Good Cooking, soul food

Thanksgiving came early

It was a family thing on Sunday as we were invited to this Queens home for dinner. This is always an invitation you don’t want to miss when summons to Queen Mamie’s inner court of kitchen and dining. Why? Because this woman can cook!!!!

Known for her tradition of cooking, she always captures the moment and opportunity to gather family and friends around her table of good fixing which is always prepared to perfection and with love.

Although we witnessed part of the meal prep on Saturday nothing compared to the finishing touches met well with taste. When I tell you Thanksgiving came early, please believe me. The shock of it all was met with delight. There was Turkey, gravy, stuffing (to freaking die for), mac and cheese, corn, okra, cabbage, string beans garnished with garlic, yams, corn bread, rolls and pound cake for dessert.

Now anyone who knows soul food, knows that stuffing a.k.a dressing and mac and cheese is pretty much a standard part of the fixings. But Queen Mamie’s dressing and mac and cheese was stacked and layered like a cake and was mouth watering upon taste.

I have never had dressing the way this woman made her dressing yesterday!! The hint of walnuts chopped fine in the mix toppled with her gravy, had me kissing her hands at the taste of such perfection. Each vegetable danced to its own taste, as her cabbage chopped so fine you would miss it when it was met with her string beans that folded to perfection as the garlic garnished danced on-top.

My mom said yesterday “We are all so blessed” knowing women who use their gifts and talents in the kitchen like Queen Mamie to gather friends and family with the love of food, they so effortlessly cook.

The gathering was lovely, the fellowship was real, now can you imagine what her kitchen is like when Thanksgiving day is actually here?

Hail to the Queen she shines all year!!!

Celebrity Deaths, Dearly Departed

Aretha Franklin Laid to Rest in style

As thousands of mourners line up to bid a final farewell to the Queen of Soul, as she lie in repose at the Charles H. Wright museum of African American History in her hometown of Detroit.

The Queen of Soul is wearing Christian Louboutin 5-inch patent leather pumps that match a tea-length ruby red dress made of lace – with a full tulle skirt and chiffon overlay, said Linda Swanson, executive vice president of Swanson Funeral Home. The dress has beading on the bodice and shoulders, and a boat neck collar with a chiffon bell sleeve altered by Swanson, who is also a seamstress.

The music legend is wearing custom-designed beaded earrings.

Franklin is resting in a solid bronze Promethean casket plated in 14-karat gold. It is the same type of coffin in which singers James Brown and Michael Jackson were buried, according to The Telegraph of Britain.

The interior is finished with champagne velvet. Franklin’s title, “Queen of Soul,” and her name “Aretha Franklin,” are embroidered in the casket lining with gold metallic thread.

Tributes will be held all week in her honor with a private funeral service to follow, which is scheduled for Friday August 31st.