One fun benefit of blogging and writing is the new cookbooks publishing houses often send me. Some I give away to friends, but some are so good I curl up in bed and read every word. The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook arrived unexpectedly in the mail a few weeks ago. I read the title and spent at least 2 minutes trying to figure out what B.T.C meant – Bacon, Tomato, Cheese? Bacon, Tortilla, Carrot? I was determined the word “bacon” had to be in the title somewhere. I was wrong. I read a few chapters and learned it stands for, “Be The Change”. I like that.
Alexe van Beuren started an old-fashioned grocery store in Water Valley, MS a few years ago. It’s become the heartbeat of the community. Her cook, Dixie, created all the recipes for this book and serves up her Southern cooking at the grocery. The recipes look so good I’m actually trying to figure out a way for us to detour through Water Valley on our annual summer trip to Missouri. Italian Sausage and Mushroom Breakfast Casserole, Roasted Pear and Zucchini Soup, Honey-Pecan Catfish and Creamed Cabbage with Sherry – unique recipes I can’t wait to try!