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Local ingredients for genuine Gulf-region comfort food

Local ingredients for genuine Gulf-region comfort food

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“Why don’t you go back to your double-wide and fry something” isn’t just a great line from SWEET HOME ALABAMA, it also sums up the view of Gulf Coast cuisine & culture held by many not from the region. Okay, there’s a lot of deep frying that goes on inside Southern kitchens, but as anyone who’s spent time there (or lived there) knows, that doesn’t encapsulate the region’s food, even the “comfort food” with which Ludo will experiment when he and Krissy do their pop-up restaurant thing at Mobile, Alabama’s Queen G’s Cafe tonight.

Gulf Cuisine – Battered Up and Fried

Gulf Cuisine – Battered Up and Fried

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More savory wit from our featured food blogger Diana Hossfeld, who writes the food blog Diana Takes a Bite.

“Anyway, like I was sayin’, shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it. Dey’s uh, shrimp kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That’s – that’s about it.”

According to these wise words from Bubba in FORREST GUMP, there are many different ways to enjoy shrimp. The possibilities are almost endless, the flavors and preparations as varied as the heart desires, limited only by the imagination of one fictional character. Or, in the case of one nonfictional character (me), taste.

Green tech finds (5/7/09)

Green tech finds (5/7/09)

In the spirit of Em and Lo’s “Naked News,” here’s a run-down of some of the latest green technology stories to come across the wires… not as hot, but definitely safe for work!

Green on the go: 3rdWhale and Creative Citizen have developed a new iPhone app: the “Creative Solution” for sustainable living. Track your eco-friendly efforts, as well as the tangible benefits (savings of energy, water, and even money). Download the app for free. (via MNN)