“Till later years, we’d raise our own meats for Christmas. We’d kill hogs in November and save the backbones and ribs, and my mama’d cook a big pot of them at Christmas. They’d kill roosters and hens and make chicken and dumplings. She’d bake hams and we’d have our own homegrown meats and vegetables—Irish potatoes and sweet potatoes. We didn’t have to go to the store for very much. She’d cook a big pan of cornbread and biscuits and put clean white cloths over them, and that’d keep’em just as moist and good.”
—Burma Patterson – “A Foxfire Christmas”
Sounds like good eating to me! I wish I had been there to hear her say Irish potatoes, I bet she said arsh like we do.
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