Thursday, April 29, 2010

Down Home Southern Goodness

There is nothing better than good home cooking from a Southern kitchen. I grew up thinking my mom was the best cook ever and she still holds that honor in my mind. Even if you don't reside south of the Mason Dixon line you can still enjoy these delicious southern treats. Here are just a few of our local specialties:

Banana pudding is the perfect summer dessert. You can't be a true Southern woman until you can make homemade banana pudding. I'm weird though. I love it but I hate bananas so I always spit my out, lol. Real classy, I know.

OMG! This is my favorite breakfast meat. Some people may call it liver pudding but here we call it livermush. I eat mine with ketchup but others may choose mayo or mustard. It makes a yummy sandwich too.

The sign says it all; Yummy chicken and biscuits. And boy are they! Bojangles also has the best sweet tea around. Besides momma's of course. My personal favs from these guys are the Cajun fillet biscuit (spicy and delicious) or the mac and cheese and dirty rice with a biscuit.

Nothing makes food taste better than Dukes Mayonnaise. When my cousin moved to California he made us mail him this because you can't find it out there. This is the only REAL mayo.

Mallo Cups are my favorite candy. They look like Reese's Cups but are filled with creamy marshmallow and coconut goodness. If you have never had one then let me know and I can mail you a pack. They are the best!
Of course I had to mention my personal favorite: Sundrop. I choose to drink the diet version of this soft drink but it is just as good. It also comes in a Cherry Lemon version that is really good too. This drink was actually created and still produced in the county I was born and live in. I'm pretty sure you can get it in both Carolina's now but outside of that its pretty hard to find.
What are some of your favorite southern goodies? Or if your not from the south I would love to hear what your favorite local foods are.


Because of Love said...

You forgot Cheerwine! I don't really love it, but I remember moving away from CLT when I was younger and my dad being in a depression that he couldn't find it anywhere to drink. Everytime we came for a visit we had to stock up and take it home with us.

Mallory said...

Ok, I'm drooling. That candy looks awesome, I've never had it. And the soda...Cherry Lemon? YUM! Where do you live? And I've always wondered, what is SOUTH of the Mason Dixon line?

Same Sweet Girl: Memoir of a Southern Belle said...

YUMMM!!!! Love banana pudding and livermush!! Not together of course...I love my livermush nice and crispy on the outside. Now I want some!!!

Let's see, I also love cornbread and fried green tomatoes!!!! :)

MissBrightside said...

Dale's Steak Alabama favorite! You have me on the that the same as scrapple? I would also like to put a vote in for okra!

Mr. and Mrs. Smith said...

My husband eats Bojangles EVERY single day! And they do have the most fantastic sweet tea... if it ain't sweet, I don't want it!!

Kathryn said...

OMGoodnes - have you tried Paula Deen's banana pudding? Delish. And I don't love the bananas either.

My husband and in-laws do not get the obsession with Duke's mayo, as much as I've tried to explain it to them. Just something about it.

Sarah Beth - Dixie Gator Gal said...

Oh, what a great post! I love banana pudding. I am making a few batches this weekend to bring to a crawfish boil. Have you ever tried Cheerwine? It's a cheery cola, we used to get it when we went to summer camp in NC.

Kelsey Claire @Lavender, Leopard, and Lace said...

Oh what a fun post. I am from the south, but have not had many of those things. I guess I need to come and visit you!

Heather said...

YUM! Banana Pudding & Sun-Drop, two of my favorite food items ever!

PreppyBumpkin said...

So, Mallo Cups are good? Been afraid to try them!

And, Cherry Lemon Sundrop is the BEST! And, it's a luxury reserved to such a small geographical area ~ I've been known to ask a friend from Stanly County to bring me a 12 pack.

Great list,and thanks for sharing!