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Meet Elena Rosemond-Hoerr, the most recent addition to our expert team. She’s got a sharp sense of humor and she doesn’t mess around when it comes to Southern food. We can’t wait for her to teach us about all kinds of down-home goodies. Want more Elena? Check out her Southern food blog, Biscuits and Such, and stay tuned for her saucy contributions.

Describe your personal food philosophy.

I believe that food should be fresh and local and prepared with love. I try to eat organically, humanely and sustainably. I think the best thing we can do for ourselves and the world is to know and understand what our food is and where it comes from.

Who inspires you in the culinary world?

Barbara Kingsolver. She inspires me to be a better person every day.

Tell us about the path that led you to create Biscuits and Such.

After college I was in a job way off my career track, in a strange city, living with a boyfriend for the first time. I was lonely and homesick and I needed to create something. I was a food blog lover and saw what I thought was a hole in the food blog world. My (now) husband helped me set up the blog and the rest is history.

What’s your favorite city for Southern food? Any recommendations on where to go and what to get?

I would have to say my hometown, Durham, North Carolina. While there are certainly bigger, more famous cities in the South, Durham has a lot going for it. The community is focused on local Southern food made with love, which is exactly my approach.

As for food: Do you have all day? Seriously. Loco Pops for the best popsicles, Allen & Son’s (right outside Durham) for great barbeque in a truly Southern atmosphere. Mad Hatter’s Bakery for a delicious black-and-white cake. And for a blow-your-mind burrito? Cosmic Cantina.

Name 5 favorite Southern treats—quick!

Chocolate chess pie, pickled okra, pecan sandies, butterbeans, sweet tea.

Besides Southern food, what other types of cuisine are you partial to?

I love Latin American cuisine. I cook traditional Southern food pretty often but a fair amount of our diet is based on the tortilla. And I’ll never turn down a margarita.

Describe your ideal final meal…what is it, where’s it come from, and any pairings you can’t do without?

Shrimp and grits, made with bacon, not ham. Paired with a soft, fruity red wine. And for dessert? Bourbon white peach pie.

If you could pick any spot in the world to get your food fix right now, where would you go and what would you order?

One of my favorite cultural food traditions is Spanish tapas. Dan and I got engaged at a tapas restaurant. I would love to take my husband to Spain, to eat the food, drink the sangria (I love sangria), and most importantly, to enjoy the culture.

What food trend do you love right now?

Pie! I know cupcakes and popsicles are the big and upcoming thing but I’m hoping for a pie revolution. I see the signs of a boutique pie shop revolution. And I am going to be right there, cheering it on. Or—if I can make a far-fetched dream come true—behind the counter of Elena’s House o’ Pie!

What food trend do you wish would just go away?

Cupcakes! I’m not an icing cake fan and the icing-to-cake ratio is absurd on cupcakes. Cup pies, on the other hand, I love.

What’s the correct way to pronounce “pecan”?


Elena Rosemond-Hoerr is a photographer and writer based out of Baltimore. Born and raised in North Carolina, Elena writes about Southern food culture, blending stories and recipes to bring a piece of the South to everyone. You can find her delicious recipes on her blog, Biscuits and Such, and follow her food musings on Twitter @biscuitsandsuch.

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