Okay, my friend Dana and I often have funny conversations about Southern stuff vs. Northern stuff… She lives in Michigan, but did a stint in Texas, so she is somewhat familiar with Southern society and ways. We love to laugh about Southern foods, because if you don’t live in the bottom half of the U.S., you probably don’t have a clue what a field pea is or that black eyed peas and hominy can make one kick ass salsa… She loves to get Southern recipes from me and make them for functions and have people ooh and ahh over stuff they’ve never even seen, much less heard of…
We also love to laugh about the differences in pronunciation. She says that pen and pin or ten and tin are pronounced differently… I say HOW? They have the exact same pronunciation… Stuff like that. We’ve had tons of fun over the years with these conversations.
So, I’m pretty used to her stopping me mid-sentence asking “What? What was that you just said???” Well, that happened this morning… We were having our routine good morning phone call (the first of the day, and the first of many throughout the day) and I was fixing Avery breakfast, cheese toast… I said to Avery “Hold on, your cheese toast is almost ready.” And Dana asks “What? What was that you just said???” Me, “What?,” seriously not having even the foggiest idea what I said that could have thrown her for a loop. “You said cheese what?” “Cheese toast…,” and just went on talking. “Wait a minute…” she says, “what the hell is that?” Me, “Cheese toast?!?!” I was really kind of confused… “Well, it’s just toast with cheese melted on it…” Dana, “And, you eat it for breakfast???”
Is cheese toast really a Southern thing??? Surely not. It’s just bread toasted with cheese on it. After we had a good laugh, I was telling the Mister and he said he didn’t think so… Maybe it was just that we were eating it for breakfast, I don’t know… I mean, I get the pronunciation stuff, and I get that a lot of people out of the South would never eat crackling bread, cook bacon strictly for the grease, or even have an inkling of an idea what hoppin’ john is… But, cheese toast??? So, I ask you, am I crazy or is cheese toast really something only us little ole Suthun folks enjoy???? If it is, then you guys need to go get out some bread, put some cheese on it and toast it… PRONTO.