I love my hunny’s mom.
    I love her cooking.
    I hate the way I feel after eating her food.
    It’s nothing personal.

Great southern cooks. Collards. Fried chicken. Fried cornbread. Fried okra. Baked mac n cheese. All so delicious. All so FAT. I used to strive to be a great southern cook. Not anymore.

And before you say “just don’t eat it”, you must realize:
1. Cooking is an event in the South. Saturday breakfast, Sunday dinners, family dinners, weddings, graduations, pig pickins, funerals, church, fish frys. Everything is surrounded by food.
2. Cooking is personal. Insult the food, insult the chef, insult the entire family. In deep country accent: “It’s cabbage, whaddya mean it’s not healthy. Don’t you know health food little guuuurl!”
3. It’s so good.

Granted, I did make better than usual choices. Cabbage, corn on the cob, grilled chicken. It could have been worse. But all of that was dipped in butter, or butter-like product. Salted. And cooked til mush.

I feel like crap today. All the salt. All the fat. All the goodness. But at least I realize it.

4 Comments so far

  1. mrssparklingpersonality on February 27th, 2012

    I love your blog! You are cute and funny. 🙂 Keep going… you will get where you want to be sooner than you think, just by making small changes here and there. God bless you!

  2. snuggles1968 on February 27th, 2012

    I am able to relate to your dilemna. I am a chef married to a Southern Texun raised on “Soul Food”. Even though collard greens, salt pork, and black eyed peas are the staple of any good Southern table, I’ve learned it can be made “better” by eliminating a lot of the sugar, salt & fat involved. You’re doing a great job – you have made it this far. I’m inspired by your transparency.

  3. linzzzloo on February 27th, 2012

    Thanks yal for the motivation! And snuggles, I also make healthier variations to my “southern cookin” at home and it usually turns out “almost as good”. I use turkey bacon to season beans ( just enough for taste) and cut the sugar in half or use honey instead..

    But, I wouldn’t dare take it to the to-be mother in laws house. Ohhh nooooo. Lol.

  4. somuchfattitude on February 27th, 2012

    1. I would like a $15 dehydrator. haha!
    2. Yes, I was born and raised in the South. I’d like to blame my fatness on the South! 🙂

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