Down Home Salivation

I am not from the south. I may have lived there, though, during a past incarnation (perhaps as Laurel Hand, Eudora Welty’s The Optimist’s Daughter). This may explain why I thoroughly enjoy southern cooking. I can’t get enough of southern fried chicken, corn bread, collard greens, smoked ham, hoppin’ John, hush puppies, Frogmore stew, Louisiana shrimp and grits, North Carolina Barbeque, Mississippi mud pies, sweet corn, sweet potato pone and sweet tea. Sweet Home Alabama! Sweet Jesus, have mercy! Sweet Bye and Bye! Sweet potato pie in the sky!

Now that I am reincarnated as a Midwestern girl I regularly dine on pot roast, mashed potatoes and gravy and sweet corn on the cob.  But, more than ever, I find that I have a mighty hankering for southern comfort food. Sadly, though, I live in a suburban area surrounded with fast food and fashion food restaurants. None of the good ‘stuff’ can be found out here (when I do find it, it doesn’t taste the same to me).  Can someone wrestle me up some Southern cooking, some Low Country food, some Creole food, some sausage and biscuits? Help! I’m dying here. I am going crazy for trying… Lord, have mercy!

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