I was reading the other day about some of the early Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners that have been served here in our part of the state. Seems that back in the late 1700's and early 1800's meals were a bit different than they are now. One early book mentions a celebration meal of opossum, wild onions, boiled wild bird eggs and dried wild berries. Another fancy meal that was listed as being served in 1823 was boiled racoon soup, sweet taters and wild onions. A third meal reported to have been served in 1843 was roasted wild boar, fried wild onions, boiled cabbage and fried corn meal biscuits. None of the meals were anything like they are today.
I grew up in families that loved good country cooking and lots of it. One of my grand dads loved spice round. (A form of spicy cooked ham.) I never was much of a fan of that taste, I liked just about everything else.
A typical big holiday meal included: country ham - salty and fried, baked ham - sweet with some brown sugar cooked with it, fried chicken, chicken & dumplings, pot roast, turkey or chicken and dressing, real creamed potatoes and gravy, potato salad, green beans well cooked with ham and ham fat, black eyed peas cooked with hog jaw, white beans cooked with ham and ham fat, cooked sweet carrots, boiled cabbage with ham and ham fat, hominy with bacon, sweet potato casserole with marsh mellows on top, slaw with mayo, slice fried squash , cooked tomatoes and macaroni, baked spaghetti, cucumber and onions, sliced sweet beets, deviled eggs
buttermilk corn bread sticks & muffins
crackling corn bread
home made rolls
home made bread
home made butter
sweet ice tea with lemon
sweet milk fresh from the cows
fruit cake (well soaked)
egg custard pie
sweet potato pie
My mother was the youngest of seven children so when we had a family gathering at my grand parents house there would be more than 40 to 50 of us there. Each family brought enough to feed an army. There was always enough food for seconds and sometimes thirds. (My mother would always bring big pots of food and several cakes and pies. Our car would be full.)
Those were the days. Now most people go out to eat. Families are not so large and there are even fewer good cooks around. I miss those days and particularly the feeling of family. My greater family that I grew to love so well.
Other news - The Adairville Square is now decorated and lighted. It is so pretty. I encourage folks to drive into town and see it all lighted.
The Adairville/South Logan Chamber's Annual Christmas Dinner was last night. It was really a fun event. The men and women who make up the fire, police and emergency units for Adairville were honored. It was a very special night with a lot of fun for all.
Kay Kays on the square is offering some great holiday sale specials. Stop by and see them. Good food is now available at the Hideaway, the BP Service Center and the new South Main Grill. Try them all out. I really like the pizza at the "grill."
Ms. Nancy's gift shop, on South Main, is fantastic. I do not believe there is any nicer in the county. There is another open house this Friday and Saturday. Just drive in and check it out. You can not beat the prices either.
Don't forget the big Schocoh Christmas Parade which is this weekend. Be there as early after church as you can so you can get a good parking place. I always back into my parking place and never get out of the truck. I keep the heat on and never have to get out. It seems you can see very well from your vehicle. Bring a thermos of hot chocolate or coffee and something to munch on. This parade is always a fun event. There are some other great events planned at the local club house for the same day.
I had a good time on WRUS yesterday. Don Neagle is a great guy to work with. I appreciate all the nice calls.
Time to go. Good night Peggy and Ralph Brewer, Ms Eliz. Hall and her lovely sister Ms. Steenbergen, Ms. Janie Gregory, "First Lady of the County" Ms. Chick, "Big Daddy" and his lady, the Webb Sisters, Ms. Barnes, Ms. Hart, all the Trimble ladies, Sweet Berdie Angel and Ms. Calabash where ever you are.