I haven't been around because I've been working on my novel for National Novel Writing Month, not to mention Thanksgiving with family and getting ready for Christmas. Phew! But I've also been making regular trips to my library, and that's where I found this:
The Sweet Potato Queens (for those who don't know) are a group of fun-loving women (and a few men) from Jackson, Mississippi that promote sisterhood, self-esteem, and positive thinking. The groups is comprised of mostly middle-aged women but there is also a SPQ group for women under 40. Each chapter (there are over 6,000) has their own theme and outfits, and they perform charity work within their communities. If you know about the Red Hat Society, think of the SPQ as a similar group with some TNT and attitude added!
I already have my own copy of The Sweet Potato Queen's Book of Love (which I HIGHLY recommend because it's so hilarious), and there are a few recipes in that book. But this is packed with Southern fare, be it trashy or not. I figured I'd post a few recipes that are simple and sound interesting to try.
Heaven On A Cracker
16 oz. Philly cream cheese
2/3 c. Miracle Whip (NO SUBSTITUTIONS -- others have tried and failed)
8 oz. shredded Swiss cheese
1-3 Tbsp. green onion, finely chopped (amount is left up to you)
16 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
1 sleeve Ritz crackers, crushed
Soften cream cheese in the microwave. Combine with Miracle Whip, cheese, and onion. Pour into microwave-safe dish. Stir bacon and crushed crackers together. Top cheese with Ritz/bacon mixture and microwave until thoroughly heated (about 2-3 minutes)
Serve with tortilla chips, crackers, or Fritos
Fatten You Right Up Biscuits
1 stick butter, melted
1 c. sour cream
1 heaping cup self-rising flour
Preheat oven to 400°. Combine all three ingredients. Put little globs in a greased mini-muffin pan and back for about 12 minutes.
It's A Miracle! Pie
1 c. sugar
2 c. milk
1/2 c. butter, melted
1/2 c. flour
1 running-over teaspoon vanilla
1 c. flaked coconut
dash of salt
Preheat oven to 300°. Blend ingredients in a blender (if at risk of overflowing, pour as much milk in as you can, then add the rest before baking). Pour all of it into a 10-inch pie pan and bake until it sets (about an hour). It makes its own crust by itself -- it's a miracle! Serves 6 to 8 regular people or one pieless mother.
The great thing about the recipes in the book is they have various serving sizes. There's one dip recipe that calls for ingredients by the GALLON, so you know that serves a big crowd. It would probably be great for a barbecue. There are a few recipes that are so incredibly simple, you can put them together with your kids, too!