Teetering on the threshold of June south of the Mason-Dixon Line brings about a fresh crop of daily rituals with a common aim: keeping cool. Hand fans begin to wag in the stagnant air, the baking of homey jam cakes drops off sharply in favor of refreshing fruit salads, air-conditioning units purr and box fans dot screened-in porches as Southerners retreat for their annual summer hibernation.
While Southern women are well known for their pick-a-little, talk-a-little abilities to gossip and tell tales with the best of them, the recipe box is one place where secrets are kept tightly under wraps. With Fort Knox-levels of security ensuring special brines, frying temperatures and unexpected ingredients retain their clandestine status, it is unsurprising that the level of competition circulating around family recipes is fierce.
The Hot Plate Music Hour is a monthly column for which you will need your ears as much as your eyes. We come up with playlists centered around a particular food or we ask notable people what their playlist would be for the perfect dinner party. Click the link within the article to listen to the playlist of Spotify. This week, we listen to music inspired by catfish.
Serving cornbread with dinner? How about a side of cornbread music? Welcome to the Dinner Party Playlist!