Southern Food, Southern Cooking, Southern…

Listed below are some of my favorite southern foods—and not so favorites—that remind me of my childhood growing up in the South.

Fried pickles, chitterlings (chitlins), cracklings, crackling corn bread, fried pork rinds, fat back, hushpuppies, sweat potato biscuits, homemade biscuits, grits, bacon, eggs, watermelon, bacon grease, fried okra, okra and tomatoes, ham hocks, black-eyed peas, cornbread, lard, potato salad, potato pie, candied sweet potatoes, pecan pie, banana pudding, cole slaw, barbecue, collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, mustard salad, steamed cabbage—all greens chopped fine and seasoned well, pot liquor, butter beans, green beans, wax beans, sweet peas, corn on the cob, sweet corn, succotash, red pepper, beef jerky, catfish, flounder, whiting, oysters, chicken salad, Saltines, Vienna sausages, potted meat, chili dog, sausage dog, fried rabbit, barbecue chicken, baked chicken, fried chicken, chicken pastry, chicken and rice, chicken and dumplings, chicken noodle soup, chicken livers, chicken gizzards, fried pork chops, deep-fried turkey, picked pigs’ feet, pickled eggs, neck bones and rice, red-eyed gravy, barbecued ribs, baked beans, fried squash, fried zucchini, fried green tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, stewed ox tails, country-style steak and gravy, chow-chow, cha-cha relish, gravy, macaroni and cheese, salmon patties, fried peanuts, boiled peanuts, pecan brittle, peanut brittle, devilled eggs, clay dirt, cornstarch, sweetened iced tea, lemonade, moonshine, Splo (corn liquor), White Lightning, peach brandy, scuppernong wine….

Please add to the list of your favorites…or not so favorites.

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About Katrina Parker Williams

Katrina Parker Williams teaches English composition and grammar at a community college. She is a Barton College graduate with a B.S. in Communications and a Masters of Education in English from East Carolina University. She is also the author of a fictional novel titled Liquor House Music. Her works have appeared in Charlotte Viewpoint, Muscadine Lines, Usadeepsouth, and on the Wilson Community College website. Her writings have recently been published at The Saints’ Placenta and All Things Girl and is forthcoming in Dead Mule School of Southern Literature and Muscadine Lines.
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