I'm from Maine and our "weird" food aside from "Lobstahs"(Maine Accent)and "steamahs" (clams) is red hot dogs, and Moxie soda. Red hot dogs are natural casing dogs that the casings have been died red and taste best steamed with ketchup, mustard, sweet relish and sauerkraut and served in a top split hot dog bun. Moxie is this really old style cola-type soda that tastes like medicine. Really yucky medicine. The first swallow is fine, its the after taste that gets you. This is so popular here that we have a Moxie Festival in Lisbon Falls, Maine every year. They even have a store known for its Moxie ice cream float called a Black Cow. This is like a root beer float except with Moxie soda and Moxie ice cream. The ice cream is the best. It's the only way I'll drink Moxie. Moxie Has its own slogan, "I've got Moxie". Hope you don't mind my sharing.

popular by demand said...

Hi, looking at the food makes me wish Arizona's style was a little southern so we could get some of that good food. Your photo you have on your blog of you and your baby is beautiful, and you are a beautiful mother. Truly God smiled on you when you had your baby girl. I am glad also to see that you love the Lord as I do. Keep the faith. Thanks...

Jaime said...

Kelly,
I stumbled upon your blog a month or so before Miss Sweet Thang was born, and I have been a faithful follower ever since! I am a new mom myself (a son, Noah, born in April) so I can totally relate to most everything you say. I am also a sister in Christ, so I appreciate your witness through this blog. Whether it's a prayer request or informing the world about okra, I enjoy your blog every day! Love, love, love it!
Check us out sometime, and see my sweet baby.
www.brandonandjaimeemerson.blogspot.com
God Bless You and Your Family,
Jaime

lori said...

great post! as a native ohioan married to an arkansan, now living in cali, i know of choc gravy, okra and picalilly (sp?), and you MUST eat ya some cinci chili, you will LOVE it, and tri tip is to cali what the pizza is to chicago...very strange!

A happy heart at home said...

Your daughter is adorable! In Canada, cheese curds are used in poutine (we say pooh-teen', but in Canada, they say pooh-tinn')(french fries topped with mozzarella cheese curds or shredded mozzarella cheese and then covered with steaming poutine sauce, a type of spiced gravy). Excellent! A&W (like the root beer) fast food restaurants in Canada have a good poutine. We were first introduced to poutine when we moved to the border of the U.S. and Canada many years ago. Although we've moved since then, we still get poutine sauce now and then and make poutine. It's a special occasion/celebration meal at our house. :)

~Susan

Dana said...

I am from Ohio and do not like Ciny Chili. The other foods look yummy.

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

Love the sweet pics of adorable Harper!
The only thing I've eaten that you posted was pierogies. I've actually heard of a lot of the "southern" foods and had quite a few-my mom is a huge fan of southern cooking.

Lauren said...

My first experience with fry sauce was in Utah - NO THANK YOU>

Now pierogis are another story. My best friends husband makes them with a little diced onion and butter. Yum! They are amazing.

Mom of 2 Cuties said...

I was born in Texas and lived there up until 2 years ago. I love, love pierogies! Promise me you will go to Wal-Mart (I know you KNOW where that is:) and buy a package and cook w/ grilled kielbasa sausage and onions! YUMMY! We live in Utah now and am not crazy about fry sauce but we have cheese curds, we call it squeeky cheese!

Mom of 2 Cuties said...

Oh, another thing! Two things I can't get in Utah that I so dearly miss, but it is probably a good thing, BLUE BELL Ice Cream and Big Red Soda! NO other ice cream comes close to Blue Bell. Oh how I miss it, but my thighs thank me!

Kelly said...

This post is too cute! I'm in PA and we have scrapple and pierogies here in Dutch country, but I'm from Philly originally and that's home of the cheesesteak and Twinkie. I'd take them over fried pig fat anyday. :o)

Brandy said...

Cincinnati chili is a staple food at our house and I have always lived in the south. You should be able to get a packet of mix at the grocery store..if not let me know and I will send you one! So easy and yummy. You can have it over spaghetti noodles or on a hotdog (a coney this way). Top with cheese, onions, and crackers...yummy!!!! You would love it!

jayfersgirl said...

We moved to California a year ago and some people had us over for dinner and said "I was thinking we'd have a tri-tip" and I said "Oh, sounds great!" then went home and googled it:) It is good!
I commented about Cincinnati chili on your last post, so I'm so glad to see it on here...so delicious:)
And I grew up in WI and yet I've only had cheese curds maybe twice...not a huge cheese fan, in spite if where I grew up. Cheese curds squeak when you eat them...and that just doesn't seem right to me:)

jayfersgirl said...

