I cherish the stories my grandparents share of the days of their childhood in North Carolina. And I especially love those revolving around food.
Recently I asked my Tutu if there was a story behind her Southern Corn and Green Beans.
“Of course,” she chuckled. “I remember mother had stepped out of the kitchen and father came in to steal a peek at what was simmering on the stove. When he saw that it was corn and beans he exclaimed ‘this woman just don’t know how to cook beans!’ and marched across the kitchen, cut a couple of slices off a hunk of back fat, and returned to throw them in the pot.”
This is my Tutu’s adaptation of that Corn and Green Bean recipe. She takes after her mother in that she leaves out the back fat. 🙂 Either way, I love this dish!