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
N…. 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.
A little Pecan Trivia:
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!
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