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V. Leigh in the film, Gone with the wind (1939)

Back to nature !

Nature rarer uses yellow
Than another hue;
Saves she all of that for sunsets, —
Prodigal of blue,

Spending scarlet like a woman,
Yellow she affords
Only scantly and selectly,
Like a lover's words.


"Nature" is what we see—
The Hill—the Afternoon—
Squirrel—Eclipse— the Bumble bee—
Nay—Nature is Heaven—
Nature is what we hear—
The Bobolink—the Sea—
Thunder—the Cricket—
Nay—Nature is Harmony—
Nature is what we know—
Yet have no art to say—
So impotent Our Wisdom is
To her Simplicity.

What and why?


Recipe: Hush Puppies with Jalapeno Peppers

Summary: One day, I thought back to the hush puppies I’d had as a child on a Southern trip…and ended up creating my own version of them.


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • chopped jalapeno peppers or mild chiles


  1. Whisk together the eggs, sugar, and salt, in a large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the cornmeal and flour.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until incorporated and the batter is thick.
  4. In a heavy-bottomed pot, (Dutch oven) heat enough peanut oil to come halfway up the sides of the pot, to 360 degrees F.
  5. Working in batches, drop the batter, 1 tablespoon  at a time, into the oil, being careful to not overcrowd the pot.
  6. Fry until deep golden on all sides, turning in the oil for even cooking, about 5 minutes. Transfer the hushpuppies to a paper towel-lined dish and sprinkle with salt while hot.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4



 Did you know that Louisiana belonged to France until 1803 and was sold to the First American States by Napoleon?


The oldest story is that hushpuppies originated in the settlement of Nouvell Orleans (later called New Orleans, Louisiana), shortly after 1727.

 They were created by a group of Ursuline nuns who had come from France.  The nuns converted cornmeal into a delicious food that they named croquettes de maise.  


The making of these croquettes spread rapidly through the southern states.

An African cook in Atlanta is said to have given the name hushpuppy to this food.  When frying a batch of catfish and croquettes, a nearby puppy began to howl.  

To keep the  puppy quiet, she gave it a plateful of the croquettes and said, “hush, puppy.”  Since the name was cut, it stuck.  

Hunters and trappers could be on the trail for days at a time.  At suppertime the hunting dogs would get hungry, so the hunters would mix a batter out of  cornmeal or flour and cook it in grease on the campfire.  Then they would throw the fried dough to the pups, telling them to be quiet, shut up, or “hush.”

Confederate soldiers would sit beside a campfire preparing their meals.  If they detected Yankee soldiers approaching, they would toss their yapping dogs some of the fried cornmeal cakes with the command “Hush, puppies!”