Friday, August 15, 2014

Food Friday: Breakfast is Served

Today's cookbook is from Texas. The Houston Civic Club Cook Book (1906). Arranged by Mrs. C.M. Crawford and Ladies of the Civic Club is a must for anyone who has ancestors in Houston during this time. It includes a history of the Civic Club, their club's constitution, and a list of officers. Best of all it's available for download from Internet Archive.

There's all kinds of great advertisements in this cookbook, it appears that there are more than you would find in similar cookbooks including this one with a photo of a butcher shop.

Or this one that proclaims no liquor is sold.

It's not too often that I find breakfast dishes in the community cookbook I peruse so today is a rarity. While I'm not sure how dainty bacon and corned beef is, it does sound good since I'm ready for breakfast right now.

I like the last line that says "This recipe is original and delicious, if properly served." It's almost like saying, "if this doesn't turn out, it's your fault." If only other recipes had such great disclaimers.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Food Friday: Potato Salad

Happy 4th of July! I hope that your kitchen  is full of all kinds of great food and the company of family and friends.

Here's one recipe for a dish  many people are serving today, potato salad. A favorite of mine, it seems to be one of those foods that you either really love  or really hate. My mom makes the best potato salad and I know for me most others don't even come close.

Today's Food Friday is from American Buffet: Favorite regional recipes from members of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. A great cookbook that includes historical facts throughout its pages. If you're looking for a dessert recipe there's one in this cookbook for Death by Chocolate that I posted previously.

Willing to share your potato salad recipe? Please share it in the comments below.

Have a great weekend.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Food Friday: Pork Fruit Cake

I could spend hours looking at this short community cookbook I'm highlighting today. Interesting advertisements and recipes from a different time. Oh and the occasional malt tonic ad for nursing mothers.

Yes, it would seem that the 1898 work, Marshall Ladies' Choicest and Best compiled by the Ladies of St. Cecelia Guild in Marshall, Minnesota has it all. Though my guess is that you won't think much of today's Food Friday recipe.

Sure, the recipe submitted by Mrs. Will Rogers isn't appealing to us today. But the advertisements are a great look at social history. Consider this one advertising for young women.

Or even this one with the approval of Dr. Mary Green.

Oh, the good old days.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Food Friday: Hoofin-Poof

There's no doubt that community cookbooks are a  city directory of sorts. Take for instance this copy of the Port Charlotte, Florida Treasure of Personal Recipes. Compiled by the Episcopal Churchwomen of St. James.

There's names, places, and even business advertisements. Community cookbooks are a great resource for learning more about a community and maybe even discovering genealogically significant records. Make sure to check out their advertisements for  funeral homes in the area.

Today's Food Friday recipe is one that sounds almost like something from a Harry Potter movie. I give you the Hoofin-Poof Casserole.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Food Friday: Artichoke Hors D'Oeuvres

From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

Today's Food Friday comes from the Donor Club Cook Book (1948) from Elgin, Illinois. this cookbook is a good example of how not all community cookbooks have a plastic comb binding.

From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

This book provides us with a list of their active members as well as a name accompanying each recipe. They also include a brief history in the Preface.

From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

I love today's recipe because quite frankly, it doesn't get easier than this. Can of artichoke hearts, a bottle of French dressing and caviar and you have a party. The caviar is a nice touch.

From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

Friday, May 23, 2014

Food Friday: Fantastic Artichoke Hearts

One thing I love about community cookbooks, besides the obvious that they tell the story of women, is some of the recipe titles used. It's in these books you see words like "Surprise," "Mystery," or even "The Best."  Today's recipe is no different, it is for Fantastic Artichoke Hearts.

From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

Today's cookbook is from the Beta Sigma Phi International (1973) and it's simply titled Gourmet Cookbook.

The preface explains the problem we all face as we head into the afternoon and early evening hours. That age old question, "what's for dinner?"

From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

Now, sure you could do what I do and say, "I don't know, what are you making for dinner?" But it is a serious question and we all get bored of the same recipes over and over again.

From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

So I'm a big fan of appetizers and thought I would provide you a few here. Yes, the photo is of chilled raw oysters which will not be on my dinner menu tonight but the other two recipes are a little more my speed. The stuffed tomato even includes a childhood staple in my family, deviled ham.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Food Friday: Tomato Cottage Cheese Salad

Food can bring up memories and I don't know about you but certain foods have good or bad memories for me. Tomatoes and cottage cheese are a good memory.

About 15 years ago I worked at a non-profit and one of our supporters/volunteers was a wonderful woman who lived in a nearby retirement community. She had lived an interesting life that included living in China and traveling the world educating children. She married while in her late 60s or early 70s to a man who had once worked with Caesar Chavez.

She invited a few of us staff to her home and made dinner. I cannot tell you what we had except for the salad/appetizer. Using freshly picked tomatoes straight from their garden she placed a lettuce leaf on a plate, cottage cheese , a tomato slice and black pepper. Now I know this sounds incredibly simple but it was so simple it was divine.

Today's Food Friday is a take on that salad but this recipe involves a few more ingredients. Today's recipe comes from the Evansville's Favorite Records. Compiled by the Ladies Aid of the Presbyterian Church. Evansville, Minnesota. No date is found on the cookbook but my guess is circa 1940-1950s.

From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

A cool salad sounds great especially with the heat and winds we've had lately. A home-grown tomato would make this so much better.

From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega