Southern Porch Party

Submitted by Christi

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Today, I’m joining Barb at Grits and Glamour for her porch and patio party. You may be wondering what happened to the series on Southern food. Well, it’s still here. You see, porches and Southern food go together like greens and ham hocks.

Back in the day, they didn’t have air conditioners. So, Southerners would often gather in the shade of the porch on Summer evenings after supper to enjoy the relative coolness of the evening. Remember, it gets blazing hot and very humid down South; so we are always looking for cool spots.

July and August are traditionally favorite times for church socials on the grounds, community barbecues and other outdoor gatherings that centered around food. The crops were already in the ground, and it was a good time for everyone to take a little bit of a break.

Some of the favorites at these gatherings were fried chicken, deviled eggs, potato salad (a true Southerner knows to steer clear of potato salad that has been sitting out in the Summer heat). There would always be desserts and lots of sweet tea.

One year, when I was growing up, my Mama and Grandaddy, decided to get some chickens to “process” in Grandaddy’s backyard. Now, the chicken I always ate came from the grocery store, and I really didn’t want to have anything to do with the actual “killing” of the chickens. When I told Mama this, she informed me that the dead ones were the only kind you could eat! Well, she’s right about that.

Here are pictures from one of my porches. I still love to sit on the porch in the evenings, listening to the birds sing and enjoying the world. Of course, there will be recipes at the end!

View from the yard. That's a bird feeder in the fore-ground.

View from the yard. That's a bird feeder in the fore-ground.

Lobelia and white petunias. There will be morning glory growing up that rail soon!

Lobelia and white petunias. There will be morning glory growing up that rail soon!

That is an old salvaged window fitted with mirrors and then decorated with gallery glass.

That is an old salvaged window fitted with mirrors and then decorated with gallery glass. This is my 2nd time around entry. Love how this worked out. Click on pic to see more 2nd time around entries.

A place to sit and watch the birds.

A place to sit and watch the birds.

A place to pot flowers.

A place to pot flowers.

A place to sit and eat that good Southern food or read a good book.

A place to sit and eat that good Southern food or read a good book.

A closer look at the table. I like to change this out.

A closer look at the table. I like to change this out.

Some greenery. See the nest at the top. More pics of that tomorrow!

Some greenery. See the nest at the top. More pics of that tomorrow!

One more view.

One more view.

Thanks for coming to the party on the porch. Now for some food!

Today’s Lagniappe: Mama’s Southern Fried Chicken
Mama tells me that to get it really crispy you need to fry it in shortening or lard.

shortening or lard
1 chicken, about 2 to 2 1/2 pounds, cut up
2 cups flour
salt
pepper
seasoning salt

Salt the chicken. Heat the shortening or lard in a large skillet. Combine the flour with seasoning salt and pepper. Roll each piece of chicken in flour and place in the hot fat (about 370° F). Put the largest pieces in first, in the hottest part of the skillet. Arrange the chicken pieces in the fat, making sure not to overcrowd. Fry the chicken until outside is golden brown and crisp, about 15 to 20 minutes, turning once to brown both sides. Reduce heat and fry until cooked through golden brown, about 15 minutes longer. Turn once. Drain chicken on brown paper or paper towels

The fat should be deep enough to cover the pieces when it boils up, but make sure you use a deep skillet, preferably one made for frying chicken, and watch carefully.

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22 Responses to “Southern Porch Party”

  1. Terrie Says:

    I love your porch. It is cozy. I love all of your sweet little accessories.

  2. [email protected] Porch Musings Says:

    Pretty porch!

    Granny took care of the butchering of chickens. She raised them, butchered them and fried them, every Sunday. I have tried to replicate that taste, but the chicken is just not the same these days. flour…salt…pepper…lard…and her secret was a little bit of real butter. Not much because it would burn…just a tad.

  3. Barb @ Grits and Glamour Says:

    What a darling porch. I would love to have room for a table like yours. I love all your small touches – such as the old windows and the birds on the table. I bet when the morning glory is in full bloom it is beautiful!!! Thanks so much for joining the Porch Party. Blessings, Barb

  4. KBeau Says:

    Your porch is so pretty and seems to have everything you need right at hand. I can remember my grandmother going out into the yard, catching a chicken and wringing its neck. I guess people still do that.

  5. bj Says:

    This is just absolutely wonderful..I love your darling porch…

  6. Kathleen Says:

    Great porch! I love lobelia and with white petunias it will be so pretty!
    We can’t even put flowers out yet..too cold!
    Happy porch sitting..:)

  7. carolinajewel Says:

    What a great porch! I love the hanging ferns. I tried it one year and just couldn’t keep them from frying. I have full sun and they need some shade! 😀 Jewel

  8. Melissa Miller Says:

    HoW pretty! 🙂
    I really like how you used the mirror decor’.

  9. ellen b Says:

    Porches are so cool and you really use yours well!!

  10. Katherine Says:

    Great job with your porch decor, nice details.

    I enjoyed hearing about your family background! I have memories of Southern porches too, I used to spend summers with my grandparents, I remember watching in horror when she wrung chickens necks!

    Katherine

  11. Christine Says:

    Love you post, how you gave a southern history of porches….Christine

  12. Gloria Says:

    Loved it all…just awesome my friend..thanks for sharing…hugs and smiles Gl?ria

  13. Mary Ellen Says:

    Wonderful porch! Wish mine looked so pretty- we are still dealing with winter somewhat so firewood and woodchips are everywhere!!

    love that little cloche and the birds on your table!

  14. Chari Says:

    Hi Christi…

    Girl, it looks like you have the perfect porch to enjoy the warm southern summer! Lots of nice shade and fresh green plants!!! I’m in Colorado and it always just amazes me at how far behind we are in the growing season compared to ya’ll! Your yard is so lush and green…ours is just starting to green up! I love that pretty bird house and birds that you have on top of your table…it’s so charming! Also love your old window frame that you added the mirror to…what a lovely piece and it really adds to your pretty porch! It’s all lovely…okay, I’m ready for a glass of tea now! Hehe!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari

  15. Debbie Says:

    I bet you could sit there all evening with the breeze blowing, watching, thinking…..yes I can see that. I love your porch. Debbie

  16. Barbara Says:

    Lovely porch and I saw some great recipes. I will come back and get a few.

    Thanks for sharing

  17. jeanne Says:

    I love your porch and I’m sorry I didn’t show mine. I will do it tomorrow on Outdoor Weds. I love all of your pretty things. Your porch is delightful.

    Hugs…Jeanne

  18. The Muse Says:

    http://adivashammer.blogspot.com/2009/05/tuesday-blowout.html

    I invite you to drop by for a visit (at the above url)as I also celebrate the blogland event 2nd Time Around Tuesday.

    Your space is so inviting, I bet you use it often! My husband said he thought he spied a hammock!~LOL…can you tell what he wants for his birthday?

  19. Carol Says:

    Very pretty! I especially like those birds on the table!

  20. ~CC Catherine Says:

    Your porch is wonderful! I love the fact that you can pot your posies, watch the birds, read your favorite book… My kind of porch! 😉 Stop by for my blog giveaway! The deadline for the closing is May 10, midnight, PDT. I’ll be posting winners on Monday. More than one chance to enter! 😉 ~CC Catherine

  21. laurie Says:

    Your porch looks like such a relaxing place. I love the window fitted with mirrors (I may have to borrow that idea!) Thanks for all of the inspiration. laurie

  22. 2sweetnsaxy Says:

    Sounds like my fried chicken only I season the meat and add garlic powder to mine. Then I roll it in the flour. Good post. 🙂

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