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Food of Appalachia


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4 minutes ago, heidih said:

I love this book. Got it in a cookbook club when I was 13 or 14.  https://www.amazon.com/Housekeeping-Old-Virginia-Containing-Contributions/dp/1164676547  

 

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Google and Archive.org both have it.

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I just don't want to look back and think "I could have eaten that."

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The best thing about a vegetable garden is all the meat you can hunt and trap out of it!

 

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I see there are a few recipes fro Sally-Lunn in there.

Sally-Lunn is the first bread I baked, by myself, from scratch, when I was a young teenager—recipe from James Beard's bread book.

There was something about his description of the bread that made me want to try it.

 

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The best thing about a vegetable garden is all the meat you can hunt and trap out of it!

 

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1 hour ago, gfweb said:

 

Re grits in the North. My grandparents called it “mush” , but it was grits. Sometimes fried and served with syrup.  

 

When I was growing up it was corn meal mush.  I was even taught corn meal mush in home ec class.  With mandatory maple syrup.  Real maple syrup.

 

Scrapple is corn meal mush with flavoring.

 

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Around here, corn meal mush was generally whole corn meal, without the 'hulls' removed, but either form could be called mush.

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The best thing about a vegetable garden is all the meat you can hunt and trap out of it!

 

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7 hours ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

When I was growing up it was corn meal mush. 


Me too... grits was a separate critter from mush.

It's kinda like wrestling a gorilla... you don't stop when you're tired, you stop when the gorilla is tired.

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10 hours ago, DiggingDogFarm said:

My paternal Grandmother cooked on a wood-stove most of her life.

My paternal Grandfather farmed with horses until he switched to a couple small Case tractors in 1955.

They lived a VERY simple life.

A small dairy and a couple acres of potatoes.

They raised some chickens, hogs, rabbits, a kitchen garden, etc.

My Grandfather also did odd jobs for folks.

They didn't have running water, an indoor bathroom, electricity, or a propane kitchen stove until about 1970.

I was born in August of 1965 and I can remember having to use the outhouse.

They didn't have a drilled well until sometime in the 80s—just an old hand dug well.

My grandmother was an excellent cook and baker.

My Dad has said, many times, that she could make anything taste good.

Neither my Grandfather or Grandmother drove a vehicle. They never had a license to drive.

My Grandmother passed away in 1974 after several years of poor health—life was never easy for her, she had a very tough life.

After my Grandmother passed away and my Grandfather retired from farming, he became quite a good cook!

I was often very surprised at how good his food was!

As gruff, and tough, and rough-around-the-edges as he was, folks would never have guessed how good of a cook he'd become. 

Good food was one of the very few frequent joys my paternal Grandparents experienced in life.

 

My maternal Grandparents lived an entirely different lifestyle, more "modern" for the times—certainly nothing extravagant.

Sounds much like the paternal side of my family (the Newfoundland side). Though fishing was the mainstay there, and logging in the winter, everybody had a pretty substantial garden that contributed mightily to the family diet. Foraged fruit and berries were important too.

 

For the record, I'm a couple of years older and can remember several years of sketchy or no indoor plumbing. The outhouse - and worse, the pot under the bed - are both pretty clear memories. For rural Atlantic Canadians, that's pretty common. There is a large family in Nova Scotia whose surname is Outhouse, and I've often reflected how unfortunate it is that they'd live in a place where their namesake is still a living reality. :P

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“Who loves a garden, loves a greenhouse too.” - William Cowper, The Task, Book Three

 

"Not knowing the scope of your own ignorance is part of the human condition...The first rule of the Dunning-Kruger club is you don’t know you’re a member of the Dunning-Kruger club.” - psychologist David Dunning

 

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Kind of a Hobson's choice, really..."Do I freeze my butt outside for the next few minutes, or stay in here where it's warm but then smell it all night while I'm trying to sleep...?"

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“Who loves a garden, loves a greenhouse too.” - William Cowper, The Task, Book Three

 

"Not knowing the scope of your own ignorance is part of the human condition...The first rule of the Dunning-Kruger club is you don’t know you’re a member of the Dunning-Kruger club.” - psychologist David Dunning

 

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Interesting that the dish pictured on the cover of Victuals is something we ate VERY frequently, in season, at the family farm (and at home) — that or something similar.

Raw milk, ham (or bacon), peas, new potatoes, and onions.

Or raw milk and peas.

Or raw milk and new potatoes.

Or raw milk and tender young green beans

Or some combination.

Etcetera.

What she calls "killed" lettuce, we call "wilted" lettuce.

The cooking is very much the same.

The main differences are things like collards (other greens are used—but collards are not unheard of here), okra (various other things are used instead of okra) and sorghum molasses (It's not unheard of here, but maple syrup and honey are MUCH more common!!!)

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The best thing about a vegetable garden is all the meat you can hunt and trap out of it!

 

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Way outside the lines but growing up off the East End of Long Island we also made wilted lettuce salads.

Does anyone else have experience with what we called poor man's stew?  Tried out salt pork, fresh small potatoes, last of the rutabagas, carrots, onions and green beans.

Where I live now we are just out of the picture though Sussex County - less than a mile away - is in.  All the Kittatinny mountains down into PA....  You can get Lebanon bologna as well as Taylor Pork roll around here.

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In terms of Appalachian books—I have all the major Foxfire volumes (21, I think.)

