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November 22, 2010

What’s Your Favorite “Soul” Food?

By David Draper

If you read only one thing this week (other than Field & Stream), read this story from Richard Rodriguez at Saveur magazine. Richard’s heartfelt article recounts the memory of his father’s refried beans and how those flavors represent not only the history of the man, but the history of the Rodriguez family.

Thanksgiving, more than any other occasion, is a celebration of food, family, and friends. It’s a great time to be thankful for the food that’s sustenance for your soul, the food that makes you who you are as a person.

For me, it’s the taste of radishes the way my Grandpa Draper ate them—smothered in butter. A finger dragged through the sweet frosting of yet another wedding cake my Grandma Richards baked for local soon-to-be newlyweds. The scrambled egg sandwiches on soft white bread slathered in mayo Dad made for us in the cold steel goose pit. There are hundreds of others, of course, but those are the ones that come floating back to me when least expected.

What are some of your favorite soul foods, the ones that flood the mind when some forgotten scent or taste trips your memory? I’d love to hear them.

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from Sayfu wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

A Big Mac with large fries.."Would you like a drink with that Sir?"

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from Cgull wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Gumbo

Ribs

Charro Beans

Fried Chicken

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from Cgull wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

What's Charro Beans? Pinto beans cooked with bacon, onion, garlic, celantro and tomato. The best flavored beans you'll ever eat. Ask your local mexican restaurant if they serve Charro Beans, some (the better ones) do. They're so much better than the canned refried beans most restaurants dump on dishes. Here's a Great explanation on what Charro Beans are and how to cook em.

http://www.blogher.com/charro-beans

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from iowahunter18 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Venison stew with some homemade biscuits.

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from iowahunter18 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Also during the summer I like homemade chicken strips and fried potatoes with some onion and green pepper.

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from refi001 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

chicken strips, fried potatoes and mango juice.
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from Woodstock wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Fried brook trout with morel mushrooms (gathered on the same outing).

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from Sayfu wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Woodstock...I tell HS students that I am the only on in the history of our town that has completed the "Grand Slam", and I have done it twice...trout, collected wild asparagus on the way, and picked morel mushrooms in the cottonwood groves next to the river taking a break from fishing.

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from Woodstock wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Fried brook trout with morel mushrooms (gathered on the same outing).

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from Sayfu wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

A Big Mac with large fries.."Would you like a drink with that Sir?"

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from Cgull wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Gumbo

Ribs

Charro Beans

Fried Chicken

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from Cgull wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

What's Charro Beans? Pinto beans cooked with bacon, onion, garlic, celantro and tomato. The best flavored beans you'll ever eat. Ask your local mexican restaurant if they serve Charro Beans, some (the better ones) do. They're so much better than the canned refried beans most restaurants dump on dishes. Here's a Great explanation on what Charro Beans are and how to cook em.

http://www.blogher.com/charro-beans

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from iowahunter18 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Venison stew with some homemade biscuits.

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from iowahunter18 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Also during the summer I like homemade chicken strips and fried potatoes with some onion and green pepper.

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from Sayfu wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Woodstock...I tell HS students that I am the only on in the history of our town that has completed the "Grand Slam", and I have done it twice...trout, collected wild asparagus on the way, and picked morel mushrooms in the cottonwood groves next to the river taking a break from fishing.

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from refi001 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

chicken strips, fried potatoes and mango juice.
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