Southern by Grace
Hey, y'all :-) The South is a way of life and a state of mind, the land is in your blood. There's pain and suffering but also gratitude, hope, and joy in…
Descriptions of several French-influenced architectural styles found in the American South.
Mardi Gras is celebrated throughout Louisiana, not just in New Orleans. In more rural areas of Cajun & Creole communities in French Louisiana , the celebration is called the Courir de Mardi Gras. Traditions are based on medieval celebrations in France. A popular activity is going door to door by horseback, on foot, or riding on trailers, begging ingredients from local residents to make cauldrons of chicken stew or jambalaya for the community celebrations. #Fat_Tuesday #South #Southern
People all over America have always made cornbread, but in modern times it's become associated more with the South. Food historian Robert Moss examines how cooks were forced to change cornbread recipes with the takeover of industrialized food processing after the 1930s. Adding wheat flour & especially sugar to cornbread is akin to touching one of the third rails of Southern food -- but there are several reasons why cornbread recipes had to change. There is now also a solution for it.
A new generation of chefs, restaurateurs, & scholars are exploring how the city’s celebrated food owes as much to West African & Caribbean cuisines as to French cooking. Much of New Orleans culture can be traced to West African & Caribbean antecedents, from its music & architecture to its Carnival traditions & signature dishes like gumbo, jambalaya, & étouffée. “We need to let people know where the food came from. The story isn’t always going to be pleasant” says chef Serigne Mbaye.
In the South, the distinction between supper & dinner dictates when, where, & what we eat. For non-Southerners, it might be a little confusing but this story is a pretty good explanation 😉
Built in 1939 for Ruth Brown Moore & Thomas Moore, the Grace in “Graceland” was Ruth’s beloved aunt. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places & is a National Historical Landmark. Purchased by Elvis Presley in 1957. In the early 1980s it was opened to tourism; during peak season in July, more than 4,000 people visit per day. Presley's grave has been joined by the graves of his grandmother, parents, & grandson. These will be joined by Lisa Marie's.
Cotton has a long history in the agricultural South, but climate change is shifting farmed crops even more.
The lovely watercolors of Robert Steele illustrate that from the shad boat to the shrimp trawler, North Carolina’s working boats are a perfect marriage of form & function. The design may come from the eye & instincts of a single talented craftsman, or it may evolve over generations of hard use that refine out the unnecessary. What’s left is a craft with a sound hull shaped for the waters in which it will cruise & rigged efficiently for the kind of work it will do. #South #Southern #coastal
Interesting article by food historian Robert Moss. These days, gumbo is closely associated with Louisiana &, more specifically, with Cajun cuisine, & for good reason. But it's actually far older than the Cajun presence in Louisiana, & historically it has a much broader regional footprint. It's a prime example of how West African foodways took root in the Southern colonies & over time gave birth to some of the region's most iconic dishes. #South
Wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) have keen eyesight, & being talkative, gregarious animals they are efficient communicators. A rafter, or flock, of turkeys have a strong family or “clan” mentality & social hierarchy, so as a group are superb collaborators. Stressed by unregulated hunting & habitat loss from deforestation, their declining populations are starting to recover with good management programs.
River cane (Arundinaria gigantea) is the only bamboo genus native to North America. Canebrakes of immense size were formerly an important ecosystem in the Southeast, providing habitat for many animals, some of which relied on it, like wood bison, canebrake rattlesnakes, swamp rabbits, butterflies, & several species of warbler. It was also used for Native basketry & home construction. Mostly destroyed with European invasion from the 16th-19th centuries, today it is limited to occasional patches.
Originally produced in a little warehouse in Gretna, Louisiana across the Mississippi River from New Orleans, Blue Plate was one of the first commercially prepared mayonnaise brands in the country. In 1941, Blue Plate expanded to a new factory building in New Orleans’ Mid-City neighborhood. This iconic Art Deco building is now on the National Register of Historic Places. #NOLA #Southern
Nice color on Hwy 151, near Blue Ridge Parkway in Haywood County, North Carolina
The North Carolina Barbecue Society lists 30 restaurants on their BBQ Trail. They require that the listed barbecuers are still cooking the old-fashioned way, low & slow over live coals. As most Southerners know, barbecue is a passionate subject :-)
New Year's Eve Pig Trotters | PhillyboyJay ~ Simmered in chicken broth with onion, green & red bell pepper, celery, garlic, cider vinegar, white wine, & Worcestershire sauce. Seasoned with parsley, Italian seasoning, seasoned salt, paprika, thyme, black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, & hot sauce to taste. Serves 6. #South #Southern #pig_feet
Netflix’s docuseries ‘High on the Hog’ showcases Black people’s vital contributions to American food ~ From the book by culinary historian Jessica B. Harris. Harris said she hopes viewers “learn that African American food certainly is American food and that it is foundational to American food. And along with that they would learn that African Americans, like their food, are foundational to American culture.” She also hopes to correct some omissions to the history of this vast contribution.