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Eat This Word: Succotash

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August 22, 2016


WHAT? Daffy's favorite side dish. ("Suffering succotash!") Native Americans introduced colonists to this mix of beans and corn (the Native American version sometimes included bear meat) and gave the dish its name, which derives from msickquatash, Narraganset for boiled kernels of corn. In A Tramp Abroad, Mark Twain listed succotash (along with possum, coon, and cobblers) among the food from home that he most craved while he was traveling. Ronald Reagan once used the word as a substitute for "Podunk" to mean a backwater place; in so doing, he incensed the 600 residents of Succotash Point, Rhode Island. Sadly, so many Americans were raised on loathsome frozen succotash vegetable mix, they've written off what food writer John Thorne has described as "a quintessential summer dish...with a wonderfully delicate flavor."

WHERE? South Carolina Heritage at the Beard House

WHEN? Tuesday, August 23, 2016

HOW? Iron-Skillet Lamb Chops with Smoked-Maple-and-Bourbon-Glazed Goat Cheese, Sweet Potato Fufu, Pea Succotash, and Trotter Broth