Elizabeth Josephine’s Linguine with Cream Sauce: A Nod & A Wink To Steve Cropper

By James Calemine

I submit for your inspection my first Snake Nation Press Dispatch of 2021–“Elizabeth Josephine’s Linguine & Cream Sauce with a Nod & a Wink to Steve Cropper” recipe.

Last night here on St. Simons Island, Elizabeth Josephine prepared a Steve Cropper recipe for kicks. Of course, Cropper is a music legend. Among many musical accomplishments, he co-wrote “Sitting On The Dock of the Bay” with Otis Redding. You all know his work…

I interviewed Cropper years ago. That timeless interview can be read in my book, Insured Beyond The Grave. I obtained this recipe (along with 40 others) from Memphis musician Don Nix’s book, Road Stories and Recipes, which I wrote about in Insured Beyond The Grave Vol. 2. I heard of Nix’s book through Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes (another story in Insured Beyond The Grave Vol. 2).

Elizabeth handled most of the cooking. I did some prep work, but not much. She ranks as a cook of the highest order. Some of her homemade dishes she’s cooked for me include pizza alla Puttanesca, venison spaghetti, potato leek soup, greens, black-eyed peas & pork chops and cornbread. Her cornbread ranks in the Top 3 I’ve ever eaten.

Cropper’s recipe is simple. And you can read his notes…

As he mentioned, you can add ingredients. Elizabeth decided andouille sausage, asparagus and fresh Georgia shrimp would serve as our extras. I played Cropper’s old band Booker T & The MGs‘ classic album Green Onions as Elizabeth tossed the shrimp, sausage, asparagus in olive oil into the skillet.
She nailed the sauce. Everything else proved cooked to perfection. I highly suggest this recipe for those who enjoy cooking, and a low-country flavor. What a tasty dish…
Stay tuned for the next Dispatch…
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