Maxine Brown

The pioneering Country Music star with "The Browns" – Jim Ed, Maxine and Bonnie

Maxine Brown Recalls the Great Jim Reeves

Contents:

1) The Great Jim Reeves
2) Recipes
3) Website Visitor Comments


The Great Jim Reeves
By Maxine Brown

JIM REEVES was the best friend The Browns ever had, from the beginning of our career, to the end of his.

Because of the close association and admiration, we tried to follow in his footsteps. We were both on the Louisiana Hayride, record mates, RCA and Fabor, the same manager, and then winding up being screwed by the same DEVIL. Read more

Maxine Brown – The Brown’s 1965 Tour of Japan

With all the tragedy happening in Japan, I wanted to share this story:

In 1965, The Browns made a six week tour of Japan. The tour was organized by RCA Records for the purpose of promoting the Nashville Sound. Tokyo had just started the “Tokyo Grand Ole Opry”. Chet Atkins was the Arranger and Producer for the Nashville RCA Artist. Those on the tour, besides The Browns, and Chet Atkins, were Hank Locklin, Skeeter Davis and some of the best musicians in Nashville. Read more

Maxine Brown – One of My Favorite Stories about Elvis Presley

If you have ever read my book, “Looking Back To See”, then you know The Browns were not only good friends with Elvis but we worked many show dates with him.

I am constantly being asked to share more stories that are not in my book. I have several and happy to share a few. A lot of un-truths have been written about him. You have to know the person and be with him daily to know the real Elvis and what a gentleman he was. I will never write anything that isn’t true and I will always uphold the legacy of our friend, Elvis Presley.

I enjoyed sharing the Graceland stage with Scott Williams, the Fan Relations President, and the Host, Tom Brown, of Turner Network. (Tom and I are not related, though I refer to him as my Kissin’ Cousin). The following is one of the stories I shared with the Elvis fans on one of my appearances. I thought I would share the following with my Facebook and newsletter friends. Read more

Maxine Brown — Your Recipes and News

Contents:

1. The Family Bible CD by The Browns – Available now
2. Recipes
3. Bill Mack writes about The Browns


New Family Bible Gospel CD by The Browns

This CD has been a top seller at Jim Ed’s website for years. If you love gospel music, don’t miss this. Listen now to three songs from this CD. Available in my online store.


Recipes

Well, I promised you help with loosing weight after Egg Nog and Fried Turkey for Christmas. Now some of you may wonder about these fried vegetable recipes. Well, I’m wondering too. Ain’t life grand! Do you think I could get hired as a weight loss and fitness coach? Or, should I stick to singing and writing?

Every year we all make resolutions but the one in particular that each of us make is: “I must go on a diet and lose weight”. The following recipes will not only add joy, but vim, vigor and vitality to your life. Read more

Maxine Brown – Your Recipes and News for January 2011

Contents:

1. The Family Bible CD by The Browns – Available now
2. Recipes
3. Bill Mack writes about The Browns


New Family Bible Gospel CD by The Browns

This CD has been a top seller at Jim Ed’s website for years. If you love gospel music, don’t miss this. Listen now to three songs from this CD. Available in my online store.


Recipes

Well, I promised you help with loosing weight after Egg Nog and Fried Turkey for Christmas. Now some of you may wonder about these fried vegetable recipes. Well, I’m wondering too. Ain’t life grand! Do you think I could get hired as a weight loss and fitness coach? Or, should I stick to singing and writing?

Every year we all make resolutions but the one in particular that each of us make is: “I must go on a diet and lose weight”. The following recipes will not only add joy, but vim, vigor and vitality to your life.

I am sure you have all heard the slogan, “everything I like is either married, immoral, or fattening”. Read more

Maxine Brown December 2010 – Your Recipes & News

Contents:

1) CD Special for Your Christmas Gifting – Three for the price of Two
2) Sample Chapter of Maxine’s Book Looking Back to See
3) Christmas at the Browns, by Maxine Brown
4) Fried Turkey and Recipes for the Holidays


CD Special for Christmas

My son Tommy feels the CDs in my online store make ideal Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers. Between now and December 25th, when you order at least two copies of Three Shades of Brown I will include a copy of SugarCane County for free. Or vice versa — order at least two copies of SugarCane and get one free copy of Three Shades of Brown. Three CDs for the price of two!

