March 8, 2012

Do not put sugar in my grits

Today's workout: 6 miles, squeezed in during a tiny break in the day. 8:17 pace. Then I crammed in a Bodypump class while my daughter had a church activity. That's two weeks in a row of weight training, y'all. I'm still using the lightest weights created. So light that my toddlers could do the workout, but I figure if I at least repeat it once a week, it's better than lifting air. Or lifting Thin Mints from the box to my mouth. Why are they so light and crispy that it feels like you ate nothing at all, forcing you to keep digging in the box for more?

This post is dedicated to anyone who cares about southern cuisine. Usually we like breading and frying everything, like Oreos and sticks of butter. And we definitely are not against sugar in any form. But sometimes, we will vomit if you try to insert sugar into our fried, greasy stuff.

Cornbread is the prime example. If you put sugar in my cornbread, I smile and nod while I eat it, but secretly I will wish that I could extract the sugar (to use for a cobbler later) and give it a hefty injection of bacon grease. The second best option in this scenario would be for me just to straight funnel bacon grease.

Tonight's supper featured another food that sometimes people mistake for a cake and try to put sugar in it: grits. I have never once in my life prepared a grit combined with sugar. It just feels wrong, and I think you know what I mean. Like the old days when you would sign your dogs up for the free CDs from BMG. The dogs loved music and dancing, but something about it just wasn't right.

We like our grits with butter, salt and over medium eggs. 

Thanks to a recent visitor from KY, these are fresh from the roost.

Grits, eggs and mo grits

Yolks like that don't come from Publix.

Mixed to perfection.

If sugar were to touch this plate, I might break someone's arm.

And since there is no way in Hades that I will let a vegetable slip into that mix, we drink a spinach smoothie to balance things out.

If it were between me and the blender, my husband might choose this machine. That's how much we love it.


And then we had a contest to see who could make the ugliest whiny face. It was close.




Just when we were ready to make a decision, he threw in a tricky laugh cry. Fun, yet horrendous at the same time. The kind of face that might haunt you if an adult tried to pull it off.

13 comments:

  1. Love the smoothie! I do spinach smoothies all the time, mixed with frozen fruit, fresh bananas, chia seed and now hemp seed (an expensive investment. It better be doing something good for me.) They never turn out such a pretty green - more pink or purple from the berries we plop in.

    Might have to pass on the grits. I ate them when we lived in the Deep South, but I wouldn't say I ever embraced them. Now, greens, them I embraced and brought with me when we moved. (Well, not the same ones; I have since bought new.)

    The kids' faces were great! Gotta love the meltdowns sometimes. They do make for good pix.

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    1. Hemp seed?! I need to know more about this.

      Greens are amazing! It's like the one somewhat nutritionally redeeming southern food.

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  2. Amen sister! Preach it! NO SUGAR in our grits or cornbread! It's not cake!

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  3. Love those looks! I get those kinds of looks at dinner almost every night. From at least one child. It's impossible to please them all! I love the green smoothies though.
    I'm not a grits person but mashed potatoes are a weakness of mine!

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    1. Kids love to whine right before eating. It's like they make a secret kid pact to all do it at once.

      I love mashed potatoes too!

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  4. ha ha! Whiny faces!

    I have never had grits before, but now I know the proper way to eat them!

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  5. Try them with some fresh grated parmesan cheese. A bit of a departure from the South, but just think Southern Italy. The Italians call it polenta. I love my grits, but this is to die for. And yes, you can serve it with pasta dishes just fine. Or chicken parmesan. Or. . .okay, now I'm hungry. Bob's Red Mill makes the best Corn Grits also known as Polenta around. Yes, it's worth the price in a place where the only other option is instant grits.

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    1. Now I've got some experimenting to do. We happen to have grated parmesan in the fridge that is now calling my name.

      We went to a restaurant this weekend and I ordered the shrimp and grits with the most amazing gouda sauce. I wanted to order a pint of it to drink with my meal.

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  6. Totally agree with you on the grits, but my cornbread has to have sugar. Totally LOL at the crying faces. I always feel like I have to walk away when my kids throw tantrums because it amuses me too much.

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  7. Just found your blog and love it! Looking forward to checking back!

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  8. So I don't mind sugar in my carnbread (imagine that said with an accent), but my grits better have me some butter in 'em. Never had spinach shakes, but I am curious to. Also have you ever had Avocado shakes? I heard those are good too.

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    1. Never tried avocado shakes, but I love avocado in general. Let me know if you try it! Amory doesn't even really like grits at all, so that makes me feel awkward.

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