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August 9, 1997
Elvis Aron Presley, born January 8, 1935 in a small house in Tupelo, Mississippi, captured the hearts and souls of millions worldwide through his music and personality.
August 16, 2002 marks the 25th anniversary of his death, and thousands of fans will journey to Memphis, Tennessee this week to view his Graceland home and participate in some of the planned events. Many will go on to visit his birthplace here in Tupelo. Other Tupelo sites of interest are The Elvis Presley Museum, Lawhon School (incidentally, the school was named after our Mining Co. UFOs/Aliens Guide's Great Uncle, Ross Lawhon) where he first displayed his musical talents, the Elvis Presley Memorial Chapel, and The Tupelo Hardware Store where he bought his first guitar.

Elvis had many favorite foods along with the basic Southern dishes he grew up with. I have gathered a few recipes which either have his name or were actually favorites of his and also offer some of the Southern recipes he surely spent much of his life eating daily.

The following three recipes are taken from Presley Family Cookbook, written by Vester Presley, Elvis' uncle and a guard at Graceland along with Nancy Rooks, a Graceland maid, offers basic and typical Southern dishes, many of which Elvis enjoyed. From Peanut Butter Sandwiches and Breaded Chicken Livers to Ham Hocks with Pinto Beans and Blackberry Pie, it is filled with the foods Elvis grew up with and enjoyed throughout his life.

Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich

The Presley Family Cookbook - Vester Presley, Nancy Rooks

  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 slices light bread
  • 1 banana -- mashed
  • 2 tablespoons margarine -- melted
Mix soft peanut butter and mashed banana together. Toast bread lightly. Spread peanut butter and mashed banana on toast. Place into melted margarine; brown on both sides.

Ham Bone Dumplings

The Presley Family Cookbook - Vester Presley, Nancy Rooks

  • 1 large ham bone or leftover ham
  • 2 quarts water
  • salt and pepper
  • Dumplings
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Crisco shortening
  • 1 cup cold water
Simmer ham bone in water for 15 to 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Combine dumpling ingredients to make dough. Add more flour if needed to make dough easy to handle. Place dough on floured board and roll very thin. Cut dough into small pieces and drop into pot with ham. Cook about 20 - 25 minutes more.

Baked Apple And Sweet Potato Pudding

The Presley Family Cookbook - Vester Presley, Nancy Rooks

  • 4 large sweet potatoes
  • 3 medium apples
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1/2 cup butter -- melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • graham cracker crumbs
Wash; peel sweet potatoes and apples. Cut into slices. Cover bottom of pan with graham cracker crumbs. Layer potatoes and apples in dish. Mix brown sugar with water and pour over each layer. Season each layer with cinnamon, apple pie spice, butter, and flavoring. Spread a few graham cracker crumbs over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Let pudding stand for 4 or 5 minutes, then serve.

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