Thursday, January 2, 2014
Telling Stories With Southern Food
I may live in New York City, but I will never forget that I was born in the raised in New Orleans, Louisiana for the first twenty and a half years of my life. Living in the big city has always been a dream come true, but the one thing that I've had to realize about my Southern roots that it will never my life. It's a part of my life that's never going away. And to be honest, I'm glad it's not going anywhere. Growing up in Louisiana has taught me so many things and made me the person that I am.
My maturity, love for dark storytelling (Anne Rice novels for example.), historical knowledge on my city and how it came up. There is nothing like New Orleans, Louisiana and I am proud to be born and raised there.
The one thing I will miss about the South most importantly is the food. The main reason why is because the process of cooking these delicious meals always causes people like me to tell stories.
Think it over, you're in the kitchen with your friends and family. Their drinking wine and margaritas while you're mixing the raw chicken with flower before placing it in the frying pan, so it can be crisp and well done later on. Your friend is talking about the time when they accidentally burned themselves while learning how to cook for the first time. You share laughs while continuing to drink wine. The cooking has already made it to getting the sweet potato pie out of the oven while cooking a new batch of fried chicken.
What are you guys doing? Still telling stories about the past, present, and future.
Before you know it, everyone is already at the dinner table, getting ready to feast on everything that was created. You're now staring at fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, green peas, biscuits, turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potato pie, and corn on the cob, to name a few, at this well designed dinner table from the napkins. As the feasting begins, everyone continues to have a good time sharing wonderful tales, whether it good or bad.
There's a saying that food brings people together. I think Southern food is the truth definition of that saying.