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« on: July 21, 2004 12:02:13 PM »

My roommate and I are having a 1950's Southern housewarming party this weekend (we just moved into a mid-century Southern Gothic-type house) and we're looking to cook up some cool food with a Southern touch. Any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2004 05:44:49 AM »

i'm speaking strictly as a new jerseyan, but isn't pecan pie mandatory?
check out budget living magazine (it's either this quarter's or the last).  they always have theme parties featured, and in this particular one they did a kentucky derby party.  it was quite impressive, there were mint juleps abound!
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2004 07:04:16 AM »

Go to your public library (or used bookstore) and look for cookbooks by Craig Claiborne and Edna Lewis, like The Gift of Southern Cooking.  Edna Lewis is as much a food historian as she is a highly respected regional chef, and would be a good resource for you.  Southern Living also has several cookbooks out that may be helpful. 

Of course, if you want to go the other way, there's always White Trash Cooking and Ruby Ann's Down Home Trailer Park Cookbook, the recipes of which feature essential ingredients like Jell-o, Velveeta and hot dogs.  To be honest, you'll find more retro, church-supper-style dishes in these two than any highbrow coobook.
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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2004 07:09:15 AM »

oh, and i completely forgot to mention Paula Dean.  she is a georgian/southern/cooking goddess!  you can watch her on food network or get her recipes on their website.  she uses good old fashioned crisco to cook a lot of what she makes, and she's an absolute treasure to watch
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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2004 07:55:43 AM »

PAULA DEAN RULES!  My husband got me two of her cookbooks for Valentine's Day, and it makes me so hungry just reading them.  I have made many, many Gooey Butter Cakes of the peanut butter & chocolate variety.

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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2004 09:39:53 AM »

I have The American Woman Cookbook, copyright, 1953. Besides roasted opossum they have a lot of cornbread, fried chicken & mint garnished fruit cocktails:)

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