Tuesday, November 3, 2009

" Miss Mary BoBo's "

On Main Street in the small town of Lynchburg,Tennessee you will find an old Hotel which is very famous for the food served there. Miss Mary BoBo's Boarding House ! Lynchburg is located off I-65 halfway between Nashville and Huntsville, Alabama. Miss Mary ran the boarding house from 1908 till 1984 when she passed away just shy of her 102 nd birthday.











This is a typical spread at Mary BoBo's where the dining is boarding house style. You can also purchase a wonderful cookbook (Miss Mary BoBo's Boarding House Cookbook) containing all her famous recipes such as her Jack Daniels Sweet Potatoes! Jack Daniel took his noon meal at this boarding house everyday until his death in 1911 at the age of 65.












Lynchburg draws a lot of tourist both for the food at Miss Mary's and those who wish to tour the Jack Daniels Distillery...........The Distillery now owns and operates Miss Mary's exactly the same way she did! I LOVE the Welcome Center!























I have toured the Distillery and it is a fascinating tour! Of humorous note is that Lynchburg is in a DRY county, No alcohol sold whatsoever !










You can also "sit a spell" and visit with Jack Daniel himself.............













Now here's what all you gals want..........The Recipe! They are actually called Sweet Potatoes & Pecans. I call them JD Sweet Potatoes! One of my favorite Thanksgiving Dishes!











4 large sweet potatoes
1/2 stick of real butter
3/4 cup sugar (I use brown)
1/8 teas. salt
1/4 cup of Jack Daniels Whiskey( any whiskey will do)
1/4 cup chopped pecans (and whole ones for decoration)
Mash baked sweet potatoes when cool enough to handle with the butter.Beat in sugar,salt and
Jack Daniels. Spread half the mixture in baking dish.Spread chopped pecans over the mixture.
Repeat with remaining mixture and top with more pecans, chopped or whole. Bake 30 minutes at 325 degrees or until hot and pecans are toasted.
















Many of you also e-mailed for the Gumbo Recipe. I DO NOT use a recipe when making Gumbo.
You can find many Cajun Gumbo recipes on the web. I will give you some tips I go by. I use Shrimp that we get fresh and put up in the freezer. I buy Crab Claw meat, Oysters and Crayfish Tail meat. I boil my Shrimp an Crab Claws, remove and cool them. Then after we shell them, I put the shells and dug out Crab Claws back in the water to boil . Let this simmer for at least an hour, this is where your stock flavor comes from. I saute my red and green bell pepper,
purple onion, celery and garlic in Olive Oil, probably a half cup. When they are cooked down, I strain the veggies out of the oil . Then I make my roux which is just flour that is browned VERY dark in the oil. Instead of adding water like making gravy, I add the roux to my stock pot that had been strained of the shells and claws.I use a wire wisk to make sure I have no lumps.Then I add 1/4 cup of Zatarain's Cajun Seasoning. When this comes to a boil, I add my Oysters and their juice, the Crab meat, Shrimp, the Crayfish and their juice along with the veggies. You can then add salt and pepper to your taste. I turn it on low and let it simmer for several hours.















The Cobbler is a breeze with this Cobbler Mix! I added 2 cups of Blackberries from the freezer that I cooked down with a 1/4 cup of sugar. I hope you will make and enjoy all these dishes!

















We had a pretty pastel Sunrise this morning............

















And lots of mist over the pond.............

















I wish my camera captured the intense color better............



















My big surprise was when I walked out to take Sunrise pics the Moon was still high in the North/Western sky!




















HAVE A GREAT DAY !!!!!!!!

























25 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Friend, That moon has been showing off for all of us this week. You posted a sunrise and the moon, and I posted a sunset and the moon..

I have that recipe with sweet potatoes and pecans. MY family loves it. It's more of a dessert than a veggie, isn't it?????

Glad someone is still 'running' Miss BoBo's Boarding House for those Meals. That is just so neat!!!!! Lynchburg, TN is an interesting place. I never knew it was a DRY county though. How funny!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Patience-please said...

Hasn't that moon been *something*? Oh I feel a road trip coming on! Maybe I can go to a dog show in Alabama and stop at Miss Bobo's on the way home... mmmmmmm, MMMMMMMM!

Carolyn said...

I love stories like this.

Those sweet potatoes sound good enough to drive me to the liquor store to get some Jack.

lakeviewer said...

Now, this is true southern hospitality. A couple of good recipe, a view of the place where Jack Daniel is made, and a bit of old history. Scarlet Girl, you are a charmer!

