All three of us kids learned to cook from Mimi and this recipe book. In fact, her original cookbook is barely holding together. Well used recipe pages are obvious by their worn, stained, written on, state. When Jill, Rich, and I moved out to begin lives with our spouses, Mom had phone call after phone call: "Can you read me the recipe for Prize Coffee Cake?" "How did Papa make dumplings for Chicken and Dumplings?" "I promised to bring my coworkers some Chocolate Drop Quickies - what's the recipe?"
Each of us received, not just a cookbook, but a book full of memories, comfort food recipes, and a tool to use to share our memories with our spouses and children. Silly as it may sound, I still count that cookbook among my favorite gifts EVER! I use that cook book every single day. My children have learned to cook from its pages and in turn ours has grown into a worn, well-used, written in treasure.
Occasionally, I still call Mimi for a recipe, because she didn't include every recipe from the Betty Crocker Cookbook in our Family Cookbook. She only included our favorites. Recently I realized that e-bay, which was not in existence when Mimi made the Family Cookbooks, might have the original 1961 Cookbook. A search turned up a total of 4 cookbooks - two of them, at more than $100!!, completely out of my price range. I was grateful to find one at a more reasonable price in a ring binder, just like Mimi's. I snatched it up! I cannot imagine owning a cookbook for almost 50 years and having it look like new, but this one does (it is the one in the photo above). It came from a woman's personal collection and she needed to downsize.
Of course, a new cookbook - especially a long sought after one - must be used. Dad started us off. He was in the mood for peach pie(actually I think pie is something he is always be in the mood for!) and wanted to try something new. Out came the new (but old) cookbook. He decided on Peach Skillet Pie.
And so I present to you, Peach Skillet Pie, baked using a recipe book from my childhood and his Grandma's iron skillet:
This post is a submission to The Christian Home - a weekly blog carnival & magazine hosted by Legacy of Home.