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What's yer favorite country food?
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Clover Honey    Posted 07-18-2001 at 12:44:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey everybody! Just going through my old recipes and got to wondering what everyone's favorite down-home country food is. Mine has to be mustard greens cooked with bacon and cider vinegar. Or maybe homemade plum jam. Or....
Anyway, what's yer favorite country dish? Maybe post a recipe in the Cooking section of this site. (I plan to post a few when I get time.)

ShepFL    Posted 07-19-2001 at 21:46:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Favorite for me it is a good thick venison chop or roast with sauted onions and mushrooms, sliced tomatoes, spuds with brown gravy, biscuits w/ butter and molasses with either tall glass ICE COLD fresh milk or sweet tea.

Second would be chicken and rice with some Tabasco

Third would be stewed tomatoes & okry over rice.

Man, it's midnite & know I'm starving!!

BTW, when and where is the picnic for all these great dishes?

Dreamweaver    Posted 07-19-2001 at 16:05:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Gee, I think I've put on 5 pounds just reading this thread, but a real all time favorite around here is a good ol' fashioned pig pickin with all the trimmins - cole slaw, hushpuppies, fries, and banana puddin. Just plop the pig in the ground and cook him bout all day, then pick it off and dip it in the sauce, wheeeewww boy!

Dreamweaver    Posted 07-19-2001 at 16:06:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh, and I forgot - good iced tea or a nice cold brew. yummmm....Also, Nascar has to be blaring from the radio. heehee.....

WSF    Posted 07-19-2001 at 15:42:26       [Reply]  [No Email]

I adopted a favorite country food from Quebec after I went snowmobiling in Laudandiere and was introduced to "Poutine". This is french fries covered with slivers of white cheese with hot beef gravy poured over top. A variant is Italian Poutine, where the beef gravy is replaced by spaghetti sauce. Keeps the cold out of your bones and really fills you up!

Dreamweaver    Posted 07-19-2001 at 11:14:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
How about some homemade chicken pastry (or chicken n' dumplings) with pan-fried cornbread?

Dan G/Soganofla    Posted 07-19-2001 at 13:49:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That sounds good, DW. I'll see yer chikkin an dumplins and raise ye a mess of okra fritters.

Dreamweaver    Posted 07-19-2001 at 14:36:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good Gracious, I love fried okra. How do you make okra fritters?

Dan G/Soganofla    Posted 07-19-2001 at 15:23:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Shucks, I dunno. Gramma used to make'em. She just mixed up some sort of thick batter, mixed in the chunks of okra, and spooned'em into the grease. Fried'em up like hushpuppies.
She also made banana fritters that would knock yer hat in th' crick. I think she used some kinda cake batter, and mixed up the banana slices in it, then cooked it the same way. 'Fraid I don't have the exact recipe, though.
Speakin' of okra(said "okry" in these parts), they go mighty good in a pot of butterbeans. Just lay the whole pods in on top of the beans when they're about half done. Helps(mandatory in my house) to cook the beans with a bit of pig meat for seasonin'.

IHank    Posted 07-19-2001 at 09:01:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
All- CAUTION ! ! ! Make sure you have a drool protector over your keyboard before reading this thread! Grins, IHank

Sned.    Posted 07-18-2001 at 23:04:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Gotta be wilted lettuce, fried okra, grilled corn on the cob and a BIG steak. I also like to stroll through the garden pickin and eatin anything green or red....WOW!

mugsy3    Posted 07-18-2001 at 18:53:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm going to be the odd one out here. You guys don't sound like you are from around my "country". My favorite country food is potato and cheese perogies with sour cream and fried onions. And Saskatoon pie! And of course anything fresh from the garden is tops with me. Especially fresh tomatoes on open-faced toast with S&P. I could eat those until my lips hurt!
...can't forget homemade raspberry jam and dill pickles with extra garlic!

Clover Honey    Posted 07-19-2001 at 07:20:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mugsy, I've had the perogie dish you're talking about, and that IS yummy! But it's hard to find perogies in the store in my small town. Nothin' better than a fresh tomato from the garden, is there?

mugsy3    Posted 07-19-2001 at 10:46:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Perogies from the store!!! Just kidding. But seriously, they are easy and cheap to make. Want the recipe?
My garden is slow this year. We put it in late because it was such a wet spring. I'm still waiting for those tomatoes to ripen! I've got almost 6 doz. plants. Do you think that was too many? LOL! Can't have too many tomatoes. I do more than eat them fresh, there's canned tomatoes, salsa, ketchup...
Dang! hope I don't have to wait much longer for those tomatoes!

