As we close the chapter on another summer in the Lowcountry, and the kids get ready to go back to Foxbank Elementary, we’re reminded that the season of rest and relaxation is over and a brand new year is right around the Moncks Corner. This time can often cause people to feel sad, casting a dark shadow on the season’s activities.
One of the best ways to combat the common back-to-school blues is by heading straight to the kitchen for some good old-fashioned southern comfort food. There aren’t a lot of things that a warm batch of southern cooking can’t cure.
The most iconic of the southern foods is the fried chicken. Not only does chicken provide that necessary juicy protein to fill you up, but when fried with butter and spices, it can really hit the spot. Try this classic buttermilk friend chicken or try the spicy southern fried chicken for an extra little kick.
There’s also something about the mac and cheese down south that just seems to warm you up from the inside out. Whether it’s sage baked mac and cheese, Marilyn’s mac and cheese, baked mac with 3 cheeses or roasted vegetable mac and cheese, the combination of cheese and pasta is one of the most comforting things around. Of course, we can’t forget about pimento cheese, the caviar of the south. Try this pimento cheese potato gratin for a deliciously comforting cheesy snack.
If you’re looking for something with a little more substance, try this Mississippi Catfish Gumbo or this Cowboy Chili recipe. Top it off with some of these classic southern biscuits and you’ll be feeling better in no time.