Originally Posted by FLMountainMan
My wife and her family...wow..... the food is so Southern. I didn't really get a full grasp of it until after we were married. All the women are just incredible cooks - and my mother-in-law is one of six children. And she's got cousins with farms, beehives, ranches, fishing boats, etc.... so the big meals - Thanksgiving and Christmas - would do Trimalchio proud. Field peas, collards, mustards, fresh grouper, apalachicola oysters, quail (not a fan), prime rib, fried chicken, mac and cheese with bacon, three kinds of cobbler, something called buttermilk pie, pimento cheese, it's amazing.
I grew up with feasts like this for the holidays and special occasions. My mom and other relatives are good cooks, and cook a lot. Lots of good food for every meal.
I don't eat that way now, and I'm actually glad I don't.