When we give a gift of music it provides enjoyment for a lifetime! Click here to place your order.


Sample Chapter of Looking Back to See

My granddaughter Caitlin gave me this suggestion. Enjoy this sample chapter from my book and please feel free to share it with friends. Looking Back To See by Maxine Brown – Chapter 1


Christmas at The Browns’ Home

By Maxine Brown

Christmas at the Browns was always special.  Even as a child I can remember the joy we experienced just being a family. Read more

Maxine Brown – New “Brown” CD and Your Recipes

November 2010

 

Dear Friends,

Family singing sessions were a way of life for the Brown family. Even as youngsters, we knew all the words to Clementine, Poor Wayfaring Stranger and Wildwood Flower, as well as many of the others I have included in the new audio CD THREE SHADES OF BROWN. Even after fifty years they remain a part of our everyday lives, and sound as though they were recorded only yesterday. This re-issue is something I am very proud of and thankful I had that chance. It is available for immediate shipment. It would also make a wonderful Christmas gift! Read more

Maxine Brown — Recipes and News

Hello Everyone!


1. I was deeply touched by this note received recently:

To: Maxine Brown

From: MGST. Monte L. Railsback, USMC (Ret)

 

“MAXINE, I WAS LISTENING TO BILL MACK ON SIRUS/XM SATELLITE RADIO WHEN HE WAS  INTERVIEWING YOU ABOUT YOUR BOOK, ‘LOOKING BACK TO SEE’.  THEN, WHEN HE PLAYED ‘TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE’ AND MENTIONED YOUR WEBSITE, IT REKINDLED MY DESIRE TO CONTACT YOU TO FIND OUT IF YOU REMEMBERED SENDING YOUR LP OF ‘SUGAR CANE COUNTY’ TO A GROUP OF MARINES STATIONED IN VIETNAM IN 1969?

 

“WHEN THE PACKAGE ARRIVED WITH THE VINYL LP, WE WERE THRILLED BEYONG BELIEF THAT A COUNTRY MUSIC STAR WOULD TAKE THE TIME TO SEND US HER ALBUM.  WHENEVER THE GENERATOR WAS WORKING AND WE HAD ELECTRICITY, WE PLAYED THAT ALBUM AND WILL FOREVER BE GRATEFUL TO YOU FOR TAKING OUR MINDS AWAY FROM THE SITUATION WE WERE IN.

 

“MAXINE, THANK YOU FOR BRINGING JOY INTO THE WORLD AND ESPECIALLY FOR RECORDING ‘SUGAR CANE COUNTY’.  IT IS UNIQUE THAT THE ALBUM IS GETTING A NEW LIFE AFTER 41 YEARS AND THE FACT THAT IT SERVED IN A COMBAT ZONE. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOUR THOUGHTFULNESS AND SUPPORT FOR SENDING US MARINES IN 3rd, BATTALION, 4th MARINES A VINYL LP OF ‘SUGAR CANE COUNTY’ WHILE WE WERE UP ALONG THE DMZ IN VIETNAM.  I AM SURE IT IS STILL BEING PLAYED SOMEWHERE OVER THERE ON A HAND CRANK RECORD PLAYER.  ‘YOU ARE ONE CLASSY LADY’. THE MARINES IN MY DIVISION LOVE YOU.'”

 

*** You will never know how much that means to me Monte. Thank you!  (Maxine)

Click Here to order your copy of Maxine Brown’s SugarCane CountyCD!  Only $16.95.

2. Here’s a refreshing summer recipe from my mother’s famous Trio Club restaurant.

Feedback on the recipes has been wonderful. Some Country Music radio hosts have even told their audiences about them! I know it would have made my mother so proud. Let me know what you think if you have time to try them.

