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Top 10 Southern Foods

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 4:18:58 PM America/New_York



If you are living in southern United States or visiting there as a tourist then be informed that the food there is simply delicious and one of the key reasons why you might want to come down here again and again. The Southern chefs and cooks relish the fresh flavors of each season whether it is from the garden or from the sea. We have compiled a list of top 10 Southern foods that will leave your tongues wagging. 



1) Chicken and waffles

What will surprise everyone is the type of waffle used in this Southern delicacy. When you order chicken and waffles you will probably expect the potato variety. Poultry and potato do go hand in hand but in dish, it doesn’t. Here you will get a wonderful mishmash of deep fried chicken, sweet waffles & maple syrup. 



2) Braised Rabbit Leg with Red Quinoa

The braised hind leg of the local rabbit is one of the most beautiful Southern dishes. The braising liquid is infused with smashed seasonal berries and fresh thyme and then it is poured over the lush meat, slender carrots & huge pile of quinoa. 


3) Fried chicken 

In deep South, fried chicken is no longer available only at the grab-and-go fast food joints. It has reached almost each and every restaurant in the south where you will get crispy chicken on top of waffles. Do order a set of napkins and a full glass of sweet tea with your plate of fried chicken. 


4) Beef Jerky

Beef Jerky is a Southern delicacy that is traditionally prepared from buffalo meat. The meat is smoked and then the meat is cut into long strips. In modern day parlance, beef jerky refers to strips of lean meat which is cured, smoked and then flavored. The meat has low fat content but high in protein and, of course, very delicious. 



5) Fried Catfish

This is a real delicacy in the South especially in Arizona. The fillets of young catfish are fired in very less oil with a beautiful golden outside but no greasy crust. The flesh is very crisp and the dish becomes perfect with a drop of lemon juice. 


6) North Carolina Mountain Trout

The rainbow trout is raised in clear mountain streams. The fish, which is red-fleshed, is dipped in roasted almond flour and then dabbed in aromatic sourwood honey. Garnishing is very important here and this is done with the help of sweet potatoes and crisp spinach leaves. 



7) Jambalaya

This Louisiana Creole rice dish tastes like Spanish paella but it is actually much better. Chicken, prawns and smoked sausages are cooked in a gooey mess of rice and vegetables stock and spice. There are a whole of ingredients but this pot dish is not very difficult to prepare. 


8) Cornbread

Believe it or not, cornbread is considered to be a “sacred’ part of Southern US cuisine. Cornbread refers to any type of bread that is made from cornmeal. The cornbread’s in the South are no way similar to their counterparts in the North as the ratio of sugar and eggs are different. The cornbread is sometimes eaten as cereal and served with cold milk/buttermilk. 


9) Shrimp and grits

although it started in Charleston, it has now become a favorite breakfast dish in the South. A bowl of grits is topped with sautéed fresh shrimps and is very delicious. It is sometimes eaten in lunch and dinner also but people in New Orleans and Houston prefer to have it for breakfast. 



10) Chess pie

It is basically a simple custard pie that has added cornmeal with any of vanilla/lemon/chocolate. The dish has high sugar content and there is no need to keep it refrigerated. The Southerners simply are in love with this sweet delicacy.

Posted in Foods By Crockett Creek

Pro Tips for Hunting Whitetails In The Rain

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 12:11:19 PM America/New_York

Pro Tips For Hunting Whitetails In The Rain

When the rain starts pouring during the hunting session, all you do is pack and leave the woods for some obvious reasons- to find shelter. So you tend to think that the whitetail deers take the same action as you? You`re very wrong! When you pack and leave the woods, the deers are planning for an active time ahead in the rain! Why don’t you grab this chance and be the super hunter- hunting in the rains? All you need is some top tips for hunting in the rain. Read on to find out how you can do this…



First things first. Is the rainy season good for hunting? Why suffer in the cold and risk my health? You might be asking yourself such questions. The solution is- the rainy season is the best time to hunt for that whitetail you’ve been eyeing. Here are the reasons why:

-Activities of deers intensifies during the rainy period. Unlike in the sunny, dry days when the dears seems to be so alert and prepared to run for their life in case the enemy shows up, the rain brings comfort to them.

-It’s less noisy in the woods- rain makes the dry leaves wet and instead of producing the crackling sound every time you make a step, they keep calm, enhancing your secret moves along the woods.

-Scent doesn’t travel so far in the rain- the whitetail`s sensitivity will be far from noting your presence in the territory.

-And of course you’re a pro hunter trailing through the woods alone- you`ve got no competition.


What top tips can you employ when hunting for whitetails in the rain?

