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Tuesday Thoughts by YoTrip for June 5, 2012- Soul Food The Fabric of Our Lives (vol.6, Iss.1)

Soul food spread

Soul food spread (Photo credit: jumbledpile)

Soul Food The Fabric of Our Lives

 Soul Food is apart of the fabric of our lives, it connects us together like a well made quilt.  Good food makes its own reputation by leaving an impression on those who partake in the savory goodness. Soul food cooking  has found a way to make its presence known, and remained a staple in the lives of people who grew up eating soul food or were introduced to it sometime in their lives. June is  Soul Food Month.  To gain more knowledge on the history of Soul Food continue reading below. I also included two yummy recipes.
Soul Food The Fabric of Our Lives 
Thu, 1492-02-24

*This dates Registry from 1492, offers a brief article on the origins of Soul food.

Soul Food is a term used for an ethnic cuisine, food traditionally prepared and eaten by African Americans of the Southern United States. Many of the various dishes and ingredients included in “soul food” are also regional meals and comprise a part of other Southern US cooking, as well. The style of cooking originated during American slavery. African slaves were given only the “leftover” and “undesirable” cuts of meat from their masters (while the white slave owners got the meatiest cuts of ham, roasts, etc.).

We also had only vegetables grown for ourselves. After slavery, many, being poor, could afford only off-cuts of meat, along with offal. Farming, hunting and fishing provided fresh vegetables, fish and wild game, such as possum, rabbit, squirrel and sometimes waterfowl. Africans living in America at the time (and since) more than made do with the food choices we had to work with.  http://www.aaregistry.org/

Here are some great soul food recipe to share…

Oven Fried Chicken Recipe

This Oven Fried Chicken Recipe has a lot of flavor despite it being baked. By dipping the chicken in buttermilk in allows the chicken to achieve some crispiness.

3 lbs of chicken (combination of thighs and drumsticks, skinned)

1 tsp salt

2 cups of Italian Style breadcrumbs

1 tsp of cayenne pepper

2 cups of buttermilk

1/2 tsp of black pepper

2 tablespoons of melted butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large dish pour in breadcrumbs, cayenne pepper, black pepper and 1 tsp salt.(Make sure to blend)
In another bowl, pour in buttermilk.

Take chicken and dip into buttermilk and make sure to let any extra buttermilk to drip back into bowl. Roll into seasoned breadcrumbs.
Place chicken onto a roasting pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. (This allows the chicken to crisp better.)

Take melted butter and drizzle over chicken. Place into oven that has been preheated and cook for about an hour.
*Note: This chicken is even more delicious if you allow it to sit in the buttermilk for a couple of hours.

Baked Macaroni And Cheese Recipe

This baked macaroni and cheese recipe is really decadent. This is my friend Sonya’s recipe she has made on many occasions.It is made with three different kinds of cheeses and the Monterey Jack Jalapeno cheese adds some spiciness.

This makes a large serving you can serve to a big crowd.

4 cans of Campbells cheddar cheese soup

1 ½ pound of casserole macaroni

1 large bag of shredded mild cheddar cheese

1 large bag of shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 large bag of shredded Monterey Jack Jalapeno cheese

1 large green bell pepper, finely chopped

½ small can of evaporated milk

1 egg

1 tablespoon of flour

1 tsp crushed black pepper

½ teaspoon of kosher salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a large baking dish.

Prepare macaroni according to package directions.

While macaroni is cooking in a large bowl, combine the egg, milk and 1 tablespoon of flour and whisk together.Add to the bowl, the four cans of cheddar cheese soup, the three bags of shredded cheese, and the chopped green bell pepper.

When macaroni is cooked, drain well and place into greased baking dish. Pour cheese mixture over macaroni and stir well until evenly coated. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Bake uncovered for 40 minutes or until the top of macaroni is golden brown.


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