Maxine Brown

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May 2012 Newsletter – The Real Life Story of Little Jimmy Brown

For the past several weeks I have been working diligently on the story of “The Three Bells”. I am now able to share this compelling story with my many fans and friends who still ask the question, “Who Is Jimmy Brown”? I hope you will enjoy this amazing true story. Click here to read.

The old saying, “No News Is Good News”, or “Good News is No News” may ring true this month for my newsletter. I did have the distinct pleasure of having my daughter, Alicia, drive me to Marshfield, Missouri on 4-26 to accept the distinguished Ella Dicky Literary Award for my book, “Looking Back To See”. This is a legacy I am proud to leave for my children and grandchildren.
Click here for photo of Maxine receiving Ella Dickey Literacy Award 2012

I have some “Summer Vegetable Casserole Recipes” which you will enjoy, all from Momma Brown’s kitchen.

Use Momma Brown’s recipe for “Famous Golden Squash”. Cook the same way except cut down or don’t use bacon drippings. If desired, you may use 1/2 stick butter or margarine. Add the following to the cooked, drained Squash.
1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 Cup grated mild Cheddar Cheese
1 Cup Ritz Cracker Crumbs (approximately) (save some for top)
1 Small Jar diced Pimentos
1 Tablespoon Sugar
(Add sugar to the drained squash). Put Squash, cheese, crumbs & pimento all in layers in a well buttered casserole. Top with crumbs. Bake until hot and bubbly.


1 Large Egg Plant
2 Cups Tomatoes, mashed (fresh or canned)
1/4 Green Bell Pepper, chopped fine
1 Onion, (small), chopped fine
2 Eggs, beaten
2 Cups Cornbread Crumbs
2 Tablespoons Butter
Salt & Pepper to taste
Grated Cheddar Cheese
Peel and cut Egg Plant into cubes: Cook in enough water to cover until tender. drain: Add sale & pepper. Mash with a potato masher. Add mashed tomatoes, onion and green bell pepper. Add well beaten eggs and cornbread crumbs. Grease casseroled dish with butter. Top egg plant mixture with cheddar cheese. Add a small amount of milk to the top and around the sides. Bake about 45 minutes at 375 degrees.

6 to 8 Yellow Squash
1 Small Onion, diced
1/4 Cup Bacon Drippings
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
1/2 Cup Water
Cut Squash cross-ways about 1/4 inch thick. Heat drippings in skillet: Add squash, onion, salt and pepper & water. Cover and simmer until tender and the water has cooked out. Stir occasionally. (Uncover last few minutes so all water will evaporate: (If desired, you can make CASSEROLE)

1 Medium Head Cabbage, shredded
1 Can Cream of Celery Soup
1/4 Soup Can Milk
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Salt & Pepper to taste
Toasted Bread Crumbs, or Croutons, (any flavor)
Butter or Margarine
Cook Cabbage for 5 to 7 minutes, Drain. Put into Casserole. Sprinkle salt and pepper. Mix soup with milk together and pour over cabbage. Put bread crumbs or croutons on top and dot with butter. Sprinkle grated cheese on top. Bake until hot and bubbly, (about 15 or 20 minutes).

Hominy/Corn Casserole

2 Cans Hominy, drained
1 Can Whole Kernel Corn, drained
3 Tablespoons Butter or Margarine
1 Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 Large Onion, chopped
1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
1 Small Jar Pimentos
1 Small Jar Mild Mexican Cheese Whiz
Cornflakes, Crushed.
Saute onions and bell pepper in butter. Combine with other ingredients. Pour into casserole. Top with crushed cornflake crumbs. Dot with butter. Bake about 25 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. (This serves a bunch of hungry people, and great for big family get togethers. My family loves this.)

Enjoy The Three Bells Story. See you next month.

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3 Responses to “May 2012 Newsletter – The Real Life Story of Little Jimmy Brown”
  1. Randy Francis says:

    Maxine, I’ve just read your informative and beautifully written story about the origins of Little Jimmy Brown and The Three Bells! What an enjoyable and interesting read! “The Three Bells(Les Trois Cloches)” is such an iconic song, and now we know exactly how this French poem and song was conceived and eventually transformed into an American classic–right up there with “Over the Rainbow” in it’s simple and touching lyrics, story and melody! The Browns unquestionably made this song their own 53 years ago and to this day 99.9% of people identify it with them and can barely remember that it was earlier recorded by Edith Piaf and The Andrews Sisters, among many others! In 1985 Jim Ed co-hosted the Kenny Rogers Celebrity Telethon here in Sikeston with Johnny Tillotson who was outspokenly a huge fan of The Browns! On the second day of the event, Johnny persuaded Jim Ed to perform the long version of “The Three Bells” and he did with the help of a couple of talented local youngsters…it totally brought down the house and had Tillotson on the verge of tears! It is such a lovely, wonderful song that is a part of our lives and will never be forgotten, largely due to the Browns’ recording! In this writing, Maxine, you have presented a very interesting history of “Bells” in a style that Hemingway, Capote and Steinbeck would give a nod of approval to, and yet is so readable that a grade-schooler can understand! You should continue to write as often as possible, because you are obviously a natural at authorship!

  2. Brian K. Lane says:

    The story of Little Jimmy Brown is amazing. Certainly not what I thought.. I read it twice, just to make sure I understood it correctly.. Maxine is an amazing writer, and certainly heard her calling to the pen and paper. She has many talents.. Singer, song writer, book and story writer, true friend, I’m sure a wonderful parent and Grand parent. Kudos to you Maxine for your wonderful stories. I have read her book now 4 times, and eagerly waiting for the sequal. Maxine, you have many friends who love you, and i’m proud to say, I am one of them

  3. Jeff Leach says:

    Does the painting, “The Angelus,” by Jean-Francois Millet fit into the story somewhere? We have really enjoyed listening to the Browns singing THE THREE BELLS, but we started by looking for WHILE THE ANGELUS WAS RINGING, after asking my mother about a print on her wall of a copy of the Millet painting. She said the print was a gift to my grandmother from a local school board where Grandma was a teacher. Mom and her siblings remember it hanging on the wall when they were growing up. Then Mom said something about one aunt who when they talk about the painting now, will usually start sing a line from some song about, ” when the angelus was ringing.” That’s what got us here. We are enjoying all the pleasant harmony and history that have been stirred up and brought together, but are still wondering about the painting. Thank you!

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