We’re just back from a two-week stay in Provincetown, Massachusetts at the tip of Cape Cod. We made the trek up the east coast, canine kids in tow, in two days. Following the Halloween festivities on Saturday, we made the trip back to Atlanta. Being our first long road trip with the dogs, I’m pleased to say that with a car packed to the gills, Greeley, Olive, and Milo made the trip like real champs. [Read More…]
It was a special weekend morning when my mother would wake us up to a breakfast of pancakes. Knowing that she had a voracious eater on her hands, she’d take out her griddle and whip up a double batch of batter, knowing that it would take at least a couple of stacks to satisfy my appetite. I’d slather my pancakes with melted butter and syrup from a brown bottle in the shape of a woman.
Mrs. Butterworth’s was my favorite syrup, but at the time, I had no idea that it was corn syrup with any number of artificial preservatives and flavors. All my 10-year-old self knew was that it tasted good. It wasn’t until years later that I discovered the joys of real maple syrup. It’s now my choice for either sweet or savory recipes that require a sweetener. [Read More…]
My grandmother’s screened back porch was an adjunct to the kitchen. A red and white plastic gingham tablecloth covered a wooden table that served as overflow refrigerator space during cold weather months. I’d frequently see an apple pie, coconut cake, or some such dessert stored there. A white wicker rocker with a thick cushion sat in the corner, and an antique butter churn used for fermenting cabbage for sauerkraut occupied space by the door.
During the summer months of my childhood, many Southern folks were busy putting up food for the winter. Mature gardens yielded way more food than could be eaten, so tomatoes, peas, butter beans, green beans, beets, and cucumbers were frozen or canned and put away for cold weather. [Read More…]
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