The newspaper clipping below was furnished
by Linda Hickam. Thanks, Linda!
A collection of creative coal field
It's food. It's history. It's a tribute to the community. A compilation of recipes titled "Cooking the Coalwood Way," has recently been published by members and friends of the Coalwood Community United Methodist Church and includes recipes handed down for generations through the coal camps as well as other items of both spiritual and historical interest.
Opening with a photo of Coalwood Mountain and a poem about cooking the Coalwood way, the book includes a copy of the Coal Miner's Prayer, a forward by Homer Hickam, a table blessing, and sections that include appetizers and beverages, soups and salads, vegetables and side dishes, main dishes, breads and rolls, desserts, cookies and candies. Interspersed with these are such things as Ten Commandments for Living with People, Life's Recipe, and photos of various landmarks in the Coalwood area.
The book is now available for sale through the Coalwood United Methodist Church and pays homage to Hickam and the Rocket Boys of Coalwood who were first recognized in the 1999 motion picture, "October Sky."
The book contains favorite recipes submitted by Hickam's mother, his wife, the Rocket Boys and the residents and friends of this McDowell County community.
While growing up in Coalwood, Hickam and his family attended the Coalwood United Methodist Church and the cookbook's title reflects the name of one of his books, "The Coalwood Way."
Hickam's memoirs often reflect his love of home cooking as he recalls the trials and tribulations of this coal mining community.
In the Coalwood memoirs, which includes "Rocket Boys," "October Sky,"
"The Coalwood Way" and "Sky of Stone," he often speaks of his church and
frequently recants stories of riding his bike down the road a piece to the
Mudhole Church (Mt. Zion United Methodist Church) to gain knowledge from
the biblical teachings of the Rev. Little Richard.
Sterling Drive Inn Submarine
1 pound ground chicken, beef or pork cooked (preferably some of each mixed)
to 3/4 cups mayonnaise
Company Corn Bread
package Cotton Pickin' corn bread mix
The members of the Coalwood Community United Methodist Church present Cooking the Coalwood Way: Tried and True Appalachian Recipes from the Home of the Rocket Boys. Click here for more information or to order (opens as a Microsoft Word document.)