Speaking of the South

My post about Southern food yesterday reminded me of this great text-message conversation I had with my family recently.

Dad (foodie):
Dinner tonight, hoppin’ John made with Anasazi beans. Oh yeah!
Sister #1 (literature teacher / history buff): Anasazi or Ashkenazi? 🙂 Either way, I’m jealous!
Me: Yum! Enjoy! I’m cooking up some beer-braised collards… Maybe we should join forces? They’d pair well.
Dad: Perfect combo. Low country gourmet.
Sister #2 (super-busy attorney): I had Chipotle.

Then, later, an email from dad: Note that collard greens are a traditional accompaniment to Hoppin’ John.
Me: We must be in a Southern State of Mind. 🙂

It’s true, guys. I had my one-year anniversary in Arizona last month and I think it made me a little homesick. Thankfully, my good friend Lauren is getting married in North Carolina in April, so I have a very good excuse to make a trip home. And believe me… I will be doing lots of eating.


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