Years ago (we won’t talk about how many years) we lived in Augusta, Georgia. It was my husband’s hometown, but we were living there courtesy of Uncle Sam. My husband was an Army chaplain stationed at Ft. Gordon. Since he grew up in Augusta, he knew all the fun places to go. For the holidays, Fatman’s was always on the list. It was open year round with a store for holiday decorations and crafts, and a restaurant with great Southern cooking. In the fall they had a haunted house, hayrides, and a bonfire.

Once the weather was cool and crisp- you really have to wait for that in Georgia- it was the place to go, the place to get a favorite fall food. The only place, really, to truly enjoy this particular fall food. Oh, you can buy it elsewhere- though it’s probably hard to find in the North. It’s a Southern specialty. There are probably a lot of people who have never tried it. (I feel sorry for them!)

In the South you can actually buy this food in a can in the grocery stores. I don’t think I ever knew anyone who did, though. Most Southerners either had it homemade or from some local place like Fatman’s where you could sit around a bonfire with a big pot on the fire and this treat was served up in little paper bags. Eating them from that bag kept your hands warm and delighted your tastebuds. Have you guessed? One of my favorite fall foods because of the happy memories that it brings… much better than anything pumpkin spice… boiled peanuts! Nothing matches the salty, yummy, just past crunchy, almost creamy goodness! I haven’t had it in years (I’m back in Indiana now) but I still remember how good boiled peanuts are when you’re sitting around the fire singing and talking and enjoying a cool fall evening.

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8 Responses to Fatman’s

  1. Ruth Ayres says:

    I have never had boiled peanuts, and now I’m wondering how to partake. As a fellow Hoosier, I’m thinking I will have to travel south. I’m so happy you wrote this today.

  2. Julie says:

    Yes!!!!! I can’t get enough of boiled peanuts! Unfortunately they are never fresh around here. Every time I go through Georgia, I’m looking for them!

  3. Fran Haley says:

    Oh my gosh, Diane! Boiled peanuts were my Carolina-born mother’s favorite treat! I didn’t even know of them for the longest time (please forgive). Love the ending image of eating them around a fire, singing and talking on a cool fall evening. I also love how you “really have to wait” for cool, crisp weather in Georgia – and having been raised on Southern cooking by country cooks, I can say yes, it’s the greatest.

  4. I would have never guessed because I have never had boiled peanuts. I’ll be on the lookout for these 😀

  5. Mandy Robek says:

    Boiled peanuts? I’m intrigued and your fall evenings sound so inviting.

  6. mrsday75 says:

    I’ve never tried them, but if we ever get to Georgia, they will be on the list!

  7. elsie says:

    I will take your recommendation and try them if I ever see them advertised. I had no clue what your treat was until you revealed it.

  8. Ramona says:

    I knew what this was before I got to the end. My grandpa raised peanuts in Oklahoma (he was one of the few people in the area with a thresher). I’ve often heard my mom talk about boiled peanuts. I believe I may have even had them when I was too young to appreciate them

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