“Along with pork, our most commonly served meat was poultry. Mother raised chickens, and we had eggs and chicken to eat just about any time we wanted. I hated it when Mother got ready to kill a chicken. First of all she put the cast-iron teakettle on the stove and filled it with water to boil. Then she got the galvanized washtub and set it on the porch or in the yard. After she selected the chicken she wanted, Mother quickly wrung its neck and threw it down in the yard. I hated to see the poor things flopping around until they died. Mother put the dead chicken in the tub and poured boiling water over it to loosen the feathers. After it had scalded, she often set me to picking the feathers—which always had to be dried and saved to stuff pillows and mattresses. After the feathers were plucked, she would lift a lid on the stove and hold the chicken over the flame to singe the pin feathers. Then using a sharp knife she cut it into serving pieces. If it was a hen, Mother stewed it and made dumplings, but if it was a young bird she fried it crisply brown and served it with cream gravy.”
—Sidney Saylor Farr – “More than Moonshine Appalachian Recipes and Recollections”
Today’s Thankful November giveaway is a used copy of “More than Moonshine Appalachian Recipes and Recollections.” To be entered in the giveaway leave a comment on this post. *Giveaway ends on Friday November 22, 2019.
p.s. The winner of “The Foxfire Book” is Sallie The Apple Doll Lady who said: “Related to this is probably hornets nests. Built high is supposed to mean more snow. Thanks for some interesting thoughts for the “coffee club”. We readers seem to have formed a group who enjoy reading your posts while having our coffee.”
The winner of “Appalachian Toys & Games” is Amanda Burts who said: “I have always loved to swing, and still do, when I get a chance to!”
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