A culinary term of unknown origin and wide application. Originally, in the eighteenth century, it denoted a sort of thick oatmeal gruel eaten by sailors. Subsequently, in the southern states of the USA, it came to be used for a stew or thick soup containing a mixture of whatever meats and vegetables might be available. The term was applied especially to such a dish as eaten at an outdoor gathering, such as a picnic or a political rally, and by extension came to be used of such gatherings themselves.
Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.