Have there been any stories somebody of a previous generation told you that sounded weird or left you thinking WTF? Like when Grandpa Simpson talks about the days when nickles had pictures of bumblebees on them?
Yesterday I was at dinner with my friend and his parents. His dad Jerry knows how to cook meat of any kind. He knows the best temperature, the best rub, the best cooking time, the best spices and oils to use, the whole kit & kaboodle. He’s a country gentleman who always has a tale to tell. He was telling us cooking stories, like when he field cleaned and cooked deer, made gumbo, cooked for a big party, and so on.
He talked about one party where he made chitlins. I’ve never had chitlins, but if Jerry cooked them, I’d eat them. I heard they’re practically the same as sausage, but I haven’t investigated. He then mentioned a guy named Jack who was a big prankster. “Everybody at that party got real sick because Jack poured hominy into the chitlins!” While he was saying the last few words, he broke out laughing.
Everybody else said “ew,” but I didn’t really understand why Jerry was laughing so hard. Chitlins are pretty disgusting by themselves, but somehow adding hominy made them even more disgusting.
The only time I remember eating hominy was in grade school. It’s the vegetable the lunch room served when nothing else was available. It was kind of gross, but that’s because it was cheap industrial-grade crap served out of burlap sacks. It wasn’t pig endocrine system-level gross. How could it have made chitlin eaters even more sick?