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.
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About the Author
FRANCINE BRYSON is the author of the bestselling Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen, a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Book Award finalist and Okra Pick. She has won more than 200 local and national baking competitions and was the runner-up and crowd favorite on CBS’s The American Baking Competition. Bryson, a member of the American Pie Council, lives with her husband in Pickens, South Carolina.
Table of Contents
Redneck Whatnots 11
Burgers & Bryson BBQ Favorites 51
Meat, Meat & A Li'l Meat 71
Sunday Suppers 93
Enough To Feed A Crowd 109
Sides, 'Taters & 'Maters 129
Sweets & Treats 161
Holiday Baked Goods 191
Breads & Rolls 215
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ok, I will admit it, I get excited over a great cookbook and this cookbook got me giddy. It was one of those cookbooks where I started to look at it and I was so overwhelmed by all its greatness that I just had to walk away. I know, call me strange but sometimes I just have to take a breather and gather myself. I know that before the weekend is over, I will have purchased this cookbook and will be awaiting its arrival. So what is so exciting about this particular cookbook, well for starters it contains food that I would normally eat and prepare. The recipes are not hard to prepare nor do they require ingredients that I would have to search high and low for in the supermarket. There are some recipes that I would like to try, recipes that I would have to step outside my normal boundaries and experiment with but they are not so far outside my normal dishes that I would keep putting them off “for another day.” Not every recipe has a photograph but that’s okay because just looking at the ingredients that are listed with each recipe, you can phantom what the dish might look like. The ingredients again are everyday items that I probably have in my pantry right now or like I said before, they are ingredients I could find at my store without having to go to a specialty market. There was one recipe that I know I will never be trying. I had to laugh when I came across Squirrel Pot Pie, now just visualizing cleaning and quartering 6 squirrels took my appetite away but hey, to each it’s own. I’m not fond of cornbread but the Cornbread Salad looks like something I will be trying because adding ranch dressing and bacon and veggies to cornbread just made it something else. There are lots of chicken recipes and I know I will be testing them out, Bacon & Cheese Stuffed Burgers, Mac –and –Cheese Burgers, Blueberry BBQ Sauce, the Pork Chop Casserole (the picture is to die for with the chops lying in a cream sauce), Chicken Casserole, Corn Pudding, and Corn Fritters, these are just a few of the recipes that have me excited. There are breads & desserts too but I try to not look at these pages. For those who are interested here are some of the rolls and desserts: Pumpkin Cake Roll, Easy Yeast Rolls, Boston Cream Pie, Effie’s Salted Caramels, German Chocolate Cookies, Upside-down Apple Bacon Pie and Schoolyard Peanut Butter Bars (dang, those look like Scotcharoos, my favorite!). I like the size of this cookbook as it fits nicely in my hands and will lie on the countertop. Great find!
I actually got to meet Francine this past Sunday at the local Books-A-Million. It's rare that we actually have authors come here for a signing, but it turns out that Francine grew up in Wakulla county, which borders my own county! So, that was super exciting. Francine was just as sweet as peach pie! I'm so glad I got to meet her, especially since I was one of the few people at the signing who wasn't an old friend from her days in Wakulla. But she was just as friendly and sweet to me as she was to all her old friends. I shared with her my love of her recipes, and I got to tell her about a diabetic-friendly version of one of her pies that I made! She seemed impressed that it turned out. Anyways, let's get on to the actual review of the cookbook. First of all, the pictures in this book are ah-maaaay-zing!!! Totally droolworthy pictures throughout the whole cookbook. And the recipes? Absolutely scrum-diddly-umptious sounding too! I've only made 3 of her recipes so far, but they've all been fantastic! And I've already marked a dozen more recipes to try soon. I've never really considered myself a redneck. But if Francine's recipes are "redneck food", well, then I must be one! Most of the recipes are ones that I already love to eat- from BBQ, to burgers, Watergate salad, and Buttermilk pies! This cookbook is chock-full of great, classically southern recipes... with a few that are a little more redneck than others. (I'm thinking back to her recipe for Squirrel Pot Pie...) So far, I've made her Beef Bake, the Porkchop Casserole, and a lower-sugar version of the Brown Sugar Pie. I'd have to say that my favorite has been the Porkchop Casserole. That right there is a man-catching meal! If the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, than this recipe would hook him for sure. It's got layers of potatoes topped with lightly fried porkchops, and then drowned in a delicious mushroom gravy. Making this meal was also a challenge for me, as I'd never fried anything before, nor had I made a roux that made up the base of the gravy. But, cooking it was so easy that even though I had no clue what I was doing, it turned out amazing! So, I'd say if you're southern and love to cook, but don't have the recipes, then Francine's cookbook is definitely for you. Or, if you've just ever wanted to learn how to start cooking southern foods, well, then it's for you too. Or even if you're just curious about a good recipe for squirrel, check out this cookbook! I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
Country Cooking From A Redneck Kitchen is filled with down-home recipes that will make you want to get in the kitchen to recreate these timeless beauty's! Francine is a simple country girl from South Carolina with a God-given talent with food, she started out winning her first cooking circuit when she was just sixteen years old and this book is a showcase of her many talents. With recipes ranging from fried chicken to holiday dressing and pies, if you want a little taste of down-home cooking, then this is the book for you. I truly love reading southern cookbooks, it makes me feel like home again just reading all the great recipes that is comfort food to me. The pictures were truly amazing in this book, you can almost smell the fried chicken and okra! I was able to watch The American Baking Competition and you could see the love that Francine puts into her work, I'm truly glad that there is a cookbook from her just to make these delicious recipes anytime I want to!! Thank You to Francine Bryson for having a cookbook like this out so everyone can try to remake these awesome recipes!! I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for a honest review.