A post from Kelli–
When I was younger, Dad worked a lot so that Mom could stay home with us kids. Because of this, wherever mom went, us kids went with. One time that I remember quite distinctly was grocery shopping in Decorah at Fareway. As we were getting ready to checkout, they had a display where they were selling cookbooks for one of the local churches.
Over the years, this cookbook has become one of our family favorites. It seems that almost anytime I asked mom what cookbook the recipe was in, I always got the same response– “It’s in the blue cookbook!” For the last few years, I have always told mom and my boyfriend’s mom to keep their eyes peeled for a copy at the local thrift store or Goodwill.
A few weekends ago, we were at the Depot, our favorite thrift shop, and Kayla informed me that she had found a copy of “The Blue Cookbook” and that she was going to buy it. I quite loudly informed her that I would pay her $20.00 for it because I had been searching for a copy of it forever. Being the wonderful, nice, loving sister that she is, she let me have it–and I only had to pay $3.00 for it!
Now you may ask why one would pay $3.00 for a used cookbook. Well, this cookbook has a few really nice features. Besides the great recipes, it has a the ability to “stand up” which comes in really handy when you tend to spill or splash when cooking. It also is in a three ring binder so a person doesn’t have to worry about the binding coming out or the page jamming when you are trying to turn it.
Tonight when I was making Chili for supper, my boyfriend Jason requested cornbread to go with it. I knew that there would be a great cornbread recipe in “The Blue Cookbook,” and boy was I right! The cornbread was quick and easy to make and finished wonderfully. If you’d like to make some for yourself or your special someone, I have included the recipe for “Johnny Cake” so you can make it too.
1 cup milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup flour
3 T oil
1 1/4 cup cornmeal
1 1/2 t baking powder
Beat eggs, sugar, and oil. Add milk, flour, and baking powder. Add cornmeal in last. Place in a greased 8 x 11-inch baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
Jump on over to Colorado Lady’s blog to see what other Vintages Thingys have been found this wonderful Thursday.