Eat My Roots

If you're a regular reader, you know I grew up in a small Southern town.  Today's quiz is about the food of the American South. 
  1. What is the base flavoring of benne wafers?
    1. Vanilla
    2. Chocolate
    3. Sesame seed
    4. Molasses
  2. What do you call the liquid released from collard greens as they cook?
    1. Potlikker
    2. Collard cola
    3. Green gumbo
    4. Hock sauce
  3. Hoppin' John is made with rice and what?
    1. Lima beans
    2. Green beans
    3. Pinto beans
    4. Black-eyed peas
  4. What is the traditional topping of Southern-style banana pudding?
    1. Benne wafers
    2. Vanilla wafers
    3. Pecan Sandies
    4. Butter cookies
  5. "Chitlins and maw" are what parts of the animal respectively?
    1. Pig intestines and cow stomach
    2. Cow intestines and pig stomach
    3. Pig intestines and pig stomach
    4. Cow intestines and cow stomach
  6. Sorghum is a type of what?
    1. Grain
    2. Vegetable
    3. Fruit
    4. Candy
  7. Pimento cheese is what?
    1. A semi-hard, cow's milk cheese made with pimento peppers
    2. A type of spread consisting mainly of mayonnaise, sharp cheddar cheese, and pimento peppers
    3. A melted cheese dip similar to queso that is specked with pimento peppers
  8. Country-fried steak and chicken-fried steak are the same thing.
    1. True
    2. False
  9. What is the most recommended vessel for cooking cornbread?
    1. Deep-fryer
    2. Dutch oven
    3. Muffin pan
    4. Cast-iron skillet
  10. When ground, hominy is called what?
    1. Porridge
    2. Oatmeal
    3. Muesli
    4. Grits
Answers tomorrow.  For some reason I've got a hankerin' for some fried okra right now.


  1. I fear I did not do well on this quiz even though I was born in Charlotte.

  2. Charlotte is a big city compared to my itty, bitty town.

  3. 1. Sesame seed
    2. Potlikker
    3. Black eyed peas
    4.Meringue with a few crumbled 'nilla wafers around here
    5. Intestines and stomach lining - ugh, the smell!
    6. Grain
    7. A type of spread consisting mainly of mayonnaise, sharp cheddar cheese, and pimento peppers
    8. Of course, not!
    9. Cast iron skillet
    10. Grits

    I may be Yankee born (Ohio) but the family moved to Virginia when I was a baby and the doctors were able to reverse the damage:)

  4. Southern is GREAT! Even though I am born and bred in Virginia, I never tasted "chitlins" until I was 40. Now if I'd known what they were, I may have turned them down, but I had them on a bun with vinegar and hot sauce and yummmmm; I've had them boiled and fried and really, both were very good. The drawback? Don't get near the place where they are cooking. Omg, stinky to the point of holding your nose! Darn it, now I'm hungry.

  5. @Rocket Man, I'll give you #5. But you didn't say which animal. And hahahahaha at the reversed damage. But only if you drink your tea sweetened.

    @Jenny, Sorry about making you hungry. ;)

  6. I got 'em all, if #5 is #3.. I can't stand sweet tea. But then, I didn't drink cold tea at all til I was around 35 or so! Good quiz!

  7. I knew them all as I am Southern born and bred but chittlins will never pass my lips.

    Oh, and 'bean kit' is human being children that the cat mom has..like me. :-).

  8. How 'bot if I just say southern cooks use every part but the oink?

  9. @Rocket Man, LOL! My grandmother used to make hog's head cheese.

    @Jean, Yes #5 is #3 (pig for both).

    @Ramblin', Just think of it as American tripe.

    Looks like I don't need to give the answers after all. Y'all know 'em all.

  10. I did pretty well considering I'm a northerner...but somewhere in my city they serve all of these "Southern" dishes, sometimes for gourmet prices !! ...and yes GW, the girl on the pole from my post was on a "float" towed by a bicycle, you can see it in some of the other pictures on that photo sight. Lap Dance down Broadway, only in New York LOL

  11. @King, That's highway robbery. Most of those dishes can be had at a roadside diner in the South. And if I didn't notice the bicycle, I guess my focus was elsewhere. Hmmm, fodder for another blog?