Round Meets Green


| 5/11/2013 9:14:06 PM


Tags: garden, fried potatoes, sugar cured ham, Mom, dandelion, warm bacon dressing, Vern R.,

Round Meets Green

"Vern, go get some potatoes from the cellar for supper". Being bigger,  the best cook in the world, and her first son, of course I did what she asked. A fool might say, get your own potatoes, but I knew better. Never, never bite the hand that feeds you. How will the potato be prepared tonight? I hope they are fried with smokehouse ham, pork chops, or meat loaf. It didn't matter. Tonight we may eat some fried, golden brown potatoes, fresh from the garden.

As requested, I picked out some of the biggest, and gave them to the cook. Bigger means less work, or so I thought. Sometime that week, she again put out the same request to one of us kids, and we never said no. Of course, the person chosen, again picked out the biggest ones left. After a while of picking over the potatoes, the next size was chosen for the biggest, and so on and so on. Right about the time of spring planting, mid to late April, only small clean ones the size of a quarter remained. Now what do we do?

No one ever accused our Mom of just being a pretty face--she had a plan.

Dandelions are notorious for being a pest in the yard, driveway, garden, and anywhere there could be found a teaspoon of dirt. People eat collard, red beet and turnip tops, and all kinds of green stuff. Maybe we could eat dandelion. She knew all along what we were having.   

Not a job for un-skilled hands, Mom always got the greens. It gave her a chance to get outside, check to see if the onions had come up, and just soak up some good old sunshine. Selection was important in order to choose the most tender plants. Those sporting a pretty yellow flower didn't make the grade. Soon a pan full of green tops appeared in the sink, and she cleaned and washed them to perfection.

nebraska dave
5/15/2013 12:20:06 AM

Vern, the art of kitchen meals has indeed been left to holidays and special events. So much of the time meals are eaten away from the table in front of the TV or (big sigh) behind the steering wheel on the way to some type of sporting practice. So much social time has been lost because of the busy schedules our culture has pressed us into. The simple life doesn't really need to mean off the grid. It could mean just a slower life style. Have a great meal tonight.





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