Monday, October 18, 2010

A gumbo pot of goodness: The SFA Community Cookbook

I woke up this morning with a little extra pep in my step. Why? Because this Thursday kicks-off the 13th annual Southern Foodways Symposium in Oxford, Mississippi.

If you've never heard of the SFA Symposium, it's like Mardi Gras, the greatest family reunion, and the coolest work trip imaginable all rolled into one. For real.

To be fair, while the Symposium always yields plenty of fun, there's also an equal amount of serious culinary scholarship and field study.  This year's topic: The Global South (an especially fresh perspective for those who think of the South as strictly "a land of Native American, West African, and Western European peoples.").

One way to serve up a taste of this Global South at your supper table is by picking up a copy of The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook (University of Georgia Press). This just-released cookbook really does represent the enormous gumbo pot of cultures, foodways, and ingredients that make up today's South. From Sriracha and Citrus Rémoulade, Grape-Leaf Pickles, and Piccalilli to Buttermilk Biscuits, Coconut Layer Cake, and Skillet-Fried Okra.  It's all here.

But what puts the "community" in this gem, is the diversity of Southern cooks who've contributed recipes and personal stories.  From high to low, uptown restaurant chefs to somebody's grandma, everyone is welcome at this grand Southern table.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a date with a batch of Cheerwine Barbecue Sauce (one of my favorite recipes in the book) before I hit the road for Oxford.  Happy cooking.

Cheerwine Barbecue Sauce
Makes about 21/2 cups
Best served over grilled bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs.

1 Tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1 cup ketchup
1 cup Cheerwine (not diet)
3 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup A-1 sauce
1/4 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
2 Tbsp. distilled white vinegar

Melt butter in a heavy 2-quart saucepan over medium heat.  Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Whisk in the ketchup, Cheerwine, Worcestershire sauce, A-1 sauce, cayenne, pepper, mustard, and vinegar.  Bring the sauce to a boil; reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until sauce is slightly thickened, about 20  minutes.  Cool to room temperature, cover, and refrigerate until chilled.

Sara Gibbs of Taylorsville, Kentucky
The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook
(2010, University of Georgia Press)

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

White Barbecue Sauce

The color spectrum of barbecue sauce is rich and diverse—one reason why sampling different styles from all over the South is so much fun and delicious. Ask the average person the color of their favorite sauce and you'll likely get answers ranging from brick red to mahogany to caramel. Pose the same question to a resident of North Alabama, though, and you're sure to get only one answer: white.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Ultimate Southern Cooking Twitter Party

Join me and Christy Jordan, from, for the Ultimate Southern Cooking Twitter Party on Monday, October 11, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. (CST).

We'll discuss the beloved food traditions of the South and our all-time favorite recipes.  Join the conversation with hashtag #SouthCooks to contribute, ask questions, and win cookbooks!

We will give away a copy of Southern Living Classic Southern Desserts and Christy's new cookbook, Southern Plate, every 15 minutes during the party.

We recommend joining the Twitter party on TweetChat, Simply follow the link and log in with your Twitter name and password. This site will constantly refresh new tweets and automatically add the hashtag #SouthCooks to tweets you write. The site does not count your characters, so you might want to use another tool to do so. 

*Facebook Users: If you are not on Twitter, you can still participate and win cookbooks! To enter to win, post a link to this web page on your Facebook wall, and leave a comment on our blogs with a link to your facebook profile in place of your twitter name. Then, watch the Twitter conversation at starting at 11 a.m. Central on October 11.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Barbecue Sundae: Comfort in a Cup

Despite an uncertain season for this year's Ole Miss football team, I still look forward to each and every trip to Oxford and tailgating in Grove (the iconic spot on campus where tailgating is elevated to an art form).  However, as much as I love the Grove, there's one pre-game tradition I miss from my days as a student: A barbecue sundae from the Rebel Barn.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Scott's Pick Of The Week: 75 Wine Co. Sauvignon Blanc

Sometimes things just fall into your lap.  That was definitely the case for me yesterday while attending a wine tasting—a glass of 75 Wine Co.'s super-tasty Sauvignon Blanc graced the table like an angel sent straight from Heaven. (And its sister wine, Amber Knolls Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, is pretty darn special too.)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Pressure without the stress...

I prefer to eat my crow warm, so here goes.  For the last few years I've been a big ol' pressure cooker naysayer—I just couldn't understand what all the fuss was about.  Plus, they're just so dangerous.  All that bad mojo changed Monday night when I test-drove the new Fagor Duo pressure cooker.  I was 100% wrong about all my preconceived, negative pressure cooker notions.  I've now seen the light.  I've seen the value.  I'm hooked. (That chewing sound is me taking another bite of my crow sandwich.)
Duo 6 qt_sm