Medora said...

I have to make these potatoes for Thanksgiving - my dad will be thrilled! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Nezzy said...

I'll have to try this sweet-potato recipe out on my totally tea-toddling family Thanksgiving. Shhhhh, we just won't tell. That moon has been something else, I thought I had left a light in the guest room last night.

Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for sharing!!!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes Carol !
The sweet potato one is very close to the one I use, delicious...
I've eaten at Miss mary BoBo's, her food is some of the best Southern cooking, I have tasted.
My brother came to visit, and is an Honory Squire of one inch ownership of Jack Daniels, Lynchburg land. They send him notices, saying it's time to get it bushhogged, or they want to pick the blackberries off it, can they have permission....isn't that funny ;)
Love the post !

jeannette stgermain said...

Oh THANK YOU for that recipe of JD Sweet Potatoes -I certainly am going to try that recipe! An that pic from the mist above your pond is an amazing site.

Anke said...

We've been to Lynchburg MANY MANY MANY times, but have never been to Miss BoBO's. Maybe we need to plan out trip ahead next time and make reservations there. The JD distillery is a great place to visit and the best thing is, the tour is absolutely free!

KB said...

I love the moon photo! I tried and tried but couldn't get a good photo as it rose last night just after sunset, so huge over the horizon.

Elizabeth Bradley said...

One of your best posts! As if that were possible. I want to go there. And I AM SO MAKING THOSE SWEET POTATOES this year. Thanks a ton. Glad I dropped by.

Vicki Lane said...

Great gumbo tips! Thanks so much!

Elenka said...

I LOVE sweet potatoes, especially sweet potato fries!

creativewritingintheblackberrypatch said...

I love sweet potato casseroles. This sounds a little like mine, except I don't use whiskey in the recipe. I always make it at Thanksgiving.

Renie Burghardt said...

Love the pictures. Your sweet potato recipe sounds and looks scrumptious. We may try that for Thanksgiving. Your gumbo sounds great too, but much too much trouble to make.

Got a dry county right next door to us here, in Arkansas. So those folks cross over to the Liquor Store right on the State Line. Ha!

The Hunters Moon is still gorgeous. I see it as I sit here in the sunroom at my laptop. It's reflecting in the pond.

Such a fun post. I always enjoy your posts. Have a nice evening, Carol.

Renie xox

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Thanks so much for this great jaunt. Ever since hearing about Miss BoBo's, I've wanted to visit Lynchburg, TN. I knew it was a dry county, makes it even more interesting.

Anita said...

I live about an hour south of Lynchburg. I haven't been there in several years and I didn't make it to Miss Bobo's, but the visit to the distillery was interesting.
I recently discovered your blog and enjoy anything Southern.
Thank You.

Marguerite said...

Those JD sweet potatoes look heavenly and I will definitely make them, way before Thanksgiving! Also enjoyed the history of Miss Mary BoBo's and the photos.

RNSANE said...

I have been making bourbon sweet potatoes for about 45 years, recipe much the same as yours - using a variety of spirits - Jack Daniels, Wild Turkey, even Southern Comfort. I also add the same to pecan pie and peach pie. Plus a little for the cook!

Gumbo is wonderful...I went to nursing school at Charity in New Orleans and lived there for about five years after. I always loved N.O. seafood..those great salty Gulf oysters, crawfish, etoufee, andouille sausage, etc. San Francisco has great restaurants and seafood but it isn't cooked the New Orleans way!

Debra said...

This post motivates me to cook. Which is quite astonishing, in my case! That pot of Gumbo looks delicious!

Wobegon Cottage said...

Looks like a great place to visit when Hubby and I retire )in a few years) The food looks great you must have been feeding a crowd the soup pot was large and full or maybe your like me sometimes you like to eat it for a few days after you make it. I make Heavenly Sweet Potatoes every year a little like what you made but they are sweet. It is a southern recipe from a woman I knew some years ago but haven't kept up with after the move. I will have to try your recipe, maybe give it a trial run this weekend.

Arkansas Patti said...

Well, I will have to leave my "dry"county to find all the ingredients but thank you so much for the recipe. Can't wait to try.
I just love that Jack has put out chairs for visitors. How thoughtful.

Tiffany Norris said...

My dad loves visiting Miss Mary Bobo's! Great pictures!

Missy said...

Thank you so much for the sweet potato recipe....I'm adding it to my collection...

Deb Shucka said...

Drool is beginning to accumulate on my keyboard. Yum!

Great pictures. The full moon has been stunning this month, both dawn and dark.