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This book is a compilation of my grandma's hand-written notes that she had gathered over the course of seven decades. Not one of these recipes, to my knowledge or her memory, were ever copied from a book. Grandma either took them down while talking to a friend or she made them up as she went. Some of the measurements are not text book, but then we always like to fix food to fit our taste anyway!
Since 1976, Mr. Darling has written and published numerous short stories, poems, and magazine articles. He has written one play (included in the book Woman In Black) that has been produced in London, Canada and the USA.
I'm pretty critical of cookbooks. Too many of them, it's hard to figure out what purpose they serve. This cookbook has many "family favorites" for the author's family, though, that may well be comfort foods for you as well, and they are items that you probably aren't going to find in the looseleaf cookbook in the red-and-white plaid tablecloth cover, nor in the Joy of Cooking.
Of course, you could get this kind of recipe from a church cookbook, but the problem with those cookbooks is that many of the recipes are contributed by people who are lousy cooks, or who don't want to give the actual recipe they use, for fear that others will be able to cook as well as they can. Besides, those church cookbooks tend to have many duplicate recipes, and you have to guess which recipe is best. This cookbook save you all that hassle. If you are going to make Weimar cookies, this one recipe is the one to select.
That's not to say that the cookbook is perfect by any means. Two-egg Treasure Cake calls for 1/2 cup of Crisco. Would that be Crisco creamed shortening, or Crisco vegetable oil? The instructions say to sift the first four ingredients into "spry". I know that Spry was a vegetable shortening from Lever Brothers that competed with Crisco until about 1960 or 1970, but would the average cookbook reader? I don't think so.
I read a lot of cookbooks, pretty much ignoring the recipes, but simply using them for inspiration in using the ingredients I have on hand, or that are currently in season. This cookbook, though, I intend to actually try the recipes. I suspect Grandma made these recipes many times, and they have the benefit of decades of taste-tests.
Just read through this books and found quite a few recipes that I want to try. I have bookmarked favorites. Can't wait to get started cooking and baking! I know They will be tasty just by reading the ingredients. Hey,it's free, so why not give it a try.
The Grandma's Favorite Recipes cookbook by Loretta Duffy and John Darling contains numerous old-fashioned recipes. The highlight of the cookbook is the chapter called Cookies, Pies, Cakes & Frostings. You will find many deliciously sweet recipes in this chapter.
There are some recipes I have questions about:
Freezer Corn - Freezer corn should be blanched before being frozen. The recipe omits this step. Most freezer recipes say to blanch corn before freezing to stop the enzyme process. The enzymes cause the vegetables to turn brown or degrade, if they are not blanched before freezing.
Sweet Foundation Dough - The recipe says to make up the dough and use for coffee cakes or rolls. I didn't find any recipes on how to make coffee cakes or rolls using this recipe. As a long time baker, I can figure out what to do with the foundation dough, but for the novice baker this could cause problems.
The Canning Chapter - Recipes are given for different canning recipes but no directions are given on how to can them. The authors should have explained how to can and given canning times for each recipe. Instead most, if not all the canning recipes state to seal the jars. In particular the Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam recipe says to "Seal in wax." I presume this means to use paraffin to seal the jars, but the USDA no longer recommends using this method.
Some of the recipes you will find in this cookbook include:
Casserole of Venison Sesame Fried Chicken Gelatin and Cottage Cheese Salad Cabbage Slaw Mixed Vegetable Hot Dish Rhubarb Bread Two Egg Treasure Cake Cranberry Relish Bread and Butter Pickles
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