I am now a cooter but I don't know what it is? Can someone explain? :)
Touché on the clarification.Good eating Cooter: A soft shelled turtle still served by the Yearling Restaurant inCross Creek.
Not to be confused with Scrub Chicken: Gopher tortoises. Crackers loved to eat them; now it is illegal to kill them.
Other cool words that are still being used by Florida Crackers include:
- Chitlins: Hog innards, cleaned and cooked.
Corn Pone: A cake made from cornmeal batter using milk instead of water and deep fried.
Cracker Horse: A small horse descended from the herds that the Spaniards brought over in the early 1500's. They evolved into surefooted herding animals used by the Florida cowhunters.
Croker Sack: A burlap bag.
Fat Back: Fatty meat from a hog's back. Cut up in small pieces to flavor beans and greens. Also used to make lard. Also can be roasted crispy and eaten like popcorn.
Grits: This is a southern staple made from dry coarse ground corn. Never served as a cereal, and not hominy grits Yankees eat. The Civil War would have ended much sooner if the Confederate Army had run out of grits.
Hominy: Whole grains of white corn soaked in lye and boiled.
Perloo: A one dish meal of meat and rice cooked together, like shrimp perloo. Yankees call it pilau. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings has her favorite perloo recipe in her "Cross Creek Cookbook".
Pineywoods Rooter: A feral hog, good to eat. Crackers like to trap them, pen them and fatten them up with corn before killing them for food.Pull: To take a drink of liquor from a bottle or jug. As in "take a pull of this shine".
Swamp Cabbage: The heart of Sabal palm, cut into chunks and boiled. A cracker delicacy.
Varmit: Any small animal like a rat, rabbit, or other varmint or vermin.