Cooking Without Photos – Peach-Berry Upside Down Crisp

Cooking Without Photos – Week 5

It’s gonna get cold this week here in the south. Why not travel to the sunshine state? Aaaahhhh Tallahassee, Florida’s capital city. Did you know that Florida once had two capitals? Yep! St. Augustine and Pensacola alternated the task until it was decided that Tallahassee needed to be the capital in 1824.

Tallahassee sits rich in state history and is a hub for agriculture, timber and livestock trade for the region. Creek and Apalachee (not Apache) Indian history is also hugely important to this area of Florida. The word “Tallahassee” actually derives from the Creek word meaning “old town”.

This week’s recipe comes to you from the book, “Loaves and Fishes: Christ Presbyterian Church”. The church was started in the the late 1980’s, although that’s really not that long ago. The coolest part is that when leaders bought a few acres of land to build a church on, they instead repurposed a small Methodist church chapel that had been originally built in 1910. They had the building moved to its new location and made the necessary changes. It’s just beautiful!!

While flipping thru the pages of the cookbook, Peach-Berry Upside-Down Crisp caught my eye. Reading the ingredients, I had to look up what a boysenberry even was😆 Apparently, it’s a cross between blackberry, dewberry, raspberry and a loganberry. No wonder I was confused! I used blackberries instead 🤷🏻‍♀️

Anywho, this is excellent! One piece of advice, make sure you use self-rising flour and also let it sit for the 15 minutes. Alllllll those juices soak up into the crisp. Mmmmmmm! Thank you where ever you are, Lu Parry😘😘

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Cooking Without Photos – Honey Chicken Wings

Cooking Without Photos Week 4

Next we travel to jolly old England…Arkansas😆 see what I did there! Bah!!!😆. Anywho, England is a small town just a hop, skip and a jump from Little Rock.

England was actually first named Groveland and the first settlers came around 1880. Upon arrival, they began clearing the land of hardwoods. Once the lumber industry moved on westward, farmers were able to start planting and grow soybeans, cotton, rice and corn. In fact, the soil around England is classified as some of the most producing in the country.

At one time and thanks to the railroad, England was the center for cotton production and trade. Arkansas Journal newspaper was printed and circulated there and they had their own cotton gin. Over the years, they’ve had highs and lows, but farming continues to be a huge part of their heritage.

This week’s cookbook, Reflections of “Beary” Good Cooking: From England First Baptist Church Youth, was a little beat up when I purchased it. I figure that means someone used it and liked it!

I chose Honey Chicken Wings to share and they were amazing!!! Don’t tell Freda Thompson, but I added more garlic. I mean…1/2 garlic clove? 1/2 a clove? Maybe she meant 1/2 a bulb? I bet you could also add some hot sauce or cayenne pepper for an extra kick. Enjoy!!!

Cooking Without Photos – Southern Fried Apples

Cooking Without Photos Week 3

This week we travel together to Conway, South Carolina. I’ve never even been to South Carolina! I honestly think I picked this cookbook up at an estate sale. Anywho, here’s a little bit of a history lesson.

The British began settling in what is now South Carolina in 1670. The timber industry quickly became a way of life for folks in Horry (O-Rry) county. I wonder how many times a day they have to correct out of towners on THAT pronunciation🤔.

Fire destroyed the town and it was rebuilt in the early 1900’s. Since then it has thrived and become a popular tourist stop with its close proximity to Myrtle Beach.

Today’s selection comes to you from Seasoned Love: Conway Christian Church. Wahoo! Southern Fried Apples😍 DELICIOUS!!! One thing… Sorry Linda Roundtree, there’s no way this will feed 12 people😆 And I added whipped cream…because who doesn’t like that?!

Cooking Without Photos Week 2 – Wagon Trail Beans

Cooking Without Photos Week 2

“Creative Cooking: Cookin’ Is A Lotta Fun” by The Outhouse Cooking Team

Don’t let the name of this cookbook fool you…they don’t actually cook in an outhouse…or maybe they did. I can’t actually find any info on the group other than the short paragraph in the front of the book.

Originating in 1988, The Outhouse Cooking Team started out cooking catfish. They then expanded and started doing fundraisers for fire houses, churches and other community events. I can only assume they’ve disbanded. I’m kinda sad about this news.

Just the county over, Dardanelle once was the heart of Arkansas River traffic between Fort Smith and Little Rock. Dardanelle is also home to Dardanelle Rock, an overlook used by Native Americans and Confederate soldiers.

