Just finished an intriguing novel by Margaret Maron, The Buzzard Table, a mystery set in the South, with lots of tantalizing food references, little known facts about vultures/buzzards, and the equally tantalizing murder puzzle for our heroines to solve. Deborah Knott and Sigrid Harald (visiting her grandmother), are here together (usually each stars in her own mystery series). A mysterious ornithologist is also staying at Mrs. Lattimore's Victorian home, doing research on Southern vultures, when murder strikes.
At one point Deborah is putting together a meal of Shrimp and Grits, which sounded extremely good. And easy. So, we (in the Royal sense) started off with the idea of doing that well known recipe, slightly modified. A dish which apparently originated in the low country of South Carolina, and has been a best seller and signature selection at Crook's Corner, especially since an article written for the NY Times by chef Craig Claiborne, following his visit to the restaurant in 1985, and now a popular item in upscale restaurants around the country.