Great Men Believe in the Power of Dreams

Today America celebrates MLK Day. Dr. King was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. Like so many National Holidays, his birthday is celebrated on a Monday, rather than his actual birthday, creating that beloved Three-Day Weekend. While some folks have the day off, the rest are working in the retail and service industries. After all, MLK Day is a good excuse to buy a new mattress or dining room set. And all that shopping works up an appetite.

It seems that Americans will jump on any excuse for a three-day weekend. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very much in favor of honoring Dr. King. He saw American not as it was, but as it could be. I just think if we honored him on his birthday, the focus of the day would be to make his dream a reality.

Dr. King believed that all men were created equal. Not Black Lives Matter or Whites Only, but every person regardless of race or economic background. Inside, where where God sees us, we are all the same, created in His image. Dr. King must have been cringing in heaven when the first movement to honor him on April 4th 1969 (the anniversary of his death) was promoted as a Black Holiday. Not a National Holiday, but a Blacks Only Holiday.

Dr. King’s dream was that someday all people could come together with one united voice and declare themselves to be free. Free from oppression, free from racist ideas on both sides of the fence, from bigotry and ignorance, hate and violence. As the great Dr. King said:

And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

A Southern Supper
Alabama Over Fried Chicken
Southern-Style Green Beans
Southern Buttermilk Cornbread
Bourbon Pecan Pie

Beverage Suggestions
Southern Sweet Tea

Alabama Oven Fried Chicken
1/4 cup Margarine
1/2 cup Flour
1 teaspoons Poultry Seasoning
3 lb Breast with Skin
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Pepper

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a casserole dish, set aside. Melt margarine, set aside. Blend flour with Poultry Seasoning in a shallow bowl, set aside.

Wash and dry the chicken. Salt and pepper the breasts, then lightly coat with the seasoned flour.

Place breasts in the prepared casserole dish, skin side up. Drizzle the melted margarine over each breast.

Bake in heated oven for 1 1/2 hours until golden brown. Since oven times vary, check after 45 minutes and continue to check every 10 to 15 minutes to avoid overcooking the breasts.

Southern-Style Green Beans
2 lbs Fresh Green Beans
4 slices Bacon
3 cups Chicken Broth
1 cup Water
1 teaspoon Seasoning Salt
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/4 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
1 tablespoon Butter

Snap the ends from the green beans, then snap the longer beans in half to create a more uniform bean. Set aside.

Stack the bacon slices together, cut in half lengthwise, then dice width-wise into small pieces. Heat a cast iron pot over medium-high heat. Brown and crisp bacon in the pot. Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon from pot and reserve.

Add green beans to pot. Pour broth and water over the beans. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and pepper flakes. Bring to a boil and then turn heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Drain beans and transfer to a serving bowl. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Top with the butter, then sprinkle with bacon. Toss to distribute the bacon and butter.

Southern Buttermilk Cornbread
1 large Egg
1-1/4 cups Cornmeal
2/3 cup packed Brown Sugar
1/3 cup Sugar
1 cup Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1 cup Buttermilk
3/4 cup Canola oil

Remove the egg from the refrigerator and let it sit on the counter for about 30 minutes to come to room temperature. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together the cornmeal, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Sift in the flour, baking soda and salt together over the cornmeal mixture. Gently stir the dry ingredients together.

In another bowl, whisk the egg, buttermilk and oil. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until moistened.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and bake in the heated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 minutes or so.

Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Slice into squares, arrange on a serving platter and serve warm with sweet butter.

Bourbon Pecan Pie
1/4 cup Butter
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Dark Corn Syrup
3 large Eggs
1/4 cup Bourbon
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Pinch Kosher Salt
1-1/2 cups Pecan Halves
1 frozen Deep-Dish Pie Shell

Heat oven to 325 degrees.

Cut the butter into cubes, add to a large saucepan. Combine the butter as it melts with sugar and corn syrup. Cook over medium-low heat until sugar is dissolved; cool slightly.

In a large bowl, whisk eggs, bourbon, vanilla and salt; slowly whisk in sugar mixture. Stir in pecans; pour into pie shell.

Place on a baking sheet. Bake 55-60 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

Slice and serve at room temperature.

Author: Rosemarie's Kitchen

I'm a wife, mother, grandmother and avid home cook.I believe in eating healthy whenever possible, while still managing to indulge in life's pleasures.

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