THE FIRST STOP IN SUE LONDON’S 50 STATE VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR IS ALABAMA
Hey there Alabama! It’s been awhile, but it’s nice to start the tour in a state where I used to live. Yep, in the early 80s I lived in Mobile. The Golden Buckle of the Bible Belt, as a local called it. Home to the oldest Mardi Gras in America (still haven’t attended, need to do that). I lived within walking distance of USA (Go Jaguars!) and attended St. Paul’s Episcopal.
Keep an eye out for my FOOD CHALLENGE. Even though so far all the “weird” foods from Alabama are… just things I eat. Sometimes my attitude skews Yankee, but my tummy is 100% Southern belle.
What shouldn’t I miss in Alabama? To my Alabamans, drop a comment with a tour or food suggestion for a chance to win a book!
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My favorite memories of Thanksgiving are playing football in the front yard, my mom’s angel rolls (sooooo fluffy and buttery), and dozing during the football game on TV because of all that turkey. And is there anything better than the turkey and cranberry sauce sandwiches the next day? Yum.
Let’s share some favorite food and/or recipes! Here’s the salad that hubs and I take to all the family events, like Thanksgiving. You’ve probably seen a million variations on it, but this one is ours (adapted from one given to my mom from her friend Carol). In the comments mention a favorite food or give us a favorite recipe. Thanks for playing!
Seven Layer Salad
We always make it in a large plastic container so it is super portable. If you make the night ahead and put in the fridge it also gives all the flavors a chance to mix and mellow. As a typical old married couple we each make it a little differently…
Layer of iceberg lettuce, torn into bite sized pieces
Layer of sliced celery – this is a layer of controversy, as hubs prefers to slice it super thin and I prefer a chunkier slice
Layer of peas – in our household that means one small can of Le Seur, THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE
Layer of purple onion – another controversy as I like onion and hubs thinks a very light scattering is preferable (also, I like rings and he chops)
Another layer of lettuce
Even coat of mayonnaise – you can sprinkle with a bit of sugar if you like
A layer of grated cheddar cheese – we prefer sharp
Garnish with crumbled bacon (or, if hubs, A LOT OF CRUMBLED BACON)
This makes a nice savory and sweet salad. Yes, there are 8 lines there, but you can either not count the second layer of lettuce or consider the bacon a garnish, right? I have no idea. ANYWAY, this is always a winner in our families.
Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win! And maybe next time I can tell you how to make Broccoli Garbage.