I am starting off the Soul Food Revival series with Red Rice- my Aunt Sara Jean's signature dish and one of our family's most prized recipes. It is innocuous in many Charleston homes but rarely appears in restaurants - it is a taste of 'real' Charleston, if you will. Red Rice is essentially a tomato pilau that might remind you of a simplified Spanish peaella, with sausauge but no seafood. It's rich, satisfying flavors inspire a cultlike following among those who make and eat it. It is a simple one pot dish that you can prep in 10 minutes and leave to it's on devices while you attend to other matters around the house. When it's all said and done, you get a warm bowl of savory goodness that is a snap to make.
FOOD + A DASH OF FOLKS + SOME TUNES + FALL WEATHER = A DARN GOOD TIME
FALL is the perfect time to gather friends and family to make - and enjoy together - savory, rich, flavor filled meals whose preperation are a warm up for fast approaching holiday feasts.
I am officially designating this Fall as the season for Slammin' Dinner Parties at the Crib. I kicked mine off with a birthday blowout for my BFF Jeanette's birthday. We both have Southern roots, so we decided to create a menu inspired by the old school roadside diners, chicken shacks, and juke joints (speakeasies with food that I would liken to pub fare) that made significant contributions to Southern food's reputation for deliciousness in the popular imagination.
For the next few weeks, I will be posting dishes here that are very simple and require only a few ingredients; many of them are culled from my family's recipes.
Published in 1881, this seminal work on Southern cooking is among the first cookbooks authored by an African American.
Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first. ~Ernestine Ulmer
photo credits: Danielle Deadwyler
Last week on Hot Grease, we got prepared for fall with Andrea Chesman author of Recipes from the Root Cellar. Andrea walked us through some fall veggie prep; as well as gave us the inside scoop on the Mother Earth News Fair. Later, Southern food royalty John T. Edge called in to talk about the 2011 Vendy Awards and the rise of street food. The Hot Five made a return with Heather Jones of The Blacker the Berry. Listen to Hot Grease food radio here.
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