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Friday, June 20, 2008

Favorite Recipe's & Cookbooks

Miss Sandy from Quill Cottage is hosting an "I Remember Laura" blog~a~thon. This week she is asking for favorite recipe's.

Of course one of the most famous recipe's from LIW herself is a gingerbread recipe.




LAURA'S GINGERBREAD
1 cup brown sugar blended with 1/2 cup lard or other shortening.
1 cup molasses mixed well with this. 2 teaspoons baking soda in 1 cup boiling water(Be sure cup is full of water after foam is run off into cake mixture).
Mix all well.
To 3 cups of flour add one teaspoon each of the following spices: ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves; and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Sift all into cake mixture and mix well.
Add lastly 2 well-beaten eggs.
The mixture should be quite thin.
Bake in a moderate oven for thirty minutes.
Raisins and, or, candied fruit may be added and a chocolate frosting adds to the goodness.

For modern day users I generally set my oven at 350 degrees. I also like to sprinkle a bit of powdered sugar across the top.

There are a few "Little House" cookbooks being sold today. This one is in my personal library.


It is by Barbara M. Walker. It features a collection of recipe's mentioned in the books and also recipe's that were popular during the time of Laura's childhood. Try the "Huckleberry Pie".
Another cookbook featuring a favorite literary heroine of mine is "The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook" by Kate Macdonald.

There is nothing finer than eating "Poetical Egg Salad Sandwiches" while sipping "Diana Barry's Favourite Raspberry Cordial".
I just love the Mitford Series by Jan Karon and was thrilled when my friend Betty sent me the "Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader". I often make "Cynthia's Banana Bread" and "Puny's Cornbread". For my upcoming 40th birthday I think I may attempt "Esther's Orange Marmalade Cake".



I love to host theme gatherings. A perfect cookbook that provides entire menu's based around holidays and special occasions is "Celebrate!" by Sheila Lukins. I have tried the "St. Patrick's Day Feast" "Mother's day Luncheon" and "An Old Fashioned Halloween" with great success.



My favorite house guest in the world will soon be arriving. Tracy is my oldest and dearest friend. We have known one another since 3rd grade. Tracy and her daughter Kourtnee will fly in this afternoon. For this occasion I have been perusing "The Taste Memories of Childhood" in"Lost Recipes" by Marion Cunningham. Anyone for "Shoofly Pie"?



Now all of this cooking requires an apron.


Head over to http://anapronaday.blogspot.com/ where the Apron Queen is graciously giving away vintage aprons.

Let me close this post with a smile. Recently I made a meal my 6 year old found quite delicious. After eating and eating he sat back with a groan and said, "I wish I was fatter so that I could eat more."

Have a wonderful weekend!

10 comments :

Barbara H. said...

The Little House, Anne, and Mitford cookbooks especially appeal to me -- I will have to put them on my birthday list!

Wanda said...

I have the Little House Cookbook....I first read it when I checked it out from the Book Mobile. I finally found my own copy. I love it. My favorite parts of her books were always the parts about food. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog and have fun with your houseguest. :)

Kari & Kijsa said...

Great ideas on the cookbooks...we will have to pop on over for the giveaway!

Have a blessed and wonderful day!
smiles, kari & kijsa

sara said...

I have that Celebrate book and love it! I'm glad your son liked your meal, that must!!

Kasey said...

your blog is looking lovely!
k-

Lu Lu's Fluffy Ruffles said...

Wait I feel im missing something!!
I was a huge fan of little house on the prarie!!
I even had a bonnet I wore when I watched the show.
I had no idea there were cookbooks.
I guess I wasnt as big of a fan as I thought. or maybe my mother kept them from me she wont let me cook in her kitchen even now!
smiles,
sandy

Miss Sandy said...

I loved the ending best of all, to funny! Thanks for all the recommendations on the cookbooks. I was not aware of the Anne cookbook, I'll have to check it out.

I hope you have a delightful visit with your friend and her daughter.

Kimberly said...

I love Laura, Anne and everyone in Mitford! What a fun collection.

Mildred said...

What a gracious Heavenly Father we have. I just read the kind comment you left on the "Pink Roses" blog re my Mother and her lemonade set. Your name sparked my interest and I have since been reading about your life. My Mother too was an orphan from age 8she survived TB, and began losing her sight 40 years ago. As you said in your comment on Suzanne's blog, we look for the smallest things to be thankful for...my Mother recently told the pastor that she has had some sad things to happen in her life, but that she would not change a thing. Mother and I have collected cookbooks as a hobby over the years and have spent countless hours with me reading her the recipes. We also have a dachshund, Harriet, who is our loving companion. What a blessing that you left a comment re the lemonade set and I now have the pleasure of reading a new friend's blog. When I read the Quill Cottage interview with you, the music "Somewhere in Time" played which was played at my wedding. Shortly after the wedding, Mother and my husband found a small music box with that tune. Oh, how your comment has put so many things into motion. Thank you and God bless.

Michele said...

Your blog is so much fun to read!!!

Thanks for sharing the recipe!

By the way, loved the comment about wishing he was fatter that your son made! You should submit that to Reader's Digest!!

Hugs,
Michele
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