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Sunday
May292011

Catfish

There are many species of catfish, ranging in size from less than a pound to hundreds of punds each.  They can be found in all types of water including ponds, streams, lakes and rivers.

Once considered a 'trash fish' because it is predominantly a bottom feeder, catfish is now most often raised in ponds and fed a diet of grain.  Farm raised catfish is the largest aquaculture industry in the United States.  There are a vast amount of catfish farms in the Mississippi Delta due to the amount of wetlands.  In 2005, Mississippi produced 55 percent of the overall production in the United States in only 100,000 pond water acres.  Since it's origin in the 1960s, the catfish industry has grown rapidly and now has an economic impact in the hundreds of millions of dollars in Mississippi each year.  In 1963, Arkansas was the first state to produce farm-raised catfish on a commercial level.  Mississippi began in 1965 with commercial production and has led the catfish industry ever since.

Sunday
May292011

Chicory Coffee

Chicory and coffee were both brought to North America in the 1700s by the French.  Chicory is a hardy perennial with roots that can be roasted and ground for a variety of uses including as a substitute for coffee. The pairing of coffee and chicory became more popular for the French during their Civil War as coffee was scarce.  There are health benefits from drinking chicory instead of coffee and the most important is that chicory has no caffiene.  Chicory also produces a more roasted flavour than coffee.  It is more soluble in water than coffee, which means you use less of it when brewing.  It is also reported to help cleanse the blood and improve the health of your liver.

Sunday
May292011

Cornbread

Cornbread is of great importance to Southerners and is considered a staple item in the South.  The primary difference between Northern cornbreads and Southern cornbreads is that Northerners use significant amounts of sugar and flour, while Southerners use very little or none at all.

Southern cornbreads are usually cooked in a hot skillet with some type of fat.  Native Americans made cornbread long before the first Europeans settled the Americas.  The earliest cornbreads were called 'pone' from the Algonquin word 'apan' and were a simple mixture of cornmeal, salt and water.

Sunday
May292011

Crawfish

These freshwater crustaceans resemble small lobsters and they are often referred to as crawdad or mudbug.  Most popularily eaten in Louisiana and surrounding areas of Mississippi.  In fact, 98% of the crawfish harvested in the United States comes from Louisiana.  The most popular way to prepare crawfish is to boil them in a huge pot with cajun seasonings along with potatoes and corn on the cob.

Sunday
May292011

Dinner

Let's get it straight.  Dinner is what you would have in the afternoon, and you would sit down for this.  Supper to Southerners is something you would eat in the evening and generally this would be the lighter of all meals throughout the day.