Several weeks ago, Tiny Gardener had a giveaway to celebrate her birthday. How nice was that? (Even nicer was the fact that yours truly was the winner of said giveaway) So in order to continue the spirt of giving on one's birthday, I would like to do a Birthday Giveaway on my day of birth.
There's a cookbook I picked up a several years ago at the semi-annual library book sale. It immediately caught my eye, not necessairly because I though it would become my favorite "Go-To" cookbook, but because of the intriguing title.
If one were to flip through this cookbook, you would find recipe titles like.......
Big Molly's Cracker Pie (not sue if she's referring to white folk, or actual saltines)
Freddie Lou's Geecheed Cabbage (if anybody know what "geecheed" is, please let me know)
Mama Ellen's Fried Chittlins
Anyways.....in my ongoing attempt to clean out the clutter in the house (ha, that's a laugh), I would like to offer this book to one of my blog followers as gift:
But be forewarned! The book is chock-full of recipes that contain mass quantities of Crisco, catsup, mini-marshmallows, Velveeta, oleo (what IS that?), packages of bologna, goldfish crackers, and something called "rat cheese".
There is also a dish that includes the following main ingredient: "1 quart fresh shucked oysters (no coon oysters for this)"
The fact that they even had to point out that you should NOT substitute raccoon reproductive organs for the sea-dwelling bivalve mollusc was a bit frightening.
But there are also just as many natural or down-to-earth recipes using things like persimmons, turnip greens, bacon drippings, fresh "whatever you got in the cupboard" fruit and other ingredients otherwise not sealed in a mylar bag and treated with BHT.
Also included are recipes for those often overlooked (sometimes on purpose) meats like raccoon, oppossum, deer, frog legs, squirrel, rabbit and even cooter! No, that's not slang for one's privates - its a turtle. Quote from the book: "When the cooter sticks his head out, cut it off with a hatchet." Bet you're glad I clarified that for you now, hugh??
Nestled in between the pages of "Glennie Nell's Roast Christmas Possum" and "Wheezer's Cheese Pie" are several pages of pictures of things like country family get-togethers, hog butchering, and of course, casseroles. This book was published in 2002, but the photos look as if they came out of the mid-70's. Not sure if the pictures are just older, or if there are still people dressing like that.
Even if you never use a single recipe in this book, I gare-un-tee that you'll at least get a laugh or two out of it.
So you've got one week to enter for this "more than unique" cookbook! Just leave a comment under this post and you'll be entered. One entry per person, and only open to those with a US mailing address.