For those who know me, will eventually realize that I am not a Southern originally. My Hubby evens calls me Yankee, affectionately. Funny thing is I do not consider myself a Yankee. It is true that I was born in New York, please note that I did not mention city. My Hubby is a native Georgian born gentleman.
Well, ever since moving to Georgia from Washington (I didn't say D.C.) seven years ago, there is a quote or phrase I hear often and I mean often. "It's the Southern thing". I have learn many differences of the Southern thing and it depends on who you talk to!
I ate enough Brunswick Stew to notice that there are different styles and this depends on "where" in the South! Among the locals and Southerners, they even debate about whose stew is the best or better. So, it is the Southern thing.
Then you have grits in the South and you can find it on nearly all menus! I like grits my way which is the Northern thing, with butter and maple syrup which I do for my oatmeal! The way my Hubby does it , is with butter and black pepper. I just don't want grits with my shrimp or other foods. I think of it for breakfast not lunch or dinner.
I love iced tea and tomatoes. The Southern way is iced SWEEEEEEEET tea and fried green tomatoes! I like the fried green tomatoes! In fact I really really like them! Now onto the sweet tea, I am not a fan of all that sweetness. It is soooooooo sweet that it is over powering for my taste but it is the Southern thing.
Now there is something that my Hubby does that it is considered as a Southern thing but he says not only is it a Southern thing, that is a Georgia thing. I did research this and no one can really verify the origin. I was told by my Hubby that this a treat. I have over the years watched him drink his glass bottled Coca-Cola with peanuts. He adds peanuts into the bottle of his coke. That's right. I give a curious look every time. My friends and neighbors all say "Oh yeah, we do that".
I get how it could be the Georgia thing with the state that grows peanuts and Coke is in Atlanta. It is has been so hot here and the thought of a refreshing cold glass bottle coke was all I could think about. I finally said to Hubby, "Okay! Enough is enough! I am going to try the Coca-Cola and peanuts". I just had to see whats the big deal was besides it being nostalgic for many of the Southerners!
You chill the glass bottles of Coke. Yes, it had to be glass bottles! Gotta do this right after all! You will also need a snack size package of salted peanuts. After opening the cokes, you carefully add the peanuts. Carefully because the coke gets really foamy and comes spilling out. I sipped the foam and added the rest of the peanuts. You drink the coke with the peanuts but before finishing the last swallow or two of the coke be sure that you ate all the peanuts or they'll be stuck in the bottle.
It was fine and interesting to me but I am still left with what's the big deal? I guess that it is a Southern thing. (((Shrugs))) Oh.. another Southern thing.. boiled peanuts! Now that I like!!
This is the Georgia thing said by Hubby!
If you have not done this, give it a try!
A side note Coca-Cola is celebrating their 75th Anniversary!
To my friends and readers, especially the Southerner ones... I do not mean for my blog post to be of any offence to you or others. I love my friends and neighbors. I am just amused by the differences of our cultures and traditions and those differences enrich each one of us as individuals.