Clover Honey    Posted 07-20-2001 at 07:45:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mugsy: I'd love the recipe for perogies, if you wouldn't mind posting it for us. My mama used to make homemade ravioli, which are kinda similar, I think (at least to those inferior store-bought perogies I've had!) but hers take a ton of work and half the day!

Good luck with your 'maters. Our spring and summer out west here have been dry and HOT!!! Good for maters, bad for me! Give me snow any day.

Cowboy Joe    Posted 07-18-2001 at 17:46:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
CHICKEN FRIED STEAK WITH THAT DELICIOUS SAUCE. The best CFS I ate was at a cowboy cafe in SW Missouri. The second best was near Casper, Wyo.

huckelberry    Posted 07-18-2001 at 20:33:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Cowboy,
Where at in SW Missouri? I live in SE Missouri, but go to SW about every six weeks or so.

Jim(MO)    Posted 07-19-2001 at 12:23:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Are you close the the home of the "throwed rolls", Sikeston maybe ???

huckelberry    Posted 07-19-2001 at 19:44:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm about 80 miles from that Lampert's, and 150 miles from the one by Springfield.Ate there once and had a good meal. They kept coming by and piling the food on.

patrick prasifka    Posted 10-20-2002 at 11:49:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Theres a chicken place in Sikeston named Jays. They hava a jalopeno sause thats unbelievalbe. I have been looking for the recipe for years.

Cowboy Joe    Posted 07-19-2001 at 05:20:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Huckelberry - It was over 10 years ago, I can't remember the town. I think the name of the diner is The Cowboy Cafe. If you mention a few of the towns, it might refresh my memory.

Cowboy Joe    Posted 07-18-2001 at 17:52:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
I forgot to add - biscuits with that wonderful white gravy to go along with the CFS. Also, I love creamy rice pudding with whipped cream. Greek diners make the best rice pudding. Enjoyed some at a Greek diner in Brooklyn couple of weeks ago.

LazyHorse    Posted 07-18-2001 at 17:35:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
I gots a bunch of favorites. Pan fried chicken, Pan fried chicken livers & gizzards, fresh sweet corn, Liver & onions, and my all time favorite is sugar cured country ham.

Jim(MO)    Posted 07-18-2001 at 16:13:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Fresh sauted morel's and crappie fillets with jalapeno corn bread dripping butter.

Clover Honey    Posted 07-19-2001 at 07:17:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh yeah...fresh caught fish, thrown in the pan almost before it quits wigglin', is heaven on a plate!

Karen    Posted 07-18-2001 at 15:53:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Country ham, greens, grits with red eye gravy, cornbread or hot biscuits with homemade butter, and fresh peach pie! I'm getting hungry thinking about it!

Dan G/Soganofla    Posted 07-18-2001 at 15:26:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Wow! To list my favorite country groceries would overload the server, so I'll single out a few:
Last nite we had scrambled eggs(fresh outta th' hen), pan sausage, and grits with tomato gravy. It warn't bad!
I'm a nut about greens...ANY of'em.
Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, blackeyed peas...('member that song?). Blackeyed peas is something that's just gotta be fresh. Canned or frozen just ain't the same.
Homemade biskits with real cane syrup!!!!!!!!

Durn! I gotta get home & EAT!

Spence    Posted 07-18-2001 at 15:17:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
I just had a supper of garden fresh potatoes,
wax yellow beans and snap peas topped with butter and sliced ham. Everything's sweet and juicy when not boiled or steamed too much.

Beats those store bought freeze dried stuff
anyday. The tomatoes and corn will be ready soon too.

Next year I'm going to have chickens and one day after the barn is built I'm going to raise my own steer for the freezer.

Clover Honey    Posted 07-19-2001 at 07:13:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know what you mean about fresh food...I refuse to buy a tomato at the store anymore. They are just mush with no flavor. I only use the ones from the garden in the summer, and make do with canned ones in the winter.

mugsy3    Posted 07-19-2001 at 10:48:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yup, same here. Spoiled aren't we. ;)

Mudcat49    Posted 07-18-2001 at 14:32:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fried Pork Chops,(rolled in flour and deep fried in a iron skillet) Rice and milk gravy, Black-eyed peas,(with snaps) greens,(Turnip or collard) sliced tomato, corn bread(or biskits)(thats not a misspell, Iced tea, deep dish cobbler, (any kind will do)

IHank    Posted 07-18-2001 at 14:21:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Clover Honey- How about plain old ham and lima beans, with corn bread biscuits?

