My paternal roots are from the savannahs and jungles of West Africa. We came to America on wooden ships and chains. To be sure, there was no Ellis Island welcoming committee we were greeted by a slave action. Hodges DNA can be traced back to a man named George Hodges who was a Virginia farmer and slave owner. My great grandfather, Edward (nicknamed Ned) Hodges, was sired by George. My great grandfather was born a twin. We’ve been told that George’s wife had a slave take Grandpa and his brother and throw them in the hog eating pin. Grand Pa Ned was rescued his brother was eaten.
In memory of my roots, I created a special salad that I call “Hodges Sistah Salad. Ingredients: 1 (6 0z.) package lime gelatin, 2 cups pineapple juice, 1/2 pint whipping cream, 1 (4 oz.) carton small curd cottage cheese, 1 (4 oz.) can crushed pineapples, 1 cup chopped pecans. In a medium saucepan cook the gelatin and pineapple juice until the gelatin is dissolved. Remove from the heat and cool. Add the whipping cream. Fold in the remaining ingredients. Pour into a greased and chilled dish. Refrigerate until chilled and firm