Hubs and I recently took an amazing trip Down South, hence the pix of the moss-drenched trees that drove me crazy.
But today I mostly want to tell you about Southern Cooking.
No, not the method. The Book. You seem, ironically my sis recently went to Atlanta and brought me this classic book as a souvenir. Instant Blog Topic. And I received permission from the University of Georgia Press to present some recipes to you today.
Anyway, the author, Mrs. S.R. Dull, lived to be one hundred years old and is named one of the 12 most famous women in Georgia. This iconic woman is synonymous with Southern cooking. Born Henrietta Celestia Stanley in 1863 in Laurens County, Georgia, baby “Hettie” had her life upended by Sherman’s march to the sea. Details of her youth are sketchy, but we do know she married widower Samuel Rice Dull in Atlanta in 1887. She raised Samuel’s daughter and bore five kids of their own. Samuel’s serious mental health problems a decade later thrust Hettie into the role of breadwinner.
Initially, selling her baked goodies at church put food on her own table, but soon she became a popular full-service caterer.
In 1920, Atlanta Gas Light Company hired her to demonstrate the safety of its new gas ranges. Her lectures soon became culinary gospel, and other companies sought her as spokeswoman.
After Samuels’ death in 1919, the Atlanta Journal named Hettie as editor of the Sunday magazine home economics page. Her weekly column, Mrs. Dull’s Cooking Lessons, enjoyed a 25-year run. Readers constantly requested her recipes, both unpublished and from previous columns, prompting her to write her landmark cookbook, first pubbed in 1928 by a small local press.
Upon acquisition by a big New York house in 1941, Mrs. Dull herself revised the book and added many traditional recipes she felt she’d neglected in the first edition, such as Philadelphia Scrapple, Never Fail Hollandaise, Wild Strawberry Pie, Pear Paste, Fig Ice Cream, and Georgia Deep Dish Peach Pie. Now published by the University of Georgia Press, Southern Cooking offers 1,300 recipes, ranging from sophisticated cream soups and elegant cakes to down home instructions on how to butcher and bake a possum. Supposedly Mrs. Dull refined “corn pone” into her favorite, cornbread baked with “lacy edges.”
I’m intrigued with such instructions such as How to Plank a Steak, and How to Green Cucumbers with Soda. So I hope you don’t mind if I revisit Southern Cooking some other blog.
Today, I can’t resist sharing Mrs. Dull’s recipe for Glorified Wieners (the title intrigued me) and with Thanksgiving on the scene, her Raisin Stuffing for Poultry.
Raisin Stuffing for Poultry
1 cup chopped apples
2 cups soft bread crumbs
1 teaspoon chopped onions
1 teaspoon salt1
1/8 teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 cup seedless raisins
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup hot water.
Mix apples, crumbs, onion, salt, pepper, poultry reasoning and raisins. Melt butter in hot water and add. Mix thoroughly and use for stuffing goose, duck, turkey, chicken, or roast of pork, or birds.
1 cup tomato catsup
1 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon vinegar
3 tablespoons diced onion
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1 ½ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon curry powder (if desired)
½ lb. (or more) wieners
Mix catsup, water, and vinegar powder and diced onion. Add sugar, mustard, salt, pepper, curry powder and diced onion. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Add wieners and simmer 15 minutes longer. Remove wieners, place on platter, pour sauce over wieners, and serve with corn muffins or Irish potato cakes.
So…is Mrs. Dull’s Southern Cooking new to you today?
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