Friday, August 24, 2012

Succotash Sufferin'

We’ve all heard the phrase “Sufferin’ succotash” exclaimed by the Sylvester, the lispy-mouthed cat who tries in vain to capture/eat Tweety Bird.

Did you ever wonder what the phrase means?

"Sufferin' succotash" is believed to be a Depression-era a minced oath of "suffering savior."

So much for the phrase… the heck is succotash?

Well, it’s as bad as it sounds!

Wikipeda defines it like this: Succotash (from Narragansett msíckquatash, "boiled corn kernels") is a food dish consisting primarily of corn and lima beans or other shell beans. Other ingredients may be added including tomatoes and green or sweet red peppers. Because of the relatively inexpensive and more readily available ingredients, the dish was popular during the Great Depression. It was sometimes cooked in a casserole form, often with a light pie crust on top as in a traditional pot pie. Succotash is a traditional dish of many Thanksgiving celebrations in New England as well as in Pennsylvania and other states. In some parts of the American South, any mixture of vegetables prepared with lima beans and topped with lard or butter is called succotash.

I stopped reading that definition when I saw the words lima beans.

There are people who like them.  They’re not in their right minds, obviously, or they wouldn’t be partaking in such a vile vegetable.

Why anyone would take perfectly good tomatoes and sweet peppers and ruin them with lima beans is beyond me.

I’m pretty sure they serve lima beans (or succotash) to terrorists in detention camps.  A couple meals with lima beans and you’d be giving away every secret you had – guaranteed!

There’s plenty of sufferin with lima bean-laced succotash.

But not for me! Sufferin’ succotash!

No lima beans in the other posts.

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