Thursday, November 28, 2013
Close to Nowhere
I love to get emails that offer to send me cookbooks, etc. to review. Especially when they sound like really good cookbooks.
I always thought I had a lot of cookbooks. Then I saw the late Ray Smithers’ collection -- in comparsion to that collection, I have a piddling amount.
Great American Publishers sent me “Mississippi Hometown Cookbook,” in their State Hometown Cookbook series. The cookbook, by Sheila Simmons and Kent Whitaker, promises easy to follow recipes, information about food festivals across Missisppi and “reads like a novel.”
I was sold on the cookbook as soon as I started flipping through -- one of the first recipes is from a native of Michigan City.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If the salsa is too hot or acidic for your taste, temper by adding some diced avocado.
That sounds really good, as I’ve recently become a mango addict.
One of the tidbits about food festivals in Mississippi is “The World Catfish Festival,” held the first Saturday in April in Belzoni (in the Delta). Miss Catfish is crowned, along with Little Miss Catfish and, of course, there is a catfish eating contest. I’d just bet that’s a popular contest!
My mother always made tomato gravy when she made meatloaf. I have never been able to make anything even faintly resembling her gravy, but now I have hope. There are two recipes for tomato gravy in this cookbook and one of them has bacon!
Everything is better with bacon! Although I did get an email last week promoting bacon deodorant. I did not respond to that one!
One of my favorite food festival sidebars is the Slugburger Festival in Corinth. Held the second weekend in July, the festival celebrates Corinth’s own gastronomical treat -- the Slugburger.
Actually, it’s made with pork, bread filler and secret spices. It sold for a nickel during the Depression. Nickels were called “slugs.” Hence, the Slugburger!
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