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Jul 12, 2013 12:11 PM

ever been mistaken for "southern"??

Think my paternal grandfather's family MIGHT have come up north to SE PA from VA, but not sure. My paternal grandmother was pretty much straight from England "off the boat" as a baby at end of 1800's.

I make crab cakes they way she always did... lotta crab and little cake, shallow fried in bacon grease. Have been asked where from "down south" was she from... south Philly suburbs!?!

"Borrowed" Patti Labelle's potato salad recipe for an end of year teacher luncheon. NOT going remotely Paula D, but was one of only 2-3 "white" teachers in school. Got LOTS of compliments on the PS and heard a few comments... "the white teacher made it"... took it as a total compliment!

At same luncheopn, was ONLY peron in school who had a bottle of HOT SAUCE in my desk for the fried fish! NEVER had that in house growing up.

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    1. re: sunshine842

      I get irritated when my husband teases me about being a Yankee. I'm from Kentucky which I will grant is kind of a border state, but I think of myself as southern. He's from LA (lower Alabama), so practically everyone's a northerner to him.

      1. re: NonnieMuss

        When I got married I had to explain to my new Southern family that just because you come from north of them does not mean you are a Yankee. Yankees are not from Canada.


    2. Not because of my food, but it has happened because of my slow drawl and my chronic use of terms such as "y'all" and "Purt'near".

      1. Sometimes, folk think that I am from the Midwest, or even the UK, though after a few glasses of wine, they usually realize that I am a Southerner - from Mississippi.

        I do not find that a detracting situation, in the least. I am proud of being a "Son of the Old South," and wear that banner with pride.

        Now, with our general familial cuisine, most guests can tell that my wife has deep roots in New Orleans, and then I have them, near-by.

        Having grown up in the Deep South, but having sampled the cuisine from many other Southern areas, we tend to think of ourselves as just "Southern," rather than being too localized.


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        1. re: Bill Hunt

          Hey Hunt. Where in Ms are you from?? My wife was born in Memphis but grew up just over the state line in Nesbit, Ms. It's part of the Greater Hernando area...LOL.
          We were married in Hernando even though we live in Canada.

          Anyway, as you can imagine, it's why I refer to her on here as Mrs. Sippi.


          1. re: Davwud


            I am from Gulfport, MS, and wife is third-generation New Oleanian. Though from different states, NOLA was my "city of ight," growing up, and we took more from it, than any city in MS - from a cultural standpoint, or otherwise.

            We both claim our heritage as "Deep South," but with differences.

            Now, going back some years, my wife could claim to be a member of "GRITS," Girls Raised in the South. They changed their organizational structure to "Girls (and Guys) Raised in the South," so that we both now qualify.


        2. No, and I am Southern. :D People think I sound like I'm from the Midwest. That makes me happy.

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          1. re: DatatheAndroid

            I also am mistaken for Midwest. Born and raised in South Georgia.

          2. I can fry chicken and make biscuits as well as my paternal grandmother, who hailed from Birmingham, AL. But after hearing me speak a single sentence, I can never be mistaken for a southerner. I have never said "y'all" in my life--up here in NYC, we say "you guys". As in, "you guys want some of my grandma's chicken?"

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            1. re: iluvcookies

              Haha! I say you guys and it is a dead give away that I was born a Yankee, as my mother puts it. Here in this part of PA the old timers say y' uns.

              1. re: melpy

                any native new englander would take serious umbrage at a pennsylvanian calling themselves a yankee. hitting mid-nj is "the south" and west of ny/nj is the mid-west. might as well be ohio. ;)

                1. re: hotoynoodle

                  I live in Ohio now, my daddy is from New Orleans, mommy from CT, grew up in CT, my husband is from OH, and I keep telling them that they are Midwest, not Southern, I am Southern by birth, and Yankee by circumstance, wish I was in New Orleans, not Cincinnati

                  1. re: hotoynoodle

                    Considering the location of the Mason-Dixon Line, it doesn't matter what New Englanders think. Anyone from PA IS a yankee.

                      1. re: PotatoHouse

                        only according to those south of the mason-dixon, yeah?

                        1. re: hotoynoodle

                          That's the same reply I received from Mrs. Potato (Maine born and bred).

                        2. re: PotatoHouse

                          As a life long Southerner the Mason Dixon line makes no sense to me...Never has. Never will. ~~ Yeah Yeah I'm familiar with American History. ~~ Are we saying Washington DC is Southern?? I sure as hell hope not!! ~~ Try "South of the Missouri Comprise Line", and you'll be in the ball park.

                          1. re: Uncle Bob

                            Well, many define "The South," by fairly strict guidelines, such as Florida, and Texas, not being part of "The South." Washington, DC, regardless of the geography, has almost never been considered as part of "The South."


                            1. re: Bill Hunt

                              "Washington, DC, regardless of the geography, has almost never been considered as part of "The South."

                              Exactly my point. ~~ Nor is Maryland. ~~ Nothing west of Sabine River is "The South"'s Texas. ~~ At least the lower half to two thirds of Florida IMO is not The South either.

                              As to the OP's question. Since my family moved into the Territory from the Carolinas in the early spring of 1800, I am always 'mistaken' for a Southerner.

                              1. re: Uncle Bob

                                For that matter, much of Northern Virginia is no longer "The South."

                                  1. re: Bill Hunt

                                    Maryland is culturally and historically "The South". It was a slave state occupied by federal troops for the duration of the war. Some of Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore are plantation economies to this day. The Mason-Dixon Line is more than a line on the map. There are stark differences in culture, local accents and even weather between MD and PA. DC was until fairly recently a southern city, not unlike Atlanta in that regard. Having spent my formative years in the DC area, I can still detect and pinpoint the various regional accents. There are just fewer natives around nowadays.

                                    1. re: flavrmeistr

                                      No one in My South considers Maryland or DC as "Southern" in any respect...Culturally nor historically. The Mason Dixon Line was a survey to settle some state border disputes. Period. As for "plantation economies".. they exist in South America, the Caribbean, and Africa to this day.

                                      1. re: Uncle Bob

                                        It wasn't actually a state border dispute, it occurred before states existed. the states just happen to follow the same lines.


                            2. re: hotoynoodle

                              Definitely, and I've even heard many people refer to DC as a southern city, particularly bc of the race politics.
                              PA to me is culturally mid-west.

                          2. re: iluvcookies

                            i thought it was "youse guys" from nyc?

                              1. re: coll

                                Yep... you still hear it from the old timers quite a bit.