I can’t tell you how fun it has been catching up with my fellow foodies of Tuscaloosa to talk all things food! This month, my pal Deidre Stalnaker, Director of Communications at The University of Alabama, dishes on her love of local food.
How would you describe your food personality?
Eclectic. My likes are all over the place. Growing up, my father was in the Army, so we moved around a bit. We’d be eating my Nanny’s fried chicken livers down in Prattville, schnitzel and hot potato salad in Landstuhl, Germany, sloppy Joes in Olympia, Washington, (I was in first grade and there was a restaurant that specialized in them) – and everything in between.
My dad and I recently tried the lengua tacos from the Mexican market on Veteran’s Parkway. They’re good if you can distract yourself from the fact it’s a cow’s tongue!
What is your favorite home cooked item? Any special story behind it?
I don’t have just one favorite, but one of my favorites is squash casserole. When I was little, I wouldn’t eat it because I thought it looked gross. My dad told me to try it and if I didn’t like it, he’d give me a dollar. Best time I ever lost money.
Do you like to cook? If not, who is your favorite cook in your life?
I like to cook on occasion. The fact that I don’t have to everyday makes it more fun. My favorite cook of all time is my grandmother, Nanny Stalnaker. She didn’t have a recipe for anything, she just knew.
What is your favorite dish in Tuscaloosa?
The brisket tacos at River. River’s menu changes seasonally, so they may not always have them. The tamales from the Mexican food truck on the UA campus is a close second.