Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Amazing Grits

Remember when I told you I am not a picky eater?  Well that wasn't always the case. Mama's from the south. I grew up eating and loving all sorts of southern staples. I loved catfish and hush puppies, black eyes peas and boiled peanuts, and even succotash. The one thing I didn't like was grits.


I can't explain my childhood aversion. It was probably textural. I used to hate yogurt too. Although, I'd eat oatmeal. I remember the first time I ate grits and liked them. I was in college on a trip south with Mama. I don't remember what little cafe we were at. I'm sure Mama does. It was in Columbus, Georgia and I think it was near a little bed and breakfast my family liked to stay at, the Rothschild-Pound House Inn.  But I do remember two things about breakfast that morning:

1) I had cheese grits and eggs. The cheese made all the difference. Or maybe it was the other thing I remember that made the grits taste so good.

2) The cook came out with her big booming voice and gave us the most stunning performance of "Amazing Grace." She was part of a traveling gospel choir and I don't remember how Mama got her to come out and sing, but it was incredible. I think everyone in the place stopped eating to listen to her sing.

But back to the grits. Whether it was the cheese or the song, I now sometimes get a craving for grits. And I make them for myself. Like this week. I had to have grits, and I've had them for breakfast all week. Now I eat them without cheese. I'm sure the thought of that is going to drive Mama nuts.

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  1. Too funny! I wish I could have heard the singing in that café! While I really like a bunch of the items you mentioned grits and ockra are two southern food items I just have never liked! The peaches look great though :)

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    1. I wish I had a recording of her singing that morning. It was one of those things that you never forget. Have you tried fried okra? A BBQ joint in town makes it. Next time you're in town, we can take you there. It's also good in succotash mixed with corn and bacon and jalapenos. I used to think I hated sweet potatoes too, but then I had them as fries and then I tried them baked, and I learned that I just don't like them drenched in sugar.

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  2. I almost ordered cheese grits for lunch! Haha.

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    1. And I almost texted to see if you'd had your grits today :)

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  3. I love grits and hate oatmeal. (My mother is also from the south, but we never had cheese grits. That sounds amazing.)

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    1. That's funny. Neither of my sisters liked oatmeal either. I'm pretty sure I only did because Mama made it with lots of brown sugar and butter. But yes, add cheese to your grits next time. And maybe a little bacon. You'll like it :)

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  4. To make your grits really creamy, make the liquid half water and half milk. A secret I learned in Sarasota, of all places.

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    1. Thanks for the tip. I usually do add a splash of milk, but not the 50/50 ratio. Good to know!

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  5. I've never eaten grits before, Shelby! You'll have to feed me some. I do like making savory oatmeal more than sweet oatmeal. I like mine with sriacha, parmesan, and a fried egg on top! So good. :)

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    1. It's a deal. Name the day, and I'll make you grits.

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