12:05 PM Posted by Martha A Cheves
Southern Fried Catfish B. J. Robinson Style
(Hackett and Spring enjoy catfish caught from Whispering Cypress River)
Crisco Oil, a pan full, usually one bottle
5 lbs. Catfish filet for two-three people
Yellow cornmeal or Zatarain's Fish Fry
One cup of milk
Coat catfish with a mixture of egg and milk. Roll in cornmeal or fish fry. Pan fry once grease is hot until crispy golden brown. You may wish to add lemon, Tony Chachere's or other seasonings to taste. You may also cook catfish nuggets in the same manner. Drain on paper towels.
If you're like Hackett and Spring, you might have catfish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You will need to increase ingredients for more people if they enjoy eating fish like these characters. Depending upon your taste, golden brown homemade french fries and a garden salad can complete the meal.
Homemade French Fries Spring Style
Five pounds of red potatoes peeled and sliced and a separate pan of Crisco, so you will need another bottle of Crisco. You don't want to cook the potatoes in the same grease. You can choose to leave the red skin on and slice or peel. Wash potatoes before and after slicing. Drain on paper towels.
Whispering Cypress – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish
“Breaking news, just in. A young woman was found beaten near Whispering Cypress Campground early this morning. She’s listed in critical condition in Pines Lake Hospital. Details are pending notification of the family, but we’ll have more at noon.” Hackett’s mouth fell wide open, and he dropped the spatula he used to flip the pancakes. “I think I just lost my appetite.” Spring gasped. “Oh no, you don’t think it was Logan, do you? She wouldn’t have committed suicide would she?” Before he could answer, she rasped, “Near Whispering Cypress Campground. That’s all we need for new business.” “That’s all I need is for it to be her.” His eyes met hers and his face was chalk white. “I don’t think she would’ve killed herself, though she was afraid to tell her daddy and the father of the baby.” She ran her palm over her heart. “This can’t be happening. Of all things. Not now. Not this.” Her mind spun and froze on a point. “What about the baby? Do you think it’s dead?”
After ten years away from the place and the person she loves most in the world, Spring Showers has returned to Whispering Cypress Campground as its new owner. A decade earlier she had left the love of her life Hackett Woods without even saying goodbye. She had left the campgrounds the two had spent many days loving each other and enjoying the beauty created by God. But he had left her first while trying to fit in with his friends. After a night of drinking and a morning hangover, Hackett discovered his friends weren’t what he really wanted. It was Spring, not them.
Now she’s back, just as God had planned it. They would be given a second chance to make up for their lost years and to unite in their love for each other. Or would they? Someone is trying to, if not run her off, at least persuade Spring to stay away from Hackett. Could it be Logan who claims to be pregnant with Hackett’s baby? Or is it Barrett, a friend of Springs who has come down for a visit and hopes to talk her into returning to the city with him? When she refuses to leave he does become an enemy out for revenge. Or could it be someone that wants the camp for themself?
I will give a hint and say that things always work out the way God has planned them, even if it takes a few years to happen. He always has a reason for events and happenings, even though we may not understand or even know his reasons. What we may see as a tragedy happens for a reason known only to Him. But in the end, it always comes together and we find understanding and comfort in His superior ways. This all made sense to me as I read Whispering Cypress. As I followed each event/tragedy as it unfolded, at first I didn’t understand why God would allow some of them to happen, then the reason came and it all made sense. Good people have bad times but instead of making them weaker, if they believe in God, it will make them stronger in their beliefs and bring them more joy than they could ever imagine money or good times bringing. Whispering Cypress is a very warming story of true faith. I love it.