It’s whipped cream cake season, judging by the number of readers looking for the Bullwinkel’s Bakery recipe.
As fans of the dessert know, the Bullwinkels started peddling their baked goods in Charleston in 1929. Their bake shop at Rutledge Avenue and Cannon Street closed back in 1974, but George Bullwinkel joined the pastry team at the Meeting Street Piggly Wiggly, making whipped cream cakes until 1998. He died the following year at the age of 87.
During the holidays, Bullwinkel made about 1000 cakes. Here’s the recipe he used: Continue reading
Nostalgia peaks at holiday time, so it’s little wonder the season’s provoked a new round of Piggly Wiggly sentimentality.
“Where are cooks going to go to buy fresh collard greens, especially for Thanksgiving???,” a reader writes. “The Pig always had a large supply of large bunches, and even more at Thanksgiving & Christmas…The other stores just do not understand the local diet and customs.”
Thanksgiving shoppers who didn’t buy their collards at this past Saturday’s Charleston Farmers Market may have a tougher time finding locally-grown greens. But a Harris Teeter spokeswoman says the grocery chain will adjust its orders in response to customer demand. Continue reading
Since writing last week about the food and drink items that shoppers are likely to miss buying at the Piggly Wiggly, a number of readers have gotten in touch to add favorites to the list.
“Where are we going to buy real grits?,” moaned an anonymous e-mailer. “Instant is nasty and that’s what the ‘others’ sell. No regular grits for $1.99/bag. The ‘others’ have it in the souvenir section for anywhere from $5-$10 for a small bag.”
Another faithful fan of the grocery chain left a voicemail message saying he’s bracing to miss the store’s cottage cheese: “Nobody could touch The Pig’s brand of cottage cheese,” said a man who identified himself only as ‘Bill.’ Continue reading