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The best thing your school cafeteria served

I'd say mashed potatoes.

Dec 03, 2012
perrottwilliamson in General Topics

quirky personal home food combinations....

I love fried chicken and Ketchup though I haven't had it in years. I thought my aunt's banana and mayo sandwich was quirky until I tried it. Yumm.

Dec 03, 2012
perrottwilliamson in General Topics

New Orleans - Short But Sweet Visit

I believe the concern was in reference to an apparently delightful bartender at Pat O'Brien's having been murdered when heading off duty. At any rate, the www dot nocrimeline dot com archive shows some of the types of crimes that have been committed there. Though nocrimeline dot net is not currently being updated I recommend a look at it nevertheless before any trips to New Orleans. A quick glimpse shows ten pages on Frenchmen Street.

Dec 03, 2012
perrottwilliamson in New Orleans

What's in your slow cooker today

I would never have thought of cooking oatmeal (or figs in vanilla syrup) in the slow cooker. Great ideas!

Nov 28, 2012
perrottwilliamson in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #174 - Thanksgiving Aftermath/Early-Early-Early Christmas Edition [old[

We haven't had turkey salad in awhile and it is on the agenda. Can't wait!

Nov 28, 2012
perrottwilliamson in Home Cooking

Who has the Best Po-Boys in South Mississippi?

The Gold Post is definitely still around, still has great po-boys. We ate there last week. Someone was asked where they had been lately and they had been living in Texas so people still come back when they live too far away to go all the time. I hadn't had their French fries in many years. They were great. One order of fries was plenty for two we thought.

Nov 28, 2012
perrottwilliamson in Central South

Planning travel toMississippi

When (what time of year) will you be visiting Mississippi? In Oxford, you can see some historical sites including Faulkner's house and Ole Miss, eat downtown and shop at the fabulous Square Books. (It is awfully hard to leave Square Books and Oxford.)

Nov 28, 2012
perrottwilliamson in Central South

Planning travel toMississippi

Last time I checked (and I didn't see it on the web site here) the Dinner Bell in McComb is only open at lunch. Unfortunately, I haven't been in years but I totally adored it as a child.

Nov 28, 2012
perrottwilliamson in Central South

Planning travel toMississippi

A good friend who regularly goes to eat out on the Coast mentioned Trapani's as where they were heading recently.

The restored Jefferson Davis home, Beauvoir, is on the Coast.

Nov 28, 2012
perrottwilliamson in Central South

Thanksgiving Dinner near Camp Lejeune/Jacksonville

Herman -- Where did you end up and how did it go?

Nov 28, 2012
perrottwilliamson in Southeast

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (December 2012) - Voting

They aren't balls of dough if they are Southern dumplings. Those are Northern dumplings.

Nov 28, 2012
perrottwilliamson in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (December 2012) - Voting

I'll vote for dumplings. We are definitely going to be eating traditional Southern chicken and dumplings at least once this month. I don't think we'll get around to gratins in December. Maybe gratins for January?

Nov 28, 2012
perrottwilliamson in Home Cooking

Jackson, MS- Really missing Old Time Deli!

For your need of a good club sandwich, I have never eaten anything at Primo's that left me hungry or unhappy. They have a club sandwich described in their menu that is making my mouth water. (It was my late uncle's favorite restaurant & reading the menu makes me want to go to Jackson just to eat there.)

http://www.primoscafe.com/our-menu/

Oct 01, 2012
perrottwilliamson in Central South

lots and lots of shrimp, shrimp newbie!

Zatarain's shrimp boil has their recipe at their web site. Most of the boiled shrimp I have loved has been pretty close to this recipe which I have copied from Zatarain's web site as below. To me, boiled shrimp has to have Zatarain's.

Boiled Shrimp
For easy cleanup, line your table with newspaper so everyone can have fun peeling and eating the shrimp. Serve with corn on the cob and boiled potatoes.
Makes 8 servings.
Ingredients
2 quarts water
2 tablespoons salt (optional)
2 pounds large shrimp with shells on (21 to 30 count)
2 teaspoons ZATARAIN'S® Concentrated Shrimp and Crab Boil or 1 package ZATARAIN'S® Crawfish, Shrimp and Crab Boil - In a Bag
Directions
1. Bring water and salt to boil in large saucepot.
2. Stir in shrimp and Crab Boil. Return to boil; cover. Cook 2 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Remove from heat. Let stand 2 minutes. Drain well.
http://www.zatarains.com/Recipes/Main...

Oct 01, 2012
perrottwilliamson in Home Cooking

toddler dinner rut

When I was a child, I ate what my parents ate though it wasn't a vegetarian diet. I think that is the best way to go in raising a child who will have healthy eating attitudes & know they must eat vegetables, etc. and not be a pain to be around into adulthood. It would be "toddler-friendly" to be sure they are getting enough vegetables, not just pasta and cheese. The vegetables can be put in the other dishes too, of course, not just as a side dish.

It might be fun for toddlers to see the different types of pasta available since the bow-tied ones are just plain cute. You might teach them different shapes through different shapes of pasta? (I always say that when someone calls it "mac n cheese" they are eating too much of it for good health.)

It is getting to be a time of year that soups might be good -- pumpkin soup or cream of mushroom soup or celery soup.

Boiled okra & field peas was always a wonderful treat as a child. I was fond of butterbeans too.


I wonder if someone knows of a cookbook that lists what foods toddlers need to supplement their diets if they aren't going to eat, say, chicken.

Salads get quite mushy if marinated over just a few hours in, say, a honey vinaigrette and would be easier to eat for children that way.

