Everybody’s Home: A Sequel!

Whole plate

This is a sequel to yesterday’s post, Mama’s Home Alone.”  

So my son is home this weekend.  YAAAAY!!!

Best believe he showed up with a dinner request in hand:

“Mama, I want some smothered chicken, cabbage, squash casserole and some cornbread!”

Yessir, mama had her marching orders!

By the way, the blue crab AND beer AND wine AND sweet tea from yesterday was SWANGIN’!  LOL 😚

A thousand thanks to all of you for your wonderful input.  I learned a whole lot about the do’s and don’ts of preparing, serving and eating blue crab.

(Cough, cough)….In Maryland, beer is a MUST with blue crab; they’ll have none of this wine chicanery.

Y’all had my back! Thanks again!

Anyway, I decided to share a pic of each dish before the people at my house devoured it!

Suffice it to say, my dear son is a happy camper 🙂

Mama might be a little tired from all the cooking but nothing makes her happier than watching family and friends enjoy a good meal!

Wish you were here!

Friends, enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a great week 🙂

Lady G 😘💋

Smothered Chicken and GravySquashCasseroleCabbage

 

 

Mama’s Home Alone 8-6-16

Crab and beer

 

So the thing I LOVE about being home alone is the fact that I can cook whatever the hell I want to!

Seriously, I don’t have to listen to stuff like:

“But mama, I’m allergic to that!”

“But mama, we had that last time!”

“Okay, mom what is this?”

“So… do you mind cooking me a steak instead?”

Get my point?

Now you know why mama doesn’t mind eating alone sometimes 😉

So…

Today, I decided to show you what a typical “Mama’s home alone” meal looks like in my world.  As you can see in the photo above, I have steamed myself a fine kettle of blue crab from the great state of Maryland!

Never mind the beer bottle next to the crab as Mr. Adams may or may not be accompanying me.  I’m so sorry,  but I can neither confirm nor deny any information relative to his continued presence.

However,  I will say that a nice glass of Gewürztraminer just called for an invite.

I’m not sure which way I’ll go with that.  What say you?

Beer or a glass of wine?

I’ll wait until I hear back before I make my decision. If I don’t hear back soon I might end up drinking both.

Guys, please don’t let that happen 😉

Anyway,  you all know me, I’m always looking for ways to “edutain” myself. And to that end, I decided to search for a Youtube video on crab eating.

Don’t get it twisted, I already know how to do it, I just wanted to conduct a quick survey of techniques.

10 gozillion results later, I came across this little unpolished gem which shows a brother from Maryland (I think) giving a very thorough and practical demonstration on the ‘proper way’ to eat a crab.

Ladies, listen out for a couple of double entendres!  LOL! You might need a cigarette afterwards 😉

Side note:  After viewing the video, my blogger friend T. Wayne, who also hails from that great state, offered only one critique and that was, “At least use a knife when eating the claw meat dude!”

 

 

I love this dude!  Trust me, if you watched this, you now know all you need to know about eating crab!

A brother kept it 💯!

Now what?

By the way, I’m eating my crab now.  Is it beer or wine?

Meet me in comments 🙂

Enjoy your weekend!

Around The World on a Plate

I am so sorry but, my God,  I love a good Prince reference!  For those of you who are confused, the title of this post is a play on Prince’s “Around the World in a Day.” Of course, die-hard Prince fans knew this instantly.

Sorry for the digression!

Today I am sharing pictures of dishes that I prepared in the past year or so.  I will admit that I got pretty jazzy!  Meaning, I opted to cook things that are out of the norm for some of us Southern folks.  You see, around these parts, it’s best to play it pretty safe!  You know, stick with the usual suspects like fried, baked or barbecued chicken, pork, steak, etc.  You will soon see that I chose NOT to play that game!

Check this out!

etouffe
Shrimp Etouffee!  Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler Cher!

