Wednesday, October 14, 2015

FRIED GREEN TOMATOES AND MY RECTORY AND PARISH COOK!

I just learned something really cool, Mrs. Marie Binion our rectory cook and parish cook actually fried the Fried Green Tomatoes that appeared in the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes" which was filmed outside of Macon in Juliette, GA at the actual Whistle Stop Cafe, which is still opened for business today.

How cool is that, our cook's fried green tomatoes are movie stars!!!!

43 comments:

Jan said...

I enjoyed that movie and it has more meaning now! I always find that film difficult to watch because of the scene where the boy drowns ...

Jan

Anonymous said...

You mean YOU do not cook for you and Father Vernon? Father, I am stunned to learn that you do not cook your own meals and meals for your rectory guests. I guess every night can't be Italian night at the St. Joseph rectory kitchen!

gob said...

We have never been able to afford a cook...even when we both worked and had 9 (plus friends) to feed. Must be nice....

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

It is wonderful and certainly you promoted vocations in your family by this perk! It is great. Pope Francis has an army of nuns cooking for him!

Anonymous said...

Father, I remember seeing the ground floor, where the kitchen is, about 15 years ago. How much remodeling of the rectory did you do, after you became pastor? Also, a friend of mine and I had a discussion about how many bedrooms there are in the St. Joseph rectory. Can you settle our friendly dispute? And..is there a fourth floor?

Anonymous said...

Fried Green Tomatoes...a book/movie celebrating lesbianism and cannibalism. Nice.

gob said...

I don't understand "and certainly you promoted vocations in your family by this perk".

An "army of nuns"? Really? I'm disappointed...

Enjoy your perks....

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

Gob, you are depressingly disappointed easily, many a manipulation complex?

The kitchen was renovated prior to my arrival in 2004, meaning new floor tile and cabinets.

The remodeling I've done is to the four bedrooms on the right side of the house if you are facing the front. Three of these has small, meaning very small bathrooms. I turned these in to two suites (two rooms)eliminated one bathroom and updated and enlarged the remaining two bathrooms.

Renovated the guest bathroom on the right side next to the TV room.

Took up all the carpet that had been there since the 1970's and restored the hardwood floors on all floors.

That's it. Our offices are here too. Msgr. Cuddy's office is the Admin's office, his sitting room is the reception room and his bedroom is now the secretary's room and the suite next to it are now two seperate offices. There are three bathrooms on the main floor and technically I could have another priest's suite if the offices were located elsewhere.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

I think a saw the film and don't remember cannibalism or lesbianism, but you know how Gothic the south is!

rcg said...

I think Anon was making an illiteration to another book and movie.

Marc said...

I have to stick up for Fr. McDonald on this one. The rectory at St. Joseph is no palace. It is mostly office with some bedrooms attached.

And it makes all the sense in the world for priests to have someone cook for them -- after all, unlike married people, priests do not have a partner in this life with whom they can share such responsibilities. Still, the priests at St. Joseph are not haughty when it comes to food. I have had occasion to be the guest of a priest at the rectory there, and he cooked a very nice meal for me and my wife.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Father, for the very descriptive detail of the rectory. It settles my wondering of it's layout. Msgr. Cuddy opened the rectory to the parish for tour in the late 90's, if I remember correctly. As a private person, myself, that is something I would not want to do, if I were pastor. However, his generosity allowed parishioners to tour the ground floor and the main level, where the offices are now. The stairs to the upper level were roped off, with a privacy sign. So, understandably,we were not allowed upstairs. I remember Msgr. Cuddy having rocks all over his desk that he had collected all over the world. I was thinking that the area between where your and Steve's offices are now was more open, with Msgr. Cuddy's desk sitting right next to the door facing Poplar. I remember the secretary was where Fr. Vernon's office is, but maybe not as closed in. The main entrance was the door next to where you now park your car, Father. I can't remember what the main public's office entrance, now, used to be 15 years ago. A private priest entrance? Interesting that Msgr. Cuddy had his bedroom on the main floor. Again, Father, thanks for the discription. Tell Father Vernon not to fall off the upstairs deck. (Cool picture he posted a few weeks back).

