A Creative Genius Has Left Us

October 24, 2019

Hey y'all, it's me.

I am sad to report that a culinary giant, a woman who influenced the tables of Thanksgiving celebrants to such a degree that her greatest creation will forever be linked with the holiday meal, right alongside the turkey and dressing (and don't forget the giblet gravy!)

That's right. Dorcas Reilley, the woman who created the Green Bean Casserole, has passed away at 92 years of age.

Unless you grew up in a household of food snobs, you always knew you could count on that dish gracing the sideboard or dinner table on Thanksgiving. Honestly, it has to be one of the best known comfort food on the planet, second only (in my humble opinion) to chicken and dumplings.

The St Louis Post-Dispatch did a great article on the dish and it's creator. You can read the article here: https://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/dorcas-reilly-inventor-of-the-green-bean-casserole-a-thanksgiving/article_4da7f358-b692-55ad-b37e-57f08fb9444a.html

It's hard to believe that Green Bean Casserole came about through a query by the AP in 1955, asking what could be made from Campbell Soup and green beans--two ingredients that most every household at the time would have in their home kitchens.

Who knew that 60 years later, this simple dish would still be a much beloved holiday dish?

A quote from Reilly that I want to share is that she believed "Food should be fun, and food should be happy".

Amen sister.

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018

Comments

  1. I didn't grow up in a house full of food snobs, but a house of Italians. I've never had green bean casserole! Maybe I should make one

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    1. I meant no offense, and I would honestly LOVE to have Thanksgiving in an Italian household. I was simply being a bit facetious. What are the foods that you would have?

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    2. I didn't take any offense ;) We had traditional Thanksgiving dinner with the addition of lasagna - but green beans were made with tomatoes and garlic.

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    3. Oh, that sounds good--any recipe you might care to share?

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  2. Funny, we never had this. But my son-in-law's family it is a must so I now make it for him. I actually can live without it. But who is going to fly in the face of family traditions? Not I!

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    1. I like it, but I also 'tweak' it. I used to love to fly in the face of traditions when married to my ex--drove his mother out of her mind--which wasn't a long trip, come to think of it!

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