In other words!  “Let the good times roll!”  Yass baby!  I made this myself!  I learned how to make it by watching a family friend who is from Zachary, LA.

shrimp fried rice
Shrimp Fried Rice

I mean…what else do I need to say about ANY kinda fried rice?  One word: “Bomb!”

Pork steak and shrimp
Kitchen sink shrimp and Grilled Pork Steak

I used everything but the kitchen sink to season these skrimps! Yes, I meant to spell it that way!

Okay, for those of you who like more traditional foods, I got you too!

grilled vegs
Grilled Veggies

The veggies were cooked to death! But still good!

turkey
Thanksgiving Turkey

Baby, this turkey was browner than I am… and that takes some doing! It was juicy too!

dressing
Dressing-not stuffing

 

Sorry for the IPhone shadow, but I think you get the gist! Melt in your mouth!

collard greens
Collard Greens

All of the ham hocks were gone by the time I took this picture; yeah, we ate ’em!

Buttermilk pie
Buttermilk Pie

I couldn’t leave you without dessert!  Google any recipe for buttermilk pie; you can’t lose! Succulent!

Bonus:

bruschetta
Tomato, Garlic and Basil on Toast Crackers

My daughter had this for lunch today; she loves it!  If my mom had packed this for my lunch, I would have cried all the way to school and back!

At any rate, I hope you enjoyed checking out my work!  By the way,  I am sure that my dear cousin Annie is snoring by now since she has already seen these.

No matter, I thought the rest of you might like a quick gander at my culinary projects!

What’s on your plate?

Foodie or Downright Greedy?

Linguine for 1-15-2016 post
Pasta and Clams  from Carrabba’s

I am obsessed with eating good food!  This is not news to anyone who knows me personally.  In essence, one might say that I possess a significant gastronomic appreciation for every morsel of food that I gulp down.  Some folks might take offense at the thought of watching me gulp down a plate of food.  If you fall into that category, you probably should avoid inviting me to breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Now, if you do choose to invite me for a meal please know that I am just as comfortable at a roadside rib shack, a working class diner (I see you Waffle House!), casual restaurant (I see you too Carrabbas!) or a fine dining establishment that specializes in haute cuisine.  You should also know that I take the multicultural approach when it comes to my eating proclivities.  In other words, I am equally happy eating good ole Southern cooking or Italian cooking or Asian cooking or French cooking and so on and so forth.  In short, I can find something to enjoy on just about any menu.

Bearing this in mind, I must ask you:  Am I a foodie or just downright greedy?  Please note that the word ‘greedy,’ for the purposes of this post, is exclusively applicable to a person’s behaviors relative to food.  Black families often refer to anyone who is overly interested in eating as ‘greedy’.  For example, you might hear us say something like: “Don’t forget to buy extra chickens because Gwin is coming… with her greedy self.” If this example doesn’t make grammatical sense to you, please grab a couple of Black folks and listen to them talk for a while; trust me, you’ll soon grow accustomed to the particulars of our vernacular.  I apologize for the digression!  Let’s get back to the story!  I would submit that our dearest Gwin might not describe herself as being greedy.  In fact, she might refer to herself as a foodie simply because she revels at the idea of savoring good food in a visually appealing environment.

Secretly, I can’t help wondering if both of these descriptions are possibly opposite sides of the same gluttonous coin. By the way, in case you haven’t read the ‘about’ page of this blog, Gwin and I are one and the same!

Okay, by now it should be abundantly clear that I have a great affection for good food.  So if I were to ask you something like “Whatcha got good to eat?” Please believe that this is NOT a rhetorical question!  I really expect you to answer me by following up with something good to eat!  In fact, if anyone from my family asks you this question, he or she is looking for a similar response.

All jokes aside, the question of foodie or greedy remains unanswered.  No worries, I’ll just sit back and let you answer the question.  Am I a foodie or just downright greedy?

Hell for that matter, are you a foodie or just downright greedy? Do tell.