There is a well-known legend about the fried corn bread known as hush puppies. Legend has it that in the days during the Civil War, Southerners would sit beside a campfire out-of-doors to prepare their meals. They would fry their cornmeal batter, and if Yankee soldiers came close, they would toss one or more of the fried cakes to their yapping dogs with the command, “Hush, puppies.”
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