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Monday, November 14, 2011

G.R.I.T.S- Monday Meal

Hey guys!

Let me start off by saying that I normally try to cook healthy for the most part, but sometimes being the Girl Raised In The South (G.R.I.T.S) that I am, I like to do a little somethin somethin in the kitchen. So for now, I am about to put the hair talk to the side and jump in the kitchen.

Today, I wanted to do some fresh veggies, southern style and get some good ole fried foods in there too. ( I only eat fried stuff maybe once every couple of months). I went to the store and picked up a couple sweet potatoes, some fresh okra and a nice head of cabbage.The first thing I started were the sweet potatoes... I started by peeling them and slicing them up. With turkey day right around the corner, why not get use to things made with sweet potato ;) I added a little melted butter to a mixing bowl with some vanilla extract and a little brown sugar and tossed away...Topped with a little cinnamon and put them in the oven on 325 to start baking while I prepped and cooked everything else...

Next, I started seasoning the chops and cutting up the fresh cabbage and okra... OMG, I was getting so excited about dinner at this point. I just knew it was going to be tasty...

After seasoning the chops, I started on the cabbage. A few pieces of beef sausage, little EVOO and a little seasoning lead me on my way. I let that all steam down nicely and after seasoning the okra and chops I battered them with a little buttermilk and flour it was time to head over to the deep fryer.

I know I am really breezing through the whole thing now in this post, but it was a really easy dinner to make. If I could have changed anything, I would have made sure I knew how to properly operate the deep fryer. LOL, I couldn't keep the temperature at the correct level and it ended up making my chops come out not as golden as I would have liked, but all in all everything turned out great....

I hope you all enjoyed the post and feel free to ask any questions or post any comments.... I will get into some more natural hair posts very soon as well as some outfits of the day as asked on my youtube channel... Now that the dinner has been made and the hubby was home, the only major decision to be made was red or white? Ideally, white wines pair well with chicken, pork and seafood. I tend to reserve reds for steak or beef. Ciao....


  1. omg your fried okra looked great. i can never keep the batter on mine and they come out mooshy. how did you do it and keep the batter on? and crunchy.

  2. Thanks lady. I put just a little buttermilk on them after I seasoned them, then tossed them in flour. that's it, once they are evenly coated in flour, put them in the pot and do not poke at them or turn them, just let them cook until you see them turning golden brown, then remove.. Let me know if it works the next time you try it!

  3. Look at Miss Foodnetwork.watch out Gina Neely! loved the photos and menu lady, especially the pic of the veges fresh from the market. SN: is that a built in Deep Fryer? That's so Paula Deen.lol

  4. LOL @FeBurke.. I gotta get the Burke sweet potato casserole recipe! It's not a built in deep fryer, just one of the stand alone ones...

  5. totally impressed you got it going on lady

  6. @DerrickDeal I try. I took in every bit of experience from those days where the Flag Corp use to come on the bus with all that damn soul food and had everyone else jealous. Good times...