Three members of the Plains Jr. Woman's Club publishers of "The Plains Pot-Pourri Cookbook" were in town this week to autograph copies of the book, pass out samples of Plains peanuts and talk about the new interest in Southern cooking.
"We're just eatin' it up," Donna Smith said of all the attention. Dianne Barfield and Bonnie Smith agreed.
The cookbook contains recipes submitted by almost every woman in Plains including Rosalynn Carter, Amy Carter, Miss Lillian, Caron Carter (who was a member of the club) and Allie Smith, Rosalynn's mother, Allie Smith was described as "the best cook in Plains" by the three visitors.
There is also a recipe submitted by Billy Carter's wife, Sybil, for "Easy Rolls." It calls for a 12-ounce can of beer.
On Tuesday, the woman (whose husbands were back in Plains "babysitting") went to visit "Jimmy and Rosalynn" at the White House. "Everyone's on a first name basis in Plains," they said. They also delivered a batch of Sugared Peanuts, a recipe from the cookbook submitted by Jimmy Carter's uncle's wife, Betty.
"Do you all eat peanuts all the time?" one shopper at the Hecht Co. in the Landmark Shopping Center asked.
"Well she has to," Dianne Barfield said, pointing to Bonnie Smith. "Her husband's a peanut farmer."
The book is available through The Plains Jr. Woman's Club, Plains, Ga.31780. The cost is $6 plus 50 cents postage.
What else besides Presidents and peanuts, is Plains famous for, the women were asked.
"Pigs and pecans," Dianne Barfield said.
Now you can wear what you eat with a selection of vegetarian T-shirts including "Vegetarians Feel Better" and "If You Love Animals Don't Eat Them." The 100-per cent cotton, screen printed shirts are $4.50 each and are available through Supernatural, P.O. Box 925, Leicester, N.C. 28748. Write for free brochure.