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Albemarle tradewinds May 2016 web Final

May 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 Those Yankee soldiers were a mean bunch. They burned houses, took our food, and even stole our horses and chickens. Before they came life was good in Washington County, North Carolina. I helped Mr. Hardison most every day. He called me James. My Daddy got that name from his Daddy. Grandpa was once a slave, but we all is free now. Mama said we was real lucky because Papa knew how to work real good and so did I. Mr. Hardison knew how to log, and learned how to make them swamp cypress and pine into pretty beams or cabinets and porch swings. He had family all the way to Scotland Neck. Sometimes we would be gone for days at a time. We went everywhere together. Word came that Plymouth was not a town to visit cause it was full of Union soldiers. We worked towards Jamesville, Devil’s Cut held our footprints, and we swung around towards the river and Grey’s Farm, but did not stay long...too many soldiers. Yep, we was smart to get back to Mill Pond. We knew our way around alright, but in those days you tried to avoid the soldiers. It won’t long before we spent a full fall and winter season around Hamilton and Scotland Neck. The year turned to 1864 and we had been working for the government building a huge boat. Word was that it was going to war, right down the Roanoke River all the way to Plymouth. Schooling took time. I learned math and writing pretty good from my work. Mama said I would be better off learning a trade with the war and all. School could wait until things got settled. She knew I was fed and cared for when I was gone Movement was freedom. Papa was proud to be free. He said the family came here on a boat, just like the Hardisons, but from a different land. We sat around a fire one cool night when I was 6 years old and Grandpa told a story of his grandfather coming to Pennsylvania as a slave. There had been a war then also. The fighting was between Blackmen, not Whitemen like now. You got sold into slavery if you lost the fighting, put on a ship, and put to work in the new land...far away from your family. My ancestor never saw his wife or homeland again. He had children with a slave up there and started our family. Part 2 Next Month Comments? E-Mail to br549@modernmedianow.com 24 Albemarle Tradewinds May 2016 albemarletradewinds.com

Strawberry Fields Forever By Rosie Hawthorne Kitchensaremonkeybusiness.com It’s that time of year again. It’s strawberry-pickin’ time at Malco’s strawberry farm right across the Wright Memorial Bridge in Point Harbor. Mr. Hawthorne and I usually end up picking anywhere from 10 -15 pounds of strawberries, which I pack in individual freezer bags to use throughout the year in smoothies, pies, oatmeal, turnovers – you name it. The best way to enjoy strawberries, of course, is just picked and still warm from the sun, bursting with juice. A close second is my strawberry salad with mixed greens and a poppy seed dressing. The salad itself is light and colorful and the dressing is a perfect complement to the ingredients. It’s not overpowering and it’s a slightly sweet dressing, but not cloyingly so. The poppy seed dressing just brought it all together in a delightful culinary synergism, where the whole is greater than the sum of the individual parts. Strawberry Salad With Poppy Seed Dressing Mixed salad greens Spinach Red cabbage, sliced Red onion, chopped Cucumber, sliced Avocado, sliced Carrot, julienned Strawberries, sliced Combine all ingredients. Toss with dressing. Poppy Seed Dressing 1 TB chopped onion 1 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp ground mustard a few grinds of pepper juice of 1 lemon 1/4 cup cider vinegar 1/3 cup sugar 3/4 cup oil (I used canola.) 1 heaping TB poppy seeds In a mini-processor, process the onion, salt, mustard, pepper, lemon, vinegar, and sugar. Slowly pour in oil with motor running until you get a nice emulsification. Stir in poppy seeds. And enjoy! Today’s lunch is a mixed greens salad with sliced strawberries and red grapes, toasted walnuts, and crumbled bleu cheese tossed with a Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette. If you’re not a fan of the bleu, substitute goat cheese or fresh mozzarella. For more recipes and tours through Rosie’s Garden, visit me at KitchensAreMonkeyBusiness.com. Rosie’s Strawberry Salad mixed salad greens baby spinach micro greens sliced strawberries sliced red grapes toasted walnuts crumbled bleu cheese (optional) OR goat cheese or fresh mozzarella Toss all ingredients. 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” Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette 1 cup sliced strawberries juice of 1 lime 1 TB balsamic vinegar 1 TB honey 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1/4 cup fruity extra virgin olive oil Combine all ingredients and process until you have a smooth, pourable dressing. Refrigerate. Milton Sawyer 252-722-6078 Cash Buyer Gold & Silver Jewelry & Coins facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds May 2016 25