CHUsday’s Winner and Herbed Oven Crisp Chicken
We completed August with some great entries in the CHU giveaway. Random.org chose Lee Ann’s entry–which was actually the first–a selection from the cookbook, Adventures In Cooking, from the Sunnyside Presbyterian Church in South Bend, Indiana and submitted by a Mrs. G.V. Swigart.
The book came to Lee Ann from Great-Grandmother “B,” and Lee Ann chose this recipe (see below) because she’d never used sour cream in a chicken recipe and thought it might be interesting. Lee Ann was glad she did, and reading it, I can see why.
Lee Ann said in addition to the cookbook, her “Mamaw” wrote a letter to go with it, which she pasted inside, and that some of the recipes come from her great-grandmother’s sister.
Lee Ann has touched on my own fascination with cookbooks. Each one seems to come with a story. The torn-up copy of Joy of Cooking that my mother wrote a message in when she gave it to me one Christmas a few years before she died. The Good Housekeeping Cookbook I bought at a rare bookstore on my fiftieth birthday, because it had been my mother’s favorite, and she had mourned its loss after a move. Although she’s been gone for more than thirty years I feel closer to her having both with me now.
And what about all those cookbooks we’ve picked up at charitable functions or fundraisers (like Lee Ann’s great-grandmother did?) Cookbooks we’ve picked up on our travels? I have a Hungarian cookbook I’m determined to pull out soon. I used it once, but it deserves better.
I love having the cookbooks, and now I love making time to use them. I hope you will, too. Pictured above is September’s silly kitchen gadget prize, the Yolky egg separator from Joie, You simply clip Yolky to the side of your bowl and break your egg into the little cup, and the white runs through. And of course, there’ll be an autographed novel to go with Yolky boy.
I hope you’ll pull out that unused cookbook you’ve never quite been able to throw away, make a recipe and tell us about it by commenting on any CHU post. Then you’ll be entered in this month’s giveaway. And don’t forget, you have one chance for EVERY recipe you try, so increase your chances of winning and get busy in the kitchen. Be sure to tell us about your connection to the cookbook you’ve used.
Thank you, Lee Ann, for this recipe and the story that went with it. This sounds yummy.
I have been following your CHU blog on Tuesdays. There have been some good recipes so far. What struck me about todays blog is the comment you made about the two cookbooks that you have from your mother. I have my grandmothers handwritten recipe book (with scribblings made by my mother as a small child). My grandmother died 45 yrs ago when I was 10. i also have my mothers collection of recipes over flowing a binder. I lost my mom 2 years ago. I feel close to both of them when I hold and read these recipes, most in their own hand.
I think that knowing they cooked food from these recipes with love and care for their families makes them that much more special. When I do the same I feels like I’m passing on something important. What a lovely thing to have both your frandmother’s and mother’s collections.
I made the pumpkin cream cheese squares out of the pamper chef book and they arent that good trying to think if I forgot to add something but I didnt
Well, sometimes it’s good to know something’s not worth repeating. Maybe next time you’ll luck into something better.