Low Country Boil Podcast Show

The Low Country Boil Podcast derives its name from the Southern Dish called by many names, but I grew up calling it “Low Country Boil”. I got this recipe from a 90 year old Woman, who had lived her life according to the Gullah way.

Gullah, also called Sea Island Creole English and Geechee, is a creole language spoken by the Gullah people (also called “Geechees” within the community), an African-American population living in coastal regions of the American states of South Carolina and Georgia (including urban Charleston and Savannah), as well as north eastern Florida. If you have ever been to Tangier Island, you know what I am talking about! The link will take you to my video I shot. This video was shot to help their community gain recognition, for the rising sea levels and how they need our help.

She also had the best white lightning that could be illegally purchased on the east coast. Yep, she had the best! Her recipe became my recipe. Not the white lightning, she said she would that that to the grave, but the “Low Country Boil” recipe. It goes something like this and you can add in any seafood you want, just watch your time line for cooking.

Bring 5 gallons of water to a boil, using an outdoor gas fired cooker. Dump in two boxes of Old Bay seasoning. Add 5 pounds of russet potatoes, quartered. Boil for 20 mins. Then add big bite size chunks of spicy smoked sausage. Cook for 10 mins. Add 1 dozen fresh ears of corn, cut into. Cook for 10 mins.

Next add fresh crayfish, shrimp, cleaned/picked blue crabs or clusters of snow crab legs. Cook 4 to 5 mins. Turn off the heat and let set for 10 mins. Drain, then dump the boil out on a table covered in paper bags or newspapers. Gather all your friends around, slap on your feed bag and enjoy the feast!

So that is why I name our Podcast “Low Country Boil”. We talk about anything that is happening in Northern Neck Virginia. You add a little bit of this and a little bit of that, then sit back and let your ears enjoy the feast.

We run our Podcast out of D & L Recording Studio LLC, located in Montross Va. Montross is a small rural town that sits just about in the middle of Northern Neck Va. Montross is located in Westmoreland County, Virginia. The population was 315 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Westmoreland County and we are near the George Washington Birthplace National Monument and Stratford Hall Plantation which is the birthplace of Robert E. Lee, Richard Henry Lee, and Francis Lightfoot Lee.

The Old Westmoreland Court House in Montross was the site of notable events in 1774–1775 which are important years, connected with the Revolutionary War. According to an historic marker at the courthouse, a resolution was introduced by Richard Henry Lee and adopted at a meeting there on June 22, 1774, providing aid to Boston, Massachusetts, following a blockade of that beleaguered port city by Great Britain.

The seizure in 1775 of the Virginia Colony’s gunpowder supply in Williamsburg on orders of the Royal Governor, in what later became known as the Gunpowder Incident, prompted the Westmoreland Committee of Safety to convene at the Court House on May 23, 1775. The committee passed a resolution denouncing the governor, Lord Dunmore, for his actions.

Washington and Lee High School is located in the town of Montross. Emmy Award-winning video engineer Walter Balderson, who attended Washington and Lee High School, is also from Montross. United States Congressman, Rob Wittman, lives in Montross. Virginia State Senator, Richard H. Stuart, was born and raised in Montross, as was a former Philadelphia 76er Justin Anderson. In 2018, Justin was traded to the Hawks.

The rich history that surrounds Montross, can be found in many small communities throughout Norther Neck Va. I am blessed to live in a area where the local Farmers, still place their produce in their front yards or vegetable stands, with a shoe box that you place your money in, because no one is around to collect it.

Now, if that aint living, I don’t know what is! The purpose of this Podcast, is to let others experience our Home Town atmosphere throughout Northern Neck, regardless of where they live. Well, it’s almost 6am, and I will give Johnny a call, down at Wilkins Grocery, and order my regular bacon, egg and cheese sandwich, with mayo and pepper, slightly toasted.

By the time I get there, it will be sitting on the counter, along with other orders called in by the local residents. For those who have the time, they will eat there, while talking about how the crops are doing or how they did during the growing season, who has the best kid in high school sports, or where the fish may be biting. The scene reminds me of something out of the old Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry RFD. One thing they will not be doing, is leaving 2 hours early, just to go 20 miles, to get somewhere on time due to traffic jams.

Since I left Northern Virginia, I have never looked back. My wife asked me last week if I locked the door, as we were heading to the river. I told her I don’t remember. She replied that it really did not matter. We both just smiled, nodded our heads in agreement, and kept right on heading to the river. The picture below was taken from our Community Beach at Cabin Point. We walk there sometimes around sunset just to relax or see what has maybe washed up on the beach.

Sun St at Cabin Point Beach Virginia