Friday, June 19, 2009

Chef Bubba and Friends Cookbook

I want to start out today by wishing my dad, and all dads, a very happy Father's Day! With Father's Day in mind, I'm reviewing a very "manly" cookbook: It's Chef Bubba and Friends published in 1992 by Wimmer Brothers and sold in Sam's Clubs and Walmart stores in the 90's. My mom gave me my copy as a gift and I love it! It was compiled by Chef Bubba, Leslee Womble and Chef Nancy Zduniewicz (Chef Nancy Z.), folks in the food arts who have a working relationship with Sam Walton's businesses. After Mr. Walton's death, they wrote this cookbook as a tribute to him and to raise money for cancer research.

The book, which is a large compilation of the authors' recipes, as well as employees' favorites and even Helen Walton's recipe's that were "Sam's Favorites," is a gem! It continues to have the flavor of a real "family affair" as one section of the book includes a food column called Conversational Cooking written by Bubba's mama, Louise Womble, for the Abilene Reporter-News in the 50's. That's right, Chef Bubba grew up in West Texas and followed in "Mama's" footsteps!

These are family recipes that represent home cooking at its best! Some of the recipes are: Apple Dumplings; West Texas Fried Quail and Skillet Gravy; Louisiana Seafood Stuffing; Wilted Spinach Bacon Salad; Mississippi Mud Cake and Homemade Peanut Patties to name just a few. I tried to choose a guy-type favorite in honor of our Father's Day theme. Here it is...two recipes for chicken wings! This will be popular with all the guys here; hope you like it , too. This is a book that I highly recommend for your collection if you like "down-home" cooking.

P. 74 Barbequed Chinese Chicken Wings

2 pounds chicken wings
1/2 C soy sauce
1/2 C Italian salad dressing

2 TBSP garlic powder

Place wings in large covered bowl. Mix remaining ingredients and pour over wings. Place covered bowl in refrigerator for 24 hrs., turning mixture occassionaly. Cook on grill, turning frequently, until golden brown.

Linda Brooks
Sam's Club #8214

Fern Park, Florida

P. 74 Parmesan Chicken Wings

1/4 C Parmesan cheese
1 TBSP minced parsley
3/4 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp paprika
6 chicken wings, split (tips discarded)
2 egg whites, lightly beaten

Combine first 5 ingredients in a shallow bowl. Dip chicken wings in egg whites, then roll in crumb mixture to completely coat. Arrange in spoke pattern in 8 or9 inch pie plate with thickest part facing toward rim. Cook in microwave on High until crisp, about 12 minutes.

Chef Nancy Z
Club Marketing

I will be joining Grocerycartchallenga and DesignsbyGollum today for their recipe swaps.


  1. both wing recipes sound great ... Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great weekend ~ Susan

  2. I like the fact that you cook the barbequed chicken wings on the grill. I love summer when my Hubs does a lot of cooking on the grill. I have him convinced that I have no idea how to work the grill. LOL... it has worked for years now.

  3. You can never have too many recipes for wings. These both sound wonderful and they are appreciated. Have a wonderful weekend.

  4. We love chinese wings...thanks for the recipe

  5. These kinds of books always have the most interesting recipes. More to add to my files.

  6. What a great thing to bring along camping. You could have them marinating in a big ziploc baggie and put them on the grill. Thanks for the recipes. ~ Robyn