Sunday, November 11, 2012

Finding Great Recipes ...

Do you like to cook? Looking for something different to make because you are stuck in a rut? You can find creative, usually easy, recipes in community cookbooks.

What are community cookbooks? They are a collection of recipes from individuals belonging to a church, school, civic organization, hospital, etc. that are put together and sent to a publisher, then sold as a fundraiser.

I love community cookbooks. Some of my favorite recipes have come from them. You will find recipes that are usually easy, time tested and often handed down from generation to generation. Many are recipes from different parts of the world and ethnicities.

You will also find funny recipes - recipes for love, a happy marriage and recipes with really unusual names!

I am always looking for new community  cookbooks to add to my Addoway store. I also carry a number of magazines that specialize in cooking - Bon Appetit, Menu and Martha Stewart Living, as well as specialty recipe books. Check out the following categories in my store (listed on the left of my main Addoway page): Books>Cookbooks and Books>Magazine Back Issues. And check back often for new listings.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Friday, November 2, 2012

Homemade Apple Pie - There's Nothing Better!

Over the years I've made a lot of apple pies, but my favorite is from my daughter. She got it from an Amish community cookbook. My family likes a tart pie, so we use Granny Smith for this one.

Apple Crumb Pie

6 tart apples                                  3/4 cup of flour
1 cup of sugar                               1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup butter                               Pastry for one 9 inch pie shell

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Pare apples and cut into eigths.
Mix 1/2 cup of sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle over apples. Mix.
Put apple mixture into unbaked pie shell.

Combine remaining sugar and flour. Add butter and rub together until crumbs are formed. Sprinkle crumbs over apples.

Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes and then reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake 35 minutes longer.

Reheat just before serving if desired. Delicious served with a sharp cheese (I often do this for breakfast!) or with ice cream.