My husband bought me this cookbook for Christmas about twenty years ago. Truthfully, I didn't know if I should laugh or be offended. I have to admit that I am a little touchy about the terms white trash, hillbilly, redneck, hick, etc. having been born and raised (partially) in Arkansas. I loved the photographs and many of the photos and stories brought back memories of the south. The funny thing is, my yanky husband has been crazy about every recipe I've ever made from this book! Every holiday he asked if I am going to make that sweet potato pone - he prefers it over those ghastly sweet potatoes with melted marshmallows. Here's the recipe direct from the book:
FANCY SWEET POTATO PONE
4 C raw grated sweet potato, 1 C syrup, 1/2 C sugar, 1 C milk, 1/2 C butter, 1/2 C chopped nuts, 1 C raisins, 3 well-beaten eggs, 1 tsp allspice, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp cloves, 1/4 tsp salt
Add well beaten eggs, sugar, spices, and nuts to grated sweet potato. Melt butter in heavy iron frying pan; add potato mixture; stir on top of stove until very hot. Cook in same pan in moderate oven for 45 minutes, stirring from bottom several times. Serve with whipped cream. Whipped cream? I never did that!