Romaine/Chicken Salad

1      Package Chicken Breast Tenders, (about 8), cut up, cooked and sauteed in oil.
1      Head Iceberg Lettuce, chopped thin
1      Bunch Green Onions, chopped
1      Tablespoons Sesame Seed
2      Packages Sliced Almonds, toasted  in butter
1      Package Chicken Flavored Romaine Noodles, crumbled
Mix all the above together.  Toast Almonds in enough butter to coat well. Place in hot oven for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, mix the following:
1/2   Cup Olive Oil, or Canola
1/4   Cup White Vinegar
1/4   Cup Sugar
2     Tablespoons Soy Sauce
SEASONING PACK THAT CAME WITH THE ROMAINE NOODLES.

Mix all this together then pour over the lettuce mixture and mix well.  Serve in a lettuce lined bowl.

Always a pleasure to be with you!

Cordially,

Maxine Brown

Maxine Brown – Recipes and News

Enjoy these Ricipes from Mama Brown’s Trio Club:

A. LEAF LETTUCE SALAD

3       LARGE BUNCHES FRESH GARDEN LEAF LETTUCE, broken
into small pieces
3       BUNCHES FRESH GREEN ONIONS,  chopped into small pieces
1       BUNCH RADISHES, cut into small pieces
1       Lb. BACON, cooked until crisp and crumbled
1/2    CUP WHITE VINEGAR
1/2    CUP BACON DRIPPINGS

Wash vegetables in cold water, rinse and dice.  Cook and crumble Bacon, set aside. When time to serve, heat the bacon drippings and vinegar together in a sauce pan until very hot.  Pour the vinegar and bacon drippings over the vegetables.  (use a large vegetable bowl). Sprinkle the crumled bacon over top.  Serve Immediately. This is not good when its cold.


B. SEVEN (7) LAYERED SALAD

 

 

1      Bunch Leaf Lettuce, washed & drained.  Place the
leaves in bottom of an oblong salad dish
1      Cup Celery, diced
1      Bunch Green Onions, cut up
1      Cup Carrots, shredded
1      Bell Pepper, diced
1      Cup Cheese, shredded, (Velveeta, or Cheddar)
1      Can English Peas, drained

Each of the above are laid on top of each other.

1      Pint Mayonnaise
2      Tablespoons Sugar
BACON BITS

Mix the Mayonnaise and Sugar together and pour over the vegetables.  Do not mix.  Sprinkle bacon bits over top.  Refrigerate several hours before serving so the mayonnaise can run all down through the ingredients.
Note:  you may substitute green onions and lettuce, using red sweet onion, sliced thin and one head of lettuce.

Laken Bowles Review of Maxine Brown’s SugarCane County Music CD

Every now and again, an album comes along that makes you appreciate and value your auditory senses. With all of the crap (and that’s putting it nicely) coming out of Nashville these days, it astounds me that this little gem slipped through the cracks over forty years ago… it shouldn’t have, and it’s a shame that it did.

Maxine Brown’s 1969 album, Sugar Cane County, is simply a work of art, and should be heralded alongside such other landmark albums as Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger. When the Browns disbanded in 1967, both Maxine and Jim Ed elected to pursue a solo career with RCA.  Unfortunately, the powers that be could not appreciate the immense talent of Maxine and she was deemed to be “old hat.” She ultimately signed with Chart Records and made this little masterpiece that is simply her own style. It is impossible to label this album with a genre… it is of course “country,” but to brand it “country” and nothing else would be a disservice to it and Maxine. Like Willie’s Red Headed Stranger, each song adds something different and unique to create an overall feast of goodness: the distorted guitar in “You’ll Come A Running,” the delta bluesy sound of the title track, “Sugar Cane County,” and the wit and innuendo of “Take It Out In Trade,” and Maxine is very funny, and rest assure, it shows in this one (both the latter two of which she wrote, and I promise you “Trade” is the catchiest you song you will ever hear).

