Grits And Sticks!

World Grits Day was Saturday. We decided to celebrate the occasion with a dinner party. Kris and her family were invited, along with a few other guests. (Hey, I’m not above bribing the contest-runner with food and chocolate martinis!)

The menu was all southern. We had John’s famous Cheese Biscuits for appetizers.

The rest of the menu included shrimp grits, greens, and cornbread. And chocolate cake for dessert.

The whole thing involved lots of butter and cream, and yes, chocolate martinis. It’s not southern without lots of butter and cream. A real southerner would have put bacon grease in there, too, but we were looking for ways to cut calories.

Anna Grace had fun, once she realized that Riley the dog wasn’t a vicious wild beast.

It was Patti’s birthday, so we had chocolate cake for dessert. Ok, we would have had chocolate anyway, but the birthday made it legal.

Even the dogs had fun. Here’s Rae the Corgi, having worn herself out completely, and ready for a nap.

And the dinner was over, table was cleared, ready for cake, when I remembered the whole point of the dinner was to take a photo of the grits and sticks. We rescued some leftovers and made a valiant attempt to recreate the plate. It was much prettier the first time around.


Grits And Sticks! — 16 Comments

  1. I completely spaced out on the actual Sticks and Grits day, but hope to make it up sometime this week. Hope belated pictures count.

  2. Why am I not surprised that some kind of martini was involved??? And that actually remembering why it all got started was more or less an afterthought??? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Looks like it was lots of fun for everyone, and that there was a lot of yummy food to try.

  3. Looks like fun was had by all! I should have remembered to make my grits casserole. Next year for sure.

  4. Shlurrrrp! I have a hard time explaining to Brian where I get great drink ideas from. I just say softly, it’s OK, she’s a doctor…

  5. Ummm, yum, yum. Good food to power later knitting, I see!! And, happy friends. What more could you ask for?? However, I am a northerner–is it true that grits don’t taste like anything unless you add butter??? or gravy??

  6. I should have realized your “southern gent” would go whole hog with the southern dishes…mmmmm greens and shrimp grits!
    Looks like lots of fun, I wish I was there ๐Ÿ™‚
    Happy Belated World Grits Day!!
    Next year we have to remind people earlier so more will participate!

  7. I never imagined such a tasty recipe idea for grits. My southern grandmother made it them old school and frankly a bit too salty. But yours looks delish!
    Chocolate martinis! My fav. That must have been something with the chocolate cake.

  8. We went to Cracker Barrell for dinner tonight. One of my girls ordered pancakes with a side of grits. Then proceeded to eat my okra. Dipping it in her grits as she ate them.
    I am so proud.

  9. Those cheese biscuits look like my Mom’s recipe. She makes them 3 different ways – with the pecans, with Rice Krispies mixed in, and plain (can roll in powdered sugar when cool). They are so yummy!