Meet Kimberlee

I’m Kimberlee, originally from Springfield, Massachusetts (Home of the Basketball Hall of Fame), went to college in Charlotte, North Carolina (JCSU!!) and now I call Hampton Roads, Virginia home. I absolutely love being so close to the beach and access to all this great seafood and water. I live here with my sister and my nephew, who is 5. Oh boy does he keep us on our toes.

Why Southern Roots Kitchen?

I originally started my blog so I could keep all over our family recipes together in one place. That didn’t last long, someone decided to be cruel, took the blog name and recipes and started a catering business. I shut the site down and decided to just take a break. My readers wouldn’t let me do that. I came back with Southern Roots Kitchen. My grandparents are from Pickens and Anderson County, South Carolina. Growing up a lot of our conversations took place in the kitchen surrounded by food. This is place for me to continue those conversations. Here I talk a lot about my life in the kitchen with Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy and many food allergies.

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1. What’s your favorite food?

Seafood. I’m addicted to it, doesn’t matter wat kind it is lobster, shrimp, crab legs, mussels, oysters, etc. I’ll try anything once to see if I like it. I think my love for seafood is one of the reasons I currently live near the beach in southeast Virginia.

2. Who inspires you in the kitchen?

My family. Growing up we spent a lot of time in the kitchen with my mom, aunts, grandmother and great-grandmother. It wasn’t just the woman n my family that inspired me, the men did too. My uncles and my grandfather taught me a lot about canning, making rubs for meats and BBQ and smoking.

3. What’s your favorite dish to make?

I have so many, it’s hard to choose but one of my favorites is lasagna. Yeah I know it’s not southern but something about the time it takes to make this delicious dish soothes me. Another favorite is a down home southern meal: fried chicken, BBQ smoked ribs, collard greens, yams, macaroni and cheese, black-eyed peas, rice, string beans, cornbread and for dessert sweet potato pie and peach cobbler. This is a lot of food and I don’t cook like this often, just a few times a year.

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