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90-year-old blind black author talks about her life Aug. 2nd, 2007 @ 12:46 pm

My grandma, Eva Rutland www.evarutland.com, has just republished her memoir "When We Were Colored, a Mother's Story." Originally published in 1964, it is a snapshot of what life was like for black people living before the Civil Rights Movement. It tells the story of a woman who was raised in Atlanta, GA before the Second World War. The beloved only girl of a school teacher and a pharmacist, Ms. Rutland was sheltered from many of the harsh racial realities of life in the South. She graduated from Spelman College, a black women's college in Atlanta, GA, in 1937. After World War II, she and her family moved West, where she raised her children during the early days of integration. She originally wrote the book because she worried about the newly integrated world that her children were entering. She wrote this book with white mothers in mind. She wanted them to realize that her children were just as precious and just as fragile as their children and to be nice to them.

Almost 50 years later, this book still has resonance today. It is not the story of lynchings and sit-ins. It's the story of being the first black man in a prominent position in a previously all white workplace, the first black family in a previously all-white neighborhood or the first black child in an all-white classro0m. It is a story that any mother or person whose had a mother can relate to and I strongly encourage you all to read it. 

Eva Rutland is now 90-years-old, blind but continues to write. She has published over 20 novels and is currently working on a sequel tentatively entitled "Tales of a Negro Grandma."

Please read the book (you can request it from your local library if you want to save money) and comment on it. Grandma loves to hear from her fans.

Rosamund Grant's Genuis Nov. 16th, 2006 @ 02:07 pm
All right people. I checked this book out from the library about, oh...6 months ago. I've finally decided that the public deserves to have access to it, so I just bought my own copy online. And face my overdue fee.

A sample of some of the items in this thing:

  • Peanut and Banana Punch
  • Mixed Greens in Garlic Butter
  • Plantain stuffed with Spinach
  • Chicken and Saltfish Fried Rice
  • Shrimp,  Green Mango, and Potato Curry (WHAT!!!)
Current Mood: hungryhungry
Current Music: sshhhh!!!

howdy hello Nov. 14th, 2006 @ 10:33 pm
bon soir, everyone!

i expect i'm gonna be a bit of an odd duck here - an asian kid that grew up in New Jersey, now living in Wisconsin - but i've fallen in love with the soul/african food i've been exposed to.

i'd never had collards until earlier this year, when i started working at an Ethiopian restaurant. i tried the gomen once when i was learning the menu and inexplicably fell in love. when the boss wasn't looking, i could've sneaked bites of kitfo or zilzil tibs or all manner of the high-ticket items, but i always found myself longing for that underappreciated container of greens sitting on the steam table.
hot damn.
i quit about a month before the place closed, but am still very much in love with the cuisine. in fact, i'm planning on whippin' up a feast of doro wat, yeasa tibs, kitfo (regular and lebleb), misir alicha, and, of course, gomen when a friend (who lived in Ethiopia for two years, incidentally) comes to visit for T'giving.

tonight, with my world falling apart from stress in all directions, i got in my kitchen and whipped up a good-sized pot of greens with bacon, garlic, and onions. ate two bowls full of greens, and slurped down the balance of pot likker. THAT, my friends, was comfort food.

Howdy. Aug. 30th, 2006 @ 07:45 pm
Hey, y'all.

I'm a big fan of southern cookin / soul food (same food, different cooks, dig?).  I was born and raised in rural west GA where i feasted upon all manner of boiled, fried, and raw delicacies, including okra, cornbread, squash, pork chops, fried chicken livers, greens 'n' fatback, and tons of other stuff that is really bad for my cholestorol.

Here's my question:

I'm cooking some kudzu jelly for the first time.  (Ever had it?  Yummy.)  I harvested a ton of the purple blossoms this afternoon, but i noticed that only the bottom half of the blossom was fully bloomed.  (That is, there were open flowers at the bottom of the bloom, but the flowers on the top half weren't open yet.)  Will this affect the quality of my jelly?  Do the blossoms need to be FULLY open to make it right?


Apr. 6th, 2006 @ 07:32 pm
Hey, I wondered if any of you caught this documentary for the victims of Hurricane Katrina? It's called In The Sun and it gives a great depiction of the troubled time these people of the South have had in the past months. the site is http://www.sundancechannel.com/inthesun
let me know what your thoughts are.
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Ok, I bought dried beans rice....what is the best way to cook that?
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Hey.. new member.. I posted this in Cook_this as well.

It's the holidays.. and that means calories.. and I dont' believe in Atkins, or low fat dieting, or calorie counting.. or jenni craig, or any of that shit.

So I'm going to make Stuffed Jalepeno Corn Bread and 5 Alarm Fried Chicken.

The cornbread recipe courtesy of Emeril and the FoodNetwork:
Manly Man Stuffed Corn BreadCollapse )

The 5 Alarm Fried Chicken is really pretty basic:

Marinate your chicken strips, or tenders or whatever in butter milk mixed with habenero sauce overnight.. then the next day you just fry it up on the stove like you normally would with cayenne in the breading mix. The buttermilk makes it really juicy inside and really yummy. You can use milk if you want.. but the buttermilk is super yummy.

I use the habenero sauce and cayenne to your liking.. I don't call it 5 Alarm chicken cause it's super hot.. I call it that cause the first time I made it, I walked away from the kitchen for literally two minutes and my pan of oil caught on fire. I thought I was going to burn down the kitchen.

Anyway.. I'll tell you how it goes.

Also.. can anyone give a simple/good recipe for red beans and rice?
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