Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Iced Taters

My good buddy, Wayne Teeter (1944-2014), loved to cook. Even as a child he relished food...clams, oysters, fish...any kind of seafood, really...and a variety of vegetables grown in his back yard. I remember him talking animatedly about those delicious "iced taters," fresh from his family garden.

If you are not from the South you may be wondering what "iced taters" are. With a little imagination you might guess they are "Irish potatoes," a staple of many an island dish, from old drum "Ocracoke style" to clam chowder.

Gardens are not as plentiful on the island as they once were, but a number of my neighbors still cultivate impressive vegetable gardens, many with iced taters.

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is the seldom told story of the 1837 murder of Willis Williams by Jacob Gaskill. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous8:37 AM

    When did OI rebrand itself from the sleepy little fishing village to the playground of the well heeled? What is the story behind the man that rates the best beaches? I mean, how did he discover OI?. Did anyone on OI ever ask him? Did anyone from OI invite the man to spend a free week in a vacation home to study the sand? Always wondered how such a hamlet catapulted to such fame!

    1. I would not say Ocracoke "rebranded" itself, or that the island is the "playground of the well heeled." Like any other place, Ocracoke has just seen many changes over the last 75 years. These include electricity (1938), ferry service (in the early 1950s), paved roads soon thereafter, access across the Oregon Inlet bridge in the early 1960s, an article in the Sept., 1969 issue of National Geographic, a municipal water system in the '70s...and the list goes on (we all know how the Internet has changed our lives). Easier access and increased publicity naturally led to changes. I have no idea how "Dr. Beach" first discovered Ocracoke, but I am not surprised that he did.