Thursday, March 3, 2011


Chris came back from Alabama, not with a banjo on his knee, but with a case of Duke's---the real Southern taste in mayo---but hardly ever called by that name.

Man, this stuff is Pure-Dee MANNAZE. It makes wonderful potato salad and slaw, super remoulade and tartar sauce, and Chris' favorite: Pink Sauce---his name for a mayo, ketchup, super-sweet-pickle juice concoction which he likes as salad dressing, and as a dipping sauce for fried or grilled fish, and for things like burritos and fajitas. I know. I KNOW.

That's all I asked for---return safely and bring a case of Duke's.

And the banjo part---even better than the song:

His Dad's favorite closest-thing-to-a-Dobro guitar---a big ole square-neck with a wonderful tone, and the most used of all his string instruments. It's been constantly twanging since Chris walked into the house, and he's not the only one who enjoys it.
The looks on their faces are the best part.
In the house two days, and guess who got her own Guitar Pick this morning?


Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

I like Duke's mayo too! Sounds like you guys are having fun with music!

Kat aka Beachkat said...

I've heard of Duke's, but have never tried it. My favorite is Hellman's Real Mayonnaise.

Hope your weather is as good as ours. Wow...just gorgeous.


Anonymous said...

I've just discovered Duke's and found it to be mighty fine. It's supposed to be a Southern staple, but it wasn't where I was raised. We ate Blue Plate! Hope you're enjoying the music. I taught my children (and my husband) to play guitar, but none of them ever took it up. ~ Bellwether Vance

steelersandstartrek said...

Ah, Duke's. I grew up on the stuff. And on Duke's Sandwich Spread, which I think was basically mannaze and pickle relish in a jar. Mom would send us off to school with Sandwich Spread between two pieces of bread. We didn't ever realize this was for lack of cheese or bologna or peanut butter in the house, we thought it a treat!

As for that gittar, I suggest you get Little Miss She a little uke or something and get her into the spirit of things! Who knows, she might be the strumming equivalent of Mozart!

LV said...

A different and interesting post. I liked it as you got to the point in a short one. Some of the post are too long for me.

Jeanne said...

Mmmmmmmm, your description of Dukes MAYO makes me want some. I am thinking it is not available everywhere. Like we love Kogel Bologna and you can only get it in MI. My cousin brought me half a case of ring bologna and I am hiding it from those who really don't care that much. Namely my hubs. HA! The pink mayo dressing was an old fave in our home growing up. How does Chris make it?

Yes, we do love parties around here. The food I shared today was catered. My sister's children supplied this lovely display. I mainly held her party here because I have the room and I wanted to have it as well. I will share all the tables arranged for 35 plus people tomorrow. It is like a puzzle when I set up tables. Certain tables fit perfectly in certain places. I have it down to a science. I can sit down 50 people if the need arises. In good weather the decks, upper and lower are good for quite a few more. Yes, I love doing this. To me it is FUN! Note: I borrow extra tables and chairs when needed from my sisters.

I think Sweetpea rec'd a pick. "Love" the guitar story. Rachel, you are a dear friend and we have only met on the computer. I love everything you write about and I feel like I know you more and more as time goes by. All because you liked two oval vintage pictures I shared. "Ain't life grand?"

Love, Jeanne

Tonja said...

I know lots of folks like Duke's,,,but it has to be Kraft for us! Always has been! Glad you got some, though! We always take some corn meal from here when we go to NC. They can not get it there,

Bet Sweat Pea is loving that pic and banjo!

Kouign Aman said...

Duke's is the best for BLTs made with Early Girl tomatoes. The extra tang works well with the supersweet of that variety.
I was once gifted a jar of Duke's by an internet friend of my husband, and was determined to make the most of such an unexpected treat.
Your kind of souvenir is my kind of souvenir!
Nice post.
Take care.

Keetha said...

Duke's mayonnaise. It's the best, isn't it?

racheld said...
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racheld said...

Just tryin' folks. I've been getting a blank screen for two days, saying I have to enable all sorts of things in order to post or comment here.

Kim Shook said...

I just replenished my Duke's supply today. I went to make chicken salad the other night, scraped the bottom of the jar and when I went to the pantry I had NO Duke's. I had FOUR jars of Miracle Whip, though. (Jessica likes it best and I like it on bologna and cheese sandwiches). I have NO idea why four. But I feel much better now that I have a full jar. Let me know in June if you need any!

racheld said...

THank you---thank you ALL for chiming in!! I love hearing from all of you.

I've had a bug in my blogger lately, and it lets me write in this box, but not send it out, so until I get Chris to see what we need to do to fix it, I may be incommunicado for a while.

Thanks, everyone!!

Beverly said...

Duke's is very popular around here, too. I laughed at my dear Jeanne's comment about Duke's. No matter how long we keep that girl in "the South", she is still "a Yankee". But, that's okay because some "Southern" rubs off on her on occasion.

Harold said...

I've never seen Duke's Mayo up here in Canada. I have, however taken the liberty to make some digital salad with your photo.
Have a good one!