Wednesday, December 10, 2008

White Trash Cooking, The Book

This is it, take a close look. Could you resist this book? It's not the book jacket, though it has its mighty charms. Part of my delight with this book is the table settings. I can remember reading that the plastic table covering is one option, but for certain foods, layered newspaper is preferable. That would be for fancy parties of crawfish or shrimp eating--truly messy food to eat. And when the meal is finished, you haul the newspaper and all it's messy shells to the trash. We white trash folks can be so very practical without ever losing our charm. I am pleased to know how many of us are or were owners of this gem. Makes a lovely Xmas gift. And there are little stories about how a particular recipe was invented. Like the Grand Canyon Cake, Nan told us about from her copy. All it takes is white cake mix, round cake pans, aplenty, food coloring, and whiskey of some sort. I'm thinking moonshine, but that just the romantic in me.


anita said...

i tried to comment on your other white trash cooking post yesterday but had some problems ... probably because i was in bed the entire day feeling sorry for myself and reading blogs with my cell phone. when i hit 'publish' nothing happened.

so, finally, a reason to get out of bed!

anyway, what i was GOING to say is that your sugar sandwich reminds me a little bit of the cinnamon toast my mother used to give me.

and my all-time fav was the mayonnaise sandwich. sometimes i'd stick on a little iceberg lettuce on it, but that's about it.

but for me, now, i've gone completely organic and no GMO's. some people say i've become obsessive compulsive about it. whatever. whole grains, bought in bulk, are actually extremely inexpensive. and fruit, veggies, fruits and dairy products from local farms bought at farmers markets as well. so it is possible to eat well AND cheap.

yet, i do imagine it would be far more difficult if one has an entire family feed.

Utah Savage said...

And don't forget the limited shopping opportunities for the backwoods poor. A Piggley Wiggley wasn't exactly the best grocery ever. Then, in many areas of poor cracker living, there is only a convenience store, or a store attached to a two pump gas station of an country road. These are often folks who used to farm, but having fallen on hard times, sold the cow, or ate it. Greens are often picked along irrigation or drainage ditches. Wild greens. Free food is highly prized. Road kill qualifies, as does squirrel.

And as for your mothers cinnamon toast, that's a very refined version of the sugar sandwich. No toast for the Wonderbread required for the sugar sandwich. Grease, sugar, bread. That's it.

Stella said...

OMG, that's a riot! Do they have a recipe for cornbread?

Good for you, Anita. Buying local tastes so much better and much cheaper.

Utah Savage said...

I'm sure they have a recipe for cornbread. I recommend this as a lovely xmas gift. Could be a joke gift, could be deadly serious for the cracker in your family. Cause we all have one, don't we?

Randal Graves said...

I use newspapers to catch pumpkin guts and slime when we're carving jack o' lanterns. Does that count?

I think if you want an extra classy cake, and moonshine is unavailable in your neck of the woods, some lemon/lime mad dog would work as well.

Beach Bum said...

People need to stop using my family photos without getting permission.

D.K. Raed said...

UT, I cannot thank you enough! You have just found me the perfect gift for one of my sisters! (maybe the missouri family she married into is related to beachbum's fambly?)

PENolan said...

I've actually had that book for years since members of my extended family cook like that in real life. Thank God that book is no more serious that the Roadkill Cookbook. I have two others in my collection that were produced by the church of a former Aunt-in-law. One is called Pass The Plate and is serious as a heart attack. Smashed potato chips on the top of turkey noodle caseroles, three Ambrosia recipes (with and without Jell-o) and pies galore.


PENolan said...

ps - thanks for the link

Utah Savage said...

So glad to see you here Penolan. And you are most welcome.