Dialogue said...

I, too, question the retention of a rectory cook in this day and age. Priests are supposed to cultivate a simple style of life, after all.

At any rate, it is impressive that she cooked for the movie (I don't recall any Lesbianism).

Anonymous said...

No, RCG, Fannie Flagg is a well-known lesbian and the movie was based on the book. The movie is about cannibalism..."the secret is in the sauce."

gob said...

Mark....You're not kidding, are you? A priest should hire a cook because he didn't marry a cook? It's not the 1815...you're off by at least a couple of hundred years....Who cooks for you?

Anonymous said...

If you saw the movie and do not recall the lesbiansm and the cannibalism then something is very wrong with you ability to percieve. Which explains alt about this blog...

rcg said...

Well, you are right, Anon. That is a disgusting movie. I suppose if FrAJM ever disappears we will need to avoid the local restarants for a while.

Anonymous said...

Father, the renovated guest bathroom you referenced...is that the bathroom where the rat's nest was found about five years ago? And...did y'all decide that was probably where those five rats got in that put you through Hell? Not being a rat expert, how would they have gotten to the space under the bathtub, if that is where they came from? I think I remember you saying that the rats gained entry due to the guest bathroom renovation, but I can't be certain.

Marc said...

gob, you read what I wrote correctly -- priests should hire cooks, if they can afford it, because they aren't married. And my wife cooks for me.

That's clever how you misspelled my name.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

When the bathroom was gutted there was a large rat's nest under where the tub was and it was old which tells us rats have lived in the walls and joists of the building for years. We found other rats nests when walls were opened. And yes, the construction disturbed these rats and they took revenge! I still have PDS from it all.

Clyde Catholic said...

In other perverted news (this is no joke): in London, a Meerkat expert attacked a monkey handler with a wine glass over a love triangle with a llama expert. I swear, Monty Python could not have even come up with that one!

Jan said...

RCG, I have seen the movie twice and, to be honest, I never knew it was about lesbians and cannabalism. I obviously missed something in the movie. I read a write up today about the movie and it says that the movie was criticised because it didn't portray a lesbian relationship as does the book. However, the author of the book initially denied it was about a lesbian relationship but later said it was. So to me it looks like a friendship between two women has been turned into a lesbian relationship - after all one of the characters does marry - no wonder I missed it. In reality I don't think the movie depicts a lesbian relationship but lesbians have obviously used it to promote their lifestyle.

Jan

Jan said...

I also agree that priests should have a cook because they are on call for 24 hours a day and to expect them to cook their own meals as well is not on. In the normal way of things a woman normally cooks the meals in the home for her husband because he has been out working during the day. Does Gob have to work all day and then come home and prepare his own meals? When Gob does come home his work will be finished for the day and he can put his feet up and watch TV or whatever pasttime he likes to pursue and then toddle off to bed. It is unlikely that his sleep will be disturbed. He normally won't have to go to the hospital in the middle of the night, he is unlikely to be having homeless people knocking at his door at night, drunks, etc, etc, as can happen at a presbytery where people are often referred if they need assistance. To provide meals and housekeepers for priests is how it was and how it should be now. Other denominations have to support ministers and their wives and families, so Catholics have little to complain about.

Jan

Anonymous said...

Next we'll hear that you saw "Titanic" but didn't know the boat sank...

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

When I am alone, I don't have a cook. But in my rectory we have had up to three priests and one seminarian living here. It is ridiculous to think we can cook for each other or simply do our own thing. Having a cook, a set time to eat and to eat in a formal way is just as important for priests as it is for families.

But I know that this generation of Catholics so often eat on the run, eat out or do their own thing the antithesis of what Catholics should be doing which is eating daily at their common table and making it special-table cloth, table set properly and manners at the table.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

Jan, people have said this about Lucy and Ethel. It is ridiculous.

