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October 05, 2015
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Soul Food Recipe Newsletter

October, 2015


Featured Recipe - Cold Spaghetti Salad

This recipe is from my second cookbook, Unforgettable Appetizers and has certainly been a lifesaver over the years. My sister, Debra first introduced me to this delicious salad a few years ago. It’s so economical to make and only has a few ingredients. Sometimes, homemade salads can get quite expensive to make, but not this one. It's a budget stretcher and certainly a show stopper on any table.

6 ounces spaghetti, uncooked
Garlic powder to taste
4 to 6 ounces basil Pesto sauce, more to taste, divided
2 medium cucumbers, peeled and chopped
2 to 3 medium red tomatoes, chopped
Seasoned Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain and run cool water on spaghetti in a colander. Once cooled completely, drain well.

Place spaghetti in a large bowl or pan; season spaghetti well with garlic powder. Add about 4 ounces of basil Pesto sauce to cold spaghetti; mix well. Refrigerate. One hour before serving, add cucumbers and tomatoes; add seasoned salt and black pepper as needed. Mix well making sure all ingredients is covered with the pesto sauce. If more basil Pesto sauce is needed, add according to taste. Mix well. Serve cold. Yield: 6 to 8 servings. Enjoy.

Recipe courtesy of Unforgettable Appetizers


Momma C to Appear on the Kathy Ireland Show

Cassandra Gaines, better known as Momma C will be a special guest on the Kathy Ireland Show on October 8th and 11th on the E- Channel and Direct TV and can be viewed at the following times and stations:

October 8, 2015, 6:30 a.m. ET/PT
October 11, 2015. 8:00 a.m. CET 3:00 p.m. HKT and 10:00 a.m. CDT
And can be seen on YouTube as well

Gaines will be promoting her new soul food line of delicious products, “Soul Food in a Jar” to an audience of over 100 million. Featured products include Black-eyed Pea Salsa, Mild Chow Chow, and Sweet Potato Butter. Gaines is also a recognized and celebrated tourism executive in the State of Oklahoma and she holds the positions of Muskogee Civic Center Director, Muskogee Multi-Cultural Tourism Coordinator, and Manager of the Roxy Theater, a historic and beloved Muskogee landmark.

A few years ago, I had the unique opportunity to interview Gaines for the 2007 Black History Maker on soul-food Gaines is also a cookbook author and the coordinator and the creative mind behind The annual Martin Luther King Soul Food Cook Off Competition which takes place every January in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Momma C’s products are also in the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans along with Griffins food and other products in Oklahoma. And Gaines also sit on the Board at the 5 star Museum.

Please support Gaines as she launches her new product line “Soul Food in a Jar” on national television and please share on social media.

Read more about Cassandra “Momma C” Gaines: Momma C's Soul Food in a Jar


New Southern Cookbook in the Making

I just finished my third cookbook which is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2016 by Louisiana State University Press, (LSU). "Come Sit at my Southern Table" is not just another cookbook and will appeal to home cooks and food historians because the cookbook includes a lot of food and recipe history. This is definitely a cookbook that you want in your cookbook collection. Will keep you updated as information becomes available.


Plan Your Holiday Gathering with Unforgettable Appetizers

Unforgettable Appetizers are memorable recipes for any occasion. The cookbook includes 100 theme-related recipes and over 100 quick recipe and cooking tips throughout the cookbook. Recipes are especially designed for your holiday gathering and are so easy to make. Recipes include a variety of Dips and Spreads, Bread and Rolls, Desserts and Drinks, and much more. Unforgettable Appetizers!!


A Treasured Collection of Great Recipes

If you’re looking for a variety of great recipes, Soul Food Lovers’ Cookbook has over 250 recipes to choose from. Whether you’re looking for hearty soup recipes, amazing entrees, or mouth-watering desserts, this cookbook has something for every taste and is available for immediate delivery. Start your holiday shopping early. Order your copy today! Soul Food Lovers’ Cookbook


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Unforgettable Appetizers has a Facebook page. Please visit and Like this page and share with your Social Media Friends. Also I would like your comments on the southern dishes on the page. Please Like our Facebook Page


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Until Next Time

Cassandra Harrell,
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