Our family tables were laden with squash, okra, all kinds of peas and beans, watermelon, peaches. My mouth is watering just thinking about Mama's table and its colorful bounty.
To be honest, some of those healthy fresh foods had close personal relationships with less than healthy partners. Hook neck squash was thinly sliced, along with fresh onions, then tossed in a skillet with bacon grease. Umm-umm! That was some kind of good!
Almost as good as fresh corn cut off the cob, with the cob "milked" using the back of a case knife, then tossed in a skillet with ... you got it, more bacon grease! Mouth watering, cholesterol soaring ...
In case you've never traveled to my beautiful home state, perhaps you didn't know that pine trees are a cash crop (as in Georgia-Pacific paper products). So what's that got to do with the food on our tables?
One of the biggest differences we noticed moving from Georgia to Kansas was the landscape. Flat open ranges are perfect for running cattle. Undulating, tree-covered acres, not so much. That's pork country.
If it wasn't in a skillet, then it was snap beans, field peas, black-eyed peas in a pot (think Dutch oven size) on the stove co-mingling with a spoon of bacon grease, plus the bonus of ham chunks or "fatback". Can we say Lipitor-bound?
Now we've entered the "Ranch" era. It seems the bats (carrot and celery sticks), balls (grape tomatoes), or trees (broccoli and cauliflower) are considered naked without Ranch dressing. I've see innumerable children load up a lunch tray with as much dressing as veggies. Worse yet, some skip the veggies altogether.
If we're really honest, don't we sometimes pollute other good or healthy things in our lives, maybe to the point of being unhealthy for us, physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually? Am I the only one who can spend as much time reading nonsense or taking crazy personality quizzes on Facebook, as I do staying in touch with family and friends?
Do you take your veggies with or without dressing? Any good habits that have gotten a little tarnished? What's your gauge for determining how much of a good thing is enough?
3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and as I gave you the green vegetables and plants, I give you everything.