Soul Food

Many people have asked me what “soul food” is. There are as many different opinions on it as there are people in the world, it seems.

The term itself first came into the language in the 1960s, used mostly by African-Americans living in the urban areas of the North to describe the foods that were their culinary heritage.

Soul food was the food they had grown up on in the South , the same food they took with them in the great migration which occurred during the Great Depression and lasted through the 1960s as many African-Americans left the South hoping for greater opportunity in the cities of the North.

Although many people wiser than me have attempted to define it, the best way to answer the question “what is soul food” is to simply say it’s the cuisine born when you have far more love than money.

Chef Rick’s Soul Food Recipes:

  • Old-fashioned Chicken Stew
  • Candied Sweet Potatoes
  • Salt and Pepper Catfish
  • Grandma Hill’s World Famous Cornbread
  • Chitlins and Maw
  • Hoppin’ John
  • Southern Style Pork Spare Ribs
  • Aunt Bess’ Chicken and Dumplings
  • Chef Rick’s Country Fried Steak and Gravy
  • Cream Gravy for Fried Chicken
  • Chow Chow
  • Bread and Butter Pickles
  • Cracklin Corn Bread
  • Hush Puppies
  • Sweet Potato Biscuits
  • Corn Pone
  • Hot Water Cornbread
  • Dirty Rice
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Quick Greens
  • Red Rice
  • Candied Sweet Potatos
  • Southern Black Eyed Peas
  • Okra and Tomatos
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Fried Okra
  • Chef Rick’s Fried Corn
  • Mixed Greens
  • Butter Beans
  • Kentucky Chocolate Pecan Pie
  • Ginger Tea Cakes
  • Sweet Potato Pone
  • Coconut Pie
  • Chef Rick’s Salmon Patties