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Old 06-18-2009, 09:37 AM   #321
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Re: Heard in the Office Today

Grits are one of those "poor man" substitutes appearing in the South that became tradition. On the list of nasty stuff you can eat around here: grits cooked 5 million different ways, collard greens, poke salad (the leaves are actually poisonous), black eyed peas (I believe those are just used to feed livestock north of the Mason Dixon), menudo (okay, well, that's more a south Texas thing) and cornbread. The only thing edible on this list is cornbread, and it needs plenty of sugar and maybe some jalepenos to be good....and if you fry it up as hush puppies, so much the better

Oh yeah, and biscuits and gravy for breakfast.

I'm proud to be a Texan, but I have to draw the line at things people ate when nothing else would grow, the Indians took the horses and the carpetbaggers stole the rest Now fajitas, cowboy biscuits, and chicken fried steak with sweet tea....that's what I'm talking about!
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Old 06-18-2009, 09:46 AM   #322
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Biscuits and gravy? That's like gods gift to breakfast.
Cornbread? Awesome. I love cornbread.

But I never eat any of this stuff anymore! But you're bringing up fond memories!
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Old 06-18-2009, 09:57 AM   #323
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Okay, here's another one, nothing to do with "traditional" foods...

Girl at work had a birthday the other day, and she had joked with some friends who work at the doughnut shop (?) that she expected a "huge doughnut" for her birthday. Apparently, it is indeed possible to get just that. They brought it to her in a standard dozen doughnut size box...only it was just one GIANT doughnut--WITH SPRINKLES! It was pretty impressive. She was able to cut it into enough pieces to share with several people (some of whom are on diets, of course). If word gets out that such a thing exists, they may have a cash cow there.
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:01 AM   #324
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Cornbread? Awesome. I love cornbread.
Have you had it as little cornbread stick hushpuppies? Perfect for dipping in butter with each bite! There are a couple places in my town that specialize it just that, you don't even need the rest of the meal....yummmmmmmm!
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:10 AM   #325
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For those who don't appreciate southern cooking: Grits are almost identical to polenta, except grits are produced from ground hominy instead of corn meal and grits are tastier and a more nutritious product. Grits are more nutritious than polenta because the corn in grits has been treated with lye water in the same way that masa harina is processed. If you use high quality stone mill ground grits, grits can be amazing. Grocery store instant grits are about as good as the cardboard they are packaged in.

My favorite way to eat grits. Let leftover cheese grits set up in shallow pan. Once set up, cut the grits into 3" squares. Fry the squares in olive oil or bacon fat. Serve under a generous portion of pulled pork. Mmmmmm.


Shrimp and grits is another southern classic that I love.
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:29 AM   #326
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Since we are talking about southern food, would crawfish be considered paleo friendly? Umm, hot, tasty crawfish.
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:39 AM   #327
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Since we are talking about southern food, would crawfish be considered paleo friendly? Umm, hot, tasty crawfish.
Why not? You don't get much more minimally processed than "throw live crawfish in boiling water until they turn red."

Besides, would you *really* want to follow a diet that wouldn't let you eat crawfish?

(Yeah, I know my profile says Seattle, but my mom's from south Louisiana.)

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Old 06-18-2009, 11:04 AM   #328
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Why not? You don't get much more minimally processed than "throw live crawfish in boiling water until they turn red."

Besides, would you *really* want to follow a diet that wouldn't let you eat crawfish?

(Yeah, I know my profile says Seattle, but my mom's from south Louisiana.)

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agreed. i feel the same way about bacon.

any diet that tells me i can't eat bacon and crawfish (or in my case lobster), is inherently flawed.
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Old 06-18-2009, 11:07 AM   #329
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I think any diet that doesn't allow for beer at some point in the week is inherently flawed. But that's just me.
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Old 06-18-2009, 11:10 AM   #330
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Re: Heard in the Office Today

Did you really dog black eyed peas??? REALLY???

new Years day - ham, greens, blacked peas, cornbread. it doesn't get any better than that.

crawfish has a problem in that it is necessary to consume with BEER.

In the Office today -

Everyday the dipstick at the end of my row asks me if i want candy, cake or some other sweet. Everyday it is one of those being offered to me. Everyday i tell him politely that i do not eat that crap, as it makes me tired and feel like a fat arse. EVERY DAMN DAY.

One day, i will not be polite about it. I just don't get why people can't take a hint.
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