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Winter Break

Happy 2021! We have been soaking up some much needed vacation time with our families and looking forward to big things in the next year. We’ve spent the past two weeks eating all the food, bingeing all the TV, and sleeping in past 7AM (we still have kids so let’s be reasonable).

This year, we have some major subjects to cover including bourbon, school lunch, Juneteenth, mac n’ cheese, and much more. We’re going to start off the year talking about dieting and weight loss, and the racist root of this awful, made-up construct. We also had the chance to have a long overdue phone call with our good friend Leslie Cuyjet about body image in the competitive field of dance. We’ll be recording next week, and the first show of the year will be posted January 19th.

If you can’t wait until then to hear all of the empowering and brain-changing things we’re going to discuss, do yourself a favor and stop dieting now. If you want to do something for your body, take it outside for some fresh air, feed it some power food, and let it rest.

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Just Gravy 3: Waldorf vs. Watergate

We posted our holiday episode last week, and if you haven’t had the chance over this busy week to listen to it (just like it took us a week to post it here on the blog), then you can check it out now.

Darryl and Kelly got together to discuss some of their weird family foods and the little they know about the origin of these dishes. We look forward to doing more in-depth episodes on these “salads”in the future.

If you have weird dishes that your family serves, please tell us about them in the comments or send us an email at butterpecanpod@gmail.com

Thank you all for following us in 2020 as we began this podcast – it has been one of the few gifts that the year has provided both Kelly and Darryl. This show has been something that we have both wanted to do for some time and it somehow got dug out of this insane, horrible, depressing year. We look forward to a big 2021 and hope to see you all on the other side.

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Coca-Cola Pecan Pie

How weird it must be that you’ve decided to make Coca-Cola Pecan Pie. Like a lot of dishes we found made with Coke, this peculiar recipe is odd and delicious. It also points to the omnipresent Coke marketing Machine and it’s far reaches in different aspects of our life.

First, as always, I attempt to do the most – I oven smoke the pecans with apple wood and rosemary. They really give the pie a deeper richer flavor. Pecans and rosemary work together beautifully.

Ingredients:

1 cup dark Corn Syrup
3 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Tb cinnamon
2 cups whole pecans
1 9-inch unbaked OR frozen deep-dish pie crust (see our recipe for pie crust)
2 liters of Coke

Rosemary and Wood chips for smoking the pecans

Directions:

1. You need to prepare your oven to smoke the pecans first. Place a handful of wood chips and 2 sprigs of rosemary on a metal or glass baking dish. Just barely cover with water. Put cooling grates on top and cover with aluminum foil.

2. Poke holes through the foil and set pecans on top. Now cover the entire pan in foil and place in then at 250 degrees. The foil will start to puff up ensuring the smoke isn’t escaping.

3. Smoke the pecans for 35mins as not to over roast them – just enough to kiss them with smoke. Then allow to cool – this is important because we don’t want to accidentally scramble our eggs!

4. Reduce the two litter of Coca-Cola on medium/high heat till it reduces down to a half cup of thick syrup. Watch carefully, stirring as to not make caramel and burn the house down as I did. This can take around an hour or so.

5. Mix eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla & cinnamon together in a large bowl. Stir in corn syrup and reduced Coca-Cola after it has cooled. Then fold in the smoked pecans.

6. Pour into pie crust, place on center rack and bake for 60-70mins at 350 degrees.

7. Pie will have some jiggle when you take it out of the oven. It will take 2 hours for pie to completely cool and set.

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E5. Butter Pecan Ice Cream

This all started with ice cream. After a year of working for Louisville Cream, Kelly had noticed a pattern that she felt too shy and too embarrassed to ask anyone about. A google search did not answer her question and she didn’t yet consider turning to twitter, so one day she asked: Is Butter Pecan a “black thing”? With Darryl’s signature laugh, he replied, “Of course.” And so began months of research and digging, and what ultimately became the larger project of this very podcast.

In this episode about our namesake, we share what we have discovered so far about ice cream, and talk a little bit about how it all began. If you have your own story about Butter Pecan ice cream or eating ice cream while black, please send us an email at butterpecanpod@gmail.com or leave a comment below.

Sources for E5. Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Recall That Ice Cream Truck Song? We Have Unpleasant News For You

The Vanilla Ice Cream Story: The Guardian

On this day in black history: The ice cream scooper is invented

The ‘father of ice cream’ was a black Philadelphian who served in the White House. Or was he?

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Just Gravy 2: The Henry Heinz Murder

Lucy Candler Heinz, daughter of Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler, was upstairs getting ready for bed in September of 1943 when she heard her husband yelling for her downstairs. She hurried down to find her husband, Henry Heinz, wrestling with an intruder. While Lucy ran upstairs to retrieve the gun Henry kept in their room, she heard a loud gunshot and returned to find that her husband had been shot. The story that follows is weird, confusing, and let’s not forget, racist.

Listen to our second Gravy episode as Kelly and Darryl take a break from food to discuss how they might get rid of a body, and how they themselves would like to be remembered. Kelly also weaves a fantastical story of murder and mayhem as Darryl geeks-out about old-timey architecture.

Sources for Just Gravy 2 :

Formula for Fortune by Ann Uhry Abrams
The Henry Heinz Murder from History Atlanta by Conor Lee

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E4. Coca-Cola Mini-Series: Coke Is Not It

In our final installment on Coca-Cola, Darryl and Kelly cover the discrimination case brought against the company in 1999-2000 and the decades leading up to the final ruling. We talk dress code, hierarchy, and “the issue of invisibility” at Coca-Cola. The series ends in the present day as we process Coca-Cola’s response to the Black Lives Matter movement in June.

Please bare with us as we recorded this episode remotely, got silly at times, and freaked out a little bit about the stuckness of it all. We also did the Pepsi Challenge, which was at the same time hilariously fun and incredibly disappointing.

Sources for Ep 4. Coke Is Not It

“The Real Thing” By Constance L. Hays

COCA-COLA SETTLES RACIAL BIAS CASE By Greg Winter

Anti-Bias Task Force Gives Coca-Cola Good Marks, but Says Challenges Remain By Sherri Day

Coke’s Not It: 16 Workers Sue, Call Giant ‘Cesspool’ of Racial Discrimination By JOHN MARZULLI

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Robert Woodruff’s Plantation

As promised, here is the silent footage of Robert Woodruff’s plantation outside of Atlanta. You can see some of the people who lived on the acreage and take in the vastness of the property. Below are quotes from the script from Episode 3: Ice Cold Sunshine. You can listen to the full episode on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Darryl: If Walter Mack is the David in this narrative, Robert Woodruff of Coca-Cola was the Golaith. Robert Woodruff was the son of Earnest Woodruff – a rich businessman who took over Coca-Cola in 1919, purchasing the company for 25 million (376 million today). Robert became president in 1923 (refusing the position several times before finally accepting). Unlike his father, Robert enjoyed his wealth – among his handful of homes, he owned a plantation outside of Atlanta, called Ichuaway.

Kelly: Robert enjoyed the luxuries wealth provided. Woodruff’s plantation was 47,000 acres of “vast game preserves comprised of a group of homes, stables, and kennels surrounding a grassy circle shaded by magnolia trees.” There were 300 workers on the plantation who were mostly black sharecroppers. Black servants at the main house wore white porter coats and (to his face) called Woodruff “Colonel Bob” or “Mista Bob”. On Saturdays, after dinner, staff would sing spirituals for guests who were trained by Woodruff’s wife.

Source: The Real Pepsi Challenge by Stephanie Capparell

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E3. Coca-Cola Mini-Series: Ice-Cold Sunshine

Welcome to our third installment of our series on Coca-Cola. In this episode, we further discuss the racial history surrounding cocaine and the impact of the “dope fiend” trope, discuss how Pepsi had a different approach to black workers and black customers, and find out how Coca-Cola finally begins to catch up to the changing political and culture climate of the 1950s.

In the second part of this episode, we talk to Darryl about his pecan pie recipe and how we burned Coca-Cola in his kitchen in the first attempt. We talk about the odd custom of drinking peanuts with Coke and the other dishes you can make using Coca-Cola.

Sources for Episode 3. Ice-Cold Sunshine

When Jim Crow Drank Coke By Grace Elizabeth Hale (NY Times)

A brief History of Racist Soft Drinks: Adam Clark Estes (Atlantic)

Why We Took Cocaine Out of Soda: JAMES HAMBLIN

The Color of Cola By Warren Goldstein 

The Real Pepsi Challenge – Stephanie Caparell

The Racist History of Cocaine: American Addictions Center

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Just Gravy 1: Shauntrice Martin

Way, way, way, way, way, way, way back in September when we were scrambling to put together our first episode and our first recipe, we needed green tomatoes. Darryl got ahold of Shauntrice Martin, founder of #FeedtheWest and owner of Black Market, and she came through immediately.

Shauntrice is one of many individuals working hard here in Louisville, KY to bring food stability to our city. She took the time to answer a few of our questions, and describe the work it takes to bring the vital necessity of food to people in need.

A big thank you goes out to Shauntrice for taking the time to talk to us, and Feed the West, Change Today/Change Tomorrow, and Black Market for helping fight hunger in our community. Click on the images above to find out more and check out Shauntrice’s site and donate if you can The Black Market KY Launch

Thanks for checking out our first Just Gravy bonus episode. We continue our series on Coca-Cola in the next full-length installment.

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E2. Coca-Cola Mini-Series: Coca-Cola Revives and Sustains

In the second installment of our mini-series on Coca-Cola, we’ll hook up with Asa Candler and follow him from his boyhood on a plantation to his part in the 1906 Atlanta Race Massacre. As we dive further into the history of Atlanta, we’ll discover how many aspects of the city Candler was involved, and how his influence would eventually carry him to a career in politics.

We’ll further examine the troublesome ingredient of cocaine, and the fear it created around Black culture and specifically Black men.

Join us as we investigate the man who made Coke what it is today, and whose influence continues to be felt throughout Atlanta and the world.

Sources for Episode 2. Coca-Cola Revives and Sustains:

Formula to Fortune : How Asa Candler Discovered Coca-Cola and Turned it Into the Wealth His Children Enjoyed

The Real Thing : Truth and Power at the Coca-Cola Company

The Coke Machine: The Dirty Truth Behind the World’s Favorite Soft Drink

“Good Negro-Bad Negro” The Dynamic of Race and Class in Atlanta