Oh, and I had never heard of pierogis until 3 weeks ago when they were served at our friend's wedding...they are delicious:)

taralynn819 said...

And if you go to the Minnesota State Fair, you can not only get deep fried Cheese Curds (only the most popular MN fair food ever!!) but Hotdish-On-a-Stick!

Angela said...

Wow. Those all look....interesting... :)

I have never heard of any of those! (I live near Chattanooga, TN.)

I'll take my fried okra, Rotel, and sausage balls any day!

Lauren Kelly said...

Oh my heavens to betsy, that last picture of Harper is so so cute!!!!

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taralynn819 said...

THIS is how to really eat cheese curds! (sorry the link is so long!) Those who said the other pic looked gross, you can't say these look gross!

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://blogs.jsonline.com/blogs/fishoutofwater/cheese%2520curd.jpg&imgrefurl=http://simplyjacy.com/entertainment/the-great-minnesota-get-together-279/&usg=__gl0fCa4fMcZV3nMCyjxoHdavt-4=&h=979&w=1024&sz=106&hl=en&start=14&um=1&tbnid=6DAaN5u5J_tPRM:&tbnh=143&tbnw=150&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dcheese%2Bcurds%2Bminnesota%2Bstate%2Bfair%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DN%26um%3D1

Mike, Kacy & Wells said...

I may not be politically correct, but all that Yankee food can stay up north. Give me some okra, fried please.

Sara said...

Hello I am from Michigan, and I thought I would tell you a little bit about Cheese Curds..I LOVE cheese curds, BUT they have to be from this little Amish Cheese Store up north. Basically a cheese curd is the beginning to cheese. When cheese is made the milk and some other ingredients are mixed together and the cheese curds are formed. Then they are drained and put in a block thing with a cheese cloth over top and stacked up and pressed. That is how they get blocks of cheese. Gosh, I hope this makes sense, i am still a little groggy LOL. Cheese curds are also called squeaky cheese because if you eat one when it is still warm it squeaks against your teeth. I just love cheese curds! LOL
Sara

Jennifer said...

You make chocolate gravy, too??? I'm from Alabama, and I've only met a few other girls who knew about chocolate gravy, and they were all from Alabama, too. Glad to hear it's eaten in Arkansas.

Annie said...

The pictures of Harper are adorable!! Love her smile :)
So I'm from MN, moved from SD and in SD everyone did call them casseroles so it was so strange to me to move a state over and have people calling them hot dishes, I had no idea what they were talking about! ha!
Never heard of fry sauce but I think pretty much everyone in MN loves ranch dressing....like people eat it on EVERYTHING! (except me, ha!)

Annie said...

oh and cheesecurds are delish!! deep fried cheese lady!! dip in ketchup, yum-o! I only get them once a year at a fair or carnival.

owensruth said...

The top picture looks like Abner's Sauce. Abner's is a chicken place that started in Oxford, MS and has a few other locations around the state.
HOTTY TODDY!!!

Allison said...

Kelly,

You can purchase Skyline Chili, Goetta and other Cincinnati favorites at http://www.cincinnatifavorites.com/index.php
OR I'd be happy to send you some but you have to promise to eat your Skyline either as a cheese coney with mustard and onions OR as a 5-way over spaghetti with red beans, onions and shredded cheese. Yum!!!
I'm thinking Skyline might need to be my lunch today!

Sarah said...

A blog hop with the theme "Regional Recipes" sure would be fun! :)

Chayce's Momma said...

Pierogies are AMAZING! I was introduced to them by a friend in middle school. I rarely see them at the store but whenever I do I MUST get them. Fry them in a pan with butter. YUM YUM YUM!!!

Brooke said...

Makes me feel good to know there were only one or 2 things I had never heard of. TriTip is also big at our house here in Utah. Yum! My dad and brothers are big steak lovers. We have a couple cheese factories in the valley I live in so cheese curds (or we like to call them Squeaky Cheese:)are readily available here as well. Yum! Oh and some fry sauce even has pickles in it which since I am a pickle lover, I find delicious!!
That was fun!

Sharon said...

