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Old 06-11-2005, 10:30 AM   #1
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Traditional Soul Food as requested by jkath

This is my first installment.


3 pounds uncut fresh okra
3 cups water
1 cup white distilled vinegar
1/4 cup pickling (kosher) salt
3 cloves garlic crushed
1. Wash okra, trim off stems, but do not cut into the pods themselves. Drain and pack into four hot, sterilized pint Ball Mason jars. 2. In a medium saucepan, combine the water, vinegar, salt, and garlic and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Pour immediately into the jars, filling to within 1/2 inch of the top. 3. Wipe the jar rims with a clean, damp cloth, fit them with hot lids, and tightly screw on the metal rings. Process in a boiling-water bath for 5 minutes (the water should cover the jars by about 1 inch), counting from when the water returns to a boil after the jars are immersed. Cool on a wire rack and store in a cool, dark place.


8 med. green peppers
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 c. chopped onion
1 1/2 c. cooked rice
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
3/4 tsp. salt

Cut off tops of green peppers; remove seeds and membranes. Precook pepper cuts in boiling salted water 5 minutes, drain. Sprinkle inside with salt. Brown meat and onion; add next 5 ingredients; simmer until hot about 5 minutes. Stuff peppers; stand upright in 11 x 7 x 1 1/2 inch baking dish. Fill baking dish to 1/2 inch with water. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Dirty Rice

1 Pound Spicy bulk breakfast sausage
14 Ounce Can clear chicken broth
1/2 cup Long-grain rice
1 Teaspoon Dry minced onion
Brown sausage in skillet until pink color disappears, crumbling with fork. Stir in broth, rice and minced onion. Simmer gently, covered, 18 to 20 minutes or until rice is tender and most of broth is absorbed.

Drop Applesauce Doughnuts

2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup milk
11/2 tablespoons oil
Take all ingredients and mix well. Drop by 1/2 teaspoons into 375
deep fat fryer. Roll in cinnamon and sugar mix.


6 pig's feet
4 qt. water
1 1/4 c. salt
1 egg
1 tsp. saltpeter
5 bay leaves
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
2 tsp. black pepper
2 c. chopped onion
1 c. sliced carrots
1 c. white vinegar
1 hot dried red pepper
4 whole cloves
6 whole allspice
First you scrub the pig's feet under cold running water. Dry and set aside. Put about 10 cups of water in a large bowl. Add 1 cup of salt and stir until dissolved. Add the egg in the shell If it does float add more salt until it does, stirring to dissolve as before. Remove egg. Add the pig's feet, saltpeter, 3 bay leaves, thyme and 1 teaspoon pepper. Add more water, if necessary, to completely cover feet. Cover and refrigerate for 3 or 4 days. Drain and add remaining 6 cups water. Add onions, carrots, vinegar, remaining bay leaves and pepper, red pepper, cloves and allspice. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer 2 hours, or until tender. Transfer pig's feet to a bowl, or large jars and pour cooking liquid over them. Cool, cover and refrigerate. Makes 6 servings.


Take your ears and steam them in hot water for a few minutes to set the milk. Cut the corn from the cob. Mix four parts corn with one part pure salt. Put in crock, weight down with dish, cover with cloth. Set in cool place. Let work 3 to 5 weeks. Remove as much as you need. Freshen it with a soaking in cold water. Do it over and over until corn tastes sweet. Cook until tender, season to taste. Serve with milk and butter.


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Old 06-11-2005, 10:58 AM   #2
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I've had all those :) Some very close recipes to what I have had. Never knew how to make pickled pigs feet, but since I haven't desired any since I was a child...... :) Don't think I could cook my own. TY Choclate will have to try out MOST :) of your recipes, but not the oink, oink.

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Old 06-11-2005, 11:18 AM   #3
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A million thanks, Choclate!
I am so looking forward to trying my hand at these!
Come visit my foodie blog: www.SockmonkeysKitchen.com
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Old 06-11-2005, 11:31 AM   #4
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More to follow in the next few weeks!!!!!
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Old 06-11-2005, 11:35 AM   #5
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I like to freeze my stuffed bell peppers and vacuum pack them. They come out really yummy and will last a long time in freezer. :)
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Old 06-11-2005, 02:23 PM   #6
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My husband does the remodeling at some condos in Dallas, A black gentleman that was retired was always cooking. My hubby said that the smells coming out of his unit would make your mouth water. He gave my hubby some fried chicken one day that hubby bragged about for some time. The man was put into a nursing home, and his daughter came to pack his stuff up. My hubby made a comment about missing him being there and smelling his food. She actually asked him if his name was Mike and when she found out he was, she gave him his stainless steel pots and pans and one cookbook and said that her dad told her to give them to him, if she saw him before she was through. I'm assuming it is one that he used a lot as it is dogeared and worn on a lot of pages.This book has quite a few heritage recipes in it. It's titled" The Black Family Reunion Cookbook" It is published by Dorothy I. Height and dedicated to Mary Mcleod Bethune, "Founder of The National Council of Negro Women" It has recipes from some famous black women and men that are very memorable to them, passed down from generation to generation, such as Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle and Katherine Jackson {mother of "The Jacksons"}
there are some incredible sounding recipes in here. I know that the fried chicken recipe
{hubby says it's the chicken that he made and was very excited when I made it} and the sweet potatoe pie and baked eggplant recipes are to die for. I haven't made alot of them, just the few that I know that my hubby really enjoys eating. If anyone would like to know of some of the recipes, I can posts them here. Just tell me the name of the dish and I can see if it's in here.
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Old 06-11-2005, 02:31 PM   #7
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It is a good book texasgirl. I have a copy in my collection. There are great recipes in it. That guy must have liked your husband a lot!
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Old 06-11-2005, 02:54 PM   #8
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DH is a real pain sometimes, but, most people really like him. He's a cut up. The elders over in those condos just love him.
I had to look at this cookbook again, as I said, when I want the chicken, I just grab it and do the recipe. It's been a while since I have really say down and looked it over. I LOVE sweet potatoes, and there are so many variations and recipes for them. I'm going to have to slow down and start making some of these.
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Old 06-11-2005, 03:51 PM   #9
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Mmmm soul food is so good!!! The only bad thing is that a complete meal has enough calories for a couple of days! There's this one place in LA that we go to that's open late and we get Chicken 'n Waffles. Good late night food after drinking.
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Old 06-12-2005, 08:21 AM   #10
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Choclate, thanks so much. I am going to try out the stuffed peppers and dirty rice this week. They look wonderful.

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