I love vintage cookbooks. I can’t say I ever use them when cooking, but I still love them nonetheless. The pictures, the funny names, the combination of jello and wieners – what’s not to love. I have recently pledged to start cooking a more of the recipes from my vintage cookbooks. I’ve got to have someway to validate picking them up from the thrift store. This week my husband Chris and I made not one, but two!
First up was Stuffed Acorn Squash from Better Homes and Gardens Casserole Cook Book. I have always had Acorn Squash with butter and brown sugar, so this savory spin was a welcome change of pace.
There are several other recipes in this cookbook that I am looking forward to trying like Deviled Ham Elegante just because the name makes me giggle. There is a whole section on cooking at the table that makes me want to ask Santa for a fondue set. I love the tips like “The golden touch – cheese in fancy shapes”.
Next up we busted out Crock-Pot Cooking and tried our hand at Chicken Lickin. I liked the stuffed squash a lot better. The chicken was edible, but let’s just say we won’t be making it again. This recipe is a prime example of why I prefer getting recipes off the Internet, online they have been reviewed. I might give the book another spin and try the Candied Polynesian Spare Ribs or perhaps the Senegalese Cream Soup. However, I have many other vintage cookbooks to pick from first.
Do you have any vintage cookbooks in your kitchen that you swear by? I’ll keep an eye peeled for them at the thrift store.
River Roads Recipes is a good one.
I actually still have an old copy of a recipe book from 1985 my grandmothers church made as a fund raiser, all the staples still in tact!
I do most of my recipes online too for the reviews.
Rival Crock Pot Cooking from 1975 has one of my all time favorite recipes. Beef Stroganoff. My dad was the one to whip up this dandy. He'd fix it before he left for work so it could cook all day. I sat in school starving because that was all I could think of!
Thanks for the tip Kelly, I will keep my eyes peeled. My mom has several of those old school church and Jr. League type cook books. I'll have to give them a whirl sometime.
Knittingmama I LOVE beef stroganoff. We use a recipe from my husband's father, but I am always interested in trying something else. I loved it too as a kid, hell still do. My mom's always had lot&#
I still think you didn't like the Chicken Licken as well because I insisted that we throw out the neck and gizzards. I know you love that stuff, but I can't stand the thought of a blood-purple heart getting all mushy in the crock pot.
Oh my gosh…we had that BHG Casserole Cookbook. My mom went through a HUGE experimental phase in the 80's, where she'd make casseroles all weekend and then freeze them so we'd have dinner all week. All I can say is there are more than a few in there that should never be attempted! We used to be very frightened at dinnertime. :O
Beef stroganoff is the BEST with a great
I have a a couple in a series called Favorite Recipes of Home Economic Teachers from about
1965. I have one on casseroles and desserts and I'm sure others. Those Home Ec teachers knew how to cook.