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What a Crock!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

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When I was a little girl, my family would always stop at Weidmann's on our way to New Orleans.  Located in Meridian, Mississippi, Weidmann's is halfway between Birmingham and New Orleans, so it was a great place to stop for lunch.  Our girls also enjoy dining at Weidmann's, and on our recent trip to New Orleans, we made a stop and had brunch.

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I ordered french toast with strawberries and cream.

Weidmann's has a neat little tradition that started during World War II.  A friend of the owners suggested that they replace butter for peanut butter as butter was being rationed.  Today, diners can enjoy peanut butter and saltine crackers while they wait on their food.  A Mississippi potter makes the cute crocks, and diners can take them home, too.

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I keep The Bee's Knee's peanut butter by the Peanut Butter Company in the crock.  The crackers are water crackers with black pepper.

I enjoy seeing the crock on our kitchen counter because it reminds me of so many happy road trips to New Orleans.

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Until next time…

Ricki Jill


  1. Oh, I love good peanut butter and the crock is just great! I can eat peanut butter out of the jar! lol Enjoy your day my friend!

  2. That is a beautiful crock and story. French toast looks so good.

  3. OH, what a sweet idea! I love it, and love then diners can take the crocks home with them! Talk about a great way to bring back customers!!

  4. I love the idea of having a crock as cute as that to remind you of your trips! Fun. I think that is what makes it special. Oh, the french toast looks divine.

  5. I love it. It looks like such a fun place to visit!

  6. Ricki Jill, a great idea to keep peanut butter in a pretty crock. How fun to have a special handmade crock with memories attached. Happy Day!

  7. that is lovely! Such a unique offering in a restaurant, wonderful!

  8. What a clever way to solve the rations. Love the historical stories.

  9. I love road trip traditions! I've never had cause to be in Meridian, but this almost makes me want to go.

    As for us? When my sons were younger and I'd pick them up from visiting their Dad every other weekend, we would always stop for early supper at this place in Russellville, AL called the Frosty Inn. We love that place!

    Are you in Birmingham? If so, you're not far. I'm in the Huntsville area!

  10. Was sitting here feeling hungry, um and not for candy, and now know exactly what I will have!

  11. I love places like that. I think I would have to have one of those crocks.

  12. I love those kinds of places and I love crocks! I have a couple of old butter crocks that I just love, too! Hope you are keeping warm- xo Diana

  13. What an adorable crock and lovely story! I love old historical diners.

  14. I love peanut butter . . . I love Saltines . . . I love peanut butter on saltines . . . but I am trying to be flour free so I will fit into my ski pants for our trip to Utah in 2 weeks.

  15. I love pieces like this, such a treasure!

  16. RJ,
    What a great tradition. I love peanut butter and crackers and that crock, how cute is that?!

  17. You are going to have to tell me where this place is! There seems to be nothing but "gut-food" chains along the interstates 20 and 59. We go through there on the way to Gulfport to see Ray's 99 year old Grandma.

  18. Yay! I've seen crocks used for honey, but never peanut butter before! :D
    I grew up putting PB on my pancakes (instead of butter or syrup) and in my oatmeal, and now I wonder if that was a result of my grandparents and the butter rationing. Hrmm.....
    I'm putting Weidmann's on my list of places to visit when I (eventually) go southward. Thanks!

  19. Oh boy right up my alley. I can only imagine how delish this is Ricki. What comfort food and how neat in a crock.


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