Thursday, October 10, 2013

2013 -- week 39 -- if you teach me to make biscuits, i'll make you a whole southern feast.

have you ever read if you give a mouse a cookie? no? here's the general gist of the story: if you give a mouse a cookie, he'll ask for a glass of milk. if you give him milk, he'll probably ask for a straw. then he'll ask for a napkin. and a mirror to make sure he doesn't have a milk moustache. etc. etc.

anyways, that's what my life has become recently. it all started with this amazingly easy and delicious biscuits and gravy recipe, and it snowballed. my thinking: if i can make biscuits, then i should make grits. if i can make grits, then we definitely need to have collard greens. if i can make collard greens, how hard can it be to make fried okra?

so i put it all on my to do list and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was. the collard greens are as simple as putting cut up bacon and collards in boiling water for 30-45 minutes, and the grits are instant, so those took less than 10 minutes, and bacon wrapped scallops are as hard as wrapping bacon around scallops and putting them in the oven. even the fried okra was a piece of cake -- you dunk okra in buttermilk and an easy batter of flour and corn meal and fry them up. who knew it was that easy?

of course, after i finished making this delicious southern meal, my next immediate thought was: if i can make fried okra, i can certainly make fried catfish and hush puppies. and so they both went on the menu for the following week.

ps. if you've never read if you give a mouse a cookie, do it now. it's so good. maybe one of the best books of my childhood. there are tons of other books like it (if you give a moose a muffin, if you give a pig a pancake, etc.) but it's the original, and it's the best.

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