I specialize in traditional soul food. I think soul food is the original America cuisine. Soul food was developed and created by slaves using available vegetables, and herbs. When I think of traditional soul food and how the recipes have been handed down from one generation to the next I immediately think about my uncle Clarance Lane. His nickname was Uncle Cheeky. Uncle Cheeky was married to my maternal Auntie Mary her nickname was Black. To this union, I got my Cousin Carrie. I call her CarrMae. I am sure she is going to pinch me for sharing this much but I had to. Love you CarrMae. Okay, back to Uncle Cheeky. Uncle Cheeky was a Pullman on the railroad who worked his way up to being one of the chefs. One of the many stories and recipes he shared was recipes he learned that had been created and passed down from Rufus Este. Rufus Este was also a chef on the railroad. Rufus Este wrote the book ‘Good Things To Eat’. He is believed to be the author and writter of the 1st cookbook written by an African-American chef. Uncle Cheeky did not know him personally but recipes were shared throughout this tight-knit group of black railway chefs.
Today I’m going to share with you a list of the ingredients needed to make Goober Pea Soup. Goobers are Peanuts. The recipe originally given to me contained raw peanuts, tomatoes, milk, onions, corn starch, celery, ginger root, and chicken backs and necks, salt and pepper to taste. Subsequently, I’ve added crunchy peanut butter, replaced milk with heavy cream, can yams, collard greens, garlic cloves, green onions, chicken bullion powder, butter, bell pepper, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper to taste.
Cousin, what I am asking you to do is take these ingredients and make a pot of Goober Pea Soup. I’m waiting with baited breath to hear back from you. This is a contest with a prize. I want you to load your recipe on the blog the subscribers will vote. The winner gets an autographed copy of the 1st edition of Jacque Rose’s Southern Country Cookbook.
I’m looking forward to cooking with you. I pray that I am successful in making cooking a passion in your life.