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Soul Food

Smothered Pork Chops with mashed potatoes.

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1½ teaspoons onion powder

1½ teaspoons garlic powder

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon seasoning salt

½ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

2 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 large onion, thinly sliced

1 teaspoon fresh chopped thyme, or ¼ teaspoon dried thyme

¾ cup buttermilk or heavy cream

Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, for garnish

1. Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels to remove any moisture. Season with onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne, seasoning salt, pepper and 2 teaspoons of the olive oil.

2. Dredge each chop in the flour; shake off the excess and keep the remaining flour.

3. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons of the butter in a skillet or pan over medium heat. When hot, fry the pork chops in a

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Healthy soul food? You bet, says Meik Meals creator

Like many successful entrepreneurs, Femeika Elliott started her business — Meik Meals — because of a product she herself needed. 

Meik Meals providing a healthy alternative



Elliott, who is a probation officer in the County Mayor’s office, says that when she was in college at MTSU, she was always the one throwing the party. “I’d be the one grilling the barbecue, feeding everyone on Sundays after church. Food has always been a big part of my life. I love to eat. In fact, it’s my favorite thing!” 

a man holding a sign: Femeika Elliott of Meik Meals poses for a photo outside Real Good Kitchen on Magnolia Avenue, Friday, Jan. 29, 2021.

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Femeika Elliott of Meik Meals poses for a photo outside Real Good Kitchen on Magnolia Avenue, Friday, Jan. 29, 2021.

But when health issues arose, she knew she couldn’t keep up the same pace, with the same types of food. “I had to change my eating habits and transition

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Family brings first soul food carry out and only beauty supply store to Bedford

BEDFORD, Va. (WDBJ) – A new family-owned business in Bedford is taking two unique passions and bringing them together as the perfect recipe for success.

”It’s just like a dream come true,” Barbara Mays said standing in a room full of wigs and hair extensions.

This dream is located behind the AutoZone and Little Caesar’s Pizza in Bedford, right off the Lynchburg Salem Turnpike.

But Mays didn’t think her 10-year-old dream to own a hair supply shop would also include a carry-out restaurant.

“No, I didn’t envision a cafeteria or carry-out but it all worked out,” she laughed.

The idea came to Mays’ brother, C.Jay Jones, last year when he saw the perfect building for sale.

“When stuff hits my head, I just go with it,” he said. “I don’t really think too much on it; it just comes to me.”

After years of envisioning a traditional soul food restaurant

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33 Best Soul Food Recipes

Black History Month is celebrated the entire month of February, so it’s only right to help honor and celebrate the month with these 33 amazing soul food recipes that pay homage to the culture. Each year is another opportunity to shine a national spotlight on the food of the black diaspora. Even though most of these recipes have already become staples in many households around the world, Black History Month is an opportunity to highlight them.

A lot of the black cuisine originated from the Spanish and French decedents, which later intertwined with the South. This cuisine then took on the term “soul food.” Just like it sounds, soul food is a cuisine that is cooked with an abundance of love and passion, coming from the soul. Many traditional soul food recipes are created straight out of the garden. With well known dishes such as Southern Collard Greens, Black-Eyed Peas,

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