Today, I decided to take a clue from my Blogher writing prompts. The reason is even though I had sign up to write the prompts for almost two years now, I have not written a BlogHer prompt in 2 months.
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Everyone has a dish they really love. It does not matter if it is a hearty soup, sweets, or a savory dish, there is a dish for everyone.
I do not have a particular dish that transports me to a different time in my life, I have several dishes, so rather than giving you my one dish, I am going to give you several dishes.
· Sweet potato pie: Sorry Ms. Patti Labelle, but I have to go with my mom’s Sweet potato pie to sing the praise of. I did not feed into the hype of that You Tube Video, because I was not going money for something I can get for free. Yes, the pie is good for those who do not have a loved one to bake one for them, and actually my Aunt Liz bakes a good sweet potato pie as well. The Sweet potato pie recipe was handed down from my grandmother.
· Grits: OK, so it is Hominy Grits, and there is nothing special about this corn item, except when I was a little girl, that was how my mom disguised my eggs in. She mixed my scrambled eggs in the grits (of course after they were cooked). I ate them that way, and I still do. Another favorite way is Shrimp and Grits.
· Seafood: Speaking of shrimp, I am a big seafood lover (different from See Food). I have eaten my fill of seafood, even gone as far as trying sushi, and loving it. I get my love for seafood from my father (except he does not like sushi)
· Pork products: In addition to your traditional pork products (pork chops, honey baked ham, ribs), I also like Chitterlings and pig’s feet, another love that me and my father share. However, this is every once in a while delicacy, since being told that I have High Blood Pressure in 2004. As of 2016, it will be less than that because I am headed towards a cleaner eating lifestyle, and pork is not on the menu. (neither is beef, but I am not cutting that out yet) I am not upset about it, and I have one cousin who has stopped already eating it.
· Mac and Cheese: OK, out of all of this, I love this dish, both the way mom makes it (custard style) and the way I make it (sauce style, no yellow powder). My mom makes her by boiling the mac, and layering mac, then the cheese (she uses a cheddar/sharp blend) like you make lasagna. She mixes the milk and egg into a custard base, and then she pours that mixture on top and bake it at 350° for about 30 -45 mins. My version is made like the box mac and cheese, except no yellow powder. I either make a béchamel sauce (basic white sauce) and add 3-6 different kinds of cheese in it and pour it over the boiled mac before baking it, or I just take Con Queso sauce, heat it, and add the 3-6 cheeses and let them melt the sauce. In either case, I top it with more cheese so it can brown on the top before baking it at 350° for 45 mins for a huge pan, less for a smaller pan. This is so that the mac can mingle with the cheese sauce and the cheese on top can brown a little.
· Chocolate: This is my go-todessert. Nothing says dessert like chocolate, even though I have ventured out with other flavors.
Well that is it for now. I also like to try international foods, but that is another subject for a different day. It is the end of day 7, so make it a good night, and I will see you tomorrow.