This week I will be helping with our OLD KING COAL FESTIVAL which will begin on Thursday evening here in So. Illinois. I'm in charge of advance ticket sales, I sing "AMAZING GRACE" every year at our Coal Miner's Memorial Service, and I will lend my time here and there throughout the course of the festival wherever I'm needed.
Our area is rich in Coal Mining heritage, and although our community was once a thriving area and is now considered a depressed area (in every sense of the word), we still honor the men and women who risk their lives to bring to us this precious commodity.
Here is one of the delicious recipes submitted by Tracy Smith.
BEST AND EASY PORK ROAST
1 5-8 lb. pork loin
1 can cranberry sauce
1/2 cup brown or Dijon mustard
Rub pork with seasoned salt , to taste. Place in crock pot. "Ice" meat with mustard. Stir cranberry sauce, then pour over meat. Cook on high 1-2 hours, then reduce heat to low for 6 hours. (180 degrees on a meat thermometer.)
If you would like to order a cookbook (Less than 50 copies left) from area residents who submitted delicious family recipes and tributes to their coal mining family members, click here.
The books are $13.00 (shipping included- anywhere in the US) and proceeds go to keep the festival alive and well each year.