End of ADS-L Digest - 19 Mar 1996 to 20 Mar 1996 ************************************************ There are 13 messages totalling 347 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Oklahoma Red-Eye Gravy - (2) 2. AHD 2nd edition 3. your mail (3) 4. Cobbler Recipe??? (2) 5. Clabber ad infinitum 6. May/Might : epistemics and tense 7. may/might example from today's NY Times (2) 8. may/might distinction ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 20 Mar 1996 22:07:32 -0800 From: "J.Russell King" Subject: Re: Oklahoma Red-Eye Gravy - >>Mr. Joseph Jones' statement is almost exactly what I experienced >>with red-eye gravy in Oklahoma, back in the 1930's. Fried country >>ham first, them some water added to the meat-grease residue, and, >>by golly!, red-eye gravy for those big baking-powder biscuits. >>I always make red-eye gravy with left-over coffee rather than water. The red-eye gravy that my mother made in Oklahoma in the 1960's and 70's was as described, with simply water (and perhaps a touch of flour?) in the residue of a ham steak. I was surprised (or is it astonished) some years later to find in "standard" Southern cookbooks (the collections of the ladies' sewing circle of the Maranatha Baptist Church and such) that a key ingredient was coffee. That didn't fit with my experience. In recent years, on those rare occasions when I found myself with a hankering for same, I've made it both Mom's way, with water, and the official way, with coffee. And the fact is, it's hard to tell much difference. This is hardly a discussion of linguistics or American dialects, I fear, so I apologize.