Appalachian Food Preserving/Canning

LOL In Appalachia – And A Blue Ribbon

tipper wins blue ribbon
I’d like to say a big “THANK YOU” to all the Blind Pig readers who made it to the Young Harris Arts & Crafts Festival over the weekend. I got to meet a few of you in person for the first time-which was so nice!

Even though-I thought I’d melt more than once-it was a great festival-I sold some folk art-did some pickin’ and grinnin’ with Pap and Paul, talked a whole lot about the Blind Pig, and I entered 4 items in the canning food preservation contest. I still can’t believe-I won 1 Blue First Place Ribbon (Blackberry Jelly) and 2 Red Second Place Ribbons (Peach Preserves & Grape Juice).

green onions with salt
Now for the LOL. The other day Pap shared this story with me-one of his friends told it to him years ago.

A new preacher was elected to the local church. Once the preacher began the usual tradition of going home with members for Sunday dinner it became apparent this particular preacher had an insatiable appetite-to the point that folks began to dread having to play host to him. Members of the church knew their turn to have the preacher home for Sunday dinner would come sooner or later.

Pap’s friend’s father-decided he knew exactly how to handle the situation when he and his wife were called on to feed the preacher. As everyone sat down to the dinner table, the father said “Well preacher we don’t have much but we’re more than willing to share what we do have. We’re going to have some onions and salt for dinner.” The preacher said “Oh I don’t eat onions.” The father said “well help yourself to the salt.”



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    September 4, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Jim-I don’t recognize the phrase. If no one else does-I hope you’ll take time to tell us about it.
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    Jim Casada
    September 3, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Tipper–I am a bit late on the uptake and congratulations, as per my usual pace, but better late than never.
    I will guarantee that blackberry jelly and a slab of home-churned butter would give a cathead biscuit a college education (and I’d be really curious to see if any of your readers is sufficiently long in the tooth and in memory to recognize that wonderful phrase “give a biscuit a college education” (it’s not mine and in fact dates back at least 60 years.
    Jim Casada

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    Vera Guthrie
    September 2, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Congrats on the ribbons!! I am firing up Apple Butter again this weekend. I think I have 80 jars will make about that much more. Then Pears come in mid-September and time for Pear Preserves. That and a biscuit and we are happy!!!

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    Fishing Guy
    September 2, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Tipper: Now your making me feel really bad, you win the Blue Ribbon on my favorite jam in the whole world. Great job, if only we could trade crappie fillets for a jar of blackberry jam. Maybe a framed photo for the jam makes more sense, I have a neat one of a Green Heron.

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    September 2, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Nicely done Tipper, congratulations on your multiple ribbons! I enjoy your Pap’s stories as much as I enjoyed my grandpa’s!

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    September 1, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    congratulations on the ribbons, especially the blue ribbon on the blackberry jelly!

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    August 31, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Congratulations on your ribbons. That is so cool!
    We’ve shown the grandsons the art of eatting radishes and cucumber sticks by dipping them in salt this summer. We’d do green onions if we had them!
    Their mother frowns on the salt, but we do it when she isn’t around! If it didn’t kill us when we were little, it ain’t gonna kill them.

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    August 31, 2010 at 6:12 am

    Congrats on your ribbons!
    Funny story!
    When I first glanced at your post my eyes were immediately drawn to the picture. I recognized it immediately – onions with salt!
    Growing up my Baba (grandmother), pulled green onions from the garden and we ate them dipped in a saucer of salt. Great memories!

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    B. Ruth
    August 31, 2010 at 1:23 am

    You should just give away one of those great jars of blackberry jelly, peach preserves or grape juice…just kidding..LOL
    All your hard work rewarded..thats just great!
    I have a few blackberries in the freezer…Makes me want to get busy and make jelly!
    Glad you sold some art too! Wish I could have been there…
    Love the joke about the salt and onion dinner…
    Reminds me of the “stone soup” tale I read about in a “lit” book years ago..

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    August 31, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Congratulations, Tipper, on the blue ribbon and all the others.
    I’m not surprised. I’ll bet that blackberry jam was delicious.
    Wish I could have come to the fair.
    Maybe next year when all copies of Echoes across the Blue Ridge have been sold.

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    kenneth o. hoffman
    August 30, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    tipper; congrats on the blue, nothing better than b.b. jelly. how i would have loved being at that festival. the music,the food, the fellowship. and pure mtn, folks. blessings to all. k.o.h

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    August 30, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Tipper A BIG CONGRATULATIONS on the ribbons, You deserved them, The blackberry jelly looks delicious, Where’s the biscuits???
    Wished I had gotten over there but someday I know that I will meet you in person. Maybe you will make it to the SAFF Meeting next month.
    Thanks for the story I cannot wait to tell my oldest son that one. LOL

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    August 30, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    CONGRATS on the ribbons – HOORAY for TIPPER!!!!!

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    August 30, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Congrats on your ribbons. You must be a great cook.

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    August 30, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Congrats on the canning ribbons!

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    August 30, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Way to go Tipper! It makes you feel so good to know that something you made with your own hands was so good you won ribbons. I know your family is so proud of you; I am too! The story was great too.

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    canned quilter
    August 30, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Good jhob on the ribbons and loved the story

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    August 30, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Congratulations on the wins!!!
    Loved the story too.

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    Vicki Lane
    August 30, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Those preachers — so many stories about their bottomless stomachs.

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    August 30, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    I never doubted it.
    Love the salt and onion story. I’m wondering if that preacher ever planned to eat there again or if that family’s turn was just skipped over. LOL
    Love the streaming country music. I clicked over and guess what…The announcer was plugging for Blind Pig and then I listened to Paul and Pap sing, I’m Bound For The Promise Land.
    I difinitely clicked at the right time!

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    August 30, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    it did make me LOL. thanks for m first big smile of the day. loved that story and congrats on your ribbons. YUM and wish i could do a taste test

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    Granny Sue
    August 30, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Yay Tipper! Congratulations on the ribbons. I bet your jelly was delicious 🙂
    Love the story too. It reminds me of Old Dry Frye.

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    August 30, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Congratulations on your winnings.Know you and your family are very happy. That story is so funny. Bet that preacher thought twice about going back to that place. Enjoy your blog so much, keep up the good work.

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    Miss Cindy
    August 30, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Hey Tipper, congratulations on that Blue Ribbon and the two Red Ribbons. Your Blackberry jelly is THE BEST! I can vouch for that.
    Sounds like the festival was good…sorry I missed it.

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    August 30, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Good story…bet they didn;t have to play host again. Congrats on your ribbons, too! Sounds like a great weekend all around, Tipper.

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    August 30, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    That preacher story brought back
    memories of my childhood. My older
    brother and I would catch a couple
    of dominecker pullets, wring their
    necks, clean ’em and mama would
    fix them. And those preachers would come home with us quite often, and that ole saying is true: preachers really love chicken! Since they were served first, my pulleybone always got
    gobbled up before it got to my
    plate. Congradulations on your
    1st place prize. Your blackberry
    jelly is the best. Enjoyed seeing
    all your Folkart Crafts, had a good time, and got to meet the
    girls too. Fun to watch them do the cloggin…Ken

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    kat magendie
    August 30, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Wish I coulda been there!
    Funny, I dreamed about canned preserves last night – in a big ole jar – huge! I was running from something and I needed to save those preserves! *laugh*

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    Pat in east TN
    August 30, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Congratulations on winning those ribbons!
    I loved your story and got a good laugh out of it!

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