A Different Kind of Bookstore

Welcome to Home Grown Books, a unique bookstore created by authors. Home Grown Books is dedicated to showcasing self-published authors. We offer readers a rare opportunity to discover new talent and to read books not found in traditional bookstores. We also provide a venue for authors to get their self-published books into the hands of the public. All the authors and artists are from or have connections to the Ozarks and represent a wide variety of genres.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Family Recipes

A Family of Cooks

Authors of Recipes from the Farm, Kathy Brown and Schyrlet Cameron, are sisters. Their love of cooking prompted them to compile their best family recipes into cookbooks to share with others. Join their new blog, Red Rooster Cookbooks, at http://redroostercookbooks.blogspot.com/. They hope you will enjoy the stories, find the tips helpful, and try out some of the recipes you find on the site.  

    The Love of Cooking

Recipes from the Farm is Kathy and Schyrlet's first published cookbook. It is dedicated to their Grandma Flood. It is a great collection of their favorite farm recipes, such as “Fresh Peach Pie” and new discoveries, such as “Cheeseburger Casserole.” (over 450 recipes) Recipes from the Farm and other cookbooks written by the two sisters are are now available at several locations in Missouri: Whitley Pharmacy in Cassville, KeenBean Coffee Roasters in Mt. Vernon, and Sullivan’s Mill at Silver Dollar City in Branson.  

Making Memories with Grandma
     Reminiscing about the good ole days spent with Grandma Flood brings a smile and a warm “fuzzy” feeling. Many fond childhood memories were made on that eighty acre farm near Highlandville, Missouri. A time when water was drawn from a cistern, the garden was tilled with a horse-drawn plow, and fruits and vegetables were stored for winter months in a root cellar.
     Kathy and I especially looked forward to helping Grandma in the kitchen. It was a magical place for two young girls who couldn't wait to help Grandma make a hearty meal. We felt very important whether cracking an egg, punching down dough, or peeling carrots.
     But first things first; we had to get our aprons! We stood holding the strings out to our sides and waited as Grandma cinched them on. Grandma had aprons of every size and type—long ones, medium ones, short ones, ones for everyday wear and ones for Sunday best and company; a complete apron wardrobe! The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath. Since she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses, and they used less material. Not only that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.
     Back then, Grandma’s house didn't have electricity or modern heating. Food was cooked with a cast iron wood-burning stove. Over five feet high and almost three and a half feet wide, it was the centerpiece of the kitchen. The stove had an oven, a warming oven, a solid copper water reservoir with a tap, firebox, and a large cook top surface with six lids. We learned to cook on this stove, as did our mother and aunts before us.

Sunday, February 22, 2015