The rich tradition of country cooking, the distinctive taste of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, and the heritage of rural America are all elegantly captured in Jack Daniel’s The Spirit of Tennessee Cookbook. Included are more than 350 recipes, stunning full-color photographs, and stories of the people, places, and traditions of Middle Tennessee. Illustrated and indexed.
OK. I know what your thinking… “Mikki’s reviewing a Jack Daniel’s Cookbook! Oh my! I thought she was a Christian…” And if your not thinking that… Thank you!!
I am a redeemed child of God.
I don’t believe in drinking in excess and my personal preference is NOT to consume hard liquor.
I DO love to cook and I DO love me southern cookin, so since my DH says deep down inside me theirs a Redneck girl screaming to get out, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to review this cookbook!
This book is full of amazing recipes – and NO, they don’t all have Jack Daniel’s in them –, but the photography and personal stories of the people of Tennessee are beautiful.
My husband and I had a great time sitting on our back porch thumbing through the pages and laughing out loud at some of the funny recipe titles, like…
Frisky Whiskey, Company’s At the Front Door Cheese Spread, Boozed Baked Beans (like Baked Beans aren’t lethal enough..LOL), Down in the Hollow French Toast, Intoxicated Chicken, and Tipsy Mud Pie.
The Jack Daniels Spirit of Tennessee Cookbook was blast to review. I had so much fun looking at all the different recipes and reading all the great stories that surround the Jack Daniel’s history in Tennessee. There’s story about Miss Mary Bob’s Boarding House, Hog Killing Time, Squirrel Hunting, and so much more.
Now I can’t do a cookbook review without trying out some of the recipes, so since some of dear friends were stopping by for a visit, I decided to try out the Black Label Fudge Cake.
Black Label Fudge Cake ( It makes a fudge sauce as it bakes!)
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
4 tablespoons cocoa, divided
3/4 cup milk
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup Jack Daniels Whiskey
1/3 cup cold water
whipped cream or ice cream
(printable recipe here)
Preheat oven to 325′. Place butter in 8×8 inch baking pan; melt in oven. Remove from overn and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and 2 tablespoons cocoa. Blend in milk and vanilla. Stir in nuts. Spread into pan with melted butter. Evenly sprinkle batter with brown sugar, mixed with remaining 2 tablespoons of cocoa. Pour whiskey and cold water evenly over top of cake. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until cake is firm with a fudgy sauce on top. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream. makes 4 to 6 servings.
The Not So Perfect Housewife version –
Making this cake brought up quiet the conversations in my house. From telling my girls that the alcohol content usually cooks itself out, to letting them smell the strong smell of the whiskey.
I have to say that I found it quiet interesting that the smell of this whiskey almost tells you it could cause trouble. My girls wrinkled their noses and wanted NOTHING to do with it and for me it brought back memories of days when I didn’t know the Lord.
I’ve shared before how the smell of something cooking can bring back such wonderful memories, but I know too, that the smell of certain things can bring you to a places or memories you’d like to forget. But it’s also reminds me of how THANKFUL I am.
What I mean is that smelling something so strong and harsh as the smell of whiskey, can remind me of how awful my sin used to looked to God. Thank God for His redemption.
I’ll leave you with that thought….