Sunday, November 23, 2008
2Geechee Girls Holiday Knock-Out-Chefs
Our annual Turkey Day with friends and family is a long standing tradition and as usual it’s going to be a blast! We’ve got some of the best Heavy Weight and Middle Weight Knock-Out-Chefs in our circle of life and we’re sure you do too. As for me, truth be told, I’m no Knock-Out-Chef, but I’m no slouch either. My strengths lie in hosting and providing the basics, such as, décor, drinks, desserts and cranberry sauce in a can. Hey, no laughing. At times I’ve been Pooh-poohed for my love of canned cranberry sauce, but it is a family tradition and I love it! CRANBERRY SAUCE TIP: If you do it just right opening one end fully and then slightly opening the other, bingo it just slides right out of the can onto the dish.
Now here comes the list of the Champion Knock-Out-Chefs in our circle:
In the Heavy Weight category and weighing in with 3 side/main dishes is VANESSA BRANTLEY NEWTON. V’s specialty is anything she sets her hand to make, but the most requested items for family gatherings are: “Candied Yams”, “String Beans with Bacon”, or her special pot of goodness, “Red Rice” and our Momma’s “Pineapple Upside Down Cake” that V has just taken to another level!
In the other corner and also in the Heavy Weight category is “ANGEL LITE GARRETT” she weighs in with a main dish and some slamm’n sides: "The Turkey", "Deviled Eggs" a/k/a (Heavenly Eggs for the faint of heart), "Oxtails and Gravy", "Collard Greens" (with neckbones on a good day) and "Cornbread" with the “Shirley Smith” secret ingredient, if I tell you I’ll have to kill ya, so don’t ask.
Next in the ring is my boo, WILL CURRY a Middle Weight Knock-Out-Chef bringing a main and a side: His delicious "Yellow Cake with Chocolate Icing", that (sometimes costly but oh so delicious) Costco, Kirkland "Spiral cut Ham", and "Pillsbury Crescent Rolls", a dinner staple and must have.
On the other side of the ring is KATYA SCOTT, another Middle Weight Knock-Out-Chef bringing to the table desserts like nobody’s business. She introduced us to two things that she cannot cross the threshold without, that oh-so-delicious "Fruit Tart" and her delicious, somebody stop me before I eat it all "Fabulous Fudge". Next are some honorable mentions that have graced our table at one time or another.
Big Ups to:
MOMMA EARLENE BRANTELY, HEAVY WEIGHT - "Homemade Biscuits, Fried Fish and Fried Chicken"
AUNT PEARLIE MAE BRANTLEY, HEAVY WEIGHT - "Signature Cake with Fondant Frosting"
COUSIN GERTIE MAE CONNELL, HEAVY WEIGHT - "Pork Loin Roast" and "Spaghetti and Meat Sauce"
BRENDA SMITH, HEAVY WEIGHT - "Chocolate Mousse Cake" and Annual New Year's "Hog-Head-Cheese."
DAVID MURDAUGH, HEAVY WEIGHT - "Fried Turkey" So wish we could be there with you in Charlotte! Eat some for us.
PAMELA “PAM PAM” KEE, MIDDLE WEIGHT - “Macaroni and Cheese” with all its bubbling, oozing, just right crust on the side goodness!
PAMELA KEE’S MOM, A RECORD HOLDING HEAVY WEIGHT - “Yellow Cake with Chocolate Icing!”
GLORIA SLAUGHTER, HEAVY WEIGHT - "Caesar Salad with homemade dressing", "Chicken Parmeasan" and "Signature Lemonade" She's another one who does the whole meal!
LA-SHAWN DOROTHY NIEVES, MIDDLE WEIGHT - “Pork Roast”, The stay up all night and cook it in the oven on low heat kind!
WENDY MICHEL JEAN, MIDDLE WEIGHT - “Mushroom Rice”, Haitian Cuisine with the Wendy twist and just right spices. Rumor has it the mushrooms can't be found anywhere to make it for Thanksgiving. For shame.
MY SISTER-IN-LAW, ELLA HILL, HEAVY WEIGHT - She brings it old-school style, cooking the entire meal! You name it, it’s on the table, like her “Potato Salad and Ham with the bone in it”
VASHTI JOHNSON, HEAVY WEIGHT - “Special Sauce Wings” or whatever she chooses to cook, hmm, hmm good.
Our Spiritual MOM, TOMMY LARUE MILLER, HEAVY WEIGHT - and old school chef who does it all as well. Looking forward to her signature “Cauliflower with Cheesy Cream Sauce” and “Pork with Sauerkraut.”
MARIA BOLYARD, HEAVY WEIGHT - another one who still cooks the entire meal all by herself! We’ll take anything from her table, but we could go for some “Stuffed Mushrooms” and any piece of meat she wishes to cook “preferably Pork.” Oh great Portuguese Chef we love you!
LARRY BOLYARD of Bolyard's Best, MIDDLE WEIGHT - "Pecan, Chocolate Surprise Pie!" There is so much goodness in there. I can't even name all the ingredients. BTW, where's my pie Larry?
YOLANDA COX, HEAVY WEIGHT - With that Barbados brand of seasoning on everything making it hot and spicy! Big Ups for her "Signature Salad" and "Special Curry Chicken Salad with Raisins!"
ANABELA PINTO, HEAVY WEIGHT - Another Portuguese Chef. All hail the "Cup Cake Queen!"
THERESA A Nieves Hook-up, HEAVY WEIGHT - just two words “Potato Salad.” Need I say more?
RHODE ISLAND KATHY, HEAVY WEIGHT - bringing to the table, whatever the heck she wants! Kathy where are you? We want to put our order in!
LEONARD AND MARIBEL, MIDDLE WEIGHTS, “Potato Salad”, Leonard’s signature family recipe.
Now we know you’ve got some Knock-Out-Chefs, No. 1 Hosts, or Family and Friends that are just the best. Whatever it is they do that makes The holidays a little more special and memorial,like laughter, games, stories, drama, conversation, hugs and love! give them a shout out about it right here at 2Geechee Girls. Let us know their name and that dish or thing they do that makes you go hmm, hmm good.
V and Me