August 2012 Maxine Brown News and Crock Pot Recipes
1. Big sales numbers for Maxine Brown’s Book
2. Tribute to Dale Robertson
3. The Browns Meet David Letterman
4. Crock Pot Recipes
Maxine’s Book Sales nears 7000 copies!
From Mike Bieker at the University of Arkansas Press: “Last year’s sales of Looking Back to See, put the total number of copies sold just shy of 7,000, which is remarkable. Maxine’s popularity has turned this book into an “evergreen” for the U of A Press, it seems. We’ve just released the title as an e-book into several markets and will have a kindle edition very, very soon. I think the availability of the e-book could lead to another nice uptick in sales as a whole new segment of readers are exposed to Maxine and her story.” (Mike Bieker, U of A Press — Publisher)
Order your copy today, from the bookstore.
Tribute to Dale Robertson
By Maxine Brown
This is a short story of a VIP who made a huge impact on my life. His name is Dale Robertson. He played the role of Him Hardy in the famous Television Western series, “Tales of Wells Fargo”. He was famous for other roles as well, one of those was “The Iron Man”.
I was attending a party hosted by RCA honoring Chet Atkins. Even though it was Chet’s party, Chet was showing off the new LP he had just produced on Dale called “Western Classics”. This LP has some great cowboy and western songs. One of those is “High Noon” which The Browns were fortunate enough to record for RCA Victor.
RCA had an open bar and a buffet of all kinds of seafood. I was standing at the buffet fixing myself a plate and just about to sample one of those huge New Orleans shrimp. I had just put it in my mouth when someone tapped me on the shoulder and said, “young lady, I would love meeting you, my name is Dale Robertson”.
As I turned and looked into those crystal blue eyes, I swallowed the whole thing. I started choking, and ran into the bathroom. Minnie Pearl who was standing close by, saw what was happening and ran after me. I heard her holler, “Dale”. He said, “I’m right behind you Minnie”. He put a choke hold on me and finally got it up. Thank goodness he knew what to do, within a few minutes I would have choked to death. He and Minnie led me into the bedroom of RCA executive, George Parkhill, and stayed with me until I was alright. We went into the lounge and had a good laugh, or rather, they did. Little did they know, this was the most embarrassed moment of my life.
Dale is living on his ranch in Yukon, Oklahoma. I still have his “Western Classics” LP, and play it often because I love cowboy and western songs. Most of all, I think of the day my life was spared by Dale Robertson. Those crystal clear Blue eyes will haunt me for the rest of my life.
The Brown’s Meet David Letterman
By Maxine Brown
During The Browns show business career, we met so many influential people. Some only briefly but they made a lasting impression.
During the mid sixty’s we had so many dates booked we had to hire a pilot to get us from one city to the next in a chartered plane. We had a series of one-nighters in the heart land. In those days it was the norm for an artist to go by the local radio or television station, visit with the host, do a few songs and promote the up-coming show. Most of the time it was only the three of us singing with a guitar, but on occasions, we did a lip sync.
Bonnie and I would never do any kind of show without wearing our stage clothes. We were appearing in Indianapolis, Indiana when we met this comical, young weatherman. He was working part time at the local television station while attending college. He was so funny and so enjoyable to be with, we invited him to be our special guest at this swanky night club we were playing that night. He came early so he could watch us rehearse. He remained back stage with us until time for the show. We had a table reserved near the stage.
As Bonnie and I were getting dressed, she realized she had left her bra and black slip at the television dressing room. It was too late to go back and get them so we changed into a different costume than we had planned on wearing.
This was the hardest performance we had ever done in our lives. I have no explanation. We do not do anything out of the ordinary, we mostly do ballads and never tell jokes. But for some reason, every time we looked at this young, gap-toothed, comical young man, we would start laughing, and I don’t think we ever got all the way through one song. Before long, he had the entire audience laughing with us. During every song, he would smile that big broad gap-toothed smile of his and give his still famous laugh. He told us about his dream of becoming another Johnny Carson. There was never any doubt in our minds that this young man would someday be famous.
