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Ms. Edna Lewis Boiled Dressing Strikes a Chord

Raised in the Upper South, having grandparents in the restaurant business, and my own background in agriculture, I felt confident in beginning this journey called Friends Drift Inn

After all, isn’t the Number One rule of storytelling
“Write about what you know?”

Months before blog launch, I begin assembling recipes. I researched heirloom garden legacies. I pondered ingredient lists, and poured over obscure seed catalogs.

But more importantly, I tweeted my dreams. Boldly, I sought out culinary experts who would understand where I was coming from….and where I wanted to go. Facebook and twitter friends included Virginia Willis, Nathalie Dupree, and Lael Hazan.

Lael, @educatedpalate, twittered me one day.

“You cannot write about Southern Cooking
           without reading Edna Lewis.”

There was no other conversation, just that simple pronouncement.

The truth is I never heard of Edna Lewis. Our library has none of her works; however they graciously ordered several on loan.

After two months, the books arrived. Eagerly I begin thumbing through the pages. Simple formulas folks in Virginia and Kentucky would recognize as “down home.” Ms. Lewis writes life accounts to accompany each section of The Taste of Country Cooking which as I explained in my review is my favorite of the author’s writings.

But it was a page in “The Gift of Southern Cooking” that made me catch my breath. There in black and white for everyone to see, Grandma’s recipe for Boiled Dressing.

How could I have forgotten about Boiled Dressing?

My cheeks flushed. I tumbled back to Sunday afternoon tables of white linen clothes, fancy china, and the good silver. I could smell the fish frying. Skillets were sizzling with eggplant and corn cakes. Tall glasses of sweet tea dripped cool beads of sweat.

And there was Grandma pouring a mason jar of her special dressing on summer potato salad.

The heavens opened.The angels sang I wept.

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About Joyce Pinson

Joyce Friend Pinson is a regional farm-to-table columnist for the Appalachian-News Express. She is a local television host. Her column show and blog, Friends Drift Inn, explores food, gardening, and real life farm-to-table stories from the perspective of a baby boomer in Appalachia. Joyce has a background in agriculture, media, and small business. Joyce is an heirloom gardening addict and home canner. She has a penchant for big hats, pointy toed shoes, and bourbon. Along with her husband Charlie, Joyce really does live in a barn where they ballroom dance. And laugh. And cook. And giggle.