Sunday I crock pot cooked down the remains and the bone from a big ham we had here Saturday evening. I ended up with 1/2 a crock pot of thick broth and meat pieces after I picked out the bones, gristle, rind, and big chunks of fat.

Next I added some water and kept cooking the broth. Monday morning I put two whipped topping tubs of broth up in the the freezer and left one in the crock pot. Added water to bring the liquid level up to about 1/2 way, rinsed off a 1# package of lima beans, threw 'em in and set the thing for low cook, and about went nuts from the aroma in the apartment.

Tuesday at lunch time I got a "good boy" report from my 83 going on 18 girlfriend downstairs! She's forgot more about farm cooking than most of us will ever know. Still got a swelled head from it... Other neighbors will likely finish 'em off for supper tonite.

Seems if you cook 'em long and slow you don't have all the intestinal gas problems that go with eating beans. More good news is that I got two tubs of broth and two freezer bags of the same huge ham, some that we didn't use Saturday, in the freezer. Yummy for the tummy, IHank

Clover Honey    Posted 07-19-2001 at 07:10:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nothin' better than beans 'n ham, tho I never tried cooking LIMA beans that way...I'll give it a whirl next time I got a ham hock handy.

Dan G/Soganofla    Posted 07-18-2001 at 15:16:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hank, were you the guy that always hooked the ham & lima beans outta the Charlie Rats?!?! That was the only thing in'em that was fit to eat!

IHank    Posted 07-19-2001 at 02:57:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dan- Nope, that wasn't me. Ham & limas, ham & eggs chopped, and p-nut butter, usually got throwed in the bonfire at the end of re-supply time. Those were pretty good if you could give 'em a long gentle cooking. Trouble was a C-4 cooking fire is the opposite of what was needed.

No kidding now, we had one guy get out of the war because a can of p-nut butter exploded in the fire and the stuff hit him in the face. IHank

M.R.    Posted 07-18-2001 at 14:07:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well I'll need some of Old Cuss's country gravy to go with the hashbrowns along with a three or more egg omlettee with everything but the kitchen sink thrown in and most importanly the in-greedy-ants, when available have to be fresh picked out of the garden within thirty minutes and saltaded in butter. Lets not forget the homemade bread w/huckeberry jam a half inch thick and some home canned fruit with a quart or so of milk to wash it down with.

Clover Honey    Posted 07-19-2001 at 07:07:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now that's a breakfast! Yum!

Ole Cuss    Posted 07-18-2001 at 13:42:23       [Reply]  [No Email]

Chicken-fried steak with white milk gravy. The real thing is always made with round steak pounded to 1/4", NOT ground meat, and served with white milk gravy, which I like thick enough to stand up a spoon and caulk chinks in the cabin wall, NEVER brown gravy. Damn the cholesterol, full speed ahead.

Tori Kaufmann    Posted 07-18-2001 at 13:40:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My favorite time of the day are mornings and love bacon, eggs, pancakes with maple syrup and always love my morning coffee to get me going.

I also love fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn-on-the-cob and a nice tossed salad all farm fresh and garden grown. One of the hardest things about living in the city is that farm fresh, country food is hard to come by and even frowned upon. I can't wait until I finish school here in California and return to the state of Washington to live near my sister in Walla Walla. I am a country girl through and through, especially when it comes to eating. My waistline shows it. (I want to be truthful).

Tim W    Posted 07-18-2001 at 13:24:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Durn, thats like trying to decide what my favorite country song is, got so many favorites its hard to decide. But DWs favorite would be right up there near the top. A little sorghum on some of those buscuits. Fresh picked greenbeans(preferably white half runners) cooked for a couple of days with a ham hock and cornbread is pretty good. Also fried catfish and hush puppies or hot water cornbread.Never did turn down any chicken fried in an iron skillet. So many favorites

Dreamweaver    Posted 07-18-2001 at 12:53:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mine has to be country fried ham and homemade biscuits, yummmmm, yummmmm.........My doctor would disagree though...heehee

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