Today, folks can visit Mt. Nebo State park, home of the switchbacks. I wouldn’t suggest making that drive on a full stomach🤢. And how could we look over the fact that Dardanelle is home of the Free State Of Yell Fest. They even have a YELLING contest!!! I feel like I know some folks that could win that competition🤔. Charles Portis even based his book, “True Grit” off of the Dardanelle area and it was later made into a movie.

This week I made Wagon Trail Beans. The only thing I’d add is to drain the northern and red beans. Seemed like it had too much liquid. Other than that, they were superb!! These were cooking in a crockpot, but I bet you could easily cook them campground style over an open fire. Yaaassssss!! Enjoy❤️❤️❤️

Cooking Without Photos Week 1 – McDonald Biscuits

Wahoo! We made it to 2023!!!

This year I decided to take my community cookbooks and put them to work. I love picking up community/church cookbooks from all over. We’ll go on vacation and I’m gathering spiral bound pieces of history. Fundraisers come around and I’ve gotta have some local flavor. There are so many recipes in these books that have been forgotten over the years.

So my goal for the year is to cook one recipe per week from a different community cookbook, share the recipe with you and take a photo of what it’s supposed to look like. I’ll also share the cookbook I took it from and a little about the community that put the cookbook together. Voila! Cooking Without Photos has been born! Here it goes!

Cooking Without Photos Week 1
I’m starting 2023 off with my home of Harmony, AR. These days Harmony is a sleepy community on Hwy 10 with not even one store (although Williams Junction should be opening back up this year).

At one time, Harmony had its own grist mill, saw mill, a cotton gin, school and post office. Several of the founding families are still keeping the community alive today. My family has been in the area for several generations, but some have lived there from the very beginning.

One of the first structures built in the area was a church. Harmony Baptist Church started out as a log cabin in 1872 and then rebuilt into the brick building that stands there today.

This week my recipe comes from, “Feeding The Flock: Harmony Baptist Church and Friends”.
I’d never heard of “McDonald” biscuits before. Three ingredients and that’s it🤷🏻‍♀️ When I read the recipe, all I could think of was, this must be one of those recipes you make when you just don’t have a lot of anything. I gave ‘er a whirl.

Y’all, these are the fluffiest biscuits I’ve ever tasted! Not a biscuit you could easily put a piece of sausage on, because they are just puffs of cotton! For sure a biscuit you could pinch up for gravy.

Suggestion: I made them twice trying to make them better. Make sure you mix the sour cream and bisquick together before adding in the sprite. You’ll need less than 1/4 cup. Like literally a splash and you should be able to cut the biscuits out. I put too much both times so I spooned them out. 😆 practice! I’ll for sure make them again and I don’t even like bisquick.

Too much Sprite.


The recipe doesn’t say anything about spraying the pan. I tested one spot not sprayed and they stuck like crazy. Spray dat pan! Also not listed, they need to cook about 12-15 minutes.

Still too much Sprite, but we’re getting there!
Whew! Much better and this was with about 3 tablespoons of Sprite.

Hope you like them as much as we did❤️❤️❤️

Cowboy Cookies

This recipe totally takes me back to my high school days. The lunch ladies made these and I never knew the name of them until after I graduated. I just called them “peanut butter things”. They probably thought I was crazy, but gave me one anyway. Enjoy!

Cowboy Cookies

1 cup sugar

1 cup lite syrup

1 cup smooth peanut butter

4 cups cornflakes

Wax paper

1. Combine sugar and syrup

2. Bring to a boil

3. Remove from heat

4. Add peanut butter and stir until smooth

5. Add cornflakes and coat in mixture

6. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper

7. Cool 20-25 minutes.

Macaroni And Cheese Vegetable

When I was growing up, there were 5 of us kids running around eating everything in sight. I know now that my mom did everything in her power to have a balanced yet quick and easy meal or snack.

This recipe combines snack and vegetables. Perfect!!


Ingredients

1 box Kraft Cheese and Macaroni- make according to package

1 can Veg-All

After making Mac and cheese, stir in veg-all. Add salt and pepper. Voila!

We loved it, my kids love it and you will too:)

Much love,

That Book Mama

Green Beans And New Potatoes MMMmmmmm

It’s summertime and with that comes gifts from the garden! One of my very favorite meals to have in the summer is Green Beans and New Potatoes.   Nom, Nom, Nom…I’m drooling right now just typing this.  It’s basically a one pot meal that takes very little time. Hooray! Who wants to cook in the blazing heat anyway? Not me! Here’s a simple recipe to tickle your taste buds. You’re Welcome:)

Green Beans and New Potatoes
Baby Red Potatoes (about 3 lbs)
Ham Pieces (about 2 lbs)
A “mess” of Green Beans (about 1 1/2 lb)
Medium onion (chopped)
Salt to taste

Combine all ingredients, except salt, into a large pot and cover with water.  Boil for about an hour or until green beans and potatoes are fork tender.  Before serving, test and see if salt is needed.  Sometimes the ham is extremely salty so no additional salt is needed.  Voila!

