Elly May Clampett's Cooking
- On the sitcom THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES/CBS/1962-71,
backwoodsman Jed Clampett (Buddy Ebsen) moved his family to
Beverly Hills after oil deposits worth $25 million were
discovered on his Ozarks property near Bugtussle, Tennessee.
Elly May stirs a pot of grits as
Herman the Turkey looks on
However, although money can buy a fancy home in California,
it couldn't buy his tomboy daughter Elly May Clampett (Donna
Douglas) the ability to cook.
Elly's Granny (Irene Ryan) tried her best to improved Elly's
culinary skills, but too no avail. Apparently, Elly was better
at caring for her "critters" and "wrastling" with her cousin
Jethro (Max Baer, Jr) than putting together a heapin' helpin' of
ham hocks, grits and gizzards.
Whenever Elly May did try her hand at cooking, her results were
usually politely accepted, meekly tasted and then discretely
thrown in the garbage. Even the family hound dog Duke refused to
eat her cooking. Despite her terrible cooking skills, her family
refused to tell Elly to her face that her food was inedible.
One of Elly's favorite things to make was biscuits which
unfortunately weighed as heavy as a rock and tasted like one,
too. You could loose a few teeth if you tried to chow down on
them. But they make wonderful paving stones for a walkway.
On episode No. 140, "The Soup Contest" in an attempt to secure
Elly a husband, Granny entered an old hillbilly dish in a soup
company recipe contest - using Elly's name.
On episode No. 168 "The Dahlia Feud," Elly makes a sponge
cake - using real sponges. Of course, the cake's taste and
texture were just too much to swallow.
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