Tonight, I had to take my turn to volunteer at the Baseball Concession stand.
I just had to inquire about one of the items on the menu.
"What the heck is a Frito Pie?"
"You don't know what a Frito Pie is?"
"Where are you from?"
"What kind of things do you eat in Utah? Well we don't eat a whole lot of grease and we don't fry as much as they do here. I had never heard of Sweet Tea until I moved here, and I know I don't recall seeing Frito Pie on the menu. So what is it?"
"Wait, you don't eat grease?"
"No we eat some, but I try to avoid it."
"How do you avoid it?"
"Well, when I cook ground beef, I rinse it."
"You rinse it?"
"Yeah, in hot water."
"What do you mean in hot water?"
"Well, I put it in a colander and run hot water over it. Then, I wipe the grease out of my pan with a paper towel. Then, I add the meat back to the pan."
"Really? I had no idea you could do that, and it gets rid of the fat?"
"Yes, most of it...So what is a Frito Pie?"
"Fritos, with cheese and chili over the top. You see, here in the South we like to keep it simple."
Tonight, I learned two more interesting things I didn't know about the South.
One: Fritos, cheese and chili are a meal.
Two: Meals should be kept simple.
I will add that to my ever increasing pot of Southern Culture.
I must stock more fritos, chili and processed cheese on my pantry shelf. Along with the jar of bacon grease that I heard is a must to have around when you need to liven up your vegetables a little bit.
I love learning about different cultures, don't you. Isn't it neat how we can take the same ingredients but make something completely different out of them.
I like living in the South. I think my kids will too when they find out that Fritos are a meal.
I love all you Southern friends. Thanks for showing me a new side to life.