Infirmary was a big place," she said. "And, at one time or
another, just about everybody came in there. So, I knew everybody in
Mobile up to the archbishop of the Catholic church."
everybody, including the archbishop, wanted a copy of "Camp Stew,
Etc." The first printing in 1979 was 1,000 copies and they sold
like hot cakes. The second printing was also 1,000 copies and they, too,
were gone in a flash.
Johnson didn’t get rich off her newfound celebrity. In fact, she
barely broke even.
then I couldn’t type on those old manual typewriters so I had to find
somebody who would print the cookbook from longhand," she said,
it also paid off for Johnson.
project was Johnson’s initial attempt at a writing venture and it gave
her the confidence that, as her mentor, Dr. Jane Day, told her,
"You can do anything you want to do."
has long been a prolific writer on the subject that she knows like the
back of her hand: herbs.
shared knowledge through her writings; and her consultations have helped
others to feel better and get better. She will never know how many
people have benefited from her knowledge of the medicinal wonders of
to think that it all began with good bedside manner and a pot of camp
Johnson’s Camp Stew
1 large stewing hen
3 pounds of beef
2 pounds of lean pork
Broth from boiling meats, skim off
3 pounds onions
5 pounds potatoes
1 lemon, squeezed
2 cups hot barbecue sauce
2 cups catsup
8 cups creamed corn
Salt and pepper
meats until well done with salt, pepper and lemon added. Remove from
broth, debone and chop into fine pieces. Peel and dice onions and
potatoes. Add to broth and cook until tender. Add meat, barbecue sauce
and catsup. Bring to a good boil. Add corn and turn off heat in order to
Goat, venison or other wild game may be added or used instead of the
above named meats.
Treadwell is a freelance writer from Brundidge.