Wednesday, December 15, 2004

The Pat Conroy Cookbook

If you like to read...I know you do.

and you like to cook...a sure thing.

Then you are going to love Pat Conroy's new cookbook!

Pat Conroy is the author of The Great Santini, The Prince of Tides and Beach Music. If you have read any of his books you can tell he loves food. One of the things I remember about both The Prince of Tides and Beach Music are food descriptions and restaurant descriptions.

Who can forget Lila whipping up hash for her violent, demanding husband with a can of dog food?

The autobiographical essays at the beginning of each chapter are very interesting and funny.

I am reading out loud already to my family from this cookbook...

you know it must be good :o)

When Conroy was young he would catch fish and bring them home to his mother,

"My mother could not have been more upset if I had brought roadkill newly scraped off a highway into her kitchen. Perhaps Peg Conroy carried some bad experience with a fish into her adult life, like a bone lodged in her throat."


"There is joy in the preparation of food that we share and try to spread around to those we love. Now we will try to spread the source of this joy to you. Suzanne is the great workhorse and beauty behind the recipes in this book. I provide the hot air and sense of story."

Long, long, ago

One of my roommates at Hillsdale college was a very sweet girl named Kathy. We have lost touch (which is really too bad) but I have two wonderful reminders of her. Her carrot cake recipe and her recipe for butterballs.


1 pound butter
1 cup confectionery sugar


3 1/2 cups sifted flour
2 cups chopped nuts

Shape into one inch balls. Place on ungreased pans.
Bake about 10 min. at 350 degrees.
While still warm roll in powdered sugar.

I will be making these today.

Wish you were here. Wouldn't that be nice?

Encourage one another,

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