A Hellacious Belle’s Guide to Sips and Vittles of the Modern South – R is for RC Cola

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Hey Y’all!  I’m back with another installation of a Hellacious Belle’s Guide to Sips and Vittles of the Modern South.  May I take a moment to introduce you to a sippin’ stable of the South, the Royal Crown Cola?

Royal Crown Cola or RC, is the Moon Pie’s Bubbly Buddy and the Most Famous Cola-drink you may never have met.  It’s the fizz that saw the first aluminum cans and paved the way for the diet sodas we know today.

Just like Coca Cola, RC was founded in the state of Georgia – in the town of Columbus, to be exact, way back in 1905.  The Founder of RC, Claude Hatcher, was a grocery store owner, who felt he deserved a discounted deal due to his large monthly orders of Coca-Cola syrup sold in the store and pharmacy’s soda fountain.  When his salesman wouldn’t oblige, Claude became determined to make his own carbinated beverages, starting with a Ginger Ale and moving on to a cherry-flavored drink called Chero-Cola.  As the company grew and sales took off in the 1920s, its moniker changed to Nehi.

1934 saw the official introduction of their flagship product, Royal Crown Cola, which became the new company name and a grocery-store staple after a nation-wide series of taste-tests and and the launch of a print and TV ad campaign featuring such celebrities as Bing Crosby, Joan Crawford, Shirley Temple and Lucille Ball.

But how did RC match up with the Moon Pie, to become the stuff of Southern Legend? Interestingly, the marriage of these iconic treats was perhaps one more of convenience than passion: During the Depression, both RC Cola and Moon Pies (based out of Chattanooga), were cheaper than their competitors (five cents each!) making them ideal for working-class people, miners, farmers and kids all over the South.

Not exactly “board”…

Since I had to host a board meeting tonight, for my Pace Cetters‘ Womens Leadership and Networking Organization.   This meant hors d’oeuvres and drinks for 10-15 ladies at my house at 5:30 this evening and it was a bit of a scramble because…

OK, let me be honest, everything’s always a bit of a scramble with me.

Anyhow, this was my last official board meeting as President of the group for 2019 and I wanted to do a little something special for these lovely ladies, who have all collaborated and gone above and beyond to produce an incredible format of community service, inspiring guest speakers and incredibly fun and engaging social activities for our membership this year.

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I had thought to do a “Thanksgiving” theme for my pre-meeting snacks to express my appreciation, inspired by the traditional dinner, so I planned out a menu with hummus and veggies (to represent the green bean casserole), Parmesan pastry pups (thank you, Trader Joes) to represent the glazed ham and rolls, those amazingly delicious Cranberry Brie Bites from Delish (standing in for the cranberry sauce, plus anything cheesy, random crescent rolls and pecan pie – yeah, pecan pie! Possibly a bit of a stretch…) and spicy turkey meatballs for the (d’uh) turkey and…crap I needed something else.  Sweet potatoes!  Yep, that’s the ticket!  I needed a sweet potato hors d’oeuvre recipe!

I madly googled and found one at the last minute,  “Healthy Loaded Sweet Potato Rounds,” that looked doable and fairly tasty so I jumped in and bought the ingredients.

My husband. “You can’t experiment on people at a party with a recipe you’ve never tried.”

Me: “What are friends for?”

It actually turned out quite tasty and could be adapted for Keto and Vegetarian, quite easily.

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Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Hot sauce
  • Monterrey Jack and cheddar shredded cheese (Mexican blend)
  • 3 green onions
  • Sour cream
  • crumbled bacon bits

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. Dice bacon and fry until crispy.  Drain, crumble and set aside.
  3. Cut the sweet potatoes into ¼-inch slices. Place the slices in a large bowl, sprinkle with 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon chili powder, and 1 teaspoon salt, and stir to thoroughly coat both sides of all slices. Place on a baking sheet lined foil (I sprayed lightly with cooking spray first), taking care that the rounds do not overlap (if possible). Bake 10 minutes on one side, then remove from the oven, flip all rounds, and bake another 10 minutes.
  4. While the potatoes bake, finely slice the green onions.
  5. When the potatoes are done, remove them from oven and add a dot of hot sauce on each round (or more if desired). Top each round with shredded cheese.  Add a dollop of sour cream, garnish with bacon crumbles and green onions.

Winner, winner, Chicken Turkey dinner!  Or, Thanksgiving-themed cocktail party!

Anyhow, Board meeting was a smashing success and they scarfed up everything!  (Yay). And the Sweet Potato Rounds were a giant hit!  Whoo hoo!

 


Flower Power

I do actually plan to write some things this Blogvember, but I’m working so much this week that my brain’s feeling a bit scrambled, so I thought I’d share some pretty pics of the pansies on my terrace today!

It has been a beautiful Fall day in Atlanta!

A Glamorous Tea

Today we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Pace Cetters, a women’s leadership, community service, and networking organization I’ve been privileged to be a member of the past 5 years, with a glamorous High Tea at the Four Seasons

complete with hats and fancy dress.

And of course, fabulous tiny tea foods and desserts!

I so love these wonderful women and all we do not only to support our community but each other.

Here’s to another 50 years!

Welcome to NaBloPoMo…

Or the kinder and gentler version of National Blog Posting Month that I’ve been privileged to participate in the past years – that is: NaNoPoblano, or Team Tiny {cheer}Peppers.

I say, kinder and gentler, because the wonderful community of Cheer Pepper bloggers and supporters rally each year to get us all through the 30-day writing challenge with inspiration, encouragement and enough simple post “likes” to let you know you’re not alone, tossing words into the blog-o-sphere like tiny little rocks into a vast ocean, but are actually heard.nanopoblano2019

It feels like forever since last year (and I don’t think I’ve blogged a word since last November), I have zero ideas about what to write about and I’m having to relearn the tricks to posting on WordPress, but I’m oddly (and actually) really happy to be back!  Looking forward to writing, reading and commenting with the Team!