Boy are we happy here at Great 8 Friends since June is National Soul Food Month! We love it! The term “Soul Food” was coined in the 60s to define the cuisine that grew out of the traditions of the American south; and it has evolved to what it is today.
We often think of soul food as being fried chicken and heavy, fatty food. But in actuality, the slaves didn’t have all day to be tending meals that needed a lot of attention, they were busy working. Most of their food was vegetables that they grew themselves and the undesirable parts of animals left from the masters’ kitchens. The reason for the term “soul food” is that the food was prepared using what the Africans brought with them from their homeland, their hearts and souls. The food was made and served with love. Here is a good article on the origins of soul food on Oprah.com.
This month we are re-publishing some of our favorite soul food recipes and offering you some new ones to try. Remember, any food prepared with love is good for the soul.
This past week Debbie showed us how to make Fried Green Tomatoes, and are they ever delicious!! She gives the secret for just the right amount of crunch and tenderness.
And Kyle’s Chocolate Pecan Bourbon Pie is the perfect dessert…even if you don’t think you like pecan pie, try this!
I shared my Skillet Cornbread recipe; not your sweet, cake-like cornbread, but more like the original southern savory dish.
If you want to pay homage to Soul Food Month and cre-8 an entire dinner, serve Jurga’s Barbecued Pork Ribs, they are fall off the bone finger licking good! Add in some Black-Eyed Peas and Pickled Okra, along with the cornbread and pie for dessert and you will feed the hearts and souls of your family and friends!
Be a Gr8 Friend!
Kyle, Debbie, Anna, and Jurga