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2004/02/26 20:48:50 (permalink)

Grits

Have any of you dear Children of the South ever heard of what the Yankees do with Grits? Hold on to your britches, they put milk and sugar on them.Gads!
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    RE: Grits 2004/02/26 21:26:52 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by stridge

    Have any of you dear Children of the South ever heard of what the Yankees do with Grits? Hold on to your britches, they put milk and sugar on them.Gads!


    Reckon they thought it was Cream O'Wheat?
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    RE: Grits 2004/02/26 22:44:55 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by stridge

    Have any of you dear Children of the South ever heard of what the Yankees do with Grits? Hold on to your britches, they put milk and sugar on them.Gads!


    There is absolutley no truth to this. Yankees don't eat grits.

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    RE: Grits 2004/02/27 03:53:01 (permalink)
    Right! We don't eat GRITS, we eat GRIT.......lots of it. In mussels, in steamer clams, in your sandwich at the beach, sometimes in chowdah, on and on. Lots and lots of GRIT. It's a Yankee tradition. But not grits, no, never.
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    RE: Grits 2004/02/27 09:06:17 (permalink)
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    Right! We don't eat GRITS, we eat GRIT.......lots of it. In mussels, in steamer clams, in your sandwich at the beach, sometimes in chowdah, on and on. Lots and lots of GRIT. It's a Yankee tradition. But not grits, no, never.


    Don't forget leeks.
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    RE: Grits 2004/02/27 10:05:45 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by stridge

    Have any of you dear Children of the South ever heard of what the Yankees do with Grits? Hold on to your britches, they put milk and sugar on them.Gads!

    My husband(from Tennessee)eats sugar(no milk)in his grits. It turns my stomach. It shouldn't bother me, BUT it does. I used to only put cheese in grits when I fried fish. Now I do it all the time, even when it's breakfast grits, well maybe not ALL of the time...I crumble crispy fried bacon up in mine. He just doesn't understand..
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    RE: Grits 2004/02/27 10:20:28 (permalink)
    The first time I went to a southern state and saw grits on my breakfast plate I called the waitress over and asked her for a small bowl. She brought it back and then watched in amazement as I spooned the grits from my plate into the bowl and added sugar and milk. She looked at me like I was crazy and I could not figure out what her problem was!
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    RE: Grits 2004/02/27 10:50:48 (permalink)
    Nothing warms my heart more on a chilly Sunday morning than a steaming bowl of buttery grits with a fried egg on top (and lots of black pepper!).
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    RE: Grits 2004/02/27 10:53:20 (permalink)
    Us here in South Southern Georgia actually have a Grits Festival. This place is still about 90 miles NORTH of where I live...

    http://www.gritsfest.com/

    We also partake in other (perhaps) strange celebrations.

    http://www.caironet.com/RATTLE.HTM

    http://www.swinetimefestival.com

    http://www.caironet.com/MULE.HTM

    http://www.floridaseafoodfestival.com

    All of these hold one thing in common most important to us Southerners, food, and lots of it...



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    RE: Grits 2004/02/27 11:16:52 (permalink)
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    Us here in South Southern Georgia actually have a Grits Festival. This place is still about 90 miles NORTH of where I live...

    http://www.gritsfest.com/

    And to what tune is the song sung too....does it have it's own?? We have a watermelon festval, a seafood festival, corn festival, strawberry festival, no grit festival
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    RE: Grits 2004/02/27 11:28:25 (permalink)
    Here in NC we enjoy a little red-eye gravy on our grits from time to time...

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    RE: Grits 2004/02/27 11:31:39 (permalink)
    Aaah. Grits. Real butter, salt, pepper. Red-eye gravy. Occasionally cheese and garlic.

    But sugar and/or milk? The creeping gangrene of rampant Yankeefication!
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    RE: Grits 2004/02/27 11:52:45 (permalink)
    My mother tells the story that when she and my father were first married and my mother being from South Carolina and my father being from Norristown Pa., she fed him grits for the first time and he put milk and sugar on them.

    Well ... my mother had a "come to Jesus" meeting with him and he quickly learned the proper southern way to eat grits !!!!

    Salt, Pepper, butter ... red eye gravy if you have it !!
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    RE: Grits 2004/02/27 11:57:16 (permalink)
    The Ten Commandments of Grits:

    Thou shalt not put syrup on thy Grits.
    Thou shalt not eat thy Grits with a spoon.
    Thou shalt not eat Cream of Wheat and call it Grits for this is blasphemy.
    Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors Grits.
    Thou shalt only use Salt, Butter, Pepper, Cheese, and (occasional) gravy as toppings for thy Grits.
    Thou shalt not eat Instant Grits!
    Thou shalt not put sugar on thy Grits.
    Thou shalt not put milk on thy Grits.
    Thou shalt not put cream on thy Grits.
    Thou shalt follow the above nine commandments at all times, especially when in the South. Not following these commandments will result in yourself immediately being the subject of laughter, finger pointing, and further ridicule.

