I wanted to find a way to host a dinner and movie night with some of my wonderful blog friends for our dear readers and the virtual potluck #BlogFilmFood was born. Welcome to our first installment where we are showing Steel Magnolias and the cuisine is Southern Comfort Food. Come on in and sit a spell.
The first time I remember watching Steel Magnolias I must have been a tween, early teen and I remember thinking they made a movie about my Granny and my aunts! From the hairdos (The higher the hair the closer to God!), the way everything had a gentle lilting to it (even arguments!) the loveable slight eccentricity, the way they loved with all their hearts with a love as fierce as the hurricanes that blow the Gulf Coast, and their ability to find humor even through tears- these were the beautiful women I grew up around. These were the women who made me laugh, who made me dinner, who showed me what it is to be a lady but to bow to no one, who weren’t afraid to tell me “Go get a switch off that peach tree, girl” when I sassed or got too big for my britches. These were MY Steel Magnolias.
Watching Steel Magnolias the second time around I am still struck by the similarity in the characters and in the beautiful ladies above. They’re my granny and her sisters and their mama. I can’t really say each one is one of the movie characters because that takes away from the wonderful women they were in their own right but there’s a little Steel Magnolia in all of them. Weezer’s eccentricity can be found a bit in my Granny in the black and her making homemade wine and also being able to fix your car. My Aunt Betty who is front and center is probably most akin to Truvy because she was always glamorous and lovely. They’ve all passed on now but they’re still with me in photos like the one above which is my favorite, their handwritten recipes like the one peeking through in the photo that take me right back to the time and place we ate together, and I know they’re in my rock, my mama, and yes, I like to think a little of the best of each of them lives on in me. I have a beautiful little girl that I can’t wait to share these ladies with when she’s old enough.
You can’t have a Southern style potluck without cornbread y’all so I borrowed inspiration from one of the original real life Steel Magnolias, Loretta Lynn. Let me tell you, I have loved The Coal Miner’s Daughter since I was a little girl. My first memory of her was in an old Ford Station Wagon where my sister and I sat on our pallet of blankets on the folded down seats for a showing at a drive in of Coal Miner’s Daughter. One thing about Ms. Loretta she has a reputation for being able to cook. When I saw her in concert many years later, you better believe I snatched up an autographed copy of her cookbook.
I felt like I was back at home in my Granny’s kitchen when I heated up my cast iron skillet and made my cornbread batter. We had cornbread with everything- even in a class with milk. Much like Steel Magnolias, our family occasions, happy and sad centered around food and cornbread was never absent with its hot buttery goodness.
- 2 cups self-rising cornmeal (Must be self-rising.)
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 1½ cups butter milk
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 small can diced chiles drained
- Preaheat oven to 350.
- Pour oil in a cast iron skillet.
- Place the skillet in the oven to heat for 10 minutes.
- In a mixing bowl combine other ingredients together and mix thoroughly to form batter.
- At the end of the 10 minutes remove the skillet from the oven.
- Increase oven temperature to 400.
- Pour just a little of the hot oil in the batter and stir.
- Pour the remaining batter in the skillet.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden and the edges are crispy.
- When you take the skillet out of the oven if you will set the skillet on a damp kitchen towel it will help the cornbread come out clean and not stick.
- The chiles are optional but I made the cornbread with them so I served it with butter and jalapeno jelly.
I sure enjoyed having you at my place and I hope you will visit the mouthwatering links below for the rest of the potluck and say hello to some other wonderful Southern women I’m proud to call friend. Be sure and watch out for the next installment of #BlogFilmFood this time next month. Movie TBA soon. We hope you’ll share your own Steel Magnolia memories with us on our blogs and on Social Media using #BlogFilmFood. Don’t be a stranger!
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