fall! Here in southern California, a glance out the window won't
remind us of that fact, so we have to work on it a little. Indian
corn and pumpkin props work well, as does the sound of football coming
from the TV in the den. Even Juli has become a football fan,
probably as a matter of survival. She's a big UCLA
fan (her future college, she hopes) and she yells at the TV and hugs her
stuffed bear who plays the fight song when you squeeze his paw and
suffers and understands why I rant at the Gators
even when they win. Chris puts up with both of us and wonders why
we can't all just become Seminole fans and make
our lives a lot easier. I explain to him that we have too much
invested in blue and orange knick-knacks, and besides, I still love Steve
Spurrier, for no reason that I can understand.
what does all of this have to do with Brunswick stew? Nothing,
really, unless you grew up in Virginia, where everything about
fall has to do with Brunswick stew.
FAVORITE BRUNSWICK STEW RECIPE
was given to me by my friend Catherine Morton, of Grandfather
Mountain website fame. It's the best one I've found. I
add a ham hock when I'm feeling particularly homesick and/or not
OF BRUNSWICK STEW
can agree on the history of Brunswick Stew. I'm from Virginia, so
I believe the version that says it started in Brunswick, Virginia as
opposed to Brunswick County, Georgia. Everyone agrees that it was
originally made as a hunting stew and the meat used was squirrel and/or
rabbit. These days people almost always use chicken. Since
all meats you'd only eat on a dare are said to taste like chicken
anyway, this seems to be a sensible trade-off. And it's darned
hard to find squirrel on the market shelf these days.
you're intested, here are some of the versions of the history of
the Charlotte Observer: "Side
Dish has a Long History No One Knows"
Mrs. Fearnow's website: "Brunswick
Stew History: The Virginia Version"
Short History of Mrs. Fearnow's Brunswick Stew
Mrs. Fearnow's Brunswick Stew
This is really good
Brunswick stew, considering the fact that it will come to your house in
cans and sit on your shelf to wait for a cold day. I'd buy it in
the grocery store when I lived in the southeast; now I order it from the
Mrs. Fearnow page. Highly recommended!
Brunswick Stew Page
Brunswick Stew Recipe (Including directions for cleaning a