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    RE: Grits 2004/02/27 12:03:17 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Adjudicator

    The Ten Commandments of Grits:

    Thou shalt not put syrup on thy Grits.
    Thou shalt not eat thy Grits with a spoon.
    Thou shalt not eat Cream of Wheat and call it Grits for this is blasphemy.
    Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors Grits.
    Thou shalt only use Salt, Butter, Pepper, Cheese, and (occasional) gravy as toppings for thy Grits.
    Thou shalt not eat Instant Grits!
    Thou shalt not put sugar on thy Grits.
    Thou shalt not put milk on thy Grits.
    Thou shalt not put cream on thy Grits.
    Thou shalt follow the above nine commandments at all times, especially when in the South. Not following these commandments will result in yourself immediately being the subject of laughter, finger pointing, and further ridicule.



    I guess I'll be a victim of all the above "subjects" as I eat my grits with a spoon, UNLESS they have cheese in them. It's not that I make them runny and can't eat them with a fork but after mixing the butter it in, I also like a little "pool" of butter on the top.
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    RE: Grits 2004/02/27 12:07:19 (permalink)
    I tell you grits that will make you say "gads" or worse. Have you ever had them where they were the consistency of paste and tasted like the smell of Desitin oinment? I'm serious! We ate at a place on Dale Mabrey in Tampa(restaurant escapes me)that was just nasty, just nasty. There was a time period that I did not eat grits due to that.
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    RE: Grits 2004/02/27 12:11:38 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Rusty246
    I guess I'll be a victim of all the above "subjects" as I eat my grits with a spoon, UNLESS they have cheese in them. It's not that I make them runny and can't eat them with a fork but after mixing the butter it in, I also like a little "pool" of butter on the top.
    Adjudicator, would you consider an exception on the grounds of extreme need for this particular use of spoons? Should it perhaps be called the "Spoonerization Codicil"?
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    RE: Grits 2004/02/27 12:17:10 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Rusty246

    We ate at a place on Dale Mabrey in Tampa(restaurant escapes me)that was just nasty, just nasty.


    Rusty, as you well know, the whole stretch of Dale Mabry is "nasty".
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    RE: Grits 2004/02/27 12:28:02 (permalink)
    Things EVERY True Southerner Knows:

    The difference between a hissie fit and a conniption fit.

    Pretty much how many fish make up a mess.

    What general direction cattywumpus is.

    That "gimme sugar" don't mean pass the sugar.

    When somebody's "fixin" to do something, it won't be long.

    The difference between Yankees and damn Yankees.

    How good a cold grape Nehi and cheese crackers are at a country store.

    Knows what "Well I Suwannee !!" means.

    Ain't nobody's biscuits like Grandma's biscuits !!

    A good dog is worth its weight in gold.

    Real gravy don't come from the store.

    When "by and by" is.

    How to handle their "pot likker".

    The difference between "pert' near" and "a right far piece".

    The differences between a redneck, a good ol' boy, and trailer trash.

    Never to go snipe hunting twice.

    At one point learned what happens when you swallow tobacco juice.

    Never to assume that the other car with the flashing turn signal is actually going to turn.

    You may wear long sleeves, but you should always roll 'em up past the elbows.

    You should never loan your tools, pick-up, or gun to nobody.

    A belt serves a greater purpose than holding Daddy's pants up.

    Rocking chairs and swings are guaranteed stress relievers.

    Rocking chairs and porch swings with an old person sitting in them are history lessons.



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    RE: Grits 2004/02/27 13:30:06 (permalink)
    also:

    They know where "yonder" is.
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    RE: Grits 2004/02/27 13:52:39 (permalink)
    I'm fixin' to email that list to my Mama...
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    RE: Grits 2004/02/27 15:52:19 (permalink)
    I eat my grits with salt, pepper and hot sauce.
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    RE: Grits 2004/02/27 16:18:57 (permalink)
    Grits n' gravy.
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    RE: Grits 2004/02/27 16:47:57 (permalink)
    Instant grits vs. regular prepared grits? Quite frankly I consume both but the best tasting ones are the ones that take the longest to prepare. Real hominy corn taste. It seems the instant ones lack something but still great.

    Grits with butter, salt and pepper are my favorite. Occasionally I add cheese and onions.

    Bushie is right with gravy.

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    RE: Grits 2004/02/27 18:11:03 (permalink)
    Grits are one of the essences of life. Ok...... maybe just my life. I far prefer the burlap bagged milled grits that I get from a local mill, sometimes Mabry Mill on the Virginia Blue Ridge Parkway, and a place in Georgia which I'm embarrased to say, I can't remember the name of atm. (ort, help me out here) In an ABSOLUTE pinch, I'll use Quaker grits, but it's just not the same at all. Like hot dogs and hamburgers, grits are an American Icon, whether you enjoy them or not.

