7 Southern Food Staples To Savor This Holiday Season

7 Southern Food Staples To Savor This Holiday Season

Fried chicken? Yes. Mashed potatoes? Yes. Peach cobbler? Heck to the yes.

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Someone told me the other day they had never had banana pudding. Recovering from a mini heart attack, I realized not everyone on Alabama's campus is necessarily from the South. Culturing other students about traditional Southern foods, I made a list of seven go-to dishes to enjoy with friends and family over the holiday break. These beloved classics have been passed down for generations and will satisfy any craving for comfort food. Get ready to crack open the recipe books. I hope you have an empty stomach.

Chicken 'n Dumplings

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Old fashioned chicken and dumplings is my one of my favorite meals during the fall and winter months. Simmer chicken, onion, carrots, and celery over the stove and bring to a boil. Use flour, baking powder, and salt for the dumpling mixture then add chicken broth to make a biscuit dough. Cut the dough into one-inch pieces and drop them into the soup and cook until even. This recipe will not disappoint.

Sweet Potato Casserole

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Topped with brown sugar, marshmallows, and chopped pecans, you can't go wrong with traditional sweet potato casserole. Mash the sweet potatoes and other ingredients in a large mixing bowl until even, then fold a cup of pecans. Place the potato mixture into a baking dish coated in cooking spray. Top layers with marshmallows and enjoy!

Classic Cornbread

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Cornbread is a must to any family dinner in the South. Put a cast-iron skillet into the oven and heat to 450 degrees. Stir cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Add in wet ingredients for a thick buttermilk mixture. Pour the mixture into the hot skillet and bake until edges are brown.

Baked Potato Soup

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Everyone loves a good soup recipe to keep warm from the cold weather. Some soups can take hours to make and have tons of ingredients, but baked potato soup can be quickly put together in a matter of minutes. Simply put, combine flour and milk and cook over medium heat until thickened. Add potatoes, bacon, onions, cheese, and sour cream to the mixture and stir until the soup is thoroughly heated.

Breakfast Biscuits and Gravy

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Sunday morning breakfast calls for two items on the menu: buttermilk biscuits and sausage gravy. You can't go wrong with this Southern staple as a family favorite. Under one exception, NEVER use grocery store biscuit dough or cheap sausage. Gravy recipes take a while to master, so make sure you practice the recipe so the consistency is just right.

Southern Pecan Pie

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When it comes down to making the Thanksgiving menu, no Southern momma will skip on the pie. We love desserts in the South, and you better believe there will be pecan pie on the table. Just make sure to get a piece before it's all gone! The dense combination of butter, sugar, corn syrup, and eggs calls for a sugary custard topped with roasted pecans. Mmmm... I wish I could have some now.

Grandma's Chocolate Chip Cookies

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OK, OK. Maybe you don't have to be a Southerner to enjoy a classic chocolate chip cookie, but it's no doubt that Grandma's are the best. Whether it's Christmas Eve or a lazy Saturday in July, chocolate chip cookies are a favorite among all. Bake some sweet treats with friends or family and cuddle up for a movie night-in this holiday season.

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12 Symptoms You Get When You're Addicted To Chick-Fil-A

It is your one true love.
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Chick-fil-A, I love you.

Truett Cathy, I owe you my life.

If you love Chick-fil-A, you truly have withdrawals when you're away from it. You may suffer from these symptoms, just like I do.

1. No other breakfast will compare to CFA's.

2. No other fast food joint has hash brown's like CFA's.

3. When you go on vacation, you type in Chick-fil-A to see if there is one nearby.

4. If there isn't, you eat it as soon, I am talking, like, the second, you get back from vacation.

5. You truly don't understand how people "get tired of Chick-fil-A"

6. Besides the occasional change up on Sunday's, CFA is always your number choice of fast food.

7. You legitimately crave it more on Sunday's.

8. Nothing on the menu seems gross to you.

9. Yet, you seem to get the same thing every time you go.

10. Their ice cream is literally the b o m b.

11. You defend CFA to any and every hater.

12. CFA is probably your actual one true love.

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4 Breakfast Spots Near The University of Kentucky That Will Actually Get You Out Of Bed In The Morning

These places will satisfy all of your breakfast cravings.

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If you're a breakfast foodie like I am, you know that is an absolute priority to find the most popular breakfast spots despite the city you may be in. You don't want to visit the touristy and basic restaurants that everyone else goes to, but instead, you are determined to uncover the locations that are the best of the best. Most foodies will go to great lengths to discover these places. As a University of Kentucky student and major foodie, I have searched all over Lexington to find my favorite places to visit on Saturday and Sunday mornings. This took my entire first semester and many trips to the ATM, but today, I am now blessed to say that I am a regular at all 4 of these incredible breakfast spots.

1. The Great Bagel

The Great Bagel is one of my all-time favorite restaurants to visit on Sunday mornings. The restaurant offers a variety of bagel sandwiches and freshly squeezed orange juice, and it makes for the perfect early morning start to a day filled with homework or relaxation.

2. Chocolate Holler

Though not a true restaurant, Chocolate Holler is one of the most popular coffee shops near the University of Kentucky. Because it is only a 3-minute drive from campus, Chocolate Holler is always buzzing with UK students who come to socialize or study. The coffee shop is most well known for its chocolaty drinks and the music is great there, too!

3. Stir Krazy

Stir Krazy is a local smoothie bar down the street that serves protein shakes, smoothies, and tea. Though It only consists of these three beverages, the shakes at Stir Krazy are enough to fill you up for breakfast or lunch. Each shake or smoothies range from 200 to 250 calories and serves as the perfect energizer before a workout or a filling recovery drink after a workout.

4. La Madeleine

La Madeleine is a French breakfast and lunch cafe conveniently located on campus (and only a 30-second walk from my dorm). Their breakfast is served all day long and their croissants are to die for. I highly recommend building your own omelet for the most fulfilling experience. Not to mention, their iced caramel macchiatos are a great refresher on the side.

No matter which city, state, or country I am currently in, I make it my mission to eat as a local would. In Lexington, Kentucky, these four breakfast spots are guaranteed provide you with a plethora of different types of food to get you through even the worst cases of morning hunger. Though these places are my current favorites, I am now looking forward to containing the search for more breakfast restaurants, cafes, and juice bars throughout my next four years in this city.

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