Gut Rumbles

December 15, 2004


If you had the chance to talk to my grandmother, my mama, or my aunts and uncles, they'd all tell you the same thing. Looking back NOW, they realize that they grew up poor. But they didn't know that fact at the time, and they never FELT poor. They might have slept three to a bed and ate a lot of pinto beans and cornbread, but they had a roof over their heads, clean clothes to wear and they knew that they were loved.

How much richer do you really need to be?

Besides... even though we can afford steak today, we still like to eat pinto beans and cornbread. That's good home-cooking.


Sure do wish I had some of my mama's pinto beans. She made fried cornbread in thin flat pones. AND we usually had a salad that she had gone to the creek and gathered, WATERCRESS with vinegar and oil on it. Talk about mouth watering good. I was 30 before I knew that watercress was/is a delicacy and not poor food!!

Rob, let me know when you are going to visit the old home place, I'll go to my folks and meet you somewhere...I'll even treat you to lunch where my sister cooks. One of the Southern Living food critics said that my sister's potato soup was the best she had ever eaten!!

Posted by: sailingcv on December 15, 2004 09:48 PM

Rob, did you ever crumble cornbread into a glass of sweet milk and eat it with a spoon?

Maybe that's just a Texas thing.

Posted by: homebru on December 15, 2004 10:53 PM

I've heard of that being done with buttermilk... in fact, my Grandad used to sing: "Cornbread and buttermilk... and good old black-eyed peas..."

Posted by: Mike on December 16, 2004 12:15 AM

Please put up some recipes for this , starving yankee, I used to live in the South and loved the cooking, but my cornbread sucks, and I know it's not the right season, but I love fried okra that's not all slimey and can't get that one right either. Thanks!

Posted by: Sherry on December 16, 2004 07:04 AM

What I wouldn't give for some fried okra, fried yellow squash, or fried eggplant....

Posted by: Alaska Kim on December 16, 2004 12:36 PM
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