My momaw Myrtle collected church cookbooks when I was a kid but she also had a treasure trove of old recipes memorized. She had nine kids so her hands were full! It's sad that when she died, hundreds of recipes and family memories went with her. My own mom would often cook from memory of recipes that were taught to her by a dear grandmother, Annie Lou and a dear great-aunt, Movita. Annie Lou and Movita, who are both now passed, were story tellers when it came to cooking. Every ingredient, dish, bowl, and turn of the spoon had a story and memory attached.
When I married my husband, my mother-in-law, Linda invested a lot of time and effort into teaching me her favorite (and my husband's) favorite recipes. She made the prettiest little recipe scrapbooks for my husband and his cousins that included treasured family recipes. I will share more details about the scrapbooks and my mother-in-law in an upcoming blog post. She is worth her weight in gold!
I've always collected cookbooks but my favorites are Gooseberry Patch and any southern Junior League publication. Last fall, I decided to take a shot and submit my Million Dollar Spaghetti recipe to Gooseberry Patch. Click here to see my recipe post for Million Dollar Spaghetti. A few months later, I received an email that said my recipe would be included in an upcoming Gooseberry Patch cookbook and I was ecstatic!
This past Saturday, the cookbook came in the mail and it was such a nice surprise. I quickly found my recipe in the index and feverishly turned to the page. Chuck was right beside me when I opened the book and I'm not sure who was more excited. :)
Here is a sneak peek of my recipe and the Fall Favorites cookbook from Gooseberry Patch. It will be released and available for purchase sometime this summer. In the meantime, you can purchase other Gooseberry Patch cookbooks by clicking here or by visiting your favorite local retailer. Cracker Barrel always has a good selection available as well.
And there it is! I hope that you will try the recipe or even pick up a copy of the cookbook for yourself or as a gift.
What are your favorite, tried and true recipes?
I would love for you to share!