Bologna Bowls

August 21st, 2013 by carrie
Portrait of the Bologna as a Young Ham

Portrait of the Bologna as a Young Ham

I’ve been down in Nashville for the past month planning my wedding (to BCG sound guy and taste-tester Dan Knobler), visiting with my family, and most importantly: making bologna bowls with my sister.  We’d been hearing about bologna bowls for years; they were my grandma Cauzette’s singular culinary masterpiece and my Dad’s main food group growing up.  My sister and I embarked on this bologna journey – and just as I suspected, I loved it and she hated it.  Bravo for bologna.

If you like me but crave a more refined and polished perspective, head on over to Hannah’s new blog, Vivian & June, for beautiful curated posts focusing on interior design, food, and family.  Named after two of our grandmothers who did not make bologna bowls, you’ll be sure to laugh, cry, and be inspired (and also envious of Hannah’s keen eye and good looks).

See the full post: Bologna Bowls on Vivian & June

Here’s a few photos I stole from Hannah’s blog:

Caution: Bologna Bowl Forming

Caution: Bologna Bowl Forming

Sisters!

Sisters!

Me loving it, Hannah not loving it.

Me loving it, Hannah not loving it.

Bologna String: A Delicacy

Bologna String: A Delicacy

 

Paula Deen

May 11th, 2013 by carrie
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In January I was lucky enough to be asked to come on Paula Deen’s show with my mother. We flew down to Savannah and had the best time. Mom and I shared a hotel room with princess beds, we walked around looking at all the beautiful Savannah streets and houses, and had dinner at a great restaurant – The Olde Pink House. Mom and I were on post-Christmas diets – I don’t recommend Savannah on a diet.

Paula was so kind and charming. She is everything you expect and more. She patted my bottom and told me that rough egg shells are the product of chicken eating too many oyster shells – just the type of stuff I expect from good southern women.

Our episode (Good Morning, Savannah) – I haven’t seen it yet – and we forgot to tell all you Big City Grits followers about it, so it’s possible none of us ever get to see it! But if any of you do – let me know! There is a re-run on Monday (5/13) at 5 pm EST.

We made my mother’s white gravy recipe which I could eat happily by the spoonful, but I don’t because I do have a few limits. We also made something called Geriatric Salad which I cannot explain, but I strongly suggest you find the episode and watch it so you can see my mother’s reaction.

Here are some picture from our time in Savannah…

 

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Our princess beds

 

Walking with mom

Walking with mom

Beautiful Mom at dinner

Beautiful Mom at dinner

Dinner at The Olde Pink House

Dinner at The Olde Pink House

Paula's back yard

Paula’s back yard

 

 

Kitchen Tools: The Basics

March 22nd, 2013 by masonjarmusic

Cast Iron Skillet

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I lived 24 years without one of these and finally this past Christmas, Mr. James Wilson over at Secret Forts gave me my very own Cast Iron Skillet. First of all, what I learned is you really shouldn’t even bother making cornbread until you have one. Second of all – you can make nearly anything in this thing! I made a blackberry cake in it yesterday, and this morning I fried bacon. It’s also great to wear as a hat, as my dad shows you here:

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Dad. Christmas, 2012

 

Wooden Spoons

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I mean- I’m really getting to the roots here. I have at least 15 wooden spoons and I use them all. Any given evening I’m working with at least four – it’s just how the world works. Here is one of my personalized Amia (my nick-name) wooden tools that my sister Hannah (Belak & Crowell) gave me. Also, here is a picture of Hannah and me because she is so pretty and I love her:

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Sisters

Sisters

 

A Great Cutting Board

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The wonderful people at CounterEv gifted me the most beautiful and fabulous cutting board of all time. It’s made from reclaimed bowling lane maple and it’s sturdy and looks like you are really a professional chopping person who takes their chopping seriously. Up above is a picture of one being used as a cheese board and here is a picture of my mother and me holding my cutting board the day I received it.

Mom and me the day I got my board.Thanks Patrice Malone!

Me and Mom. Thanks CounterEv and Patrice!

 

Food Processor

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I have the large Cuisinart food processor, which was a hand-me-down from my mother (my step-dad missed the memo that you’re not supposed to get your wife kitchen appliances as anniversary gifts, but it worked out for me).  It is perfect for making purées and small batches of soup, and also for quickly chopping vegetables and the like.

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I have a small Sunbeam Oskar food processor, which is so tiny and cute. I feel like he had a role in Brave Little Toaster, but it must have been cut. My step-mother passed it down to me and I think it’s from the 80s – but it works like a charm, you just have to treat it nicely for it to rev up, which I respect. I use this little guy almost every day to make salad dressing or to quickly chop garlic. I love him!

Special thanks to my step-parents! You can look at this picture of  John and me with matching haircuts. Below that, one of Claudia and my dad at a crazy party.

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Claud and Dad looking sharp

Claud and Dad looking sharp

 

 

Victorinox Serrated Edge Utility Knife

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This knife is life-changing. My family’s very best friend, Kristen, gave me my first one a few years ago and she has kept me stocked ever since. They stay sharp and I literally use it for everything – which might be bad, I don’t know. Here it is in my favorite color option and here is a picture of Kristen and me bowling in Nashville in 1989 where I look a little drunk.

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Dutch/French Oven

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I told you, I’m really keeping it old-school here. I received my Le Creuset for my 21st birthday from my mom – the best 21st birthday present! Every kitchen needs a cast iron, enamel coated, Dutch oven (le Creuset calls it a French oven, understandably). I have the 5 ½ quart size, which is a great place to start. I brown meat in it, make soups, sauces, meatballs. I stick it in the oven and make casseroles and baked dishes – it’s a true wizard (you’re a wizard, Harry!).  Here is a picture of me and my mom hugging 17 years before she gave me my Le Creuset:

A hug

A hug

 

And finally  – a weird picture of my favorite things all grouped together (with a little of Millie’s tail in there)

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Carrie on Lee Woodruff’s Blog

February 4th, 2013 by admin

Carrie was asked to write a little piece for Lee Woodruff’s blog. She shares 3 family recipes, her first experiences in the kitchen, and stories of growing up surrounded by food made with love:

When I got my first griddle – beautiful black iron with a little moat around the edges – I whipped up just about anything I could get my hands on – producing strange concoctions. I’d sweep the refuse into the little trench and dip my finger in to lap up the crispy bits. Shortly thereafter, I thought it was necessary to throw a dinner party for my dolls.  Setting them up at the table, I served a meal of carrots and cold soup (for those interested it’s a very simple recipe: water, salt, and pepper); I had decided it was the perfect meal for us ladies.

When my father makes oatmeal it isn’t just breakfast; it is his way of saying, “here, baby-girl, I love you.” Making a meal is how I attach myself to the people I love.

http://www.leewoodruff.com/food-for-thought2/

We’ve got 3 more episodes of Big City Grits waiting to be edited, and other exciting news for the Fall.

Hope everyone has been having a great summer with lots of watermelon!