Red Velvet History & Southern Tradition

 

 

Red Velvet takes Center Stage at Ms. Peaches, Los Angeles

 

Red Velvet is a staple classic dessert among southerners and in Los Angeles it is all the craze among patrons of bakeries.  My grandmother use to make it from a box recipe but like a good southerner from Virginia, she probably added her own secret ingredients to the mix.  Not everyone is lucky enough to have their mom make it from scratch.  In an MCCN interview with Kentucy born Molly Sims ,she reveals that her mom not only makes red velvet cake from scratch but she has it flown by Fed Ex on dry ice for her.  Now, that’s a great mom.- Crystal A. Johnson, MCCN Editor

History of Red Velvet Cake

A Red velvet cake is a rich, moist, sweet cake with a dark red, bright red or red-brown color. It is usually prepared as a layer cake somewhere between chocolate and vanilla in flavor, topped with a creamy white icing. Common ingredients are buttermilk, butter, flour, cocoa, and either beets or red food coloring. The amount of cocoa used varies in different recipes. A typical frosting is a butter roux (also known as a cooked flour frosting). Cream cheese or buttercream frostings are also used.  See Recipe

*While foods were rationed during World War II, bakers used boiled beets to enhance the color of their cakes. Boiled grated beets or beet baby food are found in some red velvet cake recipes, where they also serve to retain moisture.-(Wikepedia)

See Video of  Model/Actress Molly Sims talking about her love for Red Velvet

Best Soul Food…I mean Southern Cuisine Restaurants

by Crystal A. Johnson-letter from the editor

There is the old expression, “If it looks like a duck, it is probably a duck.”  That’s what “Southern Cuisine” looks like to me.  Collard greens, cornbread, catfish and sweet potato pie are soul food in my book but I understand those foods have a common ground which extends beyond the borders of a soul food heritage.  Gone are the days of say it loud, “I’m soul food and I’m proud.” People say the term Southern Cuisine is all inclusive.  We do not want to alienate anyone. Mexican food restaurant in the title would not stop me from entering El Torito and neither would Chinese food in a title.  Read my popular Los Angeles Examiner article on Southern Cuisine Vs. Soul food.  It begs the question of whether soul food has a bad connotation to it. 

With respect to the restaurants listed below, I shall reveal some of the best “Southern Cuisine spots.”  If your restaurant isn’t listed, invite me to check it out.  If you think you know a better place for Southern Cuisine, email MCCN  at multiculturalcookingnet@gmail.com.  Look out for a people’s choice list of Southern Cuisine spots on the upcoming official website.

Ms Peaches-North Hollywood, California

Why did it make the list? 

  • The owner’s  healthy preparation and consideration to serve  healthier food to customers when it comes to Southern Cuisine.
  • Desserts- All bets are off! You want fabulous desserts like grandma use to make.  Look no further (Click on Article below)

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Ms. Peaches brings southern cuisine to the heart of North Hollywood

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Connell Moss owner of Ms. Peaches

Mary Helen’s Southern Cuisine-Hampton, Virginia

Why?  This is the south, like it or not, pig feet and chittlins(yes, I spelled like it is said rather than correctly)  are on the menu.  And the pig feet is good, really good.  The collard greens… Oh yes, why go on about it when I written about it. Click below:

http://www.examiner.com/x-9408-LA-Comfort–Soul-Food-Restaurant-Examiner~y2009m7d15-East-Coast-Pit-Stops-In-Search-of-ComfortFood-in-Virginia

Red Springs Cafe- Baltimore, Maryland

Why?  The food is darn good.  When people make me try something that I don’t normally like and it is good then I am impressed.  Great coconut cake.  I don’t like coconut anything normally.  Read more:

http://www.examiner.com/x-9408-LA-Comfort–Soul-Food-Restaurant-Examiner~y2009m7d28-East-Coast-PItstops-Seeking-ComfortFood-in-Baltimore-Part-II

Sylvia’s- Harlem, New York

Although I have never written a review on this classic well known spot, the memory of the flavorful experience of smothered fried chicken lingers.