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May 31, 2014

RICHARDSON: Brunswick Stew recipe goes viral

MILLEDGEVILLE — I’m pretty sure that many of you think most of the stories in this space are, for lack of a better phrase, plain old whoppers, but I swear to you that today’s saga is one that is completely, utterly and mostly true.

I actually never knew writing could have so many rewards but we knocked them dead this past week. The loyal readers of this column went berserk over the possibility of getting a hold of Uncle Bennie’s famous Brunswick Stew recipe resulting in a melee of epic proportions.

If you missed last week’s column the upshot of it was simply that my brother and uncle had gone to south Georgia on a trip and found some Brunswick Stew that was highly inedible. The story then went on to describe my Uncle Bennie’s delightful recipe for that same dish and that his recipe for said stew was a well-kept, closely-guarded secret. I then went on to post a fictitious and tongue-in-cheek phone number on how one could get in touch with Bennie to get the formula for making it.

Apparently, I didn’t have my tongue in my cheek far enough.

A couple of days after the column was published I got a phone call from a nice lady in Minnesota and she rudely asked me (in that peculiar way that Northerners talk) what in the Sam Hill did I think I was doing putting their phone number in the paper as a purveyor of Brunswick tew. Dumbstruck, I didn’t put it all together at that red-hot moment and so she gave me some specifics concerning her complaint.

“We’ve been getting a ton of calls from Georgia and they have been asking some weird questions. You see we are a national repair center and are not accustomed to calls that ask these types of things.” I asked her what kind of queries had they been receiving and she said that two major topics had arisen from the calls. “They keep asking us if Uncle Bennie is in and if we are authorized to give out his special recipe for Brunswick stew for one thing. The other major request is how to go about cleaning a snapping turtle for use in the stew.”

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