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Keep Those Tasty Products Coming, Folks!

7 Sep


“Country Bob” Edson

One of the best things about being the CEO (Chief Eating Officer) at is receiving delicious new products to review from all over the South — and sometimes beyond. This column will spotlight a few items we have sampled over the last couple weeks.

Country Bob’s Steak Sauce is actually made in Centralia, Illinois … not exactly the Heart of Dixie. But Bob is a good man and a master marketer as well. He emailed me and convinced us to give his famous steak sauce a try. I am glad he did – it is mighty dine! Imagine a slightly sweet combination of A-1 and Pickapeppa Sauce. Nicely done, Bob! Your sauce has earned a place in our home pantry.  

In 1968 Country Bob perfected the sauce of his dreams. After years of giving the sauce to friends and family he began to sell it in 1977. The reaction was overwhelming just as it is today. Almost everyone who tries Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce becomes a lifelong user. And why not, it is the perfect complement to practically any meal set on your table.

It was actually October of 1982 when Country Bob, Inc. became the company, which remains today. Bob Edson,Terry Edson, Al Malekovic and Reed Malekovic formed a corporation with equal ownership. Since that time Country Bob’s distribution has magnified regionally in all directions from our corporate office located in Centralia, Illinois. Even with the tremendous growth we have not forgotten where we came from, continuing in our relentless pursuit of product excellence.

Along with our All Purpose Sauce we have expanded our product line to include BBQ Sauce, Seasoning Salt and Spicy All Purpose Sauce.With our fully automated bottling line we also have the capability of producing Private Label products for stores or restaurants.

It would be nice if we could claim responsibility for the success of the company, however, credit must be given where credit is due. Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” We have placed true ownership of Country Bob, Inc. in the hands of God. “Christ is our CEO” and  He is an Awesome Boss!

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Olde South Gumbo is an authentic recipe of the Gulf Coast of Alabama. While living on the banks of Mobile Bay, Margaret Rainey caught her own seafood to create her gumbo, bursting with fresh, rich flavor. She knew that the fresher the seafood, the better the gumbo. Her gumbo featured a brown roux that took hours to concoct. With Olde South Gumbo Base, customers can now have that same fresh taste in only 30 minutes!


Margaret’s gumbo is easy to prepare and much better than those boxed gumbo mixes you find on the shelves of your local mega mart. Just add seafood, chicken and/or sausage to the pre-made base (seen above) and you’re ready to go. It’s the next best thing to homemade.



Callie’s Country Ham Biscuits

Carrie Bailey-Morey had an early introduction to the food world courtesy of her mother, caterer extraordinaire, Callie White. So when Carrie partnered with her mother to launch Callie’s Charleston Biscuits in 2005 it was natural fit.


Carrie (left) & Callie doing their thing

She was able to strike a balance between her new role as a first time mom and a fulfilling career in the family business. Carrie resides in Charleston, South Carolina, with her husband John and their three daughters Caroline and Cate and Sarah.

By keeping the company small and family-operated, these two women craft the biscuits in their own company kitchen with the finest ingredients. This approach allows both Carrie and Callie to focus on what matters most to them – creating a top-quality biscuit time and time again.

After only one year in business, Callie’s Charleston Biscuits receive rave reviews from markets across the Southeast as well as continued support from Charleston locals who for years have coveted Callie’s secret recipe.

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Cheddar and Chive – My Personal Fave

Callie’s Charleston Biscuits have been featured on OPRAH and NBC’s Today Show. We sampled several varieties including Cinnamon, Shortbread, Country Ham, Buttermilk, and Cheddar & Chive. I think I like the latter the best. They are super cheesy and would make an excellent crowd pleaser at your next dinner party or social event.

If you would like us to feature your products in this forum, please contact me at I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

“Sputnik, Masked Men and Midgets”

7 Sep


My good friend Sherman Wilmott is at it again. This time his company (Shangri-La Projects) has produced a killer coffee table book on the early days of Pro Wrestling in Memphis. The pictures are a treat and the accompanying bonus CD is a hoot.

Great work, Sherman — you are still the man!

After four years of research, Shangri-la Projects is thrilled to announce the release of the greatest book on  wrestling ever!  We give you Ron Hall’s Sputnik, Masked Men, & Midgets:  The Early Days of Memphis Wrestling to be released September, 2009!!!

Memphis music historian Ron Hall created a whole audience for the over-the-top Memphis garage rock scene of the ‘60s & early ‘70s with his two books: Playing for a Piece of the Door: A History of Garage & Frat Bands, 1960-1975 and The Memphis Garage Rock Yearbook as well as two compendium CD’s. The compilation CD’s gathered unbelievably rare lost 45 gems from many of the bands featured in the books. Not only did the books break all garage rock book sales records, they also revitalized the historic Memphis garage rock scene and helped many of the bands re-form 35 or 40 years later!

Now Hall has turned his attention to the also-amazing Memphis wrassling world — pre-cable, bleached hair, and steroids–with a new book Sputnik, Masked Men, & Midgets: The Early Days of Memphis Wrestling to be published by Shangri-La Projects in September, 2009.  Memphis wrassling WAS the roots and forerunner of the WWF and the WWE.  Many of the giants of the corporate cable wrestling world first wrestled in Memphis–including Jerry Lawler, Jimmy Hart, Lance “Banana Nose” Russell, and many others.  But before Lawler, in Memphis, there was Sputnik Monroe, Jackie Fargo, Don and Al Greene, Tojo Yamamoto, and Plowboy Frazier. Why do you think Andy Kaufman put his multi-million dollar career as a comedian and actor on hold? To come be a part of the greatest wrassling territory in the U.S., of course (and to wrestle Memphis women as well!)

Hall’s book captures the insanity of the ring and the outrageous costumes and get-ups of the wildest and most original wrestling era. The book contains over 400 images of wrestlers, programs, advertisements, and other Memphis wrassling ephemera. Any professional wrestling fan must own this book!

If that is not enough, the King of Memphis, Jerry “The King” Lawler adds his thoughts about early Memphis wrestling in the book’s introduction!  But, wait, there’s more…

Additionally, Hall’s book includes some of the most amazing early 1950s never-before-published live action Memphis wrestling photos from the Robert Dye, Sr. collection.

And, like all crazy releases from Shangri-la Projects, this book comes with still even more:  a cd of rare recorded gems from Sputnik Monroe, Handsome Jimmy Valiant, & Len Rossi–among others!!!!

This book is a must-have for any & all wrestling fans.  Read more about it at Ron Hall’s Early Memphis Wrestling Blog.

Available September, 2009!  Order yours now & it will ship before your neighbors get it!