Every Atlanta adjacent Proper Southern Woman with children needs to take the little ones to ride the Pink Pig. What in the world am I talking about? My sister introduced us to Macy's Pink Pig. It is a train ride that is in the parking deck outside of Macy's at Lenox Square. It is a wonderful holiday tradition that started in 1953 in the downtown Atlanta Rich's department store. Thank you to Macy's for keeping this tradition alive and thank you to my sister for being obssessed with the Pink Pig. My nephew will be going to that big pink tent for years to come. We locked him into a verbal contract for the next 20 years. We did witness a couple of 10 to 12 year old young men who seemed less than thrilled to be there. I hope their moms put them on Facebook for all to see. Just embrace the tradition and go with it fellas. My Proper Southern baby girl thought it was great. She let the giant pig hold her, so we have a priceless picture of her and her cousin on her first visit. It's hard to sort out what you want for traditions when you have a new little one, but I think this is one that we will keep. Check out this link for more information: http://www.macysinc.com/pressroom/macys/press.aspx?cid=11&mkid=600
I made a pie last year for Thanksgiving and wrote about it here. This year, I decided to follow an actual recipe rather than just making up as we go along. So, I pulled out the cookbook of all cookbooks. The yellow Calling All Cooks cookbook. I find that most Southerners love at least one cookbook put out by a telephone cooperative or something of the sort. It may be a church or a group of friends who put together a cookbook. There is something about local folks getting together and sharing recipes that we love. We've eaten their food at potlucks and weddings. The pie turned out pretty good. You really can't go wrong with a bunch of sugar and butter. They also have a chocolate chip cookie recipe that I love. I've attached an Amazon link to some favorite cookbooks. I have also included Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible, because it has everything you ever want to make in it. I think she wrote it just for me.
So, I'm kind of a Campbell's girl. Making homemade soup does not make my To Do list very often or actually ever. I do make Taco Soup, but that is opening cans and most anyone can do that. I went through a brief period of can opener impairment. Once I got the Pampered Chef manual can opener, I had some success. Please never get me an electric can opener. It violates my principle of having another thing on the kitchen counter. I have to have room for piles of baby things after all...not to mention the weeks of mail and the coupons that somehow never make it to the store. So, I had made chicken and dumplings a day or so ago. We had a lot of extra soupy type matter leftover. My husband suggested getting some egg noodles and trying to make chicken noodle soup. The thought never would have crossed my mind. As I said, I am a Campbell's Soup girl. So I baked a couple of chicken breasts (bone-in), because my big pot was full of leftover soupy stuff and I didn't have another pot that would contain them. I heated the soupy stuff and added carrots, celery (despite my better judgement), and no egg egg noodles. Why did I go with no egg egg noodles? They were very cheap. After the chicken breasts finished baking, I ripped them apart and put them in the soup. Please do not tell my husband that I ate the crispy skin part and failed to save him any. It would have been cold and nasty by the time he got home anyway. After all that, we now have about 14 gallons of wonderful chicken noodle soup. I think this one was a success. I will recommend the product in the photo above. It is called Better than Bouillon. I plopped a couple of spoonfuls in the pot, and we had a rich chicken flavor in the soup. Nice job Southeastern Mills.
We travelled to Buffalo for Thanksgiving this year. It is as close to Canada as you can get without a passport. I did not have to wear a coat while there, so I can make no complaints about the cold. I think you need to know a few of the differences that stand out as you visit Buffalo. First of all, if someone offers you squash at Thanksgiving, it is not fried yellow squash. We may have been sheltered, but that is the only squash I know. Anything else referred to as a squash is traditionally used in your Halloween decoration, and you certain do not bake it and eat it. I mean it's not even fried. I'm suspicious of any vegetable not fried. Yes, they do serve stuffing. It was very good. They also allowed me to bring cornbread dressing, which made up for the distinct lack of anything with sweet potatoes in it. Something else you need to know about Buffalo, you are not anyone unless you are carrying around a cup of Tim Horton's coffee. You also have to know who Tim Horton was. Good luck on that 90% of Southerners. They love their hot dog restaurants, and they do not serve Oscar Mayer. Another thing I noticed as I stood outside a Target at midnight on Black Friday, you don't ever see a perogie truck circling around the Piggly Wiggly. You also don't see a lot of snowmobile crossing signs in our area. We don't go pick up breakfast sandwiches; we go get a biscuit...most likely from a gas station. I will emphasize an important point. Never, ever, under any circumstances, order sweet tea. Just trust me on that one.