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Old 11-15-2009, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Gulfport, MS
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Sugar does not belong on grits. Only Yankees eat it like that. I put butter, salt, pepper, and sometimes crumbled bits of bacon in my grits.
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Old 11-15-2009, 02:21 PM
 
Location: alive in the superunknown
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Oh, c'mon, Nebat! I know you mean well --obviously you do-- but get a sense of humor, fer gawd sake!

Of course we are the United States of America. United STATES, as it is. With natural diversity. Massachussets (those damn yankees!) is not Texas and Ohio is not Alabama. The whole original idea of THESE United States was that each had the right to be different. We banded together to protect one another and support a mutually beneficial economic concern. NOT to become one bland "mobacracy".

I hope I never see the day Indiana becomes totally indistinguishable from Mississippi...or vice-versa. Or Texas a Michigan.

Part of the great thing about being American is to be able to poke fun at each other. And different regional customs and such....

I remember that I was on a "dove hunt/poker game" weekend right after 9-11...and all us good ol' Southern boys were watching as the band outside Buckingham Palace played "The National Anthem".

There wasn't a dry eye amongst us...and one of the members (Sons of Confederate Veterans...historical/genealogy group) spoke up and said -- referring to that it happened in New York -- said, "They may be yankees, but by damn, they are OUR yankees. Let's band together and go kick the siht out of those bastards"

We are ONE, yes. But we are also made up of many. I am proud to be from Texas, and proud to be from the South. I expect any from other states and regions will feel the same way.

THAT is what makes us all Americans! Not some fuzzy notion of "unity" as in that we can't be different and still take up for each other!
I think my ranting post was misconstrued, and the way I wrote it I'm not surprised. So I apologize if it hurt anyone's feelings! The last thing I would want to see is the United Homogeneous States of America! Blechh. I was trying to convey the idea that there are many different regional cultures in the country and also within each state there are micro cultures for lack of a better term. I was thinking that instead of putting down some other region because of perceived differences or whatever, is going against the spirit of what the country was founded on. We should accept and try to find something of value in anyones culture whether they be a damned yankee or a dumb hick southerner. (Sarcasm implied) I just get tired of being accused by not just other northern states, but also by my own northern VA of being an uneducated hick just because I happen to live outside of NOVA. Newsflash: there are educated and smart(notice two separate distinctions there) people in every state. Pass the grits and cornbread please!
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Old 11-15-2009, 02:59 PM
 
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For example:

Tea: Non-southerners think that the bark-root tasting unsweetened tea is preferable to the delicious taste of sweetened tea. Odd.

Cornbread: Non-southerners prefer sugar in their cornbread, when it is obvious that non-sweetened cornbread with butter can't be beat.

My heart just skipped a beat when I read this...that sounds soo good right now

As for grits...I like mine thick, not very hot, buttered and almost cool enough to be cakey... Dont like soupy grits at all...and as a child I tried putting sugar in grits and it is disgusting.

Buttermilk and cornbread is gross as well...or at least it was the last time I tasted it. That was back when I was a child and would watch my mom eat bowls of it...gross.
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Old 11-15-2009, 03:32 PM
 
Location: In The Outland
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I grew up in the south, --- the south of California that is, but I did live in eastern North Carolina for long enough to acquire a taste for grits.
In my opinion grits should be a bit on the stiff side to make up for all the butter that should go into it when it's done. I put the salt in the water before cooking the grits and I put pepper on after the grits are in the bowl. A splash of hot sauce also goes in too as it does on everything else that I eat.

Cornbread however can go on someone else's plate, the only corn I want to eat is either on the cob or in the form of a tortilla.
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Old 11-15-2009, 04:32 PM
 
Location: where my heart is
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Grits sound like the old Cream of Wheat. My Mom made me eat that in NY in the 50 to fatten me up when I was a kid. I detested it even with maple syrup and brown sugar. YUCK. I would rather eat cornbread with a bit of butter than that gooy slop. Ewwwwww.
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Old 11-15-2009, 06:10 PM
 
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Grits sound like the old Cream of Wheat. My Mom made me eat that in NY in the 50 to fatten me up when I was a kid. I detested it even with maple syrup and brown sugar. YUCK. I would rather eat cornbread with a bit of butter than that gooy slop. Ewwwwww.
Cream of Wheat is totally different and tastes totally different. It's made from <drumroll> wheat. Grits are made from ground corn and came from the Native Americans. Addtionally, most people eat cornbread with butter - I definitely don't prefer "gooey slop" on mine.

To the person who said that only non-southerners like sweet cornbread...southerner here, and I like sweet cornbread better than regular.
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Old 11-15-2009, 06:25 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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Agreed. Different parts of the south serve southern food in a variety of ways. I must have a thousand different recipes for how to fix greens, all of them from southerners. Then I have the way I like to fix it.

It's different everywhere
In some places people eat greens with cornbread, here its eaten with rice. Some places they use salt pork, some they use pickle meat. Some people use turkey or skip meat altogether and use okra or cayenne pepper. Neither is any less "southern" than the other I guess.
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Old 11-15-2009, 06:38 PM
 
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I've found just a pinch (and I mean just a pinch) of sugar takes the salty edge off grits. My favorite is roasted garlic & cheese grits with a few dashes of hot sauce for good measure. This goes pretty well with the BBQ sauce & shrimp too!

As for cornbread, I like it both ways, just depends on what the main dish is it's being served alongside.

The great thing about both grits and cornbread is that one can throw just about anything into them to compliment the rest of the meal and they'll turn out great!
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Old 11-15-2009, 07:36 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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I've found just a pinch (and I mean just a pinch) of sugar takes the salty edge off grits. My favorite is roasted garlic & cheese grits with a few dashes of hot sauce for good measure. This goes pretty well with the BBQ sauce & shrimp too!

As for cornbread, I like it both ways, just depends on what the main dish is it's being served alongside.

The great thing about both grits and cornbread is that one can throw just about anything into them to compliment the rest of the meal and they'll turn out great!
Somebody knows how to eat!
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:47 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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Not in my experiences.
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