Thanks, Sheila Stewart for the idea for this post.
I also thought… “whatever happened to cookbooks?” So much great stuff online, but I can’t part with my ol’ cookbooks and scraps of recipes in a file box …
I’m glad to hear that Sheila has her ol’ cookbooks.
This brought back a memory of one that was always in my mother’s kitchen.
Thanks, Patrick Q., Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)
The one that was in our kitchen certainly wasn’t in this great shape. I recall it as being really run through the mill with things spilled on it, the recipes which are held in place by a three ring binder ripped, and all kinds of handwriting on the pages.
In fact, I remember someone gave her a brand new one as a gift so that it would be in better shape. But, she never used it. I think the key was in the handwriting that was on the original book. How could she give up all that wisdom and revision to these recipes?
Today, my cooking doesn’t require this level of sophistication. For me, it’s a matter of reading the instructions before I put whatever i’m cooking into the microwave. Or, to keep opening the lid to the BBQ to see if all the smoke is an indication that things are done. Around here, my wife who does the gourmet cooking, has one that she keeps close by.
You’ll see that it has handwriting on it as well. Her world famous Apple Crisp recipe is on page 97. The book was actually put together by the parents’ group at the school and sold as a fundraiser. My youngest, jealous of the use of the book, is responsible for writing in her own school since we moved before she had the chance to go to Colchester North.
In addition, we do have a recipe box that sits on top of the stove where my wife occasionally shares recipes with others, notably her hairdresser. There will be the occasional new menu pulled from a Facebook post or an internet search after experiencing a great meal when we’re “out” for a meal. Any way recipes get there, it’s full of good stuff; those that know me know that I haven’t missed too many meals.
Generally though, recipes are for special occasions and meals. The day to day stuff is committed mostly to memory or on the side of the box if I’m cooking.
The timing for this post is just perfect. We have a new recipe for a St. Patrick’s Day dinner. It involves cabbage, corned beef, potatoes, and onions. Our house is going to smell nice!
For a Sunday, what are your thoughts about cookbooks?
- Where do you turn for inspiration for new recipes?
- Do you remember the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook?
- How about a Betty Crocker cookbook? Any other?
- Do you share recipes with others?
- How about using the internet or social media to get new cooking ideas?
- Are you really modern and just ask Cortana, Alexa, Google Home, or Siri for directions when you’re whipping up that meal? Do you ever wonder if you do a search for “Apple Crisp” whether they’d all return the same recipe? Maybe we need to have a cook off!
- Do you have a favourite recipe that you use over and over that you originally learned from a cookbook?
I’d be interested in your culinary memories and you might get a request for your favourite recipe from Sheila if you share something that looks pretty good. My secret is that you can make anything tasty if you add enough garlic.
Please share your thoughts in the reply below. This series of Sunday posts is largely crowd sourced and if you’ve got an idea, please share it in thing Padlet. All of the previous posts are available from the Menu at the top of this blog or by clicking here.