The Little Good Ride

embellished true stories of the south
JUNE 27, 2010 11:28PM

What'll Ya Have? Hotdogs!

"What'll ya have? What'll ya have? What'll ya have? Have your order in your mind and your money in your hand!"

These are the catcalls that can be heard throughout The Varsity, one of Atlanta's most prized landmarks.  As you enter the restaurant, the cashiers chant these lines, urging patro… Read full post »

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JUNE 21, 2010 12:00AM

Rum Balls: Not Just for Christmas

The only thing more dangerous than a group of senior church ladies playing cards and drinking is a group of senior church ladies playing cards, drinking, and eating rum balls.  The liquor hits them twice as fast, and when you combine that with the sugar rush, the gambling, and the goss… Read full post »


As Sarah Anne McCallahan slid the last hatpin into place atop her head, she heard the back door slam shut downstairs.


"Boys have all the fun!" she complained loudly to no one but herself.


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JUNE 13, 2010 10:27PM

A Peach of a Salsa

A Peach of a Salsa


Summer is my favorite time of year to shop for food, because the farmers markets are plentiful.  I love going to the big farmers market about 15 minutes from my house, but even more, I love going to the littler ones...the roadside stands, and especially the newest one… Read full post »

MAY 30, 2010 9:59PM

Mediterranean Turkey Burgers




When summer arrives and the weather gets unbearably hot and humid, I long for a trip to the Mediterranean.  Who could resist the gorgeous blue water, pristine beaches, and amazing architecture?  I conjure images of loose, flowy (read: cool) dresses, carefree spirits, a… Read full post »

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MAY 23, 2010 10:27PM

From casa de Kuebler: Tacos de camaron



I grew up with a Baptist father and an almost-devout Catholic mother.  I say almost-devout because on occasion, she tweaked the rules a bit to suit her fancy.

We didn't always attend church on Holy Days of Obligation, for example (we weren't so lucky as to get pulled outRead full post »

MAY 17, 2010 10:53PM

Pilgrim's Open Call - 10 questions

1.  What is your favorite word?

Lovely (because it actually sounds "lovely" when you say it)

2.  What is your least favorite word?

Fart.  Sorry, but it's true!

3.  What turns you on?

True kindness, little gestures

4.  What turns you off?

Arrogance, the smell of stale cigarett… Read full post »

MAY 17, 2010 8:42AM

More Peas, Please!

When I became a mother, I was really excited to raise my children in a city with many opportunities (for culture,  for sports and activities, good schools, etc).  But, I also wanted them to be able to experience some old, small-town, Southern traditions.  For some reason, one… Read full post »




Some of my fondest childhood memories are of time spent in my grandmother's kitchen.  She and I had a very special bond, and I could talk to her about anything.  Nanny was a fabulous cook, and we had many meaningful conversations in her little kitchen while she c… Read full post »

MARCH 22, 2010 11:24PM

The Census: Another Sad(ie) Story

Remember our friend Sadie, of "Firecracker Chocolate Cake" fame?  She was Claxton's finest specimen, a hilarious little old lady with a heart of gold and a mind of mixed metaphors.  Well, I have another tale for you.

In 2000, the last time the United States government took a census of the… Read full post »

MARCH 21, 2010 5:01PM

Going Green with the School Lunchbox

I like to consider myself a fairly "green" mom...not in the inexperienced sense (although in a way, I kids are 3 and 5, so there's still much to learn).  But, when I say I'm a green mom, I'm alluding more to the fact that I like to buy local, fresh,… Read full post »

MARCH 15, 2010 12:20AM

That's Amore!

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie,

That's amore!

When the world seems to shine like you've had too much wine,

That's amore! 


Love Dean Martin, love the song, love pizza even more...


For multiple reasons, mainly the economy a… Read full post »

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MARCH 7, 2010 11:09PM

The Hot Walter

I come from a family with a history of alcoholism.  Three out of four grandparents were alcoholics. One almost died as a direct result of it (passed out one night and almost couldn't be revived...luckily he had a very good friend who made it to the house just in time to… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 15, 2010 12:50AM

Firecracker Chocolate Cake

Claxton, Georgia, is famous for its fruitcakes, and I had the pleasure of knowing the nuttiest one of all of them.  Her name was Sadie.  She lived across the street and over one from my grandmother (we called it caddy-cornered), and she was a 4-foot-11, 86-year-old firecracker of a woman.

&… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 7, 2010 1:18AM

Thin Mints: A Love Story

My love affair with Girl Scout cookies started out when I was 6 and became a Brownie.  How I loved wearing that little uniform to school on troop meeting days, especially the little orange elastic "flashers" that held the knee socks up.  I LOVED being a girl scout.  I actually stuck… Read full post »

My father always had the utmost respect for his mother, until the day she died and even after that.  She was a fine Southern lady, and she raised her boys to be gentlemen.  Even long after he moved away from home, got married, and moved to a different town, my dad never let… Read full post »

Waiting for their snacks!


I’m a fairly health-conscious cook, especially when it comes to feeding my children.  We eat a lot of organics (where the “powers that be” say it matters most), and I try to minimize junk food and steer more toward healthy snacks.


This is why my boys (all 3… Read full post »

I met Chris my first day of college.  He was a sophomore; I was a freshman.  A lonely freshman.  Only three people from my high school went to the same college I did, and they weren’t close friends.  So, my first night there, my roommate asked if I wanted to go/… Read full post »

JANUARY 16, 2010 9:45PM


You gave me fancy chocolate truffles for Christmas, and they’re dangerous.  Dangerous.  How could you do such a thing?  They’re sitting on my desk, and the nutrition facts face me as I munch.  Serving size 4 pieces (but who stops at 4??).  242 calories, 166 of the/… Read full post »

JANUARY 16, 2010 4:18PM

"Ken broke my leg!"

My dad grew up with a brother 2 years and 1 day younger than him. At some point in their childhood (I think when he was about 8 or 10), Tim had to have braces put on his legs for about 2 years. Something to do with the muscles in his… Read full post »

JANUARY 16, 2010 4:17PM

"Well, I'll be John Brown!"

My Nanny had a colorful vocabulary. She didn't swear often (and when she did she usually apologized beforehand so you could brace yourself), but she did have many expressions she liked to use.

One of her favorites was "Well I'll be John Brown!" She typically said this when she was amazed… Read full post »

JANUARY 16, 2010 4:16PM

The Flooded Creek

I grew up in a huge neighborhood. There were about 400 houses, and probably at least that many kids. It took two whole school buses to bring all the kids in our neighborhood home from elementary school -- just to our neighborhood.

In the center of our neighborhood was the recreation area.… Read full post »

JANUARY 16, 2010 4:14PM

The Little Good Ride: an explanation

The "little good ride" is a game my dad, his brother Tim, and his cousin Mike used to play at their grandmother's house when they were growing up in the south in the 1950s. They would go to the linen closet and pull out all of the spare pillows and blankets,… Read full post »

As a child, I dreaded the days when my mom would announce pot roast for dinner.  The meat was “weird,” the vegetables “all tasted like the meat,” and I would much rather have something more exotic like lasagna.  Something was clearly wrong with me.


It wasn&rsqu… Read full post »