Cookbook Therapy…

Cookbook Therapy was written during a cold snap last year- it was one of our most popular humor posts- I continue to entertain myself in this manner! With all of the Thanksgiving cooking and feasting behind us- and as the Christmas season begins in earnest with all of the shopping- I also take part in the time honored tradition of buying myself a gift or two along the way – my first gift to myself was a 1986 copy of ‘White Trash Cooking’ by Ernest Matthew Mickler- which was so popular- there is a 25th edition! Just the names of recipes make me laugh- Russian Communist Tea Cakes, Charlotte’s Mother’s Charlotte and Bonnie Jean Butt’s Banana Puddin’ are just a few…it would also make a great gift for the favorite cooks or …just folks who love to eat a regional type of food or even get a good laugh or two! I also hope you’ll enjoy reading Cookbook Therapy again! Love y’all, Camellia

Camellia's Cottage

444257F5-F821-48DD-BF08-DF8D90F28256Most Southerners take prolonged cold weather as a personal insult. Oh, we put up with chilly days in a good natured way, some even going so far as to say they love cold weather or that it’s a good thing ‘because it’ll kill off the bugs’. More than a few days? The novelty of wearing wool or goose down or cashmere has worn off- we’ll put on Bermuda Shorts with fake fur lined boots and heavy socks as if to defy the unwelcome visit of Jack Frost.

I admit it, I have taken the recent cold spell as a personal insult, even blaming the Devil for a few days and for me that’s extreme. Okay, I said, ‘It’s cold as the devil.’  Extreme weather conditions call for extreme blame. Fed up, I refused to go out in it and settled in to soothe my nerves. Bundled up in socks…

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