Friday, March 26, 2010


(Again, another wonderful excerpt from the book "A Southern Belle Primer....)
"Ya'll Drop by the House"

After any funeral in the South, it's just expected that everyone is going to "drop by the house afterward. Don't ya'll forget."

Of course there's food galore. Just because someone has passed on doesn't mean hostess duties can be shunned. Everyone comes and looks forward to Aunt Fanny's banana pudding or Cousin Jesse's Honeyed ham with "Co-cola" gravy.

Of course, Aunt Fanny and Cousin Jessee have been in their own final resting places for years, but no one else ever gets credit for the recipe. It may be 50 years later and several new generations of belles who are making that dish, but it just doesn't matter.

And while today there are a lot of new kinds of deli and pasta trays, there are certain dishes that always appear at a Southern funeral. If not, it's just not considered a Southern funeral.

1. Green bean casserole with cream of mushroom soup, velveeta, and canned fried onion rings.

2. Grits casserole with grits, butter, eggs and garlic velveeta.

3. Chicken casserole with rice, cream of chicken soup and velveeta.

4. Broccoli casserole with broccoli, rice, cream of mushroom soup and velveeta.

5. Bing cherry mold with black cherry Jell-O, bing cherries, shredded pineapple, pecans, and Co-cola.

6. Frozen congealed fruit salad with strawberry Jell-O, sour cream, whipped cream, miniature marshmallows and fruit cocktail (always served with a dollop of mayonnaise).

7. Deviled eggs.

8. Baked had with Co-cola gravy.

9. Lemon pound cake.

10. Pineapple upside down cake.

Love to all and happy Friday!

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