Yum scrapple! I am from PA and we love it for breakfast. We usually only have it once a year though b/c it's not the best for you. PA also has a lot of Pennsylvania Dutch cooking such as shoo fly pie and many other sweet treats! yum!

Amy said...

I love the pics with Harper's bed head crazy hair! I never want to comb my baby's hair for the day when he has it. It just adds to their cuteness and always makes me smile!!

Kristy ~ said...

Cheese curds are used for poutine (though i'm sure for many other things as well)! Mmmm...Canadians love poutine! ;)

THE Stephanie said...

Personally, I think the southern sugar was the best thing in this post! LOL

Rona's Home Page said...

We've been living in Vegas for 2 years and never heard of Fry Sauce. I'll have to ask our customers about it.
As a kid we did eat Scrapple for breakfast. My mom is from South Carolina.

Ashley said...

Being from California I have had plenty of Tri Tip. I had no clue that it was a "california thing"..I thought it was just a cut of the meat.

thatjusthappened said...

I'm from Oklahoma and I haven't heard of half of this stuff... except Scrapple... I watch Ace of Cakes religiously and they made a Scrapple cake for Duff's birthday... it looked horrrrrrrrrrrible!

The HoneaBees said...

Hi Kelly! I have a Tutorial for Chocolate Gravy on my blog...check it out. You can link to it...it might save you some time!
honeabees.blogspot.com
I have read you blog for a while, but just never comment.

noahandlylasmommi said...

you havent had tri tip??? oh you need to try some :)

Michelle said...

Ok, I'm originally from MI and I've never heard of cheese curds!!! I guess it goes to show you that you sometimes don't even know the foods from where you're from!

Cathy said...

I am crackin' up! I'm from Oregon and I had NO CLUE that "fry sauce" was a NW thing. I told a facebook friend in Minnesota to get some on her next trip to Sonic and she came back thinkin' I was crazy, cause her's didn't carry it!

I AM a little upset that Chick-Fil-A hasn't seen fit to make it's way to the west coast, cause that just sounds like good stuff.

Oh and tri-tip is NOT just a California thing...we love us some tri-tip up here in Oregon too.

Now, those cheese curds...the juries out on that still...

And even though I was born and raised on the west coast, I know a thing or two about sweat tea, chicken and dumplin's, chocolate gravy, and fried okra thanks to my grandma, aunts, and uncles in Arkansas...bless their hearts.;)

Just Add Walter said...

thanks for introducing us to all those new things...but I love all our southern food!

Sheridan said...

Hi Kelly- I have commented on your sweet blog before and I get excited everytime there is a new post!

I just thought I would tell you... one of my mom's good friends is having her baby girl in November and she is naming her Harper! I couldn't believe it when she told me! I am sure that she will be as cute and girly as your Harper is!

Sheridan

Katie said...

Just had to comment on this one:

My husband is from Cincinnati and introduced me to Skyline Chili (aka Cincy Chili) and Goetta.

After trying it, I can say without a doubt that I will never voluntarily eat Cincinnati chili ever again in my life. Not even if it was the last thing on earth. I'd rather starve to death and see Jesus sooner than have that chili. It is not of the South and is more what I liken to a meat soup. It is equally gross to watch people eat said chili on top of spaghetti noodles with cheese, onions and oyster crackers.

Goetta is an oat and sausage mix which actually is pretty tasty. My husband slices it thin and cooks it up crispy in a pan and serves it with syrup. It kind of tastes like a McDonald's pancake breakfast when you get a bit of sausage, syrup and pancake all in one.

How have I missed out on fry sauce?

Mrs. S said...

I am from CA and I can't believe you have never heard of tri-tip?! SAY WHAT!? I didn't know it was a CA thing...oh my word..you must have tri tip. If cooked right it is the most delicious cut of meat. And this is something for me to say because I don't eat any other red meat except tri tip!!

Jill said...

I'm from Delaware and we are the home of the "Apple Scrapple" festival!! People stand in line forever to get a scrapple sandwich! It honestly has never done anything for me, but my hubby LOVES it.

I agree with the whoopie pies! We go to the amish farmers market in our town every week-end to get one (or more!). Our farmers market has them in chocolate with vanilla creme, chocolate with PB creme, chocolate chip cookie/oatmeal cookie/banana/pumpkin all with vanilla creme. They are amazing!

janie said...

To add a couple more.....pimento cheese and Benedictine (not together) spreads.

I grew up in the South having pot luck dinners at church. My Indianapolis friend calls them "pitch in's".

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