I’m currently in Oklahoma, taking care of my parents after my mom’s surgery, but I was able to make this short post. Like my first list of types of Southern people, this list will likely expand. I would love to have your suggestions, so write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Southerners like their food. Yankees like Southern food. Some foods are unique, distinctive, and are a part of the fabric and milieu of the South. Much can happen at a meal, or be explained or discovered at a meal. You’re likely to encounter these foods in any Southern writer’s book. I tried to select food-words that are distinctly Southern.
1. chicory: An ingredient in some blends of Louisiana coffee. You can read more about chicory here:
2. mint julep: Traditional drink of the South. (sometimes spelled “julip”) Here is a site of the recipe:
3. grits – coarsely ground corn meal. Here’s a site: http://www.grits.com/
4. Po Boy – a traditional Louisiana submarine sandwich. Can be made of meat or seafood–catfish, oysters, shrimp. Bread is usually French.
5. Tabasco – The legendary king of pepper sauce! Here is their site: http://www.tabasco.com/main.cfm
6. Muscadine (sometimes muscadime) Wild (and sometimes cultivated) grapes of the Southeast. Called the Passion fruit of the South. Makes a fine wine. Here is a great site: http://www.muscadine.com/
7. Louisiana foods: There is a long list here: Community Coffee, jambala, gumbo, boudin, etouffee, sauce piquant, and many others.