By Kathryn Tucker Windham
First released in 1975 and lengthy out of print, this publication is now reissued in a good-looking new version. Alabama is like one tremendous entrance porch the place fogeys assemble on summer time nights to inform stories. it is a sprawling porch stretching from the Tennessee River Valley to the sandy Gulf seashores. during this ebook, Mrs. Windham takes readers on a journey of the heritage, humans, and locations of the "heart of Dixie." The tales are alike of their unmistakable Southern combination of exaggeration, humor, pathos, folklore, and romanticism with kin heritage woven in.
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They moved ever so gently with the rhythm while Ernest Tubb, Red Foley, Webb Pierce, Carl Smith, and Lew Childre sang Hank's songs. They went back home with souvenirs they bought from vendors in the crowdrecords, photographs, song sheets, and such. And they cried, most of them did, because Hank was gone and they knew there never again would be anybody else like him. Many of those fans came back 20 months later, September 21, 1954, for Hank Williams Day in Alabama. Governor Gordon Persons proclaimed the day to honor the memory of the shoeshine boy who rose to the top as a composer and singer of country music, and the governor invited Hank's friends to come take part in the event.
But people in Bon Secour still tell the story of Dr. " Maybe that's not the most appropriate sort of tale to tell before a meal at Meme's. There'll likely be somebody around who will tell a livelier story. Some of the older fishermen tell of long ago adventures when they worked their boats "by guess and by God," and they poke gentle fun at the modern gadgetry which "nursemaids" today's fishermen. Waiting at Meme's also provides time to learn a bit about cooking seafood. The setting is perfect. To begin with, there's gumbo.
Season to taste. Simmer 3 hours. Add chopped okra and cook 15 minutes. Add raw cleaned crabs (chop each crab into four pieces) and shrimp. Cook gently half an hour. Take off heat. Add file. Serve over hot steamed rice. Meme also has a recipe for fig preserves made like this: Select firm figs and leave stems on. Wash thoroughly. Measure figs and place in large boiler. Pour over them half as much sugar as there are figs (two quarts of sugar for each gallon of figs). Add no water. Let stand overnight.
Alabama: one big front porch by Kathryn Tucker Windham