Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Food, Funerals and a giveaway,


I live in a house that’s been in my husband’s family since before Sherman parked his unwelcome hide in Savannah. I teach dancing so the young people of Savannah don’t look like idiots at their cotillion and so that the not so young can show off at their 50thanniversary party.  

The problem is, here in Savannah, and as much as I hate to say it,  we’ve been getting more than our share of funerals lately.  
Now I understand that we all got to go sometime and some sooner than others but being dead is no excuse for bad manners and that’s why I’m here to be setting things to rights.
First of all and most important you must always be keeping your  “death-ready” pantry up to speed so as soon as you get the call that Miss So-and-so is toes at that there slumber house you need be rushing right over to the family with stuffed eggs, chicken salad, caramel cake and some pecan tassies. And everyone knows Pimiento cheese spread is the very paste that holds the South together through think and thin.
Remember that casseroles that contain cream of mushroom soup and Velveeta cheese are considered second tier presentations, but a can of cream of asparagus soup added elevates the dish to a higher status. And of course banana pudding is the Cadillac of southern desserts, so don’t be forgetting that.

And always remember it’s right important to refer to the deceased as successful, no matter how far from the actual truth that might be. The written description needs to include enough truth that the dead person is somewhat recognizable, but include enough flattery to please the grieving family and friends.

And of course you must encourage those relatives to attend who do the most carrying on. Someone discreetly weeping into a hankie just doesn't have the same appeal as multiple women screaming and throwing themselves onto the casket as it is being lowered into the ground. What good is a send-off unless it’s a mighty big one.

And as for the service…for heaven’s sake keep in mind that Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heavenis only appropriate for one of those Yankee funerals. In this part of the world Amazing Gracewill do fine, thank you very much especially if there’s a martini two following right soon.

You all take care now, ya’ hear. Be sure to keep that death pantry stocked just in case and do let me know what’s your favorite dish to be sharing  with your family and friends in these most unfortunate times. 

I’ll give away three totes from the answers.









25 comments:

  1. Food usually found at the time of a funeral is meatloaf and cheesy potatoes or scalloped potatoes. Vegetables are an afterthought unless you consider pickles.

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    1. True comfort foods!!! My fave!! If you’d like a tote email me at DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com. Thanks for chatting.

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  2. I take a cake or cookies lkleback at hotmail.com

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    1. Sweets are a must!! If you’d like a tote email me at DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com. Thanks for chatting.

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  4. A large foil chafing pan of penne pasta with my homemade tomato sauce and meatballs is my usual "go to" dish for any gathering.

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    1. Pasta!! Yes!! Always a crowd pleaser.If you’d like a tote email me at DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com. Thanks for chatting.

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  5. Five spice chicken.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. Sounds amazing. I’d love the recipe!!! If you’d like a tote email me at DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com. Thanks for chatting.

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  6. a cake or a pie 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Pie is always a Southern must. Pecan! Yummy. If you’d like a tote email me at DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com. Thanks for chatting.

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  7. My goodness, this post truely captures the essence of a southern funeral. I live in North Alabama and funeral food has been much the same since as long as I can remember. My goto dish is strawberry pretzel salad or chicken salad sandwiches. oaktreehill@outlook.com

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    1. Hi, Myra. I’d love the recipe for Strawberry pretzel salad and chicken salad is one of my faves. If you’d like a tote email me at DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com. Thanks for chatting.

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  8. I usually take a cake, cookies, or brownies. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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    1. Hi, Eileen. Desserts are a good idea and they hold for a few days for more company. If you’d like a tote email me at DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com. Thanks for chatting.

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  9. I have a few favorites. I would use one of the three depending on the person/family I am making it for, who passed, and what I already know others are bringing.
    1. I make a trifle. Basically a layered dessert. Sometimes I will use homemade sponge or angel food cake, always Bird's Custard (the cooking kind)---which imparts a creamy (non-egg) texture and an almost almond-y flavor, and then layers of either homemade cranberry sauce/lemon curd/raspberry jam/or similar seasonal item.
    2. I make a colorful and flavorful pasta salad. Probably pesto ranch. So homemade ranch with pesto swirled in, folded into cold pasta. With fresh and sun dried (reconstituted) tomatoes, red onions, artichoke hearts, black olives, green peppers, extra parma shreds, pepperoncinis, and whatever else I feel like throwing in.
    3. I make a hot dish. Usually Sour Creme Chicken. Saute a load of sliced onions and (washed) sliced mushrooms in butter. Throw in Pyrex. Brown off some chicken in the same pan then add to the Pyrex. Deglaze pan with a bit of white whine. Mix in some (homemade from my freezer) cream of mushroom soup, and a ton of sour creme. Add thyme, rosemary, black and green peppercorns with some salt into a mortar and pestle to grind to a fine dust, sprinkle into pan with the sauce. Bake.

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    1. You do know how to take care of folks when they are grieving. These all sound amazing. If you’d like a tote email me at DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com. Thanks for chatting.

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  10. I tend to make sandwiches. Easy for people to hold onto as they stand.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Hi, Mary. Sandwiches are always a good idea. If you’d like a tote email me at DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com. Thanks for chatting.

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  11. I have a variety of foods I take and it depends on what I have on hand, what my schedule is etc. My go too "funeral foods" are lasagna, acini de pepi salad (also called Frog Eye salad), a mixed vegetable salad, cake or brownies. I will buy a sliced ham and take 3-4 dozen buns to the family. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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    1. Hi, Dianne. Frog Eye Salad!! Love the name. Ham is always a good idea as it hold for a few days and the family can bring it out when needed. If you’d like a tote email me at DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com. Thanks for chatting.

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  12. My husband is Cajun so funerals are a celebration and usually call for a shrimp boil or crawfish book when in season! And Bread Pudding is the dessert!
    teddi1961(at)arcemont(dot)com

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  13. My husband is Cajun so funerals are a celebration and usually call for a shrimp boil or crawfish boil when in season! And Bread Pudding is dessert!
    teddi1961(at)arcemont(dot)com

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  14. I don't go to many funerals. We only had family when my parents died so we went out to eat. I'd probably take a casserole of some sort. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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