Here is some genuine down-home cooking nostalgia -- a tangy accent that is almost an essential part of any respectable meat-and-three throw-down. And pickled beets are another of those "refrigerator" dishes that just get better after a few days in the fridge.
In the soul-food world, turnip greens are iconic (as are collards), loved by nearly all who appreciate the foodways of African-Americans. And with this recipe, the "pot likker" is one of the most sumptuous, soul-satisfying parts of the experience.
Talk about a versatile and widely enjoyed side dish! Roasted sweet potatoes are a guaranteed guest-pleaser. And since you can go in the direction of either sweet or savory, they match up well with almost anything else you plan to put on the table.
There is a widespread myth that Southerners boil or seethe their green beans so long that they turn into mush. But any good Southern cook knows that too much water or too much heat will prevent the beans from reaching their maximum flavor and texture.
Pinto (as well as other dried beans) are a marvelous comfort food, and they're also extremely nutritious. There may be no other food that comes closer to being a complete source of nutrition. In fact, some cultures in the world live on beans like these, with little else to eat.