I occasionally watch The Braxton's (Braxton Family Values) when I preparing for my Thursday night Scandal Fest! And this weeks episode caught my eye because it was surrounded by two of my guilty pleasures, Good Southern Food and Tamar Braxton drama. But I was like #ClutchThePearls, The Braxton's were doing Chitlin's!!
Tamar announced her love on top to her sisters and they were all cooking their favorite dishes. Ohh!!!...There is almost nothing that I love better than good food. But the smell of Chitterlings(the proper spelling of the dish)...I just can't do it!
Be Our Classy Friend on Facebook | Join the Classy Party on Twitter In the Braxton household Chitlin's were a family tradition and reminded the 5 beautiful women of their childhood. So some of you may not know what Chitlin's are, let me share the history of Chittlin's and why they are significant in the cooking lives of American Black people.
Are Chitlin's Classy or Sassy?
Most American Black people, but not all, came to America as slaves. During slavery, hogs were slaughtered in December, and hog maws or ears, pigs feet, and neck bones were given to the slaves, pig intestines were part of the extras that the slave owners did not want to consume.
As Black people do, we turned lemons into Lemonade. During slavery we turned pig guts into Chitlin's! Now Chitlin's are a delicacy and as much a part of Soul Food as greens or Sweet Potato Pie. Chitlin's are as Black as you can get and like all things in Black Culture some people like Chitlins and some of us don't, just like some of the Braxton's girls wanted Chitlin's and a few were like "Lord NO!"
Chitlin's dont have the best smell, okay they smell like feces, because thats what they house! So Chitterlings have to be cleaned carefully and "the membrane" has to be removed. Okay I cook, but I dont know anything about that!
Chitlins are a staple in our culture, weather you eat them or not. And our Culture is most definitely Classy.
Whats the Chitlin Circuit? The informal circuit of juke joints and clubs patronized by African-Americans(and those who loved our music and plays) has long been called the "Chitlin Circuit." The Chitlin' Circuit was a string of music venues in the South that sold chitlins' and other soul food dishes. In the late 50's and early 60's these tours were crucial to Black artists. Because there was no media coverage for these artists, the Chitlin' Circuit was the only way to perform for their fans.
While I do not personally eat Chitlin's, it was very nice to watch these Upper Middle Class Beautiful and Fit Sistas embrace our Soul Food Culture and bring it to mainstream television!
So glad that I tuned in!!...And major Congratulations Tamar on your Love on Top!!