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CERTAIN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN COOKING

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CONTACT:   Vickie Ashford
                     Director of Travel Media
                     800-458-8085 or vashford@inbirmingham.com
 

CERTAIN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN COOKING

 
Birmingham, Ala. ----- If you weren’t raised in the South, bless your heart, you likely don’t know all you should about grits, cornbread and the Southern delicacy known as potlikker. 
                        First, it is important to know that, even though it ends in an s, grits is a singular noun.  “This grits is hot.” “This grits is good.”  Grits never “are.”  If your grits is not good, then add some more butter, salt and pepper.  If your grits still is not good, then the cook is not good either, which is rare in Birmingham.
                        Now let’s consider the qualities of cornbread.  Real Southern cornbread does not, under any circumstances, excuses or recipe flaws, contain sugar.  Good Southern cornbread simply is not sweet.  If you want to make something sweet, bake a cake.  Should you happen upon a chunk of cornbread that’s sweet, feel free to complain loudly to the chef, who is sure to have been raised somewhere other than the South.
                        Which brings us to potlikker, a true Southern delicacy.  It is imperative that you sample it during your Birmingham visit.  Potlikker is the greenish brew that drains from fresh-cooked turnip greens or collards.  A good portion of potlikker will come with the greens you order at local steamtables, not in white-cloth dining rooms, where it is best not to bring up the subject at all.  When you finish your greens, take a wedge of cornbread (no sugar), crumble it in the bottom of the bowl, and eat it with a spoon.  It is not considered a social misstep.  Know that it is equally acceptable to dip your cornbread sticks in potlikker.
                        Cornbread is also delicious crumbled up in a glass of buttermilk.  Local meat-and-three diners* will be happy to fill your order.
*Meat-and-three diners are known for their reasonable prices and generous servings of a meat and three fresh vegetables of your choosing.       ###                                                

Contact(s):
Vickie Ashford
phone: 205-458-8000