Written by Marie Nygren, Posted in "mary mac's", fried chicken, Serenbe Farmhouse
As I drove up to the kitchen early Sunday morning, I had a “conversation” with Mama.”Can you believe this Mother? Here I am on the way to the kitchen to cook Fried Chicken for several hundred just as you did so many mornings at Mary Macs.” Never in my wildest dreams did I see this as my Sunday work but as so many of us have learned, life has a very funny way of bringing you back to the destiny you were meant to live.
In the Atlanta restaurant scene, Mother’s title was “Queen of Dixie Cuisine.” And, it does not get more Dixie than Fried Chicken. So who would want to go up against a Queen’s chicken? Until I took over the Farmhouse restaurant just this past year, I had never fried a chicken in my life!! Steve and the girls and I had dinner with Mother at least one night a week at Mary Mac’s so it wasn’t as if they were deprived. When your Mother has the best chicken in town , why cook it at home. Plus, I had seen so much of it in my lifetime that it was never a choice of mine when we went out for Southern.
But I here I was in my “kitchen” serving Sunday chicken with horseradish potato salad, steamed asparagus and Mother’s squash souffle to all the guests dressed in their Easter finery.
When I finally left the kitchen at 6pm, I could feel Mother with me, see her smiling and saying “mighty tasty chicken.”
Marie – Prissy & Bill Swearingen are spending the night of April 19th with you and want to know what you are going to do with them for dinner as your restaurant seems to be closed that night.
Please call Prissy with suggestions !!!!
Your comments about your Mother’s fried chicken brought back fond memories of when I was working in Atlanta back in the ’70s and early ’80s. Every Thursday my mouth started watering thinking about the three chicken legs, macaroni and cheese, green beans and biscuits I would pick up on my way home.
A few years ago I bought a Mary Mac’s cookbook, but no way would any fried chicken or other food I cook taste anywhere near as good as your Mama’s or my grandmother’s cook, Punkin. I am sure your Easter fried chicken was Divinely Delicious.
The last time I ate at Mary Mac’s was with my Mother from Perry in the late ‘80’s. Know much has changed over the years since I moved away now living in North Carolina. Your Mother and her staff made many people very happy…just as you and Steve are fulfilling in your life purpose.
Back in 1997 and 1999, I had my two pre-Ph.D. meetings at Serenbe, back when The Farmhouse kitchen was in your home. Eating with you and Steve brought up wonderful memories of Mary Mac’s and The Pleasant Peasant. What you and Steve have created at Serenbe is remarkable and makes the world a prettier and happier place. Your girls have certainly grown up to be beautiful women. Know you miss your Mother’s physical presence, but am glad you know how to communicate with her Spirit.
If I ever get back to Georgia, would love to come to Serenbe and see all the new restaurants and homes. Of course, I’d want three chicken legs and three vegetables…nothing fancy. Am so happy I clicked on your blog tonight. Brought back wonderful memories. Wish you could send me a goodie box up here to NC.
Dr. Judith Wilson