My last post featured the devastating boll weevil invasion in Alabama which led to the rise of the peanut farming industry that saved Alabama’s economy.
I figure we hang around virtual Alabama a bit, also known as the “Heart of Dixie, “The Cotton State” or “The Yellowhammer State” and, if you are at all curious about the capital to this twenty-second state, it is . . .
So, when it is cold outside, how wonderful would it be to have some delicious, hot, traditional peanuts…Alabama style!
Click below to view the video because, well, I could not figure how to get it to show up on this post. 😛
Now, over at History.com, an interesting fact listed Alabama as the first state to legalize Christmas as holiday back in 1836 .
Merry Christmas, y’all!
Well, I’m thinking if that one extravagant, luxuries day – where one could afford anything – ever materialized as suggested by Daily Post, Feeling Fancy prompt, I say we serve free Christmas Day gourmet dinners to those unfortunate ones unable to afford expensive holiday dishes and give away as gifts, the famous Alabama Lane Cakes.
Personally, I have not tasted this cake but the ingredients sure sounds tasty.
Alabamian, Emma Rylander Lane, invented the layered, bourbon-laden cake for a county fair and won first prize which explains its name, Lane or Prize Cake. Emma featured her Prize cake recipe in her self-published cookbook, “Some Good Things to Eat” in 1898.
Looks yummy, yes?
It’s been awhile since I’ve read, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Hmm, sounds like a good book to revisit this weekend…anyway, author Harper Lee mentions the Lane cake baked with pride by Miss Maudie Atkinson, a neighbor to the main character and narrator of the story, six-year-old Scout Finch.
“Miss Maudie Atkinson baked a Lane cake so loaded with shinny [slang term for liquor] it made me tight.”
Finding every chance to serve up her famous Lane cake, Miss Maudie, with a streak of jealousy while staying with a gossipy neighbor, Stephanie Crawford, decided to bake a thank-you cake for an injured man, Mr.Avery, who had helped put out Miss Maudie’s house fire.
“Mr. Avery will be in bed for a week – he’s right stove up. He’s too old to do things like that and I told him so. Soon as I can get my hands clean and when Stephanie Crawford’s not looking, I’ll make him a Lane cake. That Stephanie’s been after my recipe for thirty years, and if she thinks I’ll give it to her just because I’m staying with her she’s got another think coming.”
. . . And, before we run off with the weekend, Lane cake and To Kill a Mockingbird book in hand, a little dance and song with David Bowie, shall we?