I am a fan of the links and postings shared on the internet via blogs, Facebook, and Pinterest. Nothing though warms my heart and makes my tummy rumble more though than seeing an old church cookbook. I found my motivation today, and it was looking at me from the corner of my kitchen counter where my cookbooks are stored. This particular one was a wedding shower gift I received in 1987, and reading the recipes is remembering the women, some long past away, and others that were probably about my age, just becoming empty nesters, and now are the elders in the church. These were the women that were called upon to bring salads and bars for funeral lunches, or after women's circle's service projects, or bible study lunches. They were the women that generously donated their baked goods for youth group fund raisers so all kids could go on retreats and ski weekends, and share and deepen their faith. I received one from a friend from her church the same year. It is lovely, but it doesn't quite hold the same appeal-no familiar names. Two years ago, our church published a new version. It is good, and has the names are my friends and parents of my children's friends, and yes, the women who are now the elders. The recipes call for a lot less butter, and ingredients that were not in the 1987 version like quinoa, chick peas, greek yogurt, and avacado's.
On my motivational list was baking. I was less than prepared, as I was down to my last two eggs. DD#2 learned a recipe in FACS class (family and consumer science) called Egg in a Frame where you cut a hole in the middle of bread, grill it like a grilled cheese, and fry a scrambled egg in the middle. She has mastered it, so has been making them all week for us for breakfast. I knew I had pumpkin in the pantry and was pretty sure I could get a single batch of a bread recipe with just two eggs. Here is the recipe I used. Notice how messy it is-I've used this dog eared and tattered page a lot, as evidenced by spills.
I use these little loaf pans, a gift from my sister in law for my birthday about 10 yeas ago. They are perfect for quick breads as the four hold one recipe, they bake faster, freeze easy, and make a cute little mini slice perfect for packing in lunches, or putting out on a plate when hosting people for brunch or just an afternoon. I was a little messy with my spooning, and pup came running when he heard the batter hit the floor, he just gave it a curious look, which surprised me he didn't just lick it up. I'll add pumpkin batter to coffee as the two things he won't eat indiscriminately.
Do you have a go to cookbook that you use as much for sentimental reasons as for the recipes? Are there recipes that you know could be healthier or made cheaper, but you never mess with? I'm off to the next thing on my list. Later I'm meeting DH, and a few sisters and their husband for happy hour at the local bar and grill. Nice cheap beers, and tasty $5.00 appetizers, so not worrying about dinner tonight as there are leftovers for the girls. I'll be home early, in my jammies to watch Doctor Who, quite possibly nibbling on a piece of bread. Enjoy your Saturday.