By Mary Hardbarger
The Roanoke Times
Two years ago, my brother Tommy and his wife Brianna packed up their Harrisonburg home, hopped on a plane and moved to a land far away — otherwise known as London.
Through our conversations about London life, I’ve learned that Triscuits, specialty-flavored coffee creamers and beef jerky are hard to come by in the city of royal babies, tea time and fish ’n’ chips.
Thanks to my mom and other kind foodie souls, their cupboards rarely lack such items, but my brother still misses the home cookin’ we both were fortunate to grow up with.
You see, Tommy and I were raised on a family farm in Bath County. We lived on the Cowpasture River, where we, our cows and our cousins spent many hot summer days. We harvested garden goods, prepared by our mother, aunt and neighbors who knew how to cook — and I mean really cook.
Food has always been at the heart of our Hardbarger heritage. No occasion is too little or insignificant for a spread of dynamite dishes. So, when my mom and I learned my brother was coming home for a visit next week, we immediately began planning a menu — a special one just for Tommy.
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At that link, you’ll also find recipes for Mary’s mother’s cornbread, jalapeno-cheddar cornbread, and spicy black-eyed peas.
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