My husband’s mother was from England, and when we got married in 1987, many of his aunts, uncles and cousins came to celebrate the wedding of the baby of the family. Since they traveled a long distance, they stayed for several weeks.
When we returned from our honeymoon, I happily invited the entire group to our home for coffee and desert. I was so proud of our little apartment and could not wait to entertain our first guests. I used my brand new coffee maker, an engagement gift from my brother. It took an awfully long time to brew.
When the coffee was finished, I served it to everyone and I can still see the look on their faces. It was very, very strong.
“How many spoons of coffee did you put in,” my new sister-in-law asked.
“One heaping spoon for every cup,” was my reply.
I had not read the directions. I only needed one level scoop for every two cups of coffee!
This story became a family joke that we all laughed about over the years.
As we grow up and learn from our mistakes, both inside and outside the kitchen, we improve. Just like my infamous way too strong carafe of coffee, Miss Kay Robertson shares the story of her dirty, inedible turnips, her hacked up chicken and lumpy gravy in the first chapter of her long awaited cookbook, Miss Kay's Duck Commander Kitchen: Faith, Family, and Food--Bringing Our Home to Your Table.
If you are like me and love to watch Duck Dynasty, you know how important food is to the entire family. The entire basis of their successful Duck Commander business is the duck call Phil Robertson invented. They love ducks and have many ways to prepare them, as we have seen on their television show.
Both Phil and Kay had economically poor upbringings, and they had to eat a lot of what theygrew, foraged or hunted. As newlyweds, they did not have a lot of money and they had to eat whatever Phil could hunt and Kay could grow. That included fish, frogs, squirrels and any other game that Phil could hunt.
They survived these challenging times both financially and relationship wise, and the family we see on television today stayed together with the help of the family meals they gather around when they were growing up. This tradition of sitting down for a meal still continues several times a week, as Miss Kay states in her book. It is something she looks forward to and never tires of.
Fans have been clamoring for years for a cookbook full of her good ol' cooking to arrive, and it finally has.
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There are eleven chapters in this book, each with a different theme. Some are dedicated to a particular member of her family while others are for special occasions.
The chapters are entitled:
Cooking for Phil
Feeding My Boys
The Women My Boys Love Learn to Cook
When the Grandkids Come Over
Louisiana at Its Best
Dinner on the Grounds
Miss Kay's "Muffins and Mentoring" Group
Our Cajun Christmas
Wild Game Cooking
Each chapter begins with a favorite Bible verse. Then Miss Kay shares a few stories, and following that are the recipes. There are plenty of color photographs of the family, both beardless and with beards.
This book has many traditional Southern cooking favorites that anyone can cook. This is not gourmet food, but easy to prepare comfort food for real people, not “yuppies” as Phil would call them).
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A Few Minor Flaws
As much as I love Miss Kay and Duck Dynasty, there are a few flaws in this book. First of all, I was hoping to learn more about Miss Kay, since this is her very own book. We get glimpses of her background in her husband Phil’s book and her son Willie’s book, but we know very little about her childhood and her immediate family. Fans know all about her life with Phil after they were married, but there is almost no information about her life before the age of sixteen. I was hoping for more biographical information.
Also, not every recipe has it’s own photograph. For new cooks or for visual learners, this can be a challenge, as it is very inviting to see the finished product.
Overall, Miss Kay's Duck Commander Kitchen: Faith, Family, and Food--Bringing Our Home to Your Table is an easy read with recipes that anyone can make.