“You are not going out with that boy unless his parents are driving and that's that. I'm not just Spitting Grits here, young lady!”

. . . My father, John Thomas Cravey, USAF, to me in 1956.

Cooking up Discussion and Education

Traditionally, the dinner table is a place for community, debates, discussion, sharing information, even arguments – among family, friends, opponents, neighbors, and near strangers.

A new cookbook that can foster discussions about methamphetamines and other drugs while around the dinner table is available for ordering. Back Around the Table is for good eating and for good talk.

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Notable Alabamians, like U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, and citizens involved in drug abuse treatment, education, and prevention from around the state are offering their best recipes in a variety of categories. Senator Shelby offers Dove on the Grill, an old family recipe that he and his wife, Annette, still use:

Dove (allow at least 2 per person)

Worcestershire Sauce to taste

Salt and pepper to taste

Bacon (1/2 slice per bird)

Sprinkle dove with salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Wrap each dove with bacon. Secure with toothpick if necessary. Cook over a medium fire until done, about 20-30 minutes. Turn occasionally. **Variation: Wrap ½ strip bacon around a water chestnut and a boneless dove breast. Season lemon butter with Worcestershire sauce and baste frequently. Cook on grill.

Part of the proceeds of the sale of Back Around the Table will support Alabama’s ZEROMETH ad campaign.

Anti-drug campaigns have come and gone. Mostly gone. Drugs have kept on coming and haven’t gone. The ZEROMETH campaign is different: it is specific to methamphetamines; it is targeted at young people instead of parents (Parents – The Anti-Drug) or no one in particular (Just Say No) or at users in general, but with no force behind it (This is your brain on drugs); it is based on what is known from users and from science; and it is tough.

Here's some science behind how meth words, from National Geographic:

One Alabama District Attorney who was involved with the campaign from the ground up, Jimmie Harp, Jr., Etowah County, describes the ZEROMETH campaign this way:

ZEROMETH is a hard hitting and gritty campaign. . . .The television ads, print ads, and other supporting media are designed to create a dialog between our youth and their parents, teachers, coaches about the life-threatening and dangerous consequences of trying meth even one time.

Here is Part 1 of the campaign:

He had the idea for Back Around the Table. “The book’s purpose is to create awareness, but in this instance also celebrate those who have been addicted to illegal drugs, been alienated from their families, sought help, and have recovered or are fighting to recover ever day.”

He approached Dr. Barbara Bryant, a retired college administrator and professor, consultant, cookbook publisher, and business owner in Gadsden, Alabama, who agreed to publish it and oversee sales.

To order Back Around the Table:

Mail Check or Money Order to:

“Back Around the Table”

Post Office Box 1603

Gadsden, AL 35902

  • Include number of books requested @ $25.00 ea
  • The amount enclosed
  • Your name and address including the Zip
  • Phone including area code
  • E-mail address

If you encounter problems ordering online, please e-mail me at: jchutt@gmail.com. I will forward your e-mail address to the appropriate contact who will send a PDF attachment.

I published a post to Spittin’ Grits last year that recounted my experience with my daughter’s meth addiction here.

More videos from the ZEROMETH campaign:

Part 2:

Part 3:

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