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Holiday Aromas

Are you in the holiday mode? Have you started shopping yet? Is your Thankgiving dinner menu ready? Something about Thanksgiving gets me in the holiday spirit. It might be all of the food, the cooking, gathering together with family. My original Thanksgiving plans have been put on hold and I may be going home next week. Being home for Thanksgiving got me thinking about family, fellowship and food.

As I prepare for a weekend filled with fun, food, family and friends I can’t help but think about certain aromas of food that put me in the holiday spirit. The picture above is from Christmas a  few years when I surprised my dad and went home to Massachusetts. I was baking a sweet potato pie and peach cobbler (both of my dad’s favorites and the memories of holidays started coming back. Do you get flashbacks when you smell certain foods? I know I do. A certain smell can bring all types of memories to mind.

The smell of bread pudding reminds me of the many moments I spent in the kitchen with my gramma. She taught me so much about life, marriage and taking care of your family. I’m excited about going back to Massachusetts for the holidays.

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Every year my cousin Tiara and I try to make it home for Christmas. This year she won’t be there but I will eat her portion of yams Christmas day. LOL Something about my gramma’ yams that gets us all together in one place. The smell of the sugar, butter and nutmeg reminds us all the time we spend with our grandparents.

What about you? Are there certain foods that get you in the spirit? Tell us about them, we would love to hear it.


Foodie Friday’s: Shrimp & Grits

It’s Friday, we’ve made it through another week. The weekend is here and you can relax. This’s week’s recipe is definitely a favorite of mine. I grew up eating this dish almost every weekend. To me it was viewed as a treat because seafood was involved. As kids we all knew Friday & Saturday were seafood days in our family.

Friday nights at grandma’s house was a full-blown Fish Fry, which included Porgies, Whiting, Red Snapper, Salmon or whatever my grandparents had in the freezer from their fishing trips. Saturday mornings were filled fish & grits, shrimp & grits, crab cakes, fried green tomatoes, okra, and what ever else the grandkids asked for. So today I thought I would share one of the many Shrimp & Grits recipes that I have. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I have.

Simple Shrimp & Grits

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup yellow stone-ground grits or Quaker Grits
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning (or your favorite seasoning)

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the milk to a boil. Stir in the grits, and reduce heat to low.
  2. Cook, stirring occasionally, until silky, about 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat olive oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat. Saute onions until tender, then toss in shrimp. Season with Old Bay, and cook 4 to 5 minutes, or until shrimp turn pink.
  4. Stir shrimp mixture into grits, and continue cooking for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve hot.

Makes 4 Servings

Add-In’s:

  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Bacon
  • Green Onions
  • Sausage
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Hello February!

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Hello there, we made it through another month. Valentine’s Day is this month along with Black History Month, so this month we will spread some love about both. There will be lots of chocolate, soul food and ideas to spend time with your loved ones in the kitchen. Get your music ready, grab something to drink and get ready to spread the love this month.


Foodie Fridays Are Coming Back!

It’s been a while since we’ve had a Foodie Friday post. Well starting next week, they will be back. Each week we will have a post about food and family. Some of these posts may come from me or a guest poster. The topics will surround enjoying food with your family, cooking with your significant other, sharing a recipe with children and even trips to restaurants, markets and more.

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Cooking for me is fun. I learned a lot by being in the kitchen with my family. My uncles taught me a lot about creating rubs, combining seasonings and BBQ. My grandparents taught me about gardening and canning. These lessons have inspired me. The time I’ve spent with my family in the kitchen has molded me into the women I am today. The wisdom I have received from my mother has taken place in the kitchen while cooking. Being with my family, surrounded by food is one of the reasons I started Southern Roots Kitchen. Be sure to check back for our first foodie Friday post next week.

How do you and your family bond in the kitchen?

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Taste Test Tuesday: Our Home Crab Apple Jelly

Happy Tuesday love bugs! There are many times where I will just come across food items made by various people. Sometimes I mention them and other times I don’t, a lot of has to do with the owner and how receptive they are to me talking about their product with my wonderful readers. Well, at work a few weeks ago we had a chili cook off ( yeah I know I probably should have written about it, got you all next time), as I was visiting each station a coworker of mine has his chili out along with some homemade jelly, butters and pickled peppers.

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Ian and his wonderful wife Heather graciously allowed me to try out their crabapple jelly. This jelly is so good you can eat it with a spoon ( most of you know I did.) First let’s talk about the packaging, who doesn’t love a great glass jar? One look at the jar and it truly felt like I just got to my grandmothers house and she told me to grab a jar out the pantry. I can truly see why they call it ‘Our Home’, when your packaging fits your product line; you have a winner.

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For the sake of tasting I knew I would have to try this on something else besides a spoon, I chose a wheat bagel…DELICIOUS!! I honestly don’t know if it matters what you eat this jelly with because it’s just that good. I also had it on toast, a waffle and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, along with….. Shrimp! I sautéed my shrimp in it, tossed in some spinach and angel hair pasta..loved it!

So with that in mind, just want to say loved this product I will be getting some items from them as well. They have gift sets, apple butter, watermelon jelly and pickled tomatoes and peppers. Check them out on Facebook and on their Etsy page ‘Our Home 757’ as new items come into the product line we will be sure to let you know.

Here are a few more pictures from the chili cook off which he won.

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