Did I mention that Maxine is also capable of singing ballads like nobody’s business? Well, she is… with songs like “Never Love Again” and “Take Time To Know Him,” she rips out your heart, but in that good, country soul way. Sadly, this album received little to no publicity and sat on the shelf for decades. Maybe it was too ahead of its time… maybe they did not know how to market it… maybe some men in the business were afraid of a strong willed woman like Maxine encroaching on their territory… there are a thousand maybes as to why this album never really took off. But here we are, forty-one years later, and the album is receiving significant airplay on Sirius/XM radio, which is perhaps where it belongs… on a national level. Just like a good bottle of old, red wine, it’s been steeping for over forty years, just waiting for that perfect year to uncork itself. Perhaps 2010 is going to be a good year. When the music fades on the final track of the album, we’re left with one thing: that voice… that unmistakable, sultry voice that resonates within one’s soul long after the visceral experience. Bill Mack himself said that, “Maxine Brown has the perfect voice. In this CD, she has chosen the perfect material to allow that voice to charm the masses!”and who’s going to argue with Bill Mack? Not me…

Click here to order your copy of Sugarcane County

 


Always fun being with you!
Maxine

Recipe Archives

From Maxine’s Mother’s Famous Southern Cookbook. Don’t miss a one! Subscribe to the free updates in the box to the right (which always include a southern Recipe).

“Mama Brown’s Famous Hot Egg Nog”
4 Eggs, beaten until foamy
1/2 Gallon Homognized Milk
1 Pint Half and Half (Milk & Cream)
1 1/2 Cups Sugar
1 Pint Bourbon, (more if desired)
Dash of Nutmeg
Combine well beaten Eggs. Half & Half, Milk, & Sugar in sauce pan Cook over very low heat, but do not let milk boil. Have bourbon open and ready to pour. Stir the mixture slowly but constantly. When it starts getting warm, pour in the bourbon, heat just until its hot enough to drink. Pour into mugs and sprinkle nutmeg. Delicious and one of the Browns favorites. (Out of all my recipes, this is the one everyone remembers and wants a copy of). If you are driving, watch that nog.


FRIED TURKEY STEAKS (It’s about time, my fellow beloved family cook, when you became the talk of the town!)

Select about a 16 Lb. TOM TURKEY. They have a broader breast. Remove giblets, neck, liver & gizzards. Remove wings with a sharp boning knife Cut skin between leg & body of turkey, bend upward and downward to snap joint. Continue cutting through meat & outside skin with knife around joint to remove thigh & leg. Repeat on opposite side the same way. Remove all skin. Cut the steaks about one-half inch thick, across the grain. Tenderize with steak hammer just as you would minute steaks. Salt and Pepper each steak, then dip in PET MILK. Roll in flour, coating well. Fry in hot oil until golden brown.
Cut up other parts of turkey & use this, plus the wings and thighs to boil for broth to make Cornbread Dressing. Use Livers and Giblets to make Giblet Gravy. De-bone turkey pieces to use in Salads, Pot Pies and many other good recipes. Strain the broth through a tea strainer. Put the borth in a pitcher and place in your refrigerater over night so all the fat will rise to the top. Remove fat & discard before using.
For a more simple way to cut off the turkey breast, buy a large size “Butter-Ball based Turkey Breast with wings and rib meat. Remove all skin, Cut the same way as above. Use the butter that is in the butter-ball along with other oil you are using. The Butter-Ball turkeys are tender enough, you won’t need to tenderize. Salt, Pepper, Pet Milk & Flour. (The secret to good FRIED TURKEY STEAKS IS THAT BIG BLACK IRON SKILLET). Once you learn how to do this, you will never bake a turkey again. Its delicious!! And a BROWN TRADITION.