Get set for the mission ahead
The first and most important thing you should do is prepare for the hunting mission. Preparations involve being equipped to face the harsh (yet ideal hunting weather) and your target. Some tips to prepare for the big match ahead include:

-Avoid carrying things that are likely to be ruined by the rains e.g. electronic gear, GPS unit, extra flashlight, cameras, wallet etc.
-Since you’ll be walking in the rains, you`ll have to get wet. As such, you need to take care of your health by wearing something that will counter the cold weather and keep you warm. Rain gear will be of great help. However, if you`re not comfortable in the gear, you can opt for another clothing provided it keeps you warm in the cold.
-Don’t forget the umbrella. A strap-on umbrella prevents water from getting into your boots.

Identify the strategic place for executing your goal
Best hunting places include feeding areas, trails and runs which you MUST have identified beforehand to make your task easy. It’s also necessary to make yourself available to these spots at noontime. At noon, deers are usually less active. Once there, it’s then up to you be patent till the dark crawls in- this is the time the big deers will make an appearance!

Also you can place set ups in the most strategic areas such as streams/river crossings, at the edges of crops or fields.

How to shoot the whitetail

One major problem associated with hunting in the rain is the difficulty encountered when tracking the wounded deer. However, this can be avoided by being specific when shooting a single shot. The best place to aim is behind the deer`s shoulder, in the middle.

That`s it for hunting in the rains. Follow the tips closely and you`ll be happy to place a plate of deer jerky on your dinner table in no time!

Posted in Hunting By Crockett Creek

Moonshining 101: Making Moonshine at Home

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 12:18:20 PM America/New_York

Moonshining 101: Making Moonshine at Home


Moonshine, aka "white mule," "white lightening," "corn liquor," and "mountain dew," refers to a homemade untaxed liquor that is often made in secrecy by the light of the moon. Typically, it is approximately 50% alcohol by volume or 100 proof; making it potent and sometimes deadly.


Tennessee Whiskey History

Tennessee has a rich history of "moonshiners." Many farmers were able to literally survive by turning their corn crops into this highly sought after alcohol. The process of making this clear liquor includes fermentation, distillation and condensation processes. The basic ingredients are: cornmeal, sugar, water, malt and yeast. Many families became involved in the trade simply to earn enough income to support their families.


Certain locations in the state have the reputation for having the most moonshine history including: Scott Counties, Cades Cove, Carter, Hancock, Blount, Fentress, Henry, and Polk. Men and women both worked together for this common goal. Mollie Miller was in charge of the moonshiners of Polk County. She has been credited with killing numerous informants and revenuers. Nowadays, it is commonly made for personal consumption similar to making homemade wine

Top 5 Safety Tips for Making Moonshine

1. Never Distill Indoors
Adequate outside space in a well vented location is necessary. Sadly, many people have blown up their homes while they were asleep and killed their families due to ignoring this crucial component.

2. Use a Pure Copper Moonshine Still With Lead Free Solder
While it is creative to use what you have lying around; sheet metal, old radiators and plastic barrels are not good choices for producing moonshine. Famous moonshiners relied on copper and this is the standard that commercial distilleries use today. Be sure to inspect your gear and ensure that lead free solder is used. If you are building your own still, only choose lead free solder and water based flux.


3. Never Leave Your Still Unattended
When you are going to be distilling a batch, be sure to take into consideration how long the process takes to run the batch. Have food, water and a harmonica on hand to help pass the time. Plan to be present during the entire process. Running into town for a pack of cigarettes is not a good idea. Have everything you need on hand ahead of time.


Occasionally, leaks can occur during distillation. Sometimes applying a flour paste and tying a rag around it will control the leak; however, you may be up against shutting down the operation if the leak persists. Have some solder on hand just in case.


4. Keep Alcohol Vapor In Check
If your still is leaking; precious fluid can drip onto the ground before the alcohol has a chance to separate. This wastes time and money. A leak within the still's column can cause explosive alcohol vapor the chance to escape. Never forget how dangerous and explosive alcohol vapor can be.


A good rule of thumb is to check your still by running a batch of water through it. This will clean it out and let you assess any leaks prior to having moonshine in it.


5. Always Have a Fire Extinguisher On Hand
Safety first; fire is your worst enemy when it comes to making moonshine. You are dealing with highly flammable ethyl alcohol and potentially explosive alcohol. It doesn't take much to produce a sudden fire. Have the means to protect yourself and be able to put it out.


If you are diligent about locating your collection points a minimum of 10 feet away from any heat source you will help prolong the life of yourself and your still. Getting into good practices from the beginning; such as always throwing away the "foreshots" or the initial bit of shine that could be laced with methanol, will help ensure this fun hobby stays safe and entertaining. Education can save your life when it comes to making moonshine.

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