What’s for supper?
Most say I sound a lot like Paula Deen.
Some say I even look a little like Paula Deen.
No one says I can cook like Paula Deen.
Which brings me to a point I have had to make more than once since relocating north of the Mason-Dixon line. Just because you grew up in the South or ever lived in the South does not guarantee you can cook.
I know. From a regional perspective, Southern food is considered by most to be the best. Period. And, well, I have to agree. After all, you hear folks talk about how much they love Southern sweet tea, or Southern fried chicken, but it is rare indeed you hear anyone talk about their love of Northern beans. #justsaying
True story. One day a colleague of mine asked me right out in front of everybody if she could have my cornbread recipe.
Cornbread recipe? Who needs a cornbread recipe when there are directions on the side of any bag of cornmeal? Directions are sort of like a recipe, right?
My children, all four of them, grew up healthy and wise due to the culinary talents of the likes of Mrs. Swanson, Uncle Ben, and Chef Boyardee.
So, to those who can cook and cook well, I say congratulations. To those like me, Southern or not, who will surrender that precious can-opener only with our last breath, I say MORE POWER TO US, ya’ll!