MAMA BROWN’S FAMOUS CORNBREAD DRESSING
1/2 Gallon Good Rich Broth (more if needed)
1 Pan Cornbread
1/2 Loaf French Bread, or use another 1/2 pan
Cornbread
1 Tablespoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Black Pepper
3 Onions, chopped
1 Bunch Celery, chopped
6 Hard Boiled Eggs, chopped
2 Tablespoons Sage, (or more to suit your
taste)
Mix cornbread, loaf bread, sage, salt, pepper and hard boiled chopped eggs. Cook celery & onions in a litle broth until tender. Add to cornbread mixture. Before adding raw eggs, taste to make sure you have enough seasoning, the Browns like a lot of sage. Add the raw eggs and mix well. Add your favorite broth such as turkey, chicken, pork or duck. It will take appoximately one-half gallon of good rich broth. Pour into a large casserole and bake for about one hour at 400 degrees. It will get brown around the sides, and the middle is set. (Note: If desired, you may add choice pieces of turkey to your dressing prior to cooking it)
Serve with GIBLET GRAVY.
GIBLET GRAVY
Cook Livers & Giblets from Turkey, Chicken or Duck in small amount of water until tender. Chop and add approximately three cups BROTH. Add two Hard Boiled Eggs, chopped. Thicken by adding three heaping Tablespoons Flour mixed with one cup evaporated Milk.(Pet). Add Salt and Pepper to taste. When it has cooked to the desired consistency, add three drops yellow food coloring and one jar chopped Pimentos.


RUM CAKE
1 Cup Chopped Pecans, or Walnuts
2 Tablespoons Butter or Margarine (more if
needed.
Mix Nuts and melted Butter in bottom of brunt pan.
MIX TOGETHER:
1 Package Yellow Cake Mix (without pudding
in mix)
1 3-oz. package Vanilla Instant Pudding & Pie
Filling
4 Large Eggs
1/2 Cup Orange Juice
1/2 Cup Oil
1/2 Cup Rum (light)
Mix all together and spread over nuts. Bake one hour at 325 degrees. Punch holes in cake and drizzle the following:
GLAZE
1 Stick Butter or Margarine
1/4 Cup Water
1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Light Rum
Heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil, simmer 3 or 4 minutes. Pour over cake & down in holes while its still hot. Let cool in the bundt pan, even over night if desired. Invert on a platter when ready to serve. (Note: This takes a pint of rum for the cake and frosting).


COUNTRY FRIED CURED HAM WITH ‘RED EYE GRAVY’

Slice Ham across the grain (this makes it tender)
Fry Large Pieces in heavy (Iron Skillet) about 10 minutes on each side. Remove to a platter and keep warm while making RED EYE GRAVY.

RED EYE GRAVY

Pour one half cup black coffee into skillet where Ham was cooked. Heat until very Hot. Serve over Momma Browns Buttermilk Biscuits.

BUTTERMILK BISCUITS (Momma Browns Specialty)

1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 Heaping Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Cup Corn Oil
3/4 Cup Buttermilk
1 Teaspoon Salt

Mix all at once. Beat well. Pour out onto flowered board or wax paper. Kneed. Pat out to about one inch thick and cut with biscuit cutter, Or, pinch off desired amount and pat out with hands. Turn biscuits over in hot oil, be sure to grease tops. Bake at 400 degrees until done, (about 20 min.)


Tomato Gravy

Tomato gravy is wonderful this time of the year, with all those garden fresh tomatoes. Let me know how you like it!

1/2        Cup Bacon Drippings
1/4        Cup All-Purpose Flour
1           Teas. Black Pepper & 1 Teas. Salt
1           Cup Fresh, Peeled, TOMATO, chopped
2           Cups Milk, or Water

Heat Bacon Drippings in frying pan. Add Flour, Salt, & Pepper.  Stir until a rich brown. Add chopped Tomatoes.  Add Milk (or water) and stir until thick and of right consistency. Delicious with Hot buttered Biscuits.  (You may use canned tomatoes, drained)


SUNDAY MORNING BREAKFAST RING

2 1/2 Pounds Fresh Bulk Pork Sausage
2 Eggs, beaten
2 Tablespoons Minced Onion (optional)
2 Cups Fine Break Crumbs, or use Toasted Bread Crumbs.
Parsley (optional)

Cook the pork sausage, first, then add the onion and bread crumbs.

