Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Cook Books . . .

Visiting with Kerin,
this morning and discussing Naan Bread recipes,
looking up my Naan recipe,
sharing it with her,
I decided to do a post on cook books. 
 What are you?
a "make things from scratch",
order out, fast food, try new recipes, share recipes,
don't cook at all, not interested . . .
kind of gal/guy.
I am a "make things from scratch" kind of gal 75% of the time. 
 Eating lunch or dinner out happens the rest of the time. 
 I have many cook books. 
 They each say FAVORITE at the front of my mind. 
 The first thing I did when I retired was compile my "favorite" recipes in two books. 
 You'll see them above in red. 
 Until then I had recipes scattered all over . . .
boxes, drawers and inside other recipe books. 
 I usually knew what drawer or pile to find a recipe I was looking for.
So nice now to have those "favorites" all in one place.
Recipes found in some of my first recipe books are still my favorites. 
 Like the meat ball recipe (fondue book above) we have used for our
traditional Christmas Eve family gathering. 
 (The first gathering was 1961, it has changed, grown,
added new people and lost some people over the years.)
"Favorite" canning, crock sweet and dill pickle recipes,
mom's Banana Cream pie, Pasty, Meat Loaf,
Chicken Spaggheti, salads, soups, breads, cookies are
  "favorites" in each of my books.
My most recent "Favorite" recipe saver is Paprika on my iPad. 
 It is an app that can be purchased and you can enter your recipe,
file it in the various categories, access it in seconds. 
 It truly is FABULOUS. 
 The app is available for
iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows, Android, Kindle Fire and Nook Color.
We are having one of my mom's "favorites" for dinner tonight,
I have made it so many times, no recipe needed.
Parmesan Chicken.
chicken pieces cut in a chicken tender size,
coat chicken in some melted butter
mix equal portions of
Italian Bread crumbs and Parmesan Cheese
roll buttered chicken in the mixture
bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes
fresh asparagus
presto, delicious, easy peasy
that's it for the day . . .
I had so many other things planned
but showing you my Recipe Books
became my "favorite."
Love, Lynne


TexWisGirl said...

i don't do recipes. almost never. i tell folks i don't cook - i assemble food - but i might mix from scratch with jars or cans.

Pamela Gordon said...

I am a scratch cook and have to use a recipe and measure exactly step by step! I don't experiment with foods or recipes and have my favourites that I make over and over. I have about a dozen recipe books and also one that holds hand written favourites. I only have so much space to keep them so I have sent a lot off to thrift stores. I love the covers of the older vintage cookbooks though - lovely artwork and photos. :)

eileeninmd said...

Hi Lynne, since retiring I have started getting into cooking and baking from scratch. When I was working, hubby was the cook. We usually eat at home more than eating out. Your chicken parm sounds great, I will have to try your recipe! The Ipad APP sounds neat too. Enjoy your day!

Kim said...

I love those books, Lynne! I just found a very special cook book this weekend and I was going to share it sometime soon, too. Great minds think alike! I am not super fond of cooking, but I do make everything from scratch...well, almost. Do frozen veggies count as scratch?

Kerin said...

Such a fun post. Yes.. we do love our cookbooks :)
I've made that parmesan chicken before, and it is a delicious recipe!!
Love that you compiled "favorite recipe" cookbooks, and that cookbook for the electric skillet sure brought back a lot of memories. I remember when electric skillets were used regularly to make meals :)

I don't have an ipad, but I do have a kindle, so I should check into that app.

Thanks for talking cookbooks with me today and for the fun post!!


MarmePurl said...

Last night my mom and I whipped up some ravioli from scratch. Scratch in homegrown pancetta (oh so good from last years pigs) and spinach mixed with homemade ricotta for the filling. The pasta dough was made with our backyard eggs collected moments before. We knew our young guests were into organic living of all sorts, so we thought they were really going to love the effort.
Turned out they are vegans.

Missy George said...

Who doesn't have the Better Homes cook book???The Paprika App looks great for those of you that cook..I guess for now,I'll just keep my piles and loose papers stuck into various cookbooks..:}..That chicken sounds yummy and easy..I always regard chicken as dog food..She eats chicken..

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Wow, I invited for dinner. :) I used to love to cook and bake but after the seven children grew up..I slowly wound down. I remember trying to cook LESS and having so much left over all the time. Shopping was..a problem too.
You did something with your cookbooks I've always wanted to do. Good job!

Linda said...

Hi Lynne...
I still "refer" to my Betty Crocker cook book that was a shower gift...43 years ago!
I have a fling folder with favorite recipes....all smudged up with bits of the ingredients...
I also have a Meatball recipe for Christmas Eve...and...I too, have added and lost people along the way...
Great post!
Thanks for making me think of these memories...
Linda :o)