Pork Rinds an' More Goodies From a Sunday Ramble

 Doan faint, but y'all, it is in the 40s heah today.  But it's a real purty, yellowy day.  I'se jes' prayin' that what all flora I din't haul in last night ain't ruint by this freezing blow we had.

Anyhoo, the cold is against mah sensibilities, so the ramble I'se describin' is via the newest issue of that delightful Southern magazine, Garden and GunSittin' in a sunny window thumbing through the South is not a bad way to keep warm.

First up is a tech twist for Pork Rinds!! Oh yeah!  Uncle done sent fer some already. So, now, jes' looky heah--this fella, founder of Willie's Hog Dust, is gonna show ya' what a culinary triumph modern pork rinds be--

On the heels of them porkrinds, the recipe fer quail in chocolate gravy (mole, if youse West of Louisiana) had me ready to grab a gun an git to the woods fer some bob whites.

Wif' that full belly, y'all's ready fer a knee slappin' hoe down fiddlin' an real hokey lyrics,( like this one featured in the Coen brothers movie, O Brother Where Art Thou?

Oh death, please consider my age
please don't take me at this stage
my wealth is all at your command
If you will move your icy hand)

 Ya' have this heah slice of Appalachia wif' that mountain legend, Dr. Ralph Stanley, 85 years old, 200 plus albums.

Stanley, famous now after that movie track went multi-platinum, still lives in his mama's mountain aerie in the Virginny Blue Ridge.

Thar's an item or two I bookmark fer Uncle--a new Rum maker in Georgia, a story 'bout huntin' dawgs, an' a look at ole time Southern craftsman.

Of course, the writin' in these pages gits me to snickerin'. Heah be a few samples:

"We live in a diminished age....Our standard for fried chicken is not set by our grandmothers, but by chain purveyors who dole out boxes of frankenbirds from drive-though windows...."  

I purely luv that...heah's more:

"Over the last two generations, agribusiness has displaced agriculture."   Who would disagree?

 This article goes on to review Atlanta's re-conceived  "meat and three" format, Bantam and Biddy. They's gonna roll yore catfish in red pea flour, not cornmeal, so Aunty will reserve her praise. But if Chickory has dined thar' an can give us a word, I'll take hers.  Still, any modern chef that will forage fer pasture raised birds, an' import heritage grown grains from South Carolina's famed Anson Mills, well, now...we may have us'uns somethin' worth bein' new an' "updated."

Mah wanderlust would be sated by  the upcoming Mississippi Delta Cultural Tour (March 17-20)  described as a four day bookanalia steeped in writers, food an' local lore.  Alas, Aunty's own calendar would have to move mountains to find a spare three days fer hot-footin' in the Mississippi Delta.

I doan read Garden and Gun front to back. I mixes it up so I can read Roy Blount Jr. (last in the magazine) afore I read Julia Reed.  Blount is the right amount of funny: "That thing grabbed my chicken by the tenders and held him underwater till he liked to have drowned."   No, it wuzn't an essay on waterboarding chickens, but a visceral review of consumin' that delicacy, gizzards, a chicken part thas' more an' more difficult to locate in these post-modern frankenfood days. But I digress. Blount  introduces the culinary as a segue into a more serious reflection ( By way of Thoreau),  all fried up wif' care so ya hardly notice until it hits yore, well, yore gizzard: "Politics is, as it were, the gizzard of society, full of grit and gravel...."

I save Julia to near-'bout the last.  She's a Belle of a certain age who has had either the good sense to rediscover why Mississippi  is light years ahead of NYC, or,  jes' wise enough to know that her early romping days among the northern literati could never hold her heart; the chug-tug of the the Mississippi river in the fall, the delicate perfume of azaleas in the early spring air, or the sound of quail in the piney woods at dusk...Only Ms. Reed could add a soft gloss of sophistication to a discussion of  tamales at Doe's Eat Place.

Reckon thas' a long ramble, but mayhap it'll keep ya' busy fer a few days.

Of course, I'se hopin' y'all will come  over an' give Aunty a thought or two at Ether Capacious on  the matter of Infinity.


pamokc said...

Never heard of the publication, Aunty, but I love your synopsis. We Okies aren't much different ... southern with a good dose of western thrown in. I love that the standard of fried chicken isn't being judged by our grandmother's standards bit ... SO TRUE. Makes me wish for a skillet full of my mama's fried chicken, soft fried potatoes,and okra. MMMMMMM.

chickory said...

I have dined at Bantam and Biddy, and later today, I will akshully post on CHickory, a painting I am trying to get Shaun Doty, the EC there, and a client of V's to buy. He is opening a fried chicken joint in downtown atl and another BandB in Nashville. I really want him to buy a bunch of my chicken recipe paintings for all the restaurants.

The food is okay. I think V has a better wing (done in a big green egg), the sides were okay - we had a broccoli casserole (decent) mac and cheese (no match for my own based on Mamas recipe) and greens (very nice) the biscuit was good; sweet tea was perfect. Its a small long room with a nice open kitchen.

If you want meat and 3 you cant beat Son's, a soul food restaurant in Inman Park. I doan know about where they source food, but you cant beat a bunch of old school cooks with big cast iron skillets and a **** *** of butter. nuff sayed.

Buzz Kill said...

Doe's Eat Place - that is a cool name for a restaurant. I'm not so sure about the quail and chocolate sauce, but I'd try it. And I'm ready for 40 degree wether already. It's been too damn cold here.

fishy said...

I get Garden&Gun magazine and I still cannot get that Yankeeman Blowfish to read one. After all his blessed years of living in the South he still has not a shred of interest in classic Southern Culture, doesn't know a Rose from a Camelia or a pointer from a hound. The food? He eats all of it he can get!

Nice post, I loved the new way to do pork rinds ... that wasn't Uncle in that video was it?

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Sandcastle Momma said...

I'd never heard of this but am ordering a subscription now. Southern food, southern culture, southern travel? Sounds like a perfect way to spend a cold morning in a warm window to me too. Thanks for sharing this!

Aunty Belle said...

I wisht I could git me some of yore Mama's Fried Chicken. We always thought Okies was Mid-South.

Ha! You surfaced?? Charmed ya could swing by--an give us the low down on Bantam and Biddy. But now we'uns all want a to go order of Val's Green Egg wings. Hope ya sell Mr Doty yore chick paintings--seems a natural.

Doe's Eat Place set me into a fit of giggles. We used to have a fella in these parts whose motto wuz, when looking fer somewhar' to git a snack, that if the sign said "EATS" ya jes' drove on by, since nobody wuz THAT hongry.

happy ypuse a reader--that makes two of us in a small population of blogger-folk. Blowfishneeds the Yankee fed right out--keep him on a diet of Southern vittles an see do it give him a drawl an' a hankerin' fer a blue tick hound.


Hey hey...well, by now I hope ya found a copy. It is a bimonthly delight.

darkfoam said...

I do love me some good southern eats ... And Ralph Stanley who've I've seen perform a few times.

moi said...

I make moles all the time. A complicated sauce of chocolate, chile, peanut butter, and cornmeal served over chicken. Very big in these parts, but MEXICAN, not New Mexican, in origin.

I couldn't get the microwave pork rinds video to play for me but, hey, any way it has to happen. I mean, I'm down to making pralines in the microwave and no one's complaining . . .

BTW, here in NM pork rinds are called chicharrones, and they are just as well loved.

Anonymous said...


I always have to chuckle at your "cold". At 9 degrees this morning I was thinking it was kind of balmy after the sub-zeros we have been having!

Stopping by with an invite. Becca can't host this week so I am filling in for her. Come join in!