    Here's a rather mutated grits casserole I do:

    Mah Grits


    6 cups chicken broth
    1 stick butter
    1 3/4 cups of stone milled grits

    Add chicken broth and butter to a dutch oven and bring to a simmer. Pour in grits and simmer until done. With stone milled grits, this should take about 25 minutes or therebouts.

    As these are starting to simmer, in another saute' pan add the following:

    1 cup roasted green Anaheim chilies, chopped
    1 16 oz can of Juanita's Hominy or 2 cups of dried hominy which has been reconstituted. Try to use these as opposed to Bush's, store brand hominy etc......the difference between is marked and incredible.
    12 oz bag of frozen corn........or in summer fresh off the cob corn.
    4 garlic cloves, minced finely
    1 stick of butter or 1/2 stick butter and some bacon grease drippins.

    Melt butter and /or bacon grease. Toss the rest in and saute until the hominy starts to get slightly golden browned. Add this mixture to grits base and stir.

    To this ever growing mix, add the following
    2 Kraft Garlic Cheese rolls
    3 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese
    a couple dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
    Dashes of ground red pepper to taste
    4 tblsp fresh squeezed lime juice

    Stirring constantly, add the above and continuing to stir until cheese is melted and smooth. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.

    In a big bowl, beat 6 eggs to a whipped frenzy. Fold this into the grits mix. Pour all the mess into a deep buttered casserole and toss into a 400 degree oven for about 25 mins, checking regularly for the top to start browning and the grits getting a bit of height on them.

    Remove from the oven and sprinkle this over the top

    2 cups mixed shredded cheeses, your choice but a sharp cheddar should be in the mix

    2 cups Frito Lay Tostitos with a Hint of Lime chips, finely crushed.

    Bake an additional 5 to ten mins, until cheese is melted and the chips very lightly browned.

    This reheats very well






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    RE: Grits 2004/02/27 19:11:40 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by redtressed

    Grits are one of the essences of life. Ok...... maybe just my life. I far prefer the burlap bagged milled grits that I get from a local mill, sometimes Mabry Mill on the Virginia Blue Ridge Parkway, and a place in Georgia which I'm embarrased to say, I can't remember the name of atm. (ort, help me out here)


    Redtressed,
    We can find grits in bags from Seagraves Mill, but they're actually milled somewhere else. I can't think of what ones you're talking about, but I'll go by Bell's (independent food store) and see what they have and report back to you... unless I get forever banished from here to that great posting room in metropolitan Montevideo, Uruguay....
    Bet'cha can't eat just one (grit, that is)!
    Seeking Hominy, Ort. Carlton in 30601-land.
    P. S. I often DO eat my grits with a spoon, even if they are thick. It's just easier for me: I've always done it thataway. Here's hoping Adjudicator doesn't hate me for life now: I'd never get to sop up red eye gravy with him....
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    RE: Grits 2004/02/27 21:12:34 (permalink)
    Dang Redtressed, that sounds incredible! I think I may have to make that next time we do a church dinner... I like to get grits from Falls Mill here in Belvedere, TN. In a pinch, those grits from Bob's Red Mill (in Oregon) are quite good and are readily available in most groceries around here (usually in the "health food" section)...
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    RE: Grits 2004/02/27 21:33:57 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Ort. Carlton.

    quote:
    Originally posted by redtressed

    Grits are one of the essences of life. Ok...... maybe just my life. I far prefer the burlap bagged milled grits that I get from a local mill, sometimes Mabry Mill on the Virginia Blue Ridge Parkway, and a place in Georgia which I'm embarrased to say, I can't remember the name of atm. (ort, help me out here)


    Redtressed,
    We can find grits in bags from Seagraves Mill, but they're actually milled somewhere else. I can't think of what ones you're talking about, but I'll go by Bell's (independent food store) and see what they have and report back to you... unless I get forever banished from here to that great posting room in metropolitan Montevideo, Uruguay....
    Bet'cha can't eat just one (grit, that is)!
    Seeking Hominy, Ort. Carlton in 30601-land.
    P. S. I often DO eat my grits with a spoon, even if they are thick. It's just easier for me: I've always done it thataway. Here's hoping Adjudicator doesn't hate me for life now: I'd never get to sop up red eye gravy with him....


    OK. Guess I should ease up on the spoon "issue". I have been known to do it at times, also . I also guess I should ease up on the toppin's fer grits as far as the hot sauce goes... I done did that also... I'm so ashamed (NOT)...
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    RE: Grits 2004/02/27 21:41:37 (permalink)
    I found it, I found it, I found it!

    http://www.noramill.com/aboutus.html

    That's the Georgia gristmill I was referring to.........WONDERFUL stuff
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    RE: Grits 2004/02/27 22:05:43 (permalink)
    Here's the folks I referred to above. They put out a quality product, if you can handle 10 pounds at a time...

    http://fallsmill.com/store.html
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