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Southern Party Moonshine

A Southern Food Night

Southern party sign

I don’t know how much I’ve talked about it on here, but I am proudly and loudly from the South. North Carolina, to be specific, and I am always grateful for the chance to celebrate where I was born and raised.

I am lucky to live by a few friends that are also from the South.

I suppose I should clarify: I’m from the South. They are from…the South. As in–I lived in the suburbs of the capital where people from everywhere came to participate in the growing technological advances in what they call the “Research Triangle.” They are from Mississippi.

Alas, my Mississipian friends were missing their Southern roots as much as I and had the brilliant idea to throw a Southern Food Night! The premise was basic: come, bring something Southern that we can all share.

Cut up watermelon in the rind

Of course, to Utahns, that sounds like “bring cornbread or coleslaw.” To me, it was an invitation into heaven! I went all out! I made hush puppies, pulled pork, corn bread, “Moonshine,” and of course cut up some strawberries and watermelon. It was a hit. In fact, it was such a hit that I didn’t get any pictures of the food before it was gone!

Anyway, just in case you’re thinking of a Southern Party, here’s what I did and the recipes I used:

Hush Puppies Recipe:

  • Oil to fill a pot
  • 1.5 cups cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 beaten egg

Mix it all up and drop by the spoonful into a pot of oil. Flip them when the time comes (they’ll be brown–a dark gold at the lightest), then place on some paper towels to dry. All very simple. Eat with butter! This one was fun to make, because almost no one knew what hush puppies were!

North Carolina Style Pulled Pork Recipe (4-6lbs):

I don’t have a smoker, so I (don’t hate me for it) use my slow cooker. I’m telling you, it’s not the same, but it’s darn close!

The rub:

  • 2.5 teaspoons paprika (I used smoked)
  • 1.5 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Rub it on, then wrap it up and refrigerate overnight.

The sauce:

  • 1.5 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 3.25 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon white pepper

Mix it up, then place the meat fat side up into the slow-cooker. Pour about 1/3 of the sauce over the meat. Cook on low for 7 hours. After that, pull the meat and pour on another 3rd of the sauce. Let cook on high for another half an hour. Transfer the meat with tongs into a serving dish, then pour as much sauce as you think it needs over the meat, then serve with my favorite sauces!

Southern Party Moonshine

To add another twist to a non-alcoholic event, I made some old-fashioned classic lemonade (this recipe) and labeled the jar “Moonshine!” Even though moonshine is clear, people still thought it was a cute touch.

That was the party! I really wish I had bothered to take any more pictures, but I was so caught up in everything that I didn’t get the chance! Next time I make these delicious southern foods, I’ll be sure to add the photos.

Have a great Southern Party! (Confederate flag optional)

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The Most Favorite Snack

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Grape halves with little cubes of cheese is really delicious! I love the sweet and salty mixture.

Mmmm!! Seriously one of the greatest snacks. If you eat as much of it as I do, it turns into a meal, haha.

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Yesterday’s Little Lunch

Well, I wanted a PB&J for lunch yesterday, but there wasn’t any bread. So I had one on a Cinnamon Swirl bagel. It seriously was so delicious. Have they invented cinnamon peanut butter? Because they should. I also used strawberry freezer jam. I mean seriously, so good.

Doesn’t this photo make you want one too? It was a mini bagel, so it was the perfect amount of food. Mmm.

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Afternoon Snack

One of the men I work with brought everybody a yellow plum today. He just walked around without a word and put one on everyone’s desk. He apparently got them from a local food stand on the side of the road. I had never seen a yellow plum and I really wanted to try it at work, but I contained myself until I got home so I could use it for the blog!

I’m glad I did! I cut it up, drizzled it with my favorite sweetener and gobbled it right up. I wasn’t sure if the honey would mix well, but it really helped lessen the sourness of the plum skin. Why is plum skin sour?

It tasted amazing with the honey and worked surprisingly well. Also–how cute is that honey jar? Honey is delicious and it has such a great color.