Affiliated Networks



Interview with Gail Godwin about Grief Cottage

Started by Rob Neufeld in AC-T Book Reviews Aug 3, 2017.

Ellington in Asheville--a survey

Started by Rob Neufeld in Local History Oct 6, 2017.

Dave Minneman, heroic portrait

Started by Rob Neufeld in Local History Aug 25, 2017.



Latest Activity

Sallie updated their profile
Dec 2, 2019
Susan True shared Rob Neufeld's discussion on Facebook
Sep 24, 2019
Susan True replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Act 5, Scene 1: Irene's Twilight Zone
"Soulfully beautiful."
Sep 24, 2019
Rob Neufeld posted a discussion

Act 5, Scene 1: Irene's Twilight Zone

Act 5, Scene 1: Irene’s Twilight Zone See whole poem, "The Main Show," and index of scenes.  (Spotlight opens on the lobby of the theater.  Characters who remain in the lobby enter the theater, which remains dark.  Joan the nurse tells the tour guide to also go in, and the narrator hangs back awhile.) Joan: Go ahead in. I’ll stay with my patient.Anyway, this is a family…See More
Sep 24, 2019
Phillip Elliott shared their photo on Facebook
Sep 5, 2019
Connie Regan-Blake posted events
Aug 28, 2019
Julia Nunnally Duncan posted an event

Julia Nunnally Duncan at Little Switzerland Books and Beans

August 30, 2019 from 3pm to 6pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be a featured author at Little Switzerland Books and Beans on Friday, August 30, from 3-5. A book signing will follow. Julia will read from her latest books A Neighborhood Changes, A Part of Me, and A Place That Was Home.See More
Aug 26, 2019
Phillip Elliott commented on Phillip Elliott's album

Guide to Antebellum Flat Rock

"The introduction of my new publication, Guide to Antebellum Flat Rock will be launched on Sept 14 2019 at 1:30 PM at the Henderson County Court House 500 Main Street. A talk and a brief slide show follows with refreshments afterward. …"
Aug 23, 2019
Phillip Elliott posted photos
Aug 23, 2019
Nancy Werking Poling posted an event

Nancy Werking Poling at Black Mountain Library

June 15, 2019 from 3pm to 4pm
Can women rescue the planet from ecological disaster?Nancy Werking Poling will launch her new novel, WHILE EARTH STILL SPEAKS, set in WNC. She'll tell the stories behind the story: How did Mary (more crone than virgin) get into the narrative? And Mary Surratt, a co-conspirator of John Wilkes Booth?See More
Jun 10, 2019
Caroline McIntyre posted events
Apr 29, 2019
Rob Neufeld updated their profile
Apr 13, 2019
Rob Neufeld posted a discussion

Flat Rock history via a road

Travelling back in time on a Flat Rock roadby Rob Neufeld             If you walk the one mile length of North Highland Lake Road in Flat Rock, you step nearly 200 years into the past.            At the east end, the 21st century reigns.  Fronting six-lane Spartanburg Highway, a super-Ingles sits above a bog; and a CVS store faces an Octopus Garden smoke shop, a chiropractor, a cell phone provider, and a six-lane avenue to I-26 a mile away .            Neither Ingles nor CVS carries the big…See More
Apr 8, 2019

Porkchops and Applesauce In The Mountains

Pork was the primary source of meat for folks in Appalachia up until the 1950s-60s. Most every family had 2 or 3 hogs and usually in late November or early December when the weather had turned off cold the hogs were readied for slaughter.

Pap's father, Wade, was known as a "good hog butcher" around our area. He was called to various homes and farms throughout the hog killing season. For his services, some folks paid him in money, most paid by giving him part of the meat, and some who couldn't afford too-didn't pay at all.

Pap shared some of his hog memories with me:

* They waited until the temperature was under 40 degrees for 4 or 5 days. He said it was o.k. if it warmed up some during the day-but the nights needed to be cold.
* Usually the hogs were penned up in a small pen and fed only corn and water for about 2 weeks before they were slaughtered. This ensured the lard and meat would have a good taste.
* They tried to go by the signs-but sometimes you had to slaughter when you could- Pap said it did make for better meat and lard if you were able to follow the signs.
* They had a barrel buried in the ground at a 45 degree angle-boiling water was poured into it and then the whole hog lowered into the water. This helped make the hair easier to scrape off.
* Pap's family salt cured and sugar cured most all of their pork-placing it in a smokehouse hanging on a wire (keeping it on a wire kept the mice off it-eek!). They canned the backbones, ribs, and the sausage they made. They also used the ears, tongue, and parts of the head to make
* Souse Meat-a ground up meat mixture. Pap said the souse meat was eaten up pretty quickly-in about a week or so.
* Typically the women begin rendering the lard as the men were still butchering.

I've never been involved in hog slaughtering-and can't exactly say I'd like too either. However, one of my favorite meals is pork chops, biscuits, and applesauce all washed down with sweet tea.

I can barely believe it myself-but David Greer has a song called Pork chops and Applesauce. Guitar Man plays it for this weeks Pickin' & Grinnin' In The Kitchen Spot. I hope you'll listen to it-and see if it makes you long for pork chops and applesauce.

To hear the song jump over to my blog at Blind Pig & The Acorn you can also read more about my Appalachian Heritage.


Views: 25


You need to be a member of The Read on WNC to add comments!

Join The Read on WNC

© 2020   Created by Rob Neufeld.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service