Notes and photo by Wanda Callagy There is something to be said about cooking a meal. Learning to cook from scratch was an effort my mother shared, but at the time her skills were lost with me. However, there may be hope yet.
I heard and read about this cookbook and picked up a copy while in Memphis while attending the International Blues Challenge there. The proceeds of this project benefit the HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust ) which in essence assists blues musicians and their families with health concerns. Established by the Blues Foundation, this project has helped many through donations and this collection of recipes were imagined and produced by Blues411. Many sponsors helped to fund the printing costs so that 100% of monies raised goes to the HART Fund, and recipes were donated by blues fans, musicians, radio hosts, and other folks from around the world.
One may see a recipe from Gil Anthony and be curious about making his Cornbread Salad. Or, if you are feeling a little wild, try Alana Wyld’s Nana’s Italian Cheesecake or Sunday Wilde’s Sunday’s Wild Blueberry Cordial (Reno’s arthritis fix).
Debbie Davies shares a great soup concoction to keep musicians and everyone else warm and healthy with her Deb’s Heart Healthy Antioxidant Soup. Or, try Eric Selby’s Texas Caviar (Texas Flood for the Taste Buds). And then, there’s Tim Detwiler’s Slow Down Slow Down Smoked Babyback Ribs.
I was so glad to find pages that give helpful cooking hints. Do you know how to cool your punch? Or at what temperature to serve cheese? Add another chapter and you have a cooking timetable and a list of pantry basics along with ideas for ‘quick fixes’. You may want to have a party…or at least feel comfortable enough to serve a snack.
Chef Jimi & Leslie, Blues 411 pulled this together and shared some great recipes of their own. For more information, contact the sites listed below. ALL information in this article written or shared is with the intent to spread the word about this endeavor. ALL PROCEEDS from this book and its contents go to The Hart Fund. Get cookin’..or at least gain some insight when buying fresh vegetables or fruits…and hey! Do YOU know how to get burnt food off pots and pans?
Sources (and the answer to that question) and for more information about this project, the Blues Foundation and The Hart Fund may be found:
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