The section on Community Coffee Company was one of my favorites...dating back to a General Merchandise company that started in 1919 that ground and brewed coffee on the spot and served as a meeting place for local friends and neighbors. By 1924, the backyard barn had been transformed into a coffee mill...and by 1946 the company had its own roasting plant. The Community Coffee Company is a landmark and a huge part of the community and the whole South these days. I love coffee in any form anyway...and the recipes included from the CCC all had me drooling...but the Coffee Pecan Pie was something I had to make! And I was NOT disappointed....except by the fact that the hubs devoured almost the whole pie by himself. Shhhh....don't tell him I told you. Although I didn't actually use CC coffee since I don't have any (Sure, I could have ordered it, but I didn't want to wait)...the rich, deep, earthy flavor of the pie paired with a nice cup of coffee and a blob of whipped cream was like being lost in a dream.
The Cabin...a restaurant/bar/lounge...that had its beginnings as slave quarters on the Monroe Plantation almost two centuries ago. I don't know if it was me or the recipe (although I'm guessing it must be me because if they serve this at the restaurant, it must work for them), but I couldn't get the pie to set up! Oh yeah, it looked all golden and gorgeous and crispy on the surface...but inside was another story. Oh well...I broke off the top layer of cinnamon/sugar goodness and ate it like a biscuit, so it wasn't a total bust.
From an old Indian camp in disrepair came a Leprosarium under the guise of an Ostrich Farm. What an insanely interesting piece of history lies behind a simple, tasty recipe for Cajun Potato Cakes!
Grandma's Cabbage Cigars
1 lb. ground meat
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. sugar
green onion tops, chopped
salt, red (cayenne) pepper, black pepper- to taste
1 large head cabbage, leaves separated
1/2 c. rice, cooked
1 regular-sized can whole tomatoes
Sauté ground meat, onion, bell pepper and garlic until meat is cooked. Add breadcrumbs to hold mixture together. Season with sugar, green onion tops parsley and salt and peppers to taste. Cover cabbage leaves in boiling water, cook for 4 minutes and drain. Place portions of rice and meat mixture in each cabbage leaf and roll. Place rolls in a deep pot seams down. Add canned tomatoes, cover and cook over medium heat for 20-30 minutes. Serves 4-6.
I am looking forward to going back (ha! looking forward to going back) and checking out Butler's previous three books which are all written in the same style...history, culture, food and photos.
*In the interest of full disclosure...I received this cookbook for FREE from Pelican Publishing. Doesn't that rock!? ;)