F is for Food…Southern Food
Today is release day for Demise in Denim the fifth book in my Consignment Shop mysteries set in Savannah.
I love Savannah! I’ve visited there a lot of times and did a ton of research on the place for writing this series. Things like what streets are one way, how many squares are there, is the Pirate House really haunted and are the springs in the South a incredible as they say…and are bugs really all that big!
One of the things I loved researching the most is the food! Eating my way across Savannah is a delicious, lip-smacking, calorie-overload adventure. Is there anything more delicious than Southern cooking?
You can have your sushi and broiled skinless/boneless chicken breast, but give me a good old pork something-or-other anytime. I read somewhere that there are two religions down South…Baptist and Barbecue. This is where the pork comes in, a cookout over a hardwood fire. Pulled, shredded, chopped, diced or sliced, it’s all pure heaven.
Then there’re the pies. Lord have mercy, pies! My Kentucky mother in-law taught me to make crust that crumbles if you look at it sideways. And the filling… I have a pecan pie recipe that makes grown men cry, a peach cobbler recipe bequeathed to my eldest daughter and a sweet potato pie recipe that our neighbor’s broken into my house twice now trying to swipe.
Some of my friends just don’t get it. North food, South food, what’s the difference? Lots! Here’s a list and you tell me if it’s on a Northern grocery list or a Southern one. First off there’s the grocery itself…just try and find a Winn Dixie or Piggly-Wiggly in Jersey.
So what about you? What is your favorite Southern dish? Is there one passed down in the family or one you found in an old Southern Living magazine in your doctor’s office? Share the good food! I’ll give away two Demise in Denim lunch totes from the answers*, and here’s my pecan pie recipe to get the ball rolling. Yummmmm!
9” unbaked pie crust (if in a hurry Pillsbury in the fridge section will do nicely)
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
3 eggs slightly beaten
1/3 cup butter melted
½ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup pecan halves (or walnuts)
Heat oven to 350. Combine corn syrup, sugar, eggs, butter, salt, vanilla and mix well. Pour into crust, sprinkle with nuts and bake for 50 min till knife comes out clean. Cool. Add whipped cream, cinnamon or caramel ice cream is great. 🙂
And when you take that first bite think of me.
Hugs, Duffy Brown
*this giveaway open for US & Canada only.