By Gini Rainey
I guess that all of my life, my family has considered me the political maverick (however, I might add that over the past few years I’ve found a couple other relatives who are on the dark side, along with me.) It should have been abundantly clear when, in 1956, Dwight D. Eisenhower was running for president against Adlai Stevenson. Obviously, Eisenhower’s campaign worked on me, so when we held a mock election in my 3rd-grade class, I voted for Eisenhower. Now, growing up in a small town was exactly what the historians purport it to be, because, by the time I walked the 4 blocks home from school that day, my mother met me, hands on hips on the front porch, and stated “How could you embarrass me like this? Voting for Eisenhower?” In what I’m sure was a totally precious 8-year-old voice, I said “because ‘I like Ike!’” as my mother nearly fainted dead away in front of all the neighbors!
So, therefore, it should come as no surprise that now I am scared – very scared – of what the outcome in November might bring. I’m not exactly sure which side of the fence I should fall. Either way, I’m pretty sure, pain will be involved, and to all of my relatives out there, remember, we are all entitled to our opinions, so please don’t faint dead away (obviously a family trait) in front of all the neighbors.
You know who I think might have made a great president? (Get ready for this one –a masterful segue on the horizon here) Why that would have been Will Rogers! Just check out his real name! William Penn Adair Rogers! How more American can you get? For those young followers of my blog, Will Rogers was an American cowboy, vaudeville performer, humorist, newspaper columnist, social commentator, and stage and motion picture actor -google him! Here’s another great segue!
One of the things that my family does agree on is good food, and I just happen to have, in my library, Cookin’ with Will Rogers, a pretty stinkin’ cool cookbook written by Sharon and Gene McFall and published by Cookbook Resources, LLC in 2000. Filled with a ton of great recipes, it also has a boatload of black and white photos of Rogers from his movies, public speaking engagements, and public appearances. Not to mention another boatload of his amazing quotes with his succinct views of America at its best.
One of the recipes in this book sounds amazing. I mean, who doesn’t love cinnamon, butter, dough, nuts, and brown sugar? The recipe is for Cowboy Coffee Cake and is amazingly easy, yet incredibly yummy! For this, you will need 2-10 ounce cans of refrigerated biscuits. Overlap them in a 9-inch cake pan in a spiral fashion. Now combine 1/3 cup melted butter, 1/3 cup chopped nuts (your choice!), and 1 teaspoon cinnamon and spread over the biscuits. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Then get your hungry on!
And in the inimitable words of Will Rogers, “It don’t take near as good a man to be a candidate as it does to hold the office, that’s why we wisely defeat more than we elect.”