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Monday, February 20, 2012

Monday Musings on All Things Southern

In the South, one can find foods you've otherwise never heard of.

Livermush, for example. Ever hear of it?

In the South it is common to hear it called "poor man's pate." So, what is is made of? Pig's liver, for one. Head parts. Corn meal. Sounds just awful, doesn't it? Well, would it help to know that it's high in protein and low in fat?


Would you believe Shelby North Carolina has a Livermush Festival every year?

Yes, I'm serious.

How to eat Livermush: it's a breakfast food. You can put it on a pizza. You can eat it cold in a sandwich. Or, you can do like me ... avoid it. Even if it is fried.

[photo from: http://www.cigarasylum.com/vb/showthread.php?t=19705]

[This week's winner of a book from my bookshelf if Angela! I'll contact you personally, Angela... If you want to be a possible winner for next week's drawing (from this week's entries), tell me what you think of "livermush"!]


  1. Ewwwwww!!! My mom loves LM. It's one thing she misses on her diet! I'm a northern girl I grew up 2 miles south of the Mason-Dixon line, which is technically south, but in reality...anyway. I LOVE scrapple, which is a dirty word down here. It's made of pork bones cooked until the meat falls off of them. The meat is chopped, added back to the broth and then corn meal is added and it's cooked and poured into loaf pans. It's sliced and fried just like LM. Can't find it down here, I order 24 pounds every fall so I can satisfy our addiction!!

    To each his or her own!!

  2. I've heard of Livermush but have never tried it. When I was a kid, sometimes my mom would make liverwurst sandwiches for my school lunch. And I remember the time I accidently bought a jar of liver babyfood for our oldest son. He gobbled it up as I held my breath and smiled. Now I would not eat liver anything!
    Dorie Runyon

  3. Southern born and southern bred, but can't for the life of me handle anything LIVER!! YUCK!!! I remember as a child walking into the house when Mama on rare occasssions fried liver and onions. The name sounded good at the time, but the smell of the fried liver turned me around at the door. I think these days that I could put up with the smell though just to get the opportunity to see her standing at the stove cooking while I sat close by on the step stool having one of our many Mother-Daughter conversations. Sure do miss those days. Take care and God Bless.

  4. I heard of livermush for the first time about a year ago, and I grew up Southern country! I think it must be more prevalent in the eastern South. We just had baloney when we were broke.

  5. Ewww! I'm from Texas, and I don't dine on rattlesnake meat or menudo (tripe and hominy soup) either! Pass the brisket, please!