“When you are born in the south, there are two things you are gonna learn. Southern Hospitality, and good eatin” says, Kardea Brown at the beginning of her new show on the Food Network, Delicious Miss Brown. That phrase may be new to some, but is a reminder to others. Luckily, each episode of Delicious Miss Brown is filled with both.
One Sunday morning, I was flipping channels and landed on an actual cooking show on the Food Network. This was no ordinary show. As I watched, Kardea Brown, prepared fresh food caught from the Sea Islands of South Carolina. Kardea Brown, host of “Delicious Miss Brown” is a contemporary southern cook and caterer of Gullah/Geechee decent born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina.
I enjoy watching Kardea interact with her family and friends on the show. She is so relatable. Kardea shows us a different side of life in the south. Life seems peaceful, freeing, and fun. I imagine asking my own brother to watch the burgers on the grill, while I prepare the rest of the meal. I would enjoy a seafood boil seaside with my girlfriends.
I love Kardea’s confidence in the kitchen. She cooks all of the dishes I like to eat. Now, I just need to taste them. Chefs and home cooks alike will enjoy this show. They will enjoy the familiarity of the dishes that Kardea prepares. Pound cake, Stuffed Burgers, Grilled Chicken Wings, Fried Shrimp, Macaroni and Cheese, and more. These are all dishes we love to eat. Kardea shows us how to make them all with ease and just the right about of spice. Don’t you throw away that roux.
“OK Mom with the tid bits!” how refreshing it is to watch Kardea cook with her mom. It was also entertaining to watch mom take over the kitchen. (Note: Mom is the only person who can ever have authority in a black woman’s kitchen.)
What did you season the shrimp with? “Love”. Love is the answer.
Kardea and her mom discuss family Nicknames, just as I once did with my mom and grandmother. Just watching Delicious Miss Brown unlocks my own memories.
Kardea’s Mom states, “What better way to spend the day?”
Watching Kardea cook makes me want to cook everything she is cooking. I get so many ideas. Viewers will love the varied dessert options Kardea features. I will likely make the Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars after I finish writing this article.
Crab Macaroni and Cheese, Fried Chicken Po’boy, Aunt TC’s Vanilla Lime Soda Cake. We learn how to make the cake, then we get to see Aunt TC taste the cake. Delicious Miss Brown really shows us a well rounded image of the world of Kardea and life in the South.
Bacon Jam! Kardea makes her own Bacon Jam! (Yes, that is the entire paragraph. No other explanation needed.)
Kardea share valuable gems with viewers. Here are a few of my favorites.
“Ever eaten something so good, it makes you want to dance?” Kardea definitely speaks my language because I dance when I eat good food.
“Deglaze the pan, Don’t you wash that pot, you deglaze it. Use some liquor.”
Oh, I get so much joy from watching Kardea Brown cook, then listening to her describe her cooking.
Delicious Miss Brown is just what the Food Network needs. Her personality is full of seasoning. I could see myself in each episode, and in each recipe. She eats while she cooks …so do I. She makes sauces called “Have Mercy sauce!” What? Yes! When her brothers came to visit, it reminded me of my cousins visiting. I grew up in Mississippi, not far from the Mississippi River. Watching Miss Brown make Aunt TC’s lemon Lime Soda cake reminds me of all of the times I bake pound cakes with my mother and grandmother back in Mississippi. I enjoyed each episode this season. It was nice to learn about Kardea as we learned her recipes. I definitely feel like one of Kardea’s cousins.
Kardea is no stranger to Food Network, as she has appeared on numerous shows, including Beat Bobby Flay, Chopped Junior, Cooks vs. Cons, Family Food Showdown and Farmhouse Rules. Kardea is also the host of the series Cupcake Championship.
Kardea gives viewers the confidence to believe that we can create delicious meals. I watched her make the blackberry hand pies thinking…. “I can make that. It is not as hard as it initially seemed.” I’m already looking forward to Season 2 of Delicious Miss Brown.
Be sure to watch the season finale, which is Kardea’s family reunion. I know this will be a treat. The season finale of Delicious Miss Brown airs today at 11:30 EST on Food Network.
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