08/23/09

daily diminishing (day 58)

I love church and county hairdresser club cookbooks. These are staples of the southern cook’s kitchen and are often given as wedding shower gifts, which is where I got most of mine. They are filled with multiple variations of ways to make chicken pie (six different recipes in this cookbook), meat loaf, bean salad, and coconut pie, among many other things. In southern cooking, the potato is considered a vegetable, something which is always challenged by friends who visit from other places to share meals. Reading through these cookbooks takes me back to church lunches outdoors by the cemetery, where everyone scrambled to get my granny’s fried chicken, Aunt Jeanette’s cherry yum-yum, and the best deviled eggs on the long gingham print-covered table. Those Sundays, we spent the whole sermon planning what we would eat the first round.

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~ by cmclaurin on August 23, 2009.

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