One of my favorite cookbooks is one that my mother put together. It's a collaboration of handwritten recipes from my great grandmothers kitchen!! It's like a time capsule from 1940-1950's southern America. Seriously, the majority of the book is sweets, even the "salads," which are mostly jello concoctions. It's also loaded down with stuffed olives and Crisco. I also love that most of the recipes are just a list of ingredients and if your lucky it gives you a temperature to go with. Clearly my great grandmother, Mammie (Kathryn), knew how to cook. She also jotted down several notes on the pages indicating which ones were well liked and who liked them. I've made several of the recipes, the oatmeal cookies are Josh's favorite cookies ever. There are so many that I've never tried though that I've resolved to make my way through the book. I started with "Yum Yum Gems" mostly because I had all of the ingredients on hand.
They were really very simple and turned out like a cross between spice cake and fruit cake. Very moist and flavorful. Everyone liked them, even Jillian who thinks raisins are positively disgusting thought they were edible : )
Also, all six of my tomato varieties are up! Josh installed a light under one of my kitchen cabinets so I'm hoping they'll do well over the next couple of weeks.
Hope all is well!! XOXO -Amber