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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Celebrating "The New Housekeeper"

The very first broadcast of The Andy Griffith Show was aired on October 3, 1960. It was titled The New Housekeeper and featured Frances Bavier as Aunt Bee. Unfortunately, the episode is disabled for downloading on Youtube but you can watch it there if you like. I must confess, I spent a good part of the afternoon watching many episodes myself:) I sure got a hankering for Aunt Bee's Fried Chicken while I was at it!!!

Andy: M-mmm. I tell you, Aunt Bee. That sure was good.
Aunt Bee: Well, I'm glad you like it.
Andy: We're going to have to give you a title or something. Miss Fried Chicken of Mayberry.
Aunt Bee: Oh, stop it. Now, help me with the dishes.
Aunt Bee's Fried Chicken
1 frying chicken
2 eggs, beaten
salt to taste
All-purpose flour
Shortening
Wash and cut up chicken. Dip the pieces in the beaten egg, season with salt, and roll in the flour. Put a right amount of shortening in a frying pan and melt it. When it's good and hot, turn it down a little and fry the chicken slowly. Turn the chicken pieces over 3 to 4 times and cook slowly for about 15-20 minutes. After it gets brown, put a lid over the chicken and simmer for 20 minutes. Serves 4-6 Aunt Bee's Mayberry Cookbook (1991) (contributed by Lois Rogers, Readyville, TN)

It seems, Opie was not too fond of Aunt Bee when she first arrived. And, when Aunt Bee left the cage open on Dickies door, Opie was not a happy camper at all! (Dickie was Opie's pet parakeet) You see, Aunt Bee couldn't do all of the things Rose did. Rose knew how to train frogs and everything! Why'd she have to go off and get married anyway, Opie thought. He even threatened to run away. By the end of the episode, Opie resigns himself to the fact that Aunt Bee just couldn't get along without him. Who would teach her how to fish, play baseball, or train a frog?

Opie: I think she's the best cook in Mayberry.
Aunt Bee's Apple Pie
Opie's favorite
1/2 cup butter or margerine
4 ounces cream cheese
2 cups all purpose flour
2-1/2 cups sliced apples
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup orange juice
2 tbs. honey
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tbs. all purpose flour
1/2 cup butter or margarine
In a large bowl combine 1/2 cup butter and the cream cheese, and let come to room temperature. Add 2 cups of flour, and blend well. Chill. Roll out half the dough and place in a 9-inch pie plate. Reserve the remaining dough for the top crust.

In a saucepan combine the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Pour the mixture into the crust. Roll out the remaining crust and place over filling. Cut slits in the top crust to allow the steam to escape. Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. Serves 6 to 8. Patsy Curtis, Charlotte, TN

Bee: Do you like pearly onions?
Brisco: Oh, they twang my buds.

One episode of The Andy Griffith Show I completely forgot about was when Briscoe Darling is wooing Aunt Bee.

Briscoe's Biscuits
2 cups self rising flour
1 cup milk
4 tbs. mayonnaise
In a large bowl combine all of the ingredient. Drop onto a greased baking sheet. Bake in 450 degree oven until browned. Makes about 18 biscuits.

Aunt Bee; Famous Pickler

The introduction to Aunt Bee's Kerosene Cucumbers reads like a 1960s sitcom commercial. "These homemade pickles are popular everywhere from Oregon to Nova Scotia. They're delicious. Trust us. Really."

Aunt Bee's Kerosene Cucumbers
Cucmbers
1 bunch dill
6 hot peppers
6 cloves garlic
6 slices onion
6 tsp. whole spices
6 lumps alum
1 quart cider vinegar
2 quarts water
1 cup salt
Wash and dry enough cucumbers for six sterilized 1-quart jars. In the bottom of each jar place a portion of the dill, 1 hot pepper, 1 clove of garlic, 1 slice of onion, 1 tsp. of whole spices, a small lump of alum, and cucumbers. In a saucepan combine the vinegar, water, and salt. Let the mixture come to a rolling boil, then pour into the jars. Seal immediately. Makes 6 quarts. Aunt Bee's Mayberry Cookbook Alice & Jim Schwenke, Houston, TX.

The 50th Anniversary of the first airing of The Andy Griffith Show, will be held next year. It sounds like there's going to be quite a celebration from The Andy Griffith Museum in Mt. Airy, North Carolina to the quintessential town of "Mayberry." Who knows, with the popularity of the folks in "Mayberry," perhaps, CBS will celebrate also.

FYI: Tomorrow is National Taco Day. You must take a gander at these Chocolate Tacos @ Janet's Dying for Chocolate blog! And don't forget National Cinnamon Bun Day also tomorrow. Anne's Food blog is celebrating with yummy Swedish Cinnamon Buns and Courtney over @ Coco Cooks has visions of Sweden and the most darling buns of sweetness for Kanelbullens Dag.

Resources
1. Frances Bavier @ Ancestry.com
2. Briscoe Darling's Hoot Owl Pie (substitute chicken:)
3. Andy Griffith Museum (opened September 26, 2009)
4. Mayberry Days Celebration
5. Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club
6. Andy Griffith show @ TVparty
7. Andy Griffith' Aunt Bee Recluse in Final Years (LA Times)
8. A Mayberry Holiday (previous post)