Fun but non-healthy variety could be peanut-butter&jelly sandwiches or peanut-butter and banana sandwiches but not until after this last recall is done with. (I trust everyone here checks fda.gov every day for food recalls especially since toddlers are more susceptible to some of the salmonella & other exposure problems just as the elderly are.) There are many ongoing peanut butter recalls right now.

Oct 01, 2012
perrottwilliamson in Vegetarian & Vegan

Best Cheap Beer

Where I live in the Southeast the $7.49 pick six for an area owned grocery includes some good foreign beers like Newcastle Brown Ale, Harp's, Guinness, those guys (etc.). The breweries that have been in business for hundreds of years need to stay in business so I'd say stick with the good stuff they've spent time developing.

Oct 01, 2012
perrottwilliamson in Beer

Cooking meal for a girl: Background music?

Vivaldi is always nice, anything truly classical, strings or orchestra. There is a CD called "Romantic Violin Music" that is really nice.

Or if jazz I'd recommend the Django & Grappelli CD/DVD.

Oct 01, 2012
perrottwilliamson in Not About Food

Best gyro in Jackson?

It has, unfortunately, been years since I have eaten at Kiefer's, but I have always loved Kiefer's. (And I like to support long time restaurants.)

Oct 01, 2012
perrottwilliamson in Central South

Which 4 of these places are best for breakfast for a first visit to New Orleans?

I've always regretted that I never ate at the Camellia Grill or Brennan's and I have always loved the Cafe du Monde so for me it would be one of the three.

Oct 01, 2012
perrottwilliamson in New Orleans

Which 4 of these places are best for breakfast for a first visit to New Orleans?

Doesn't Cafe Beignet have you put on the powdered sugar yourself? I didn't like that about them and don't see any difference between the beignets.

Oct 01, 2012
perrottwilliamson in New Orleans

Which brands are you loyal to?

I love Sauer's mayonnaise. It seems tastier to me. Smucker's makes great quality jam. I love McIlhenny's Tabasco sauce, love Crystal sauce. Nabisco shredded wheat (original) seems to have been one of the keys to my paternal grandmother's longevity. Usinger's bratwurst seems very high quality. I like the chunkiness and taste of Pace's hot salsa picante, but Wal-Mart's nonbrand/house brand is very good too.

I've dropped some brands and foods I wanted when they started sneaking high fructose corn syrup in. I dropped a favorite specialty mustard when the creator's daughter cheated me on my order and refused to properly make it good. Fortunately, another version was equal if not better in taste.

I bought a jelly gift set (Smucker's) some years back that I wasn't able to give away as I had noticed that unlike the usual Smucker's we bought for ourselves the gift set had high fructose corn syrup in the jelly.

I believe in reading labels and getting the best value for the money.

Blind taste tests can be fun to be sure one isn't stuck on a brand name.

Oct 01, 2012
perrottwilliamson in General Topics

Raccoon recipe

Phofiend, you are right that tripe is the stomach and entrails. But tripe is a much mentioned risk factor and so more and more it seems is even the muscle meat of beef as the variant forms change. (I don't actually eat beef any more and would not even if it was safe given how the beef people tried to take away Oprah's free speech rights.)

Speaking of animal stomachs one has to mention haggis as well and it being the almost certain reason that Scotland has a very high rate of CJD or vCJD.

Oct 01, 2012
perrottwilliamson in Home Cooking

Do you like to have nutrition info AVAILABLE

I am fortunate to have no health issuse at all and I still definitely like to have nutrition and ingredient information available so that I can avoid certain ingredients. But for some, as in my father's story below, it is even more serious.

It took awhile to figure out that my father, a diabetic, becoming very, very ill on his birthday was because he ate cole slaw (that turned out to have sugar in it) while eating at a catfish house. A happy day turned frightening unnecessarily because that information wasn't available that day. Our family recipe did not have cole slaw in it and in that day and age we didn't have a clue that that was the ingredient that actually made that cole slaw good. He thought he had skipped all meal items with sugar and he became very ill.

Sep 23, 2012
perrottwilliamson in General Topics

Raccoon recipe

In your quest for adventure, beware of animal brains & PLEASE DON'T be inveigled into eating any. They (and other CNS parts) are an exposure for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, one of the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, the always fatal human form of what the media calls "mad cow" disease (which is BSE). More things than one would think have animal brains & central nervous system parts in them. Just this summer, I was appalled to see tripe for sale in a grocery store I frequent. Apparently potted meat has quite a bit in it.

My late father died of CJD, a horrible disease that is an infectious dementia and his only possible exposures seem to have been squirrel brains and goat brains and eating potted meat. (Goats exposed to scrapie,a TSE that seems to essentially jump species as CJD in humans, get it 100% of the time when exposed.)

The researchers Gibbs & Gadjusek wrote of many CJD patients having been "adventurous eaters" as my father was. "Deadly Feasts" by Pulitzer prize winner Richard Rhodes will give you some idea of the risks and dangers that too many do not know about. I also wrote about my dad's case & his adventurous eating in an article in the June 2004 Journal of Histotechnology, Vol, 27, No. 2, page 83.

Sep 23, 2012
perrottwilliamson in Home Cooking

Help! Someone's Last Wish For Downhome Southern Fried Chicken...

Respendent, it is wonderful what you are doing for your dear friend.

Sep 23, 2012
perrottwilliamson in Home Cooking

Help! Someone's Last Wish For Downhome Southern Fried Chicken...

My maternal grandmother always served her tomato gravy with rice and often biscuits were available too. (There was so much else I can't remember everything that was in one meal.) Off the top of my head, this tomato gravy recipe sounds a lot like hers though I think she used milk instead of cream.

Sep 23, 2012
perrottwilliamson in Home Cooking

Raccoon recipe

I recall hearing about armadillos carrying leprosy as far back as when I was a small child.

Sep 23, 2012
perrottwilliamson in Home Cooking