When it comes to cooking for my family, my husband is relatively easy to please. He- like myself- grew up in the country and loves nothing more than a good ol' country meal! So, I'm always looking for new ways to bring that country cuisine he loves into my own kitchen.
Few people know that national pie champion Francine Bryson got her start on the cooking contest circuit at age sixteen with a savory stuffed pork loin—that won first place. In Country Cooking from a Redneck Kitchen, Francine invites you into her home to share recipes for everything that graces her Southern table: chicken dinners, savory pies, Sunday suppers to serve the preacher, make-and-take casseroles, dips and other redneck whatnots, backyard barbecue favorites—and, of course, three chapters devoted to her celebrated baked goods, including her most-requested holiday sweets. Feeding people is what Francine loves to do, and here are simple instructions for 125 dishes with 60 color photographs to help you to bring her Southern charm to your table.
When I showed my husband this cookbook for the first time, I knew I'd made the right choice! Right away he starting naming all the dishes he wanted to try! With every turn of the page, he was naming yet another recipe. Basically, he wanted it ALL. From the Picnic Table Cucumber Salad to the Blue Ribbon Stuffed Pork Loin. From the Southern Fried Catfish to the German Chocolate Cookies. We just kept finding more and more recipes to add to our must try list. But I must admit, while I enjoy cooking and do a pretty good job following a recipe, I'm far from a master chef. But these recipes were just my skill level. Some a little harder than others of course, but all certainly within my skill level. What's the point of a great recipe if you can't figure out exactly what you're supposed to be doing? That was no problem with this one.
When it comes to cooking, I'm also very visual. I like to know how things are supposed to look, so I love cookbooks with a lot of great photos. While this one does not include a photo for each and every recipe as I would probably prefer, it does have many beautiful full page images to help me out. Not only are the pictures beautiful, but the style is fun too! If you're like me and love a cookbook with a little visual interest, this is certainly one worth checking out.
If you're looking to incorporate a little good ol' country cooking into your weekly meal plans, Country Cooking from a Redneck Kitchen is a great way to start! It is available to purchase now.