I was reading this article
about Southern biscuits and rolls and how a lot of people are using pre-packaged rolls/biscuits instead of making them from scratch.
Now having lived in the North Carolina for several years and been around my family from that area, I can tell you one thing: bread is important. Most of the older generation will not
serve a meal without bread. Usually this bread is in the form of biscuits (probably made with enough butter to give you a heart attack) or rolls, and to not serve some form of bread with the meal is anathema.
And if you serve them a meal without bread? It's doesn't happen. I have seen some of the older ladies and gentleman get sliced Wonderbread from a bag to serve at a table covered with very nice, very fancy food because there was no bread. Usually they try to be nice or gracious about it, like you've accidentally forgotten the bread and they don't want you to be embarrassed in front of others so they'll just get some for you and hope no one notices. Other times they'll just come out and ask why there's no bread with the meal.
What really got me laughing though, was this quote. It's gracious Southern passive-agressiveness at it's best.
“A part of the placidity of the South comes from the sense of well-being that follows the heart-and-body-warming consumption of breads fresh from the oven,” Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings wrote in “Cross Creek Cookery” in 1942. “We serve cold baker’s bread to our enemies, trusting that they will never impose on our hospitality again.”
And yes, I have in fact watched one of my Aunts do this to a boy who was dating my cousin that she didn't like. In her opinion, he wasn't good enough for her to waste time making biscuits for. Nevermind that the biscuits in question were the frozen bake and serve variety. But she would never say something about it to him or her daughter. That would be rude. Not that we couldn't all figure out what she thought of the guy from her actions.