Friday, July 16, 2010

Georgia Dinner



Brunswick stew
Vidalia onion rings
Roasted peanuts
Coca-cola
Peach cobbler

Brunswick stew is traditional in the southeast. There is a debate over whether it originated in Brunswick, Georgia, or in Brunswick County, Virginia. As the Georgia humorist Roy Blount Jr. quipped, "Brunswick stew is what happens when small mammals carrying ears of corn fall into barbeque pits."

According to www.vidaliaonions.org, "it is only in the defined production area in Georgia that the soil and climate combine to produce the special characteristics of the sweet Vidalia onion that has attracted the attention of gourmet taste buds everywhere. Under the terms of Federal Marketing Order No. 955, as well as a state law, Vidalia onions are defined to include only those produced in 13 counties and portions of seven others, all in Georgia." If it is labeled Vidalia in the grocery store, you can be sure it is a Georgia onion. Vidalia onions are also the official state vegetable.

Peanuts are Georgia's official state crop and the peach is the official state fruit.

The original Coca-Cola formula originated at the Eagle Drug and Chemical Company, a drugstore in Columbus, Georgia. It was originally an alcoholic beverage. With the passage of prohibition laws in 1886, the Coca-Cola company was formed and began producing a non-alcoholic version and initially was sold as a patented medicine. It supposedly cured many diseases including morphine addiction, dyspepsia, headaches and impotence. Coca-Cola is now headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

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