I was raised on bounty from the Gulf Coast waters near Mobile, Alabama. Deep-sea, river, and bay fishing were my father’s and grandfather’s recreation and avocation.
|Old photo of my dad with his catch|
I remember fish, shrimp, and crab pouring from pails onto the patio to be divvied among the dads, mine included, who ventured out at 5 a.m. to catch Gulf Coast gold, which, sadly, is not as abundant as it was then. I also remember being surrounded by top-heavy pecan, persimmon, pomegranate, peach, plum, and fig trees that seemed to lean over to deliver their pendants of sweetness right into my hands. I cherish my early experiences with locally available foods that cost my family nothing more than effort and patience to obtain.