After the show he went with us to the airport where our pilot was waiting to take us to our next performance. He asked why we decided on the change of costumes, Bonnie told him she had left her undergarments in the dressing room. He said, “don’t worry, just give me your address and I will get them mailed to you tomorrow”. Sure enough, when we got back to our home in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, here was this package with all her belongings and a note which said; “here are your sexy un-mentionables from someone who thinks you are the greatest and the most beautiful lady I have ever met. Don’t forget me!” It was signed DAVID LETTERMAN.
I have followed the career of David Letterman. He not only achieved his goal but became one of the most loved comics of all time. As I watch his nightly show, I am reminded of May 8th, 1960 when The Browns were in the same theater with Ed Sullivan.
Everything and everybody changes with time. But we still have memories of those who made an impact on our lives. David Letterman no longer has that gap-tooth, but he is still the most comical person I have ever met.
Crock Pot Recipes
(Buy a 2 or 3 # Eye of Round, Rump, Tenderloin, or any good cut of Beef.)
Coat all over with Four, Salt & Pepper. Place in skillet with 2 or 3 tablespoons oil. Brown on all sides:
Peel and quarter 2 or 3 Irish Potatoes, 2 sliced Carrots, place in bottom of Crock Pot, then place the browned Roast on top.
1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
l Onion, diced.
l Can Coke
Pour over Roast. Cook on high for 6 to 8 hours until tender.
(Note: For all Crock Pot Cooking, make sure the Crock is at least l/2 to 3/4 full of liquid. These recipes are for a 4-7 quart Slow Cooker). Depending on size of Roast, you may need to add more than the one can of Coke so the Crock will be at least one half full. Coke makes any cut of meat very tender and delicious!!!
Chinese Pepper Steak
1 to 1 1/2 lbs. ROUND STEAK
Cut steak into strips. Brown in approximately 3 Tablespoons Oil. Drain on paper towel. Combine the next five ingredients with the strips & place in Crock.
1 Clove Garlic, minced
1/2 Teaspoons Salt
1/2 Teaspoons Black Pepper
1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Can Diced Tomatoes
Cook on low 6 to 8 hours. Turn control to high & add the following:
1 Can Bean Sprouts
2 Green Bell Peppers, seeded & cut into strips
Cook for about 30 to 40 minutes, or until very hot. Add:
1 Tablespoon Cornstarch mixed with 2 Tablespoons water. Add this to mixture and continue cooking for 15 more minutes, or until nice and thick. (You may need to add more cornstarch mixed with water to make it thicker.) Add:
4 or 5 Green Onions, cut up, for garnish.
This recipe was created by Momma Brown and her chef, John for the Trio Club. It was reduced to feed 4 or 5 hungry people and always a Brown and Brown Trio Club favorite.
Sweet Pepper Chicken
4 Boneless & skinless Chicken Breast
Roll each Breast in Flour, Salt & Pepper. Brown in hot Oil. Drain on paper towel.
Place in bottom of Crock Pot. Add the following:
1 Sweet Green Bell Pepper, seeded and cut in rounds, or strips.
1 Sweet Red Bell Pepper, seeded and cut into rounds, or strips.
1 Onion, chopped
1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup.
Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours, or low for 6 to 8 hours, or until chicken is tender.
CROCK POT SPAGHETTI SAUCE:
3 to 4 Pounds Lean Ground Beef, browned, drained & rinsed to remove all fat.
1 Onion, chopped
1 Clove Garlic, minced, or Garlic Juice
2 Cans Diced Tomatoes, (14 oz. size) or use one Large Can
1 Can Tomato Sauce, (8 oz.)
1 Can Tomato Paste, (12 oz.)
1 Cup Beef Bouillon
2 Tablespoons Minced Parsley
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 Teaspoon each of dried Oregano, Basil, Salt, Black Pepper
Cook Onion with Beef, when browned, I always like to drain through a colander to make sure there is not fat content, rinse with warm water.
Combine all ingredients together. Cook on high for 6 to 8 hours. (You will never find a better Spaghetti Sauce. Serve with spaghetti and Garlic Bread.) This is always good frozen, if you have any left over.
As always, let me know if you try one of the recipes. Always nice to hear from you.
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