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On Cooking Southern: Texas Meaty Beans and Coq au Vin

Southernism of the Week:  About as useful as a screen door on a submarine: A sarcastic expression implying that something or someone is not useful at all, like those signs that read “Danger Low Flying Aircraft” … or that a situation is dangerously irresponsible (like the timing of the GM ignition-switch …

On Cooking Southern: Jelly Beans, Cake, and Petit Fours

Southernism of the Week:  Well slap me silly! … and call me Susan (or Sally or Darlin’… ): An upbeat expletive related to Butter my butt and call me a biscuit! One could attribute all sorts of origins to this sort of nonsensical expletive, some of them containing sexual innuendo. But …

On Cooking Southern: Baked Snapper With Crawfish Gravy and More

Southernism of the Week:  Cut the mustard: First used as an expression in a 1902 story by Greensboro, NC, writer O. Henry (William Sydney Porter)… Referring to achieving a desired result or standard, the phrase possibly derives from the English military term “ to pass muster” or from the Latin “monstrare” …

On Cooking Southern: St. Paddy’s Day

Southernism of the Week: Stem-winder: A person who’s liable to give a rousing speech or effective recap of a situation; also someone or a situation that’s first-rate, of high quality … like the stem-winding watches created in France by Adrien Phillippe (precursor to Patek Phillippe) that became the height of fashion …

On Cooking Southern: Three Gelatin Salads

Southernism of the Week: He’s a real catbird (related to sitting in the catbird seat): A term that originated in the South in the 19th Century; popularized nationally by Brooklyn Dodgers baseball announcer Red Barber (1908-1992) and later by humorist James Thurber… Refers to someone who’s in an advantageous position, like …

On Southern Cooking: Gumbo Z’herbes and Seafood Gumbo

  Southernism of the Week Gumbo: A soup or stew associated with lower Louisiana, evolved from cuisines of the French, Spanish, Indians and African cultures that populated the region. Also refers to many components blending together to create a new form that’s better than the individual parts. Think jazz music or …

On Cooking Southern: Bouillabaisse and Chowder

SOUTHERNISM OF THE WEEK Fish or cut bait: Quit’cher procrastinating and talking it to death. Act now or get out of the way…. Either get on with the activity, or sideline yourself and become part of the process. The expression is interchangeable with put up or shut up, and our more vulgar …

Is Sugar Killing Us? Maybe.

Natural Sweeteners Versus Artificial Sweeteners During 2014 The Old Bride intends to explore trends in food science and preferences, and to share my findings with our readers. We’ll check out the wheat belly/no-gluten diet, the Paleo diet, food allergies and sensitivities, and other hot topics. In the works for months, …