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Deep South Dining | Election Eve

On the eve of the general election Malcom and Carol look back at some of the past presidents favorite meals. Think you can guess which former president was a fan of pigs feet? They also revisit a 2018 interview from author Adrian Miller where he talked about his book, The President's Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas. Then later in the show weigh in on some recent "debates" that have popped up on the Cook and Coping Facebook group. Let's eat y'all!

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11/9/2020

Deep South Dining | Okra Time

Okra is a great southern delicacy, but is also one of the most misunderstood vegetables around. These two views of okra caused author Chris Smith to write the book, The Whole Okra: A Seed to Stem Celebration. After a 2006 trip to the US from his native land of England, Chris was fascinated with this wonder plant that often gets reduced to being fried or stewed, but is capable of so much more. Malcolm and Carol chat with Chris about his okra journey and also get a history lesson about the beloved Fighting Okra of Delta State University (Cleveland, MS) from archivist Emily Jones.Okra Fires (Recipe by Vivian Howard as found in The Whole Okra: A Seed to Stem Celebration by Chris Smith)Ingredients1 pound okra (453g; 20-25pods), split or quartered lengthwise2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil2 teaspoons ground coriander1 teaspoon salt10 turns of the pepper mill or 1/4 teaspoon black pepperInstructionsHeat oven to 400 degrees.In a medium bowl, toss the okra with the olive oil, coriander, salt and pepper.Spread the okra onto your largest baking pan, or two pans if necessary. What's important is that the okra have plenty of room to spread out. If they are piled on top of each other, they will steam, not roast.Slide the pan onto the middle rack of the preheated oven. After 10 minutes, toss the okra gently with a spatula and rotate your pans if you are using two. Cook an additional 10 to 15 minutes.When okra is done, it will be brown and crispy in a lot of places but shouldn’t smell burnt. Serve warm or at room temperature as a snack.
10/26/2020

Deep South Dining | Gobble Gobble Cheesecake

Deep South Dining is all about the culture of southern flavor. Defined by dishes like grits, catfish, and fried chicken many people would not place cheesecake among the greats of southern culinary heritage. Pastry chef Shaun Davis of Cotton Blues Kitchen & Marketplace is trying to change that with his cheesecakes that are Mississippi inspired and New York Approved. He joins the show and talks about the latest with the Cotton Blues Cheesecake but not before Malcolm and Carol go down the pumpkin spice rabbit hole.Show Links Cotton Blues Kitchen and MarketplaceGoldbelly.comCulinary School HacksCandy Corn Cookies (Courtesy of Fresh Tastes)Ingredients2 sticks butter, softened1.5 cups powdered sugar1 tbsp vanilla extract1 egg½ tsp baking soda½ tsp salt3 cups flourred food coloringyellow food coloringDirectionsCream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and continue to beat until incorporated.In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients to the butter sugar mixture and mix until a soft dough just forms.Remove dough from mixer bowl and separate into three equal pieces (use a food scale to weigh each piece if you want to be exact!). Mix together a little bit of red and yellow food coloring to make orange and then add the orange coloring to one of the dough pieces. Make another dough piece yellow and leave the third plain.Place a piece of plastic wrap or tin foil inside a loaf pan and pat down the white dough inside. Place the orange dough on top (pat down firmly) followed by the yellow dough. Remove dough from pan, wrap up in either tin foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or for at least four hours.When you are ready to bake your cookies, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cut 1/4th inch slices down the width of the dough. Continue cutting each slice into small triangles.Place triangles on a lined baking sheet and bake for 6-8 minutes until tops are puffy and bottoms are golden.Yield: 5 dozen tiny cookies