Sweet Betsy hush puppy mix from Atkinson Milling Co.
The Wheeler family of Atkinson Milling Co., in Selma, North Carolina, has been operating its grist mill since the late 1950s. The mill itself dates back to 1757, and the Wheelers can tell you the story of all the individuals who’ve kept the mill going for more than 250 years. We didn’t know any of that when we purchased a bag of their Sweet Betsy white hush puppy mix (with onions) at a seafood shop in Brunswick. We were surrounded by shrimpers and fishing boats, and were looking for ideas for quick side dishes to go with all that freshly caught seafood. We read the instructions on the bag and saw that all we had to do was add water and start frying. Sold. This mix makes hush puppies that are absolutely perfect (in our book). Just sweet enough, light and tender, they were exactly what we were looking for, and cooked up in the same time it took us to boil shrimp and saute a little grouper.
$3.99 for 2-pound bag, $6.50 for 5-pound bag. Available at atkinsonmilling.com.
Soups from Safe Harvest
Prepared soups take up lots of shelf space at the grocery store for good reason. They’re an easy way to get a comforting meal on the table in record time. But, if you take the time to check the ingredients, the choices narrow. Recently, we discovered Safe Harvest soups in shrimp bisque, clam chowder, salmon chowder and chicken “oodle” varieties. They’re made from chicken raised without antibiotics, or wild-caught salmon, shrimp or clams. Every variety is grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and will work with a Whole30 or paleo diet. All are made without preservatives or artificial flavors or coloring. Packaged in glass jars, they’re easy to find on the grocery shelf.
$4.99 per 13-ounce jar. Available at Kroger. safeharvest.com.
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