Educated Food

My grandaddy, Son Vincent makes me smile all the time and he left this world to keep my Granny company years ago. When I left home for college, I became very smart…I came home with all kinds of ideas about food and how to eat. About the same time, my sister was taking every Home Ec class our little high school had to offer. She also became infatuated with foods that were different than those our family was so accustomed. I’m pretty sure Grandaddy got a kick out of us…I can only imagine what he said about our high faluting ways! He just chuckled when we brought in new stuff. He did eat it though. Son Vincent was the only man I know who was never hungry but always managed to eat wherever he went. I guess he didn’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings! He teased us  by saying, “Oh, no…more educated food”! Well Grandaddy, I still like me some educated food, but I have a whole new appreciation for the “home-cooking” that you loved so.

My pantry looks a little different than the ones Granny and Grandaddy used to have. Since the Vincents carry a strong gene for heart disease , most of us have adopted a few educated foods into our lives. These days, I don’t have a “grease” pitcher on my stove for bacon drippings.  Instead, I reach for extra virgin olive oil.  Morning bisquits and gravy have been replaced with Greek yogurt, granola, and berries. I don’t have lard in the house and buy canola oil in the smallest container on the shelf. I can’t remember the last time I deep fat fried anything;these days chicken fingers go in the oven. I will eat me some “fish-cooker” fish as my precious nieces call fried fish, though! I generally pass on dessert unless the word homemade is used in the description. I have to say, I am about to stop eating desserts in restaurants. It just takes too much like “educated food”. Give me some fried pies, peach cobbler, homemade vanilla ice cream, or Granny’s Pound Cake!


About Debbie

I have been married for 20 years to a Yankee, have two great kids, a fun and funny Southern family, and a whole bunch of friends. I try to enjoy the journey!
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4 Responses to Educated Food

  1. KtheGreat says:

    Correction…. “damned ol’educated food!”

  2. Debbie says:

    My mama cooked “educated food” even when I was little. No lard, easy on the butter, etc. I guess it’s an acquired taste because it’s nothing like what grandma made! Healthy eating is okay, but it doesn’t hold a candle to those ooey-gooey desserts. Hmm, people “back in the day” never seemed to suffer from obesity — maybe we’re going too far with this healthy stuff?!?

    • Debbie says:

      Debbie, you are right because they were so busy WORKING hard in the fields! However, heart disease and diabetes claimed them younger…maybe a balance is the answer! My great-grandmother didn’t eat a vegetable if it hadn’t been bathed in some kind of grease…either by frying or seasoning…