Remember when a full-flavored, from-scratch dinner would bring everyone to the table? Whether the family gathered around a classic, rosy-pink roast beef with gravy, an old-fashioned tamale pie steamed in a Dutch oven, or a creative noodle casserole called Preacher's Delight with ground beef, tomatoes, and cream cheese, nothing could beat the flavor or comfort that came from a homemade meal. In an effort to preserve these old-fashioned meals, Cook's Country magazine asked its readers to submit their favorite dinnertime recipes and the stories behind them. Recipes were pulled from mothers', grandmothers', and great grandmothers' recipe boxes, and from a thousand submissions, our test kitchen tested and perfected the best to present here, in Cook's Country Best Lost Suppers.
Many dishes found in this book are quintessential, slow-cooked Sunday suppers that folks just don't make that often today, meals made maybe while the yard work was being done or the house was being cleaned, while others are creative family recipes you won't find anywhere else that pull together in a snap--Meat-za Pie, International Dateline Chicken, Cornbread Meatloaf. And there are numerous dishes that speak to our country's heritage, recipes with a story worth remembering, from regional favorites like Pennsylvania Dutch Slippery Chicken Bott Bie (a pot pie stew with handmade noodles) and the Midwestern favorite Cheese Frenchees (a deep-fried, crunchy-coated grilled cheese) to old-world classics brought through Ellis Island, like a creamy, rich beef goulash and classic Italian lasagna with handmade spinach noodles. Cook's Country Best Lost Suppers is a collection so appealing that it's sure to encourage families to once again enjoy dinnertime together.
Recipe Excerpts from Cook's Country Best Lost Suppers