In Poppy Brite's Soul Kitchen, Rickey gets a consulting job designing the menu at an ill-fated casino restaurant with a menu featuring soul food from around the world. Spring rolls, borscht, and pirogues, alongside cornbread and collard greens.
As Rickey sees it, the American South doesn't have a stranglehold on soul food because all "soul food" means is food that tastes like home.
Where Brady's from, that means grits grillades and gumbo. Where I'm from, soul food is a big chicken pot pie with a vinegar crust and a side of mashed potatoes with gravy. And it's pretty hard to argue with the "meat and three"* we used to get at the Barksdale in Memphis.
And with that, I introduce our first of five contests: the G-Man and Rickey Soul Food Cook-Off!
Submit your best soul food, comfort food, food that tastes like home recipe, from wherever in the world you hail in the comments section of this post.
Prizes: The winner will receive copies of the top three recipes on the funky recipe cards I ordered from Etsy last week, and a copy of the Glamour Magazine After Five Cookbook, a guide to good living and entertaining for the working girl, published in 1952. It's both awesome and terrifying.
Submit your soul food recipe by 5am Pacific Time. Winners will be announced in the next to last post of the Blogathon.
* To those in the dark, the "meat and three" is a southern plate lunch that involves a meat main course like fried chicken or chicken fried steak, and three side dishes, which may include sweet potatoes, potato salad, greens, green beans, or mac & cheese. Cornbread is mandatory. Sweet tea is suggested.