Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Eatin' speaks louder than words!
Anyone who spends more than 20 minutes with yours truly knows that I can reference an episode of The Andy Griffith Show for just about every ordinary, or extraordinary, daily event. (Go ahead, tell me something that happened to you today and I'll tell you how it relates to Andy Griffith.) Furthermore, if you live to be 100, you might only run across one or two folks who like Andy Griffith more than I do ... and that's a mighty big "might."
Imagine my surprise when a co-worker alerted me to the fact that a local grocery store was selling Mayberry's Finest canned vegetables (with Andy, Aunt Bee, and Opie right on the label). I had no idea such a brand existed, which was pretty embarrassing considering that I try to stay abreast of all things Andy.
It took me a couple of days to get to the grocery store in question -- Apple Market, 3955 Nolensville Road -- but when I did, boy howdy, did I stock up (apologies to Goober Pyle). I got me two cans of blackeyed peas, two cans of pinto beans, a can of creamed corn, a can of green beans, a can of turnip greens, and a can of beans and franks. In addition, I picked up two packages of garlic and herb biscuit mix and one package of buttermilk biscuit mix.
Now I've been trying these items one at a time, so I'm gonna tell you about 'em one at a time. (Mr. Jimmy got my can of beans and franks, and I know for a fact that he ate 'em. Perhaps he'll send us a review.) First up ... Mayberry's Finest Southern-Seasoned Blackeyed Peas with Bacon.
I'm a feller who loves him some blackeyed peas. I don't usually buy canned blackeyed peas because most of the brands I've tried are quite bitter to taste. Not so with Mayberry's Finest. I detected not a hint of bitterness from the first bite to the last.
Mayberry's Finest blackeyed peas aren't heavily seasoned, and that can be a bad thing or a good thing, depending on your taste. I saw fit to spice 'em up a bit with a pinch of salt and pepper and a toot of Tabasco. I'm going to hit the next batch I cook with a little cayenne. I bet that'll make 'em extra good!
Pinto beans with bacon will be the next Mayberry's Finest product to get served in my kitchen. Stay tuned.