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June 2016

A retired educator and

A retired educator and veteran, Cooke has become an advocate for renewed patriotism, and a critic of poverty in our region. “If many politicians have become more the problem than the solution,” states Cooke, “then good people are encouraged to speak-up, step-up, and fix the mess.” My Life in Washington County Young, Black and Southern by Branch James as envisioned by c.l. cooke Our name became James, given from his owner back then. I got a first name too. People call me Branch cause I loved climbing a tree. I could sometimes see the world up there. I’ll never forget the Redtail Hawk that lit in the Oak one evening. He brought a field mouse in for supper... looked me right in the eye like he knew me. You don’t disturb nature, they living day to day like us. Mama would call me down to eat or do my homework when I was going to the schoolhouse back then. I like working for Mr. Hardison better. I learn a lot. We was on the boat when we stopped in Williamston. The Confederate Captain, James W. Cooke said the work was done and it was time to whip some Union soldiers. We got off and started on our way back to Mill Pond. They named the RAM the CSS Albemarle cause it was strong enough to ram the side of a Yankee ship. It took til the next morning to get those two mules and cart back home, Mama said the soldiers in Plymouth were planning something big. Two days later the Union surrendered in Plymouth. We thought the war was over, but found out later we won the battle, but not the war. Life got back to normal once the Yankee’s left. I felt happier when the war ended. We celebrated. Papa played the spoons like nobody’s business. He could even hambone and walk at the same time...what a sight to see. I became a man and Mr. Hardison was my friend. We did a lot of good. When Papa passed the Hardison family was there in the church for the service. Mama would have kept Papa at the house, but arrangements were made to have a most proper funeral. Over time things do change. I hope they change for the better. Our Southern ways are good when it brings out the good in us all. Oh, and by the way, that Yankee ship the Albemarle sunk at Plymouth is still there on the bottom of the river. Comments? E-Mail to br549@modernmedianow.com 24 Albemarle Tradewinds June 2016 albemarletradewinds.com

Watch out! Rosie Is Flexing Her Mussels By Rosie Hawthorne Kitchensaremonkeybusiness.com I’m always up for quick, light, and tasty meals that are simple and full of flavor, and that I can get on the table in the time it takes to boil pasta. If it involves seafood, even better! Today’s offering is steamed mussels served on top of pasta. Please enjoy. Steamed Mussels 1 pound of mussels, scrubbed and debearded 2 TB unsalted butter 1 TB olive oil *¹ Juice of one lemon ½ cup dry white wine *² 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 TB chopped parsley Freshly ground pepper Pasta – Spaghetti or fettuccini Add oil and butter to skillet over medium heat. When butter melts, add in garlic and cook, stirring, for about a minute. You do not want to brown the garlic. It gets bitter. Add in mussels, lemon juice, and wine (or champagne!) Cover and cook over medium low until mussels open, 3-5 minutes. Pour over spaghetti or fettuccini and sprinkle with parsley. Season with freshly ground pepper. *¹Note: I use Bertolli’s Extra Light Olive Oil. It won’t overpower the delicacy of the mussels. The reason I use olive oil in addition to butter, which I use for the flavor, is to lower the smoke point of the butter so it doesn’t burn. *²Note: I use either Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc , or Pinot Grigio. When a recipe calls for “cooking wine,” run away. When cooking with wine, use a wine that you would actually drink. You’re reducing the wine and concentrating the flavors, so use a good drinkable wine. I wouldn’t be adverse to substituting champagne in this. For more recipes and tours through Rosie’s Garden, visit me at KitchensAreMonkeyBusiness.com. Did you know the Albemarle Tradewinds is located in more than 200 locations in NENC and Chesapeake? The Treasure Hunter “Don’t do it... without checking with me first” Milton Sawyer 252-722-6078 Cash Buyer Gold & Silver Jewelry & Coins facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds June 2016 25