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Enjoy!,

That Book Mama

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

It’s about that time again!  Yes gardening time:)  I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love, Love, LOVE to put my toes in freshly tilled soil.  Oh My Gosh!  LOVE.  IT.  Bring on the tomatoes!  Bring on the squash!  Bring on the okra!  More on that later…since we’ve not started actually planting anything yet.  Until then, I’ve decided to share some of my all time favorite books about gardens and gardening

Enjoy,

That Book Mama

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0-4 Years

I Like Vegetables – By Lorena Siminovich  A beautiful board book with bright colors and a bonus…touch and feel!  This is the perfect gardening book to start your little one off right.  Each page has a few words and a different picture to touch.  For sure one they will want to read again and again.

A Garden Of Opposites – By Nancy Davis  Again, with bright colors and few words, this book is perfectly simple.  Opposites never looked prettier.

Up, Down and Around – By Katherine Ayres  It’s the story of a garden from beginning to end.  Tells all about how some veges grow up and some grow down while others grow around and around.  By the end, I’m ready to eat some and so are the characters in the book:)

Counting In The Garden – By Emily Hruby  I’m just gonna say it…not the best cover art.  This is a perfect example of not judging a book by the cover.  Once you get past the cover though, amazing!  Flowers and vegetables and worms, oh my!  Love it!

Eating The Alphabet – By Lois Ehlert  This book does nothing but make me want a snack.  It flows through the alphabet with colorful illustrations of fruits and vegetables good enough to eat.  I’m not gonna lie, some things I’ve never tried.  I think if it makes me want to try something I’ve never had before then surely other folks would feel the same:)

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5-7 Years

Over In The Garden – By Jennifer Ward  Rhyming Song, Yay!  This book could actually be read to younger children but I’ve put it in an older category because it has a fact section in the back.  Count your way through the garden and see a whole slew of insects along the way.

The Gardener – By Sarah Stewart Through a series of letters, Lydia Grace tells the story of her going to live with her uncle in the city until her parents can get on their feet.  Lydia Grace was growing up during the time of The Great Depression and during that time everyone was well…depressed.  She was determined to make her Uncle Jim smile and by her actions, she made his world a little brighter.   Truth time…I teared up.  Excellent book!

And The Good Brown Earth – By Kathy Henderson  This book actually starts in the fall and tells the story of a grandma and a grandson who tend to the garden patch all year long.  Having a garden is a lot of work but in the middle of all of that work, there’s always time to play.

The Ugly Vegetables – By Grace Lin  When a little girl and her Mom start their garden, they look around and see that their neighbors are doing the same, with one exception.  Everyone else was planting flowers and they were planting Chinese veges.  The little girl was rather disheartened when she saw that their garden wasn’t as pretty as the others.  Once it was time to gather some veges and make some soup, everyone wanted a part of the ugly vegetables.  Recipe in the back, Hooray!

Strega Nona’s Harvest – By Tomie dePaola  Strega Nona is well known for her magical way with the garden.  She always has plenty of food for her family come harvest time and this year was no different.  …except for some reason she keeps getting vegetables at her front door and has nowhere to put them.  What is she to do?  Why help people out, of course.  Great story about sharing and caring.

Cornflake Chicken

This recipe comes to you straight out of my childhood home. It was one of my favorite things that my mom used to make for us and one of the very first things I cooked on my own. My mom taught me to cut up a whole chicken when I was about 11. My parents had a house full, so I’m sure any help we could give was much appreciated. Little did I know that years later I’d be using the very same recipe and skills to cook for my own family. If you haven’t tried this before, I hope you enjoy it and if you’ve had it and it brings back some memories…then you’re welcome:)

Cornflake Chicken

Ingredients
1 whole chicken (cut up)
5 cups cornflakes
4 eggs
1/2 cup milk

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1. Preheat oven to 350. Cut up your chicken. I didn’t attempt to show you how to do this because I tried to teach someone once and it didn’t really turn out so great… If you don’t know how, you could always buy one already cut up.

2. Crush the cornflakes. This is where my kiddos come in handy. You could always take out some aggression this way too:)

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3. Crack your eggs (I use a pie plate) scramble them and add the milk. Whip the two ingredients together.

4. Put the crushed cornflakes into another pie plate.

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5. Dip the chicken into the egg mixture and roll in the cornflakes. Place chicken into a 9 x 13 pan.

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6. Cook for 1 hour – 1 hour 15 minutes.

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Mmmmmmmmmmmm! Yummy:)