July 24, 2014

About Elijah Gaddis

Elijah Gaddis is a folklorist and graduate student in American Studies at the University of North Carolina. He lives in Greensboro, NC.

THE Perfect Plate of Barbecue

Stamey's Plate Stamey's Greensboro, NC

by Elijah Gaddis Somewhere high on my list of favorite conversations is the one about a favorite plate of barbecue. It’s kind of like picking a fantasy team, I imagine. You dream up some alternative world where somehow your favorite meat, fried corn product, slaw, and those all too rare sides could somehow coexist on a single plate. I guess that’d be heaven for the person whose altar is a barbecue pit.  And on … [Read more...]

Fermented cabbage

Fermented cabbage

by Elijah Gaddis When we put out the call for NCFood posts on fermentation, we had no idea we'd get two so close together!  But fermentation, the ages-old method of preserving foods, is a hot topic. Yes, it tastes great, but it also deconstructs the confines of the growing season. Thanks to both Elijah Gaddis and Lisa Fieselman for answering the preservation call!  ~ Deborah Miller, Editor, NC Food. I write … [Read more...]

Chicharron Gorditas

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By way of introduction, to me and to this post, I should confess something that all of my friends know: I became a folklorist in part because it allows me to eat. Seeking out legendary barbecue places, hole in the wall taquerias, and roadside vendors all falls under the guise of what people in my trade call “fieldwork.”  I’m not a particularly seasoned folklorist, but I’m a practiced eater and a pretty damn good at … [Read more...]