I scored 29 but feel I could have done even better if I knew what Red Eye Gravy, Brunswick stew, Polk Salad, and Hoppin’ John were.

Anyway, I’m moving to Savannah.

Today’s Yes/No…

I mean…how much meat are on those things?  I usually just trim them off to make wing-eating easier.  You?

For the longest time, there were three things I refused to eat: popcorn, candied fruit, and shepherd’s pie.

You know, now that you mention it, it has slowly dawned on me…

Great zoom call this morning about one of my pilots – very similar to Dark Matter in theme and tone but in a contemporary real(ish?) world setting.  Looks like we’ll be moving forward on the development of a pitch deck.  Provided they follow up.

Stranger things have happened.

And, finally, tomorrow I should be completing work on the re-re-revised outline of that re-re-revise pilot.  I’ll review Thursday, make some final touches, send it on its way and then it’ll be SMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTH sailing!


11 thoughts on “May 31, 2022: What’s Polk Salad and do I really want to eat it?

  1. Regarding “polk salad”, proper name “poke sallet”, a Southern “survival food” in earlier times.

    Far as I can recall, neither my parents nor grandparents mentioned eating it. Perhaps the 18th-/19th-century ancestor did.

  2. My dad used to make red eyed gravy. He would use the drippings from frying country ham and add a little coffee. I’m not sure how everyone else makes it but his way was delicious!

    Hopping’ John’s I’ve had two ways (soup & as a side dish). It features hams, black eyed peas and turnip greens.

    Poke salad features a weed called “Pokeweed”. Honestly, you’re not missing much with that one.

    You’ve had chocolate gravy? I had to stop making it because my hubby would eat so much that he would make himself sick. 😉

  3. Regarding the list, I barely made it to 21, despite my Southern ancestors. Guess I lost point for disliking liver all my life and also avoiding fish as a child. But I’ve probably eaten enough corn bread and hush puppies over 65 years to make up for those lacks.

  4. Was that zoom call with LegionM. I hope it was with LegionM. Was excited when they posted that they would be talking to you!

  5. Souse and deviled eggs are southern foods? I always thought souse was Pennsylvania Dutch. Never touched the stuff but my grandmother loved it. I just tried alligator tail in January. It was pretty good.

  6. Hoppin’ John is black eyed peas and rice, traditionally eaten on New Year’s to ensure good luck.
    Red Eye Gravy is coffee thrown into the drippings from where you’ve cooked country ham.
    Brunswick Stew is nowadays a big old meat and veggie jumble, but traditionally was made with game.
    Polk Salad was never presented on our Southern table. It’s pronounced “poke sallet”

    Savannah has only one good restaurant that I’ve found over the course of 20+ years of visiting and it’s only breakfast and lunch. Charleston is foodie Nirvana. I’d suggest there.

  7. Very much a Northeasterner, but anyone who hasn’t eaten Deviled Eggs needs to, stat.

    I wonder what the real dish was that “Fried Squirrel” was a typo for.

    I won’t eat mushrooms, raisins, prunes, fruit-flavored chocolate (it clashes), mint, cinnamon, anchovies, or salad (unless it’s been microwaved). I can’t stand alcohol or fizzy drinks.

    Yay, pitch movement! Fingers crossed.

  8. I’ve written about poke in these comments sections before. Nobody asked then but the answer was still “don’t eat poke”.

    @Tam Burgoo is a stew made with multiple meats and an excuse to tell kids the stone soup fable. It may be regional to Kentucky. I’ve heard claims about road kill but the hippie communes always got that before the sun came up. I told a Yankee about burgoo and he made an astute observation: it’s jambalaya without seafood, which makes sense for a state that didn’t always have seafood. The different meats together do form an ambiguous umami flavor, even with just beef, chicken, and pork if you do it right.

  9. I got 21 so I guess I’m a stubborn southerner. I like what I like and I’m not too adventurous. Unlike you Joe.

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