Reverb 14 | Prompt 15 | Soul Food

#reverb14 is a prompt-a-day series for the month of December that is meant to give us all the chance to reflect on 2014 and the opportunity to write down our hopes and dreams for the coming year. Through December 31st Meredith,Sarah and I will be posting each day with a new prompt. Join us by writing, or join us by reading. No matter what you choose, come with us.

Soul Food: What food did you discover this year?  Or maybe you discovered a new way to prepare your favorite food.  Or a new cookbook. Or a new restaurant.  Tell us about your culinary adventures.

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I am of two minds about this.  On one hand, I have eaten ribs pretty much everywhere I have been this year: Minneapolis, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Cincinnati, Louisville, New Orleans, Lubbock, Carlsbad.  I could probably write an ode at this point.

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On the other hand, I have road tripped over thousands of miles of American countryside in 2014, and this year my travels (excluding the cabin…which never counts) have taken me exclusively South.  Houston.  Louisville.  New Orleans.  Lubbock.  I’ve eaten brisket, tamales, churros, ribs, cobbler, shrimp, grits, gumbo, turtle soup, shrimp creole, fried chicken, po’ boys, collard greens, beans and rice, pulled pork, chopped beef, potato salad, coleslaw, cornbread, macaroni and cheese, biscuits.

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Real, dyed-in-the-wool, soul food.

Are you full yet?  Because I sure am.

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For me, food is nourishment, but when I am traveling, it is the single best way for me to see a place.  Show me your museums, but also please show me your hidden gems.  Share your local hospitality with me.  Help me to understand what knits these people, your people, in far off places together as a community.  I want to see how you are the same and different from us.

So as we continue to drive across the country, we will continue to eat as well.  Chips and salsa, ribs and beer, bread and wine.  Each stop a temporary roof over our heads before the next spot on the map.

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