20 Cooking Traditions Southern Girls Learn From Their Mamas

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Southern mamas are known for passing down their tricks and tips to their daughters, especially when it comes to cooking. We may be a little biased, but we think Southern food is the best food and we are glad mamas are passing down their traditional dishes.

20 Cooking Traditions Southern Girls Learn From Their Mamas:

1. You can’t make biscuits without buttermilk. And they sure can’t come from a can.

2. Bacon grease is the best way to season any food.

3. A proper Southern girl makes black-eyed peas and greens on New Year’s Day.

4. When in doubt, fry it.

5. You need a good Mint Julep recipe. Derby weekend only comes around once a year, but the Mint Julep makes it.

6. You can’t celebrate the holidays without homemade pecan pie.

7. Bridal showers call for petit fours.

8. Deviled eggs. A Southern girl needs to know at one recipe for these. No ifs, ands or buts about it.

9. A Southern girl would never buy pimento cheese in a plastic container.

10. Ham on Easter. Nothing else.

11. Boiled peanuts. They may be an acquired taste, but they are a Southern staple.

12. A Southern girl needs a go-to barbecue sauce. And not one from a bottle.

13. A good roux can cover a multitude of sins.

14. The ultimate comfort food meal is chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy and green beans.

15. A girl needs to make homemade greens at least once in her life.

16. Ditto with Hummingbird cake.

17. Fried okra is summertime staple.

18. Garden-fresh tomatoes need only a little salt to be perfect.

19. Learn how to make a homemade crust. You are going to need it for all those cobblers you are going to make.

20. Don’t even call yourself Southern if you don’t own at least one cast iron skillet.

What cooking traditions did you learn from your mama?

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