I'll post more about books in the future.

https://www.foxfire.org/shop/category/books/

 

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The best thing about a vegetable garden is all the meat you can hunt and trap out of it!

 

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On 1/30/2019 at 9:17 AM, chromedome said:

Kind of a Hobson's choice, really..."Do I freeze my butt outside for the next few minutes, or stay in here where it's warm but then smell it all night while I'm trying to sleep...?"

 

When my Father was young, they (him and his brothers and sister) ran to the outhouse, any time of day, any time of year, in their bare feet!

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I just don't want to look back and think "I could have eaten that."

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The best thing about a vegetable garden is all the meat you can hunt and trap out of it!

 

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2 hours ago, DiggingDogFarm said:

When my Father was young, they (him and his brothers and sister) ran to the outhouse, any time of day, any time of year, in their bare feet!

 

The outhouse, as it sat, a couple years ago.

My Dad snapped the photo.

 

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The best thing about a vegetable garden is all the meat you can hunt and trap out of it!

 

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2 hours ago, DiggingDogFarm said:

 

The outhouse, as it sat, a couple years ago.

My Dad snapped the photo.

 

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No honeysuckle around it?  At her grandparent's farm that was what was planted around the privy and my mom hated the smell of honeysuckle for the rest of her life for that reason.

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Linda Ellerbee

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4 minutes ago, suzilightning said:

No honeysuckle around it?  At her grandparent's farm that was what was planted around the privy and my mom hated the smell of honeysuckle for the rest of her life for that reason.

That's a pic taken quite late in the season with some very tall goldenrod and stuff.

There's some honeysuckle there, somewhere. 

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ETA: And that area of the lawn certainly isn't groomed as it once was.

Less lawn work for my uncle.

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Unsupervised, rebellious, radical agrarian experimenter, minimalist penny-pincher, and adventurous cook. Crotchety, cantankerous, terse curmudgeon, non-conformist, and contrarian who questions everything!

The best thing about a vegetable garden is all the meat you can hunt and trap out of it!

 

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And where is the "official" crescent moon cut into the door?  

We came back here in 1964 to visit my in-laws.  They had recently

bought a farm and it had no electricity and only an outhouse.

Was sure an eye opening and nose holding experience  for this

California  girl.

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~Martin :)

I just don't want to look back and think "I could have eaten that."

Unsupervised, rebellious, radical agrarian experimenter, minimalist penny-pincher, and adventurous cook. Crotchety, cantankerous, terse curmudgeon, non-conformist, and contrarian who questions everything!

The best thing about a vegetable garden is all the meat you can hunt and trap out of it!

 

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Newest addition to the collection: Appalachian Cooking: New & Traditional Recipes

I can't wait to try the pickled hot dogs! :)

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The best thing about a vegetable garden is all the meat you can hunt and trap out of it!

 

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Today I prepared Scalloped Salmon.

  • Tinned Salmon w/Broth
  • Crushed Saltines (Unsalted Tops)
  • Half & Half
  • Butter
  • Black Pepper
  • Red Boat Fish Sauce
  • Lawry's Seasoned Salt
  • Ground Cayenne
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I just don't want to look back and think "I could have eaten that."

Unsupervised, rebellious, radical agrarian experimenter, minimalist penny-pincher, and adventurous cook. Crotchety, cantankerous, terse curmudgeon, non-conformist, and contrarian who questions everything!

The best thing about a vegetable garden is all the meat you can hunt and trap out of it!

 

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8 hours ago, DiggingDogFarm said:

Newest addition to the collection: Appalachian Cooking: New & Traditional Recipes

I can't wait to try the pickled hot dogs! :)

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Oh, thanks, Martin!!

Another book added to the reading notebook.

Report on the pickled hot dogs, please.

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2 minutes ago, heidih said:

Interesting. What struck me was the South East Asian fish sauce. Where did that navigate from?

That recipe isn't from the book I last mentioned—I should have made that clear.

It's my own recipe for an Appalachian favorite.

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Unsupervised, rebellious, radical agrarian experimenter, minimalist penny-pincher, and adventurous cook. Crotchety, cantankerous, terse curmudgeon, non-conformist, and contrarian who questions everything!

The best thing about a vegetable garden is all the meat you can hunt and trap out of it!

 

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Interestingly, his pickled ramp recipes calls for a piece of dried galangal.

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The best thing about a vegetable garden is all the meat you can hunt and trap out of it!

 

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2 hours ago, DiggingDogFarm said:

Interestingly, his pickled ramp recipes calls for a piece of dried galangal.

 

 

Now  remember - somewhere else here galangal was mentioned in the region. Apparently not a new introduction  https://plantshoe.org/static/resources/Bloodroot/Sanguinaria canadensis_Extended Monograph.pdf

 

Traditional Uses in Appalachia In addition to its common uses as a dye for clothing and skin decoration, S. canadensis has long been used for medicinal uses in Appalachia, In small doses, it is considered soothing to the digestive tract, however when taken in too large a dose, it can reportedly cause nausea, vertigo and vomiting severe enough to dispel worms from the stomach (Millspaugh, 1974). A powerful medicine when administered by skilled hands, it is commonly used for colds, coughs and sore throats, being regarded as a systemic expectorant (Bass, 1990). When dried and powdered, it is often administered to fungal infections and ulcers of the skin (Erichsen-Brown, 1979) and as a snuff for nasal polyps (Elliot, 1976). One of the common names “tetterwort” derives from the common usage for treating blister-like skin lesions (Elliot, 1976)

 

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