Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Thunder and Snow

Yep, that's what it's doing outside this morning.

It's a rare occurrence here in Central New York, but it happens. It was raining first thing this morning. Then some thunder and lightening just as it cooled down enough to turn that rain into snow.

The dogs won't even brave the weather.

So it's a day stuck indoors today... but that's okay, because I have a lot of housework to do. But before all that, I need breakfast.

You may have read my previous laments about missing a good southern breakfast. Especially grits. I loooooove grits.

They are a bit of an aquired taste. I've tried them with jelly--many southerners swear by it. But sweet grits are not for me. Give me savory.

Up here in New York, I can't find regular grits. No worry. Quick grits to the rescue!

Grits when You Can't Find a Waffle House
Serves 1

Start with 3/4 cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl with tall sides. (Tall sides are very important--otherwise you'll have a mess in your microwave.)

Next, add 3 tablespoons quick grits.
A pinch of salt.

Stir it up.

Put it in the microwave.

Hit 3 minutes 30 seconds on high.

Here it is right out of the microwave. Plain old grits. These are not good, people. They need some doctoring.

I like to add cheese, and my current favorite combination is grated parmesan and a slice of white american cheese-food.

Don't be hatin'.

You can use whatever lovely cheese you fancy. I also like 2 ounces port wine cheddar and 1 ounce cream cheese. Or all swiss cheese--yum!

But this is what I did today.

Sprinkle in grated parmesan.

Top with slice of american cheese. The kind wrapped in plastic. Yum.

Stir until the cheese is melted.

Yum. Now this is perfect for eating as-is.

But since I happen to have a nice slice of cooked sausage warmed up... in it goes!

Yeah, mama! Now that's what I'm talking about. Okay. Maybe it's not better than at Waffle House, but it's good. Oh, it's good.


Lulu said...

Um, I would venture to say that those look better than the grits at the WH! Yum-freaking-O.

I was born and raised in the South and I've never heard of anyone putting jelly in their grits. Eggs maybe. Cheese, yes. But not jelly.

Actually, I prefer my grits with pure sugar.

Mrs. W said...

Sugar? Really?

I just can't do sweet grits. And I've tried.

My in-laws are all out in the Western suburbs of Atl and they do jelly. ESPECIALLY my father-in-law. Cheap nasty grape jelly. The more corn syrup the better.


StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

I looove grits! Here in the South, we take our grits seriously!
My favorite is Paula Dean's Shrimp and Grits. To die for! You need to try them.

Mrs. W said...


I've been thinking about shrimp & grits lately. I didn't know Paula has a recipe for that.

I'm going to find it RIGHT NOW. Love Paula!

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