One of my favorite quotes from the book is from after that lunch. As they were about to go their separate ways, Maya's Mother stopped her and said,
"Baby, I've been thinking and now I am sure. You are the greatest woman I've ever met." She continued. "You are very kind and very intelligent and those two elements are not always found together."
Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes which was published back in 2004. To call it just a cookbook is a gross misrepresentation, as she includes great personal stories to go with the recipes. The recipes are for simple, Southern comfort foods. Sadly, I don't own a copy, but have read it cover to cover on more than occasion thanks to the library.
I remember when it was first published, Maya was a guest on Oprah (they are dear friends) and Oprah called Maya's Smothered Chicken "suffocated chicken"! It's that good. Oprah has the Smothered Chicken recipe on her site.
Maya Angelou's Red Rice recipe:
½ pound thick sliced bacon
1 cup chopped onions
½ cup chopped red bell peppers
2 cups canned tomatoes
6-ounce can tomato paste
Dash of freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
4 cups cooked white rice
2 cups water
Fry bacon in a large skillet on medium heat until brown, stirring with fork. Add onions and peppers. Cover and cook for two to three minutes. Remove lid and add remaining ingredients; mix well. Bring to boil, about three minutes. Stir vigorously; cover again and cook over very low heat for about 15 minutes until rice and liquid are totally mixed.
Makes eight servings.
One of my favorite foods my mom makes for me is Potato Soup. I've requested it for my birthday many-a-year. I can make my own, sure, but Mom's tastes better :)
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