Blogging from A to Z: April – 2016: N

Blogging from A to Z: April – 2016: N

The Blogging from A to Z challenge is to post everyday during the month of April 2016, except Sunday. I will start with the letter A and hopefully make it all  the way to Z. I hope you enjoy the read!

Come sit a spell with me and learn about the foods and memories of my Southern heritage, and enjoy a little Southern talk along the way… I grew up in the heart of Georgia, married a  Yankee in Connecticut and suddenly became displaced from my roots. But one thing is true – You can take the girl out of the South – But you can’t take the South out of the  girl! I’ve learned to eat differently over the years, but I’ve never given up the foods I grew up on. When I left Georgia, at the young age of nineteen, I knew how to cook nothing! I pretty much learned to cook by asking mama over the phone – how do you do make this, and how do you make that; thank heavens for my Southern mama! Even though mama doesn’t cook too much today, she still remembers the recipes and she’s been my go-to person every night in chatting about my Southern foods and many of her memories.

Southern Food and Memories

NN…. Oh Boy –  is this gonna be hard; it’s gonna be a lot of NUTS in here.

Well my favorite nut is Pecan, and if your wondering how I pronounce it… I say pee-kan (sounding)  while mama says pi-khan (sounding). Go figure why we both pronounce it differently – maybe I’ve adapted a more Northern pronouncement – or not. So how do you say it?

I remember the two pecan trees in our backyard when we lived in Perry, Georgia. They never all fell off when ready either  – you had to literally shake the branches to loosen most of them. That seemed to be my job as a kid. They were the best trees for climbing – well once you got up there! There never were any low branches – I remember struggling to get up to the first limb, but once I was up – I sometimes climbed too high!

At this writing, I still have Georgia pecans in my freezer. Mama keeps me in supply by picking them up at a friend’s house and sending to me. How lucky am I – she shells them also. Last time she cracked them with a brick outside and picked them while watching TV. Now that’s a mama who loves you, but she had an agenda also – she wanted the shells to throw in her flower garden. She loves her flowers and throws everything but the kitchen sink in there to deteriorate.

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Mama has Georgia Pecans waiting for me in her freezer – right next to her ice cream!

A little Pecan Trivia:

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Well I missed National Pecan Day by 2 days (April 14)! Who Knew!

The Pecan tree is a member of the Hickory family and native to Central and Southern United States. “Pecan” is an Algonquian word meaning a nut requiring a stone to crack its hard shell. They are an excellent dietery choice and can help reduce your LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol levels in your blood; I’ll be snacking more!

The only other “N” that might match a food is Chicken Noodle Soup. I certainly ate my share of that, but unfortunately it came from a can of good ol’ Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup. Mama hates chicken soup and never made it – me on the other hand – I love it and we have often have it in our house every week in the winter; or if someone is sick!  It’s hubby who makes it weekly now – and cooks it in the crockpot! It’s his favorite pot to cook in other than cast iron; saves time standing over a hot stove.

Hmmm, I can’t wait for letter “P” – wanna guess what I’ll be cooking???

I just know you’re gonna want a slice!

Need More A to Z -then  you know what to do…2016: Blogging from A to Z Challenge

 © 2016 Jeanne Bryan Insalaco

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7 Responses to Blogging from A to Z: April – 2016: N

  1. Sorchia D says:

    I smell pee-kahn pie 🙂 Nice post.
    @SorchiaDubois
    Sorchia’s Universe

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  2. Wendy says:

    I guess we’re getting a recipe for pecan pie in a couple days. And that’s “pi-KHAN” pie, thank you very much! We had 2 pecan trees in our yard when I was a kid, but we never got any pecans thanks to all those darn squirrels.

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  3. Lyn Smith says:

    Pee-khan is my favorite nut. So many ways to prepare them.
    Chicken Noodle Soup has always been considered a comfort food or a first-aid food. I’ve also been told it is a good weight-loss food, though I’ve never tried it in that capacity. I just love Chicken Noodle Soup and crackers.

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  4. mike spain says:

    Chicken noodle soup is just what the Doctor ordered when you are under the weather

    Liked by 1 person

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