Clyde Catholic said...

If you read the book, you would understand the story behind the movie. They toned it down, of course, for the movie, but the cannibalism is clearly there.

Anonymous said...

Now, see, in I Love Lucy, I thought it was Fred and Ricky that had the hots for each other...LOL!

Marc said...

Fried Soylent Green Tomatoes?

rcg said...

I agree that the rectory should have a house keeper and cook. The priests should also have chores. A good example to the families in the parish. As far as cost goes it isn't that bad. My niece ran a business after school where she came home, cooked and delivered meals for about five families. She had to account for and pay for groceries, fuel, etc. she made good money for college and the families got to eat together rather than at drive through.

Anonymous said...

Maybe you should watch Gone With The Wind again and discover that Atlanta really does burn down...

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

Our cook comes in three days a week to prepare supper and set the table. She places the cooked food in the stove and leaves before 4 PM. We take the food out of the stove, pray, eat and clean up. It is all very humane.

Otherwise, we would go out to eat. If I am alone, I take the path of least resistance and go to a fast food outlet, Chic Fil A being my favorite.

This all adds to lbs and cardiac arrest--but evidently GOD doesn't care about that as long as he can poke us poor priests in the eye with his pious babble concerning his large family.

But now that I think about it, most southerners (and I am not) did have maids who cooked breakfast, lunch and supper as well as cleaned the house and took care of the children and this happened in middle and lower middle class families not just the rich in the south.

GOB if you are southern and as old as you say you are and that is old, did you have maids????

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

Misprint alert "God" certainly cares about me and my priests and if we eat properly and as a group, but evidently GOB doesn't is the point I should have made.

Clyde Catholic said...

Anonymous @ 11:11, You mean Atlanta burned in that movie!!!??? I thought that was DC burning...dang, wishful thinking again.
But, I really liked the part where Robert E. Lee accepted Grant's surrender at Cold Harbor, became President of the Confederacy, and made Rhett and Scarlett ambassadors to the newly founded Yankee States of America. All the slaves were freed, allowed to form their own nation in Liberia, and the Confederacy invaded France and used captured Frenchmen as slaves. I love happy endings!

Anonymous said...

If Father McDonald and Father Vernon lived closer to me, I would personally cook for them every day and gladly wait on them and clean up afterwards. It's the least I could do for two priests that have done so much for me, as a Catholic growing in the faith. People take for granted how much their priest does hour after hour, day after day.

Jan said...

Anonymous at 8.21, 11.11 am I guess if you have a polluted mind you will read the worst into anything ...

Jan

gob said...

I said that we had 7 children and no cook..You call that "pious babbling concerning his large family". OK....

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

Well who the heck cooked for you and your 7 children, a spirit or your wife?

gob said...

My wife was a stay at home Mom until the 7th child was born. By then we badly needed more income so she went back to work. We were fortunate to have both our Moms to help with the baby. My wife went to work at 6:30 AM. I got the children up, fed them breakfast and got them off to school (the parish school) which was one block away. They had lunch at school. I had to be at work at 9:00. My wife and I together did dinner. The children took turns with dishes. Not really very complicated. Please excuse me if this seems like more pious babbling. It's just the way we did it....

Anonymous said...

Father, why do you continue to engage the negativity spewing from gob? You would have fun at St. Mark, in Eastman.

Anonymous said...

Gob probably had a black slave or indentured servant. Most libs are also hypocrites.

Anonymous said...

Jan, the book and the film both depicted - clearly - lesbianism and cannibalism. There is nothing "polluted" in seeing what is on the screen in front of you.

Anonymous said...

The movie is much more ambiguous than the book. In the book, the relationship between the two women was subtle (no overt sex) but obvious. There is one particularly telling scene just after Idgie had brought the pregnant Ruth home to her parents. Idgie's father gives her the cafe, telling her, "Now you have a family to support."