I love good food and good books! And if I can enjoy them both together? Oh, what joy! Recently, I loved reading Sarah’s Quilt(affiliate link) and treating myself to some homemade western food after. Sarah Agnes Prine, the main character, talked so much about making and serving baked beans and biscuits that by book’s end, I had a hankerin’ for some! So sit back a spell, and let me tell you about this good read and others like it. Then I’ll share two recipes for some tasty vittles.
Sarah’s Quilt, by Nancy E. Turner, is the sequel to These Is My Words–which is one of my all-time favorite reads. For me, reading Sarah’s Quilt took me on a wonderful journey back to reacquaint myself with Sarah Agnes Prine. If I were a pioneer woman, I would want to be her. She taught herself to read and be educated under the most dire of circumstances. She’s also tough; you would not want to meet her in a shooting match. And I like her.
Of course, she’s not real, but she’s based on a real person–the author’s great-great grandmother. And so I’ve read with great interest her stories of rugged frontier life in the Arizona Territory.
In this sequel, all the main characters are back, including her beloved, deceased husband Jack. He’s still her confidante as she visits his grave site on her property, a place she often seeks for refuge and comfort.
If you haven’t read These Is My Words yet, I highly recommend that you pick up a copy. And if you have read it, I think you’d love this next part of the story too. I’m headed to the library soon to pick up the third and final book of the series, The Star Garden.
Since Sarah’s Quilt is a thick read, I had plenty of time to gain a great appreciation for the hardness of frontier life, particularly the daily grind of household chores. The cooking alone would bury me into oblivion. That said, after spending a few days in this book’s pages, I had a hankerin’ for some beans and biscuits. I really did. So for Sunday dinner, guess what I fixed? Of course I did! And they were delicious! So in case you read the book and get the same cravings, I’m including the wonderful recipes I found on Pinterest.
My father-in-law loved the homemade biscuits especially and assured me that I could make those for him any time.
Here are the two recipes I promised. Just click on the links below. They’re both amazing!