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Springfield, Missouri, United States
Being Southern is more than where I am from, it is who I am. I love the South with its great beauty and wonderful deep-south traditions. I am Bev Allen, a true Southern Belle;. I am married to the love of my life Rick Allen. We lived and raised our two children, Chris Allen and Teresa Mosley (married to Randy) in the Great Southern states. Family is important and my grandson Lane, our most precious treasure. We love God and people and devoted our lives in His service. This blog is to share a little of what I enjoy and experienced, a little Southern Joy!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

"Soul Food"

I was eating with some friends the other day and I ordered a bowl of Collard Greens cooked with Hog Jowl, they looked at me strangely, I told them, I grew up eating this with Black-eyed peas and cornbread.  My grandmother would cook this often. This is what you call, "soul food".  It is a comfort food that nourishes the soul too. One of my friends tired it, wouldn't you know it....they liked it.
Traditional African-American Southern food is called "soul food", meaning the soul defined their culture. Although many of these dishes were birthed from a culture during the sad days of slavery in the South, it still remains main dishes among the predominantly rural and southern African American population.
Because it was illegal in many states for enslaved Africans to learn to read or write"soul foodrecipes and cooking techniques tended to be passed along orally, until after slavery. Dishes like chitterlings (called chit’lins) which are fried or boiled small intestines of hogs, livermush (a common dish in the Carolinas made from hog liver), and pork brains and eggs can offer to any a folk a “soul food experience” in small cafes around about the Southern states.  You can also find now a days, a variety of “soul food” cookbooks in your bookstores and libraries.
Probably the most familiar dishes are fried catfish and chicken with dashes of mustard or hot sauce.  Come to think of it, I think I will just have to have me a mess of fried chicken & bowl of white beans.  Hope Ya’ll will too.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Fall Masterpiece – The Smokies!

While living in Tennessee for several years, I always looked forward to the Fall season. Each year we would enjoy our annual retreat at Gatlinburg, TN which is a small town nestled at the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains. This little town is a great getaway with many things to do. Crafts, skiing, site-seeing, walking trails, Ober Gatlinburg aerial tramwayand many more treats. This town has a pandemic view of one of the wonders of the South, The Great Smoky Mountains.
I would have to say that The Great Smoky Mountains are a magnificence masterpiece of nature’s beauty.  This great mountain range rises along the Tennessee-North Carolina border in the South. The name "Smoky" comes from the natural fog that often hangs over the range and presents as large smoke plumes from a distance. The fog is seen best in the morning hours about dawn. 

The Fall color display usually reaches peak levels mid-October. The reason for the mountains’ spectacular display of color is its colorful diversity of trees like sugar maples, scarlet oaks, sweetgums, red maples, and hickories. Each in own right paints a colorful display but displayed upon nature’s canvas is a sight to behold.  You will want to bring a camera when you visit the Smokies.  The two very best drives for viewing fall color in the park is Cades Cove Loop Road and Newfound Gap Road.

My favorite spot is Cades Cove, a little valley cradle along side a small creek at the base of the mountains. It has a little historical community with a functioning farm and mill. It also, has a variety of small animals making their homes safely in the cove.

So if you want a Southern Fall Getaway I believe you would enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains.