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E8. Black n’ Cheese

Mac n’ Cheese is an all time favorite of ours, but Kelly did not realize that Darryl didn’t grow up with it as an “everyday food” until we recorded this episode. We investigate how Black culture made this food a special occasion dish and perfected it in a way that made it exceptional enough to serve it at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

We go all the way back to 1AD and trace the history of this pasta and cheese dish all the way through colonization, emancipation, and the era of soul food. Darryl cooks the mac n’ cheese he grew up with, which was one of the first dishes he helped out with in the kitchen, and we talk about our love for Tillamook cheese.

Sources for E8. Black n’ Cheese

THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF MACARONI AND CHEESE

The History of Slavery in the Cultivation of Mac & Cheese From Elitist Dish to Cultural Staple 

Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time

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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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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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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