Heat oven to 350. Lightly butter a nine inch ring mold. Bake for about 20 minutes. Take from oven and pour off all grease. (fat)Bake for 20 more minutes.Turn into a heated platter and fill center with scrambled eggs. Serves about 8.
Note: This is just one of the many Browns Favorite Breakfast Foods, but there is nothing as good as MOMMA BROWNS BUTTERMILK BISCUITS.


FRIED CORN FRITTERS

1 Large Can Whole Kernel Corn, Drained (Reserve Juice)
1 Egg, beaten
2 1/4 Cups Biscuit Mix
Greese for frying

Heat Greece. Pour Liquid from can into mixing bowl. Add egg and biscuit mix. Stir until smooth. Fold in the corn. Drop by Tablespoons into Hot Oil. Fry to a golden brown. Drain on paper towel. Serve Hot with Syrup. (Or, You can make BAKED CORN FRITTERS)

BAKED CORN FRITTERS

1 Large Can Whole Kernel Corn, drained (reserve juice)
1 Package Corn Muffin Mix

Use 2/3 cup of reserved juice and fold in Corn. Pour into a greased oblong pan. Bake about 25 minutes. Serve Hot with Bacon or Sausage.


Chili

4 Lbs. Lean Ground Beef
1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
2 Onions, chopped
2 Packages Chili Seasoning
1 Large Can Tomatoes, diced (16oz.)
1 Can Ro-Tel
1 Can Tomato Paste (small)
1 Can Kidney Beans, or Chili Beans

Seasoning:

1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
2 Teaspoons Cumin
1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
(You may use more or less seasoning, it all depends on your taste)

Cook Beef until brown. Drain well. Saute Bell Pepper and Onions in 4 Tablespoons Butter or Vegetable Oil until tender. Put Beef in a large pot and add Chili Sesonings, coat the beef well. Add pepper and onions. Add all other ingredients and cover with water. Simmer covered for about one and one-half hours. Remove lid and let it simmer another 30 minutes, or until right consistency.
(THERE IS NOTHING BETTER THAN A GOOD BOWL OF CHILI ON A COLD WINTER DAY.)


** CABBAGE PATCH SOUP

2 Lbs. Extra Lean Ground Beef
1/2  Head Large Cabbage, chopped
1  Large Can V-8  Juice, (48 0z )
1  Large Can Stewed Tomatoes
2  Cans Kidney Beans, rinsed and drained
2  Packages Italian Salad Dressing Mix
2  Potatoes, chopped
1  Carrott, chopped
1  Onion, chopped
1  Teaspoon each Garlic Powder and Cumin

Cook beef until done, drain well. Mix all except the Potatoes and Carrot. Cook on low heat for about 2 1/2 hours. After first hour of cooking, add the Potatoes and Carrot. Contnue cooking until vegetables are tender. You may also cook this in crockpot for 6 to 8 hours on low heat. We like this served with Cornbread.


Romaine/Chicken Salad

1 Package Chicken Breast Tenders, (about 8), cut up, cooked and sauteed in oil.
1 Head Iceberg Lettuce, chopped thin
1 Bunch Green Onions, chopped
1 Tablespoons Sesame Seed
2 Packages Sliced Almonds, toasted in butter
1 Package Chicken Flavored Romaine Noodles, crumbled
Mix all the above together. Toast Almonds in enough butter to coat well. Place in hot oven for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, mix the following:
1/2 Cup Olive Oil, or Canola
1/4 Cup White Vinegar
1/4 Cup Sugar
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
SEASONING PACK THAT CAME WITH THE ROMAINE NOODLES.

Mix all this together then pour over the lettuce mixture and mix well. Serve in a lettuce lined bowl.

Feel free to invite friends to the Trio Club Recipe List. Enjoy everyone!
Love you all!
Maxine Brown