As much as I would like to think that you will like exactly what I like, I’ve come to learn that is not always the case. So, we hold taste tests when considering new products (this is one of the perks of the job).
The other night, I gathered some friends and we sampled some Chow-Chow from Alabama.
I made pinto beans because….well, isn’t that is what you eat with Chow-Chow here in the South? Everyone was anxiously waiting for me to finalize the beans, cut-up the onions and finish grilling the chicken and smoked sausages when one of my friends from Phoenix, Arizona said “what is Chow-Chow”? For a moment the room was silent, but then I quickly recalled that Chow-Chow was a “Southern Thing”. Just because I grew up eating beans and Chow-Chow every couple of weeks in a small town in Kentucky doesn’t mean the kids in Phoenix were eating the same meal.
This gave me an opportunity to be a little “full of myself” and suggest some history about Chow-Chow and its origination from the need for families to preserve vegetables for the coming winter. Anyway, dinner was finally prepared, served and guess what? My friend from Phoenix loves Chow-Chow.
Now, just to be clear, I am not picking on Arizona (but, what else could I have named this article?). It is a great state. I have visited Phoenix and had a great time. Do people in Arizona know about Chow-Chow? It just so happens that I have another friend who lives in Scottsdale. We are talking tomorrow, so I will ask him if he has eaten Chow-Chow. If not, well….they just don’t know what they are missing.
5/13/09 – Just an update……I spoke with my buddy in Arizona and he did know about Chow-Chow. With that said, he is not an Arizona native and actually lived in the South many years before relocating to Arizona. Maybe the jury is still out.