April 5, 2010

Home Town Cookin'

I ran across a video from the Food Network which features Darwells. This is a funky little place located in my home town of Long Beach, Mississippi.

The video will kind of explain why Mississippi is the most obese state in the union. We just LOVE to cook AND eat and excel at both.

Papa Darwell is a hoot. Musician, Artist...dude has been around. Last time i was there he made me teach him the dutch words for 'secret lover' and he gave me one of his drawings. The ol' charmer.

I have to be honest about one thing though, i don't care that much for Darwell Jr.s Etouffee, which is one of the dishes featured in this piece. Sorry, but everyone knows that my mom makes the best damn etouffee EVER. But, don't get me wrong y'all, they have lots of very tasty stuff on the menu and they put a whole hell of a lot of soul into the joint which is what really makes this a swell place.

What i especially like is the Taso Cheese Grits. Man i love cheese grits. I'm sure many of you are wondering what the hell 'Grits' are. It is of Native American origin and is only eaten in the southern Gulf Coast region of the United States. It consists mostly of ground corn and resembles polenta. You know, I think the next time i'm back home i'll ask Darwell if 'The Uke Box' can perform at his fine establishment and i'll negotiate payment in cheese grits.


Parker said...

Oh, my goodness... I wish I knew about his place when I was living in Mississippi. I lived in Hattiesburg for three years while my husband was getting his PhD at Southern. We moved almost a year ago and I miss it so much. I worked at a bakery that served the best shrimp and grits and I wish I could go back.

hugs to you,
Fritzi Marie

Shelley Rickey said...

Hey Frizi,
It's nice down there isn't it. I love the pace of life in Mississippi. And i really miss the great characters and story tellers that live there. I'm over due for a trip back home. Hope to go in the fall. Meet up for a po-boy?
Big Hug Back Babe.

Kittie Howard said...

Stumbled into your blog, saw your post about grits and smiled ... I can't imagine life without grits...am sure grits is in heaven...those clouds you see in the sky, well, they're bowls of grits for angels to enjoy.

Shelley Rickey said...

Wow, Grits Clouds and a Cheese Moon. YES!