RE: homemade soup
My Aunt Fanny, true but can you imagine what it would be like to go through life w/ that name, of course we had another branch of the family with a last name of Strange, who canned cases of what was known as Fanny's soup. She would kill a few chickens, take some pig parts, all the left over garden produce and make huge kettles of soup mix. Canned in quart jars (the meat was removed) it was used throughout the winter as a base for soup.
Okra, beans, tomatoes, eggplant (odd for east Tn but we are a strange family), corn, squash and whatever else was out there. Brown off a meat, add the mix and simmer. Soup w/ cornbread and buttermilk. And as my dear Aunt Fanny would say "Preacher forgive me but p**s on the flatlanders" That should actually be on the east Tn flag...if there was one.