I’ve been spending a good deal of time researching my genealogy lately. It fascinates me how one break in the chain of ancestors would have changed everything. What has been really interesting has been learning that some of my ancestors have been in the US since the time of the Revolutionary war. Family lore has always placed my mom’s side of the family as only just off the boat from Ireland. Not so, from what I’ve found out. It has been easier to find records for relatives fighting in the Civil War or living in Salem, MA during the witch trials, then to find the connections to Ireland from just two generations ago. I’m still on the hunt for those ship records, but in the meanwhile, I thought I’d pay homage to great-great-great-great grandpa Simeon who fought for the Union in Tennessee during the Civil War.
Now Tennessee caviar wasn’t a dish during his time, but the name is cute and heck, how many dishes can you think of that are named for this state? Don’t fear the “caviar” part – there are no fish eggs, just veggies. Southern Living readers give this a big thumbs up, so next time you want a veggie appetizer, check it out. Tennessee Caviar.