Sunday Social: Southern Comfort

Good morning and welcome back to Sunday Social.  I had to take a break over the holiday because we were traveling, but I’m back now and talking about southern comfort foods.

Born and raised in Virginia, I’ve eaten southern cooking all my life and there are some foods that make me feel better just thinking about eating them. Of course if you read my Thanksgiving post you know that collards are high on that list.  But also predominant are my mother’s chicken vegetable soup, my Auntie’s macaroni and cheese (with Cracker Barrel cheese and tomatoes), chicken and dumplin’s, and fried corn bread cakes sliced open while hot and spread with butter and cheese.

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Oh, man, I’m getting hungry.  We had those with fried oysters last night.  Be right back.  ~  Now I’m eating two with cheese for breakfast.  Yum!

Well, I hope I’ve made you hungry too!  What’s your go-to comfort food?

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26 Responses to Sunday Social: Southern Comfort

  1. Yummmm. Those cornbread cakes look delicious! I’d have a hard time limiting myself to just one favorite comfort food. Maybe chicken and dumplings or my mom’s potato salad. Your post made me hungry!

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Hi, Sandy! So good to see you! Yes, potato salad is another one I didn’t mention (my complete list would probably run pages!) but love. And deviled eggs! It is so hard to limit this particular list, isn’t it? Thanks so much for coming by!

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  2. Now you’re talking our language, Jenna. LOL. We’re born and bred Floridians and have to say that good ole dirty south cookin’ is a way of life for us. Fried cornbread cakes, collards, mac and cheese… oh, you’ve got us raiding our fridge and pulling out the crockpots. Mathair’s definitely a traditional southern girl: fried chicken, mac and cheese, collards and cornbread; while I lean towards the bayou aspect of soul food: gumbo, shrimp and grits and let’s not forget mud bugs and buttermilk pies. Great post, Jenna and welcome back!

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  3. gemmabrocato says:

    I’m with Tera. I love fried okra. My granny set her kitchen on fire several times frying it, and had to quit. I haven’t had any like it in forever. Gnocchi is another favorite. My personal comfort food is tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. But popcorn trumps all of it.

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  4. I’ve never had fried cornbread cakes but they look yummy. My go-to comfort food is chocolate. Cliched, I know, but I love chocolate 🙂

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  5. Carrie-Anne says:

    I love a good plate of pirogi, drizzled liberally with olive oil and lots of sautéed mushrooms. Other comfort foods include mashed potatoes, hummus, tempeh, and peanut butter.

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  6. Melissa Keir says:

    I love mashed potatoes when I’m in need of comfort. Nothing like potatoes to fill your stomach. 🙂

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      And nothing can beat the real thing. Lumps and all, the creaminess just can’t be beat. How much more can I get on my plate for lunch? LOL Maybe I can move the mashed potatoes to supper. 🙂

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  7. I don’t have a comfort food. I feel like I’m really missing out, unless chocolate counts as a comfort food. Yep, put me down for chocolate.

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  8. Stacy McKitrick says:

    I don’t cook (not well, anyway), so if I want comfort, I grab a jar of Skippy peanut butter! Haha! But really, I don’t think I have any real comfort food. Is that sad or what? Although, I do love my friend’s pierogies. I could eat those all day!

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  9. Tera Shanley says:

    fried okra!! oooooh how i love fried okra 😀 I was enlightened a couple years back that okra was definitely a southern thing, haha.

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Oh,man, that is good! The first place I ever had fried okra was a restaurant in Memphis, TN called The Blackeyed Pea. The decor made you think you were on someone’s front porch. And the food was as southern as you could get. Now I’ve got a craving for okra! I really didn’t think this post through. 🙂

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      • Tera Shanley says:

        oh yes ma’am, now i have to make it tonight! my cravings demand it, and who am i to say no to my tummy?

        and the blackeyed pea is fabulous. we have one down the street and now i’m thinking it is due for a visit, haha. me thinks i’m going to be a bad bad girl this week! 😉

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  10. Most of my comfort foods are German. Fleischkaese is high on my list as are linsen und spaetzle, and kaese spaetzle. Tweeted and shared on FB.

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Now you know I don’t speak German, Ella! What are those interesting sounding dishes? 🙂 All I know is Vienersnitzel (and I can’t spell that!)! LOL

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      • Fleischkaese is like a long meatloaf, but it is ground so fine it has the consistency of a round of baloney. Very addicting. Linsen und spaetzle are lentils cooked I a savory sauce served with spaetzle, noodles that can be made with or without eggs, and a long form of wurst (something like a hot dog but much better and they come in all sorts of varieties.) Kaese is cheese. So Kaese Spaetzle is sort of like macaroni and cheese, but the cheese is usually a Swiss variety. Wiener Schnitzel is from Wien, or in English, Vienna. Traditional Weiner Schnitzel is made from veal.

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  11. My Mom’s chicken and dumplings. She makes them completely from scratch and they are amazing! And her mac and cheese, also completely from scratch. She covers the top with bread crumbs and cooks them like a casserole. Yum!

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Oooh, that does sound good. Were the dumplings flat or fluffy? My favorite chicken and dumplings growing up were my best friend’s grandmother’s. They were flat and absolutely melt in your mouth. I’ve never been able to do that. Now I can’t wait until lunch, Louisa! LOL

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