Banana Cream Pie. Simple, smooth and perfect. There’s something about this simple southern pie that screams summer! With it’s simple graham cracker crust, vanilla custard, and layers of bananas, it’s just about as delicious as one bite can possibly get!
True story; I want to run away to somewhere in the south. (Those of you from the south, withhold judgement at my idealized notions). Every time I travel to the South, it’s like a step back. A tiny reminder to slow down and enjoy things. People seem to talk a little slower. Things seem to take a little longer. And no one is acting like it’s a big deal or that they are in such a hurry that it’s a problem. The days are hot and humid and the evenings are a little sweeter because of it as you sit on the porch and talk. The moss hangs from the trees and the lightning bugs zip by. Life just seems a little more plesant. And then there’s the food… If there was one region I would LOVE to eat my way through it would hands-down be the south!
My best friend’s mother was from the south. She cooked every single meal from scratch and with love. I am convinced this is why it was some of the best food I have ever enjoyed. (Not to mention the lard, butter, bacon, and sugar). In the morning she would prep the recipes for the evening, make breakfast and lunch for the family, head to work and come home and occasionally roll biscuits from scratch. There was never too much to do and she was never too tired to prepare a proper family meal. Every night we sat down at the dinner table and enjoyed supper together. It’s something that I charish, something my family does, and something that I hope everyone makes time for every now and then.
Talk a little slower, savor your meals, laugh with good company, and roll those biscuits from scratch.
Now, as far as getting away and dreaming, check out the new Southern Uncovered with the Lee Brothers on the Ovation Network. They are traveling the south and shining a spotlight on all things fine southern cuisine. There’s such a rich (and delicious) food culture in the south and they are exploring all of it city by city over 6 episodes hitting some major lanmarks along the way. Tune in for Southern Uncovered with the Lee Brothers Sundays at 8PM EST on the Ovation Network!
Need more love from the south? Check out this classic Humming Bird Cake. (seriously, do it)