January 22, 2012

National Southern Food Day

“It you want to be real technical on the subject, while all soul food is southern food, not all southern food is 'soul.'" - Bob Jeffries

It's National Southern Food Day!
(Please note: I don't know if this is actually a "real" food holiday, but I'm celebrating it anyway!)

I spent some time in North Carolina. I was called a Yankee the entire visit. I didn't understand what some of the people were saying because their accents were so thick (the only other time this has ever happened is when I lived in Ireland; a friend's boyfriend was from Northern Ireland and I never knew what he was talking about. I just smiled and nodded a lot. For the record: I speak incredibly fast and overly animated most of the time. So much so, that I frequently have to repeat myself because people don't understand me either). And I had the worst Thanksgiving of my life (we had deep fried turkey, collard green, hush puppies . . . THAT ISN'T THANKSGIVING FOOD. THAT'S NOT HOW WE CELEBRATED THE FIRST THANKSGIVING. LISTEN, I WOULD KNOW. NOT ONLY WAS I A PILGRIM IN MY FIRST GRADE PLAY. I ALSO LIVE [KIND OF NEAR] WHERE THE PILGRIMS LIVED. SO THERE.).

All of that has nothing to do with this simple thought though: I really like Southern food. I think it's, for lack of a better word, fun. It's a lot different than potatoes, blueberries, and seafood which are the stereotypical foods of my latitude-longitude.

I particularly like hoppin' john salad (which, I ate on New Years Eve for two years in a row because I heard black eyed peas were a lucky food - had the worst two years of my life afterwards, now that I think about it, so that tradition's been tossed out the window) and corn bread... so that's exactly how I celebrated today!

Happy National Southern Food Day!