Finding Treasure…

A recent move had me going through boxes of books I had inherited from my mother. What a surprise to find one named “My Cookbook”  bound in red leather. Little did I know I had found treasure. My mom had her old standby cookbook rebound and had written on every available space her notes and OWN family recipes that were hits. Then stashed it full of recipe cards from others that shared theirs with her.

What a delight it was to see, in her hand, notes that made me laugh, cry and remember growing up in the deep south.

Inside the front cover she had written her hope that whoever got this would cherish it like she did or pass it on to someone whom she would like to have called “friend”. That statement is profound as I write about the “foodiefriendfridays” that she knew nothing about.

My gal pal from 3rd grade, who lived next door, told me she would love some of the recipes, but not the butter and sugar sandwich one we used to eat as a snack after school. My brother asked for her Jalapeno Cheese Spread, of which I will share with you if you request it…she would kill me for sharing with you though. She always said, “A southern woman does not share all of her secrets.”

I will spend the weekend reading her handwritten notes in the book and smile, for I have truly found a treasure.

We Have Come A Long Way…Baby

In gathering creatives for this new blog, we came across some great vintage cookbook covers we wanted to share with you. My, how cooking and marketing has changed! Enjoy a few we found funny or eye opening and feel free to share a few of your finds as well.

A great idea for a family chef is to gather their favorite recipes and have them bound in a cookbook just for them or for passing on down to the family. My dad did just that for my mother – the ultimate in collecting recipes…He wanted to name it “Recipes I know And Love, But Have Never Tried”, for we ate the same routine menu every week…if it was Tuesday we had Italian, Friday was steak, Sunday Fried Chicken… you get the scenario. Her cookbook is 2 inches thick bound in red, her favorite color, and was passed down to me in 2014. I cherish it and when I cook from it I laugh at the name it should have had for it was truthful.

 

Chef’s Table Series

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Why have I not heard of this Netflix documentary series before today?

Chef’s Table is a series so worth watching! Be careful, it is addicting. I am amazed at the quality of production, the cinematography, story lines and the food presentations are so outstanding it is hard to convey. You just have to watch it for yourselves.

Each episode has a story behind the story of the food served and the vision the chef is trying to express. So far, I have been truly moved by the stories behind the story. It has also fed my creative soul and inspired me to continue my path and talent.

Do yourself a favor…try it out.

 

 

Sharing The Friendship Cake

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An old fashioned way of sharing a recipe could have begun with the famous Friendship Cake idea. One would make a fruit starter, baby it for 30 days, then make 3 cakes, one to enjoy and 2 to share with another neighbor or gal pal along with a small batch of the starter.

The mixture is not only great in the cake but can also be used over ice cream, poured on top of an angel or pound cake or served chilled as a dessert dish. A little goes a long way as it can be pretty potent.

Be sure to follow the recipe exactly so the fermentation will work and not spoil.

Recipe for Friendship Cake

Preparation

    1. FRIENDSHIP CAKE – Combine fruit cocktail with juice, peaches with juice and 2 1/2 cups sugar in large jar. Stir with wooden spoon until sugar is dissolved, cover loosely ~ don’t close the lid completely. It will explode. Let stand at room temperature. Stir once each day for 10 days.
    2. Add pineapple with juice and 2 1/2 cups sugar, mix well. Stir once each day for 10 days. Add cherries (cut in half) with juice and remaining 2 1/2 cups sugar, mix well. Stir once each day for 10 days.
    3. Remove fruit and store in a covered plastic container in refrigerator. Store starter juice in covered plastic container in refrigerator. May store in refrigerator indefinitely. Fruit Yields enough for 3 cakes.
    4. To start the process again start with 1 1/2 cups of starter juice an add the fruit & sugar in the order given above. Give 1 1/2 cups of starter juice to 2 friends.
    5. For Cake mix all cake ingredients. Place in a oiled & floured Bundt pan. Bake in a 300 degree F oven for one hour. When cooled, dust with powdered sugar or frost with cream cheese frosting.