I love Francine Bryson! What, after all, is not to love about a woman who is a Blue Ribbon Southern baker, National Pie Champion, fan of down-home goodness, and as personable as the day is long? She is someone whose tastes (other than, I have to admit, the Squirrel Pot Pie) parallel my own when it comes to good home cooking. She is also a chubby blonde, and if there is one thing I can relate to it is chubby and blonde.
Her latest book, Country Cooking from a Redneck Kitchen from which today’s featured recipe is taken, is full of tasty recipes, mouthwatering pictures, along with Bryson’s tips and tidbits of country wisdom. This book is as much fun to cook from as it is to read with recipes yielding pleasurable results to please even the pickiest eater.
I heartily concur with her statement that a man can be won over with food, and I’ve had the rings on my finger to prove it although, truth be told, I won Mr. O-P over with cookies. Lots and lots of cookies. Still I had to make her Meatloaf to Stop a Man in His Tracks (Who can resist a name like that?), and we both enjoyed it thoroughly. Topping it with the fresh Blueberry Barbecue Sauce gave it a hint of sweetness without being cloying. I hesitated at first before trying this unusual sauce, but am glad that I did because it has since graced many a turkey wrap sandwich this week.
Tempting recipes are in abundance here, including Aunt Fanny's Buttermilk Pie, Cheese Spicy BBQ Burgers, not to mention three chapters of her wonderful baked goods. Worth the price of the book alone are Bryson’s personal recipes for making Cream of Mushroom Soup, Cream of Celery Soup, and Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup, along with recipes in which to use them, although you no doubt have plenty of those of your own. Never again will I buy an ersatz can of cream of something soup, when I can use one of these recipes.
Easy to read, concise instructions for making 125 dishes of country goodness, along with 60 color photographs will help you to bring a bit of her Southern charm to your dinner table.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
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