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Old 05-02-2009, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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ok texas reb,

What is hominy? Desribe it? What does it taste like?


I can't describe the taste but it is good!
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Old 05-02-2009, 08:07 AM
 
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Reb, you dog you! What's worse, that you insinuated or that I knew what you meant? LOL

What I think is I woke up too early and should quit while I am only half-way behind here. I think I will go back to bed for a while (not ONE smart crack out of you on that one, Missy dear!).
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Old 05-02-2009, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Bellaire...Texas
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I can't describe the taste but it is good!

Yuck! Just looking at it makes me sick!

Ok guys, I want to show you the nastiest, southern food ever, the Chitterlings! They stink like hell and I puked when I ate a chitterling about 5-6yrs ago. Never to eat one again! This is pig intestines right?


Is there anyone here on C-D that eat this stuff?
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Old 05-02-2009, 09:16 AM
 
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Yuck! Just looking at it makes me sick!

Ok guys, I want to show you the nastiest, southern food ever, the Chitterlings! They stink like hell and I puked when I ate a chitterling about 5-6yrs ago. Never to eat one again! This is pig intestines right?


Is there anyone here on C-D that eat this stuff?
I gotta be careful how I say this...but chit'lins are more a traditional foodstuff in the Southern black community.

With that said though, I can think of few areas -- food, that is -- where Southern blacks and whites are "more bonded" with one another than either are with our northern counterparts.

What is often referred to as "soul food" in the North, is what both white and black Southerners just call "home cookin'"

I have posted this before, but am going to do so again to sorta illustrate what I mean by it:

Back in the 60's, was when that expression "soul food" first gained some popularity in the American vernacular. With most of the media and TV concerns being in the NE and California, it was associated with blacks in popular (i.e. non-Southern) mindset. The thing was, it confused many of us Southern whites because WE had eaten this great crusine described as "soul" all our lives! LOL

Well, there was (and this is a true story, remember) there was some huge plant up in Michigan (maybe they made cars) which employed so many folks they had a company cafeteria. There were all races/ethnic groups represented, including many blacks and whites originally from the South (particularly from Alabama, Tennessee and Texas).

Anyway, because of this natural diversity, there were special "food days" set aside for the respective cultures. For instance, there would be a "Greek Day" or "Italian Day" featuring the specialized foods.

Ok. Well, a group of Southern whites went to the cafeteria managment and asked about having a "Southern Day", which would feature certain good stuff like fried chicken, catfish, black-eyed peas, greens, okra and grits and cornbread! (damn, makes me hungry just to think about it! LOL)

Anyway, it was agreed to do so, and the day was posted on the company bulletin board. Problem is though, it happened to fall on the Dr. Martin Luthur King holiday!

This was just pure happenstance. But, the way it was translated to many northerners was that Southern folks from Alabama, Texas, Tennessee, etc., wanted to have a menu that, on MLK Day, would include such things as fried chicken and watermelon!

Oh man! Many northerners got "offended" and thought this was an intended insult...since none of them had any experience with the South. Their whole whole way of thinking was that what they regarded as "soul food" was to be exclusively associated with a so-called "negative stereotype" of blacks, with the same mindset being that the Southern whites were making fun of them. Maybe they even expected a minstrel show...

As it turned out, not surprisingly at all, it was a group of Southern blacks who smoothed things over. They explained to management that "hey, down where we come from, ALL of us homefolk, black AND white eat this food!"

I love it!

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Old 05-02-2009, 11:34 AM
 
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I can't describe the taste but it is good!
Hominy is corn kernels that have been soaked in some kind of liquid to remove the outter sheel...so it's softer than regular corn. I'm guessing it tastes somewhat like corn - I think I may have tried it when I was a kid, but evidently I didn't like it very much if I did.

I know it was a Native American staple, but didn't realize it was a southern thing....I guess because grits are made from ground hominy, but grits came from Native Americans as well. Anyway, hominy doesn't seem to be a very popular side dish in the South...is it popular is other regions?
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Old 05-02-2009, 12:17 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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I guess I am a southerner because I have lived there the longest...
gotta go with grits and collards...never been a fan. Nor pickled pigs feet and pickled eggs or gizzards/livers/chitterlings.
I also don't like my vegetables to be flavored with ham hocks.
My favorite southern food is pretty much everything Cajun.
I love fried food but it tears up my stomach, so don't eat it and that leaves the majority of southern items off the menu for me.
Love jambalaya, etoufee, gumbo, benegts, crawfish boils...pecan pie, banana pudding...nothing else though that I would go out of my way to eat from the southern culinary menu.
In general too much pork (don't eat it), butter, fried stuff for me...

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Old 05-02-2009, 12:39 PM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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I don't like chitterlings. They smell like sweat socks when they're cooking. Or pretty much anything made with pork or parts of an animal I can't identify. I don't like okra in any form, it's just slimy and gross, and I don't really enjoy seafood all that much either. Never had the desire to try meat from little critters like frog legs, squirrel, or opposum, though older folks in my extended family have. I used to play with crawfish in the creek near my house as a child, so I could never bring myself to try those either! Most standard (i.e. not weird) Southern food I like, grits, cornbread, greens, desserts except pecan pie, and all. Oh, and I don't particularly care for BBQ. It's okay, but I don't go out of my way for it. One Southern dish I learned to like in particular is chicken livers fried in peanut oil. There was a restaurant in the small town I grew up in that specialized in those. They were an acquired taste, but surprisingly, as a child I acquired it pretty quickly!
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Old 05-02-2009, 12:59 PM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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I confess when I first read your post I thought you were putting me on! LOL

Because I honestly never thought of hominy being a Southern thing. But, I just went in and asked my g/f (who is from out West and lived in the North for a while, when in the Navy travelled the whole country) and she even assured me it is! LOL

So ok...hominy resembles a large kernel of corn. I don't know exactly how to describe the taste...except maybe to say compared to corn, it has a more "starchy" and "bland" flavor to it...?

Fellow Southerners? Help me out here!
Yep. Bland and starchy is a great way to describe it. It kinda looks like a giant off-white kernal of corn, but when you eat it is really soft, kinda mushy. Pretty good with pepper and salt on it, IMO.
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Old 05-02-2009, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Alabama!
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Hominy is corn kernels that have been soaked in some kind of liquid to remove the outer shell...anyway, hominy doesn't seem to be a very popular side dish in the South
You are correct, but it didn't used to be that way. I grew up (in Tennessee and Alabama) with hominy as a side dish at least once a week.
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Yep. Bland and starchy is a great way to describe it. It kinda looks like a giant off-white kernal of corn, but when you eat it is really soft, kinda mushy. Pretty good with pepper and salt on it, IMO.
You can find yellow and white versions. Drain the can and rinse the hominy well. I add butter and a little salt and a tiny bit of freshly-ground pepper. Comfort food!


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I don't like okra in any form, it's just slimy and gross...
Fresh okra, sliced, tossed with cornmeal and salt and pepper and fried in an iron skillet in a tiny bit of bacon grease.....mmmmm! That's a taste of summer! And it's not slimy...that's from boiling in water, and that's a Cajun thing...
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Old 05-02-2009, 05:02 PM
 
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You are correct, but it didn't used to be that way. I grew up (in Tennessee and Alabama) with hominy as a side dish at least once a week...

I'm pretty sure I can remember my mom trying to make me eat some with my dinner when I was very young...but it seems like hominy just kind of faded away a little. I'm sure some people still eat it and I'm sure it's on the grocery store shelves.

I think it would make a good baby-name.
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