Posts Tagged ‘cookbooks’

Food Stamps Cooking Club: Cooking By the Book?

September 15th, 2010

Mother Connie has a hodge podge of cookbooks and recipes; some food notions just live in her head...

We are favored with another Guest Post from one of our Club Members today!  This is so wonderful!  Mother Connie is feeling a strong sense of community, what with all the comments and Guest offerings.  THIS IS WHY THE FOOD STAMPS COOKING CLUB WAS CREATED!  Please feel free to contribute YOUR ideas and recipes and experiences, everyone!

Today’s post comes to us from iamtheworkingpoor and it is totally delightful.  Please pop in to her blog and comment, won’t you?  She has a wonderful little ditty on the web and it would mean so much to her and to me if you would pay her a visit and leave your fingerprints.

Here is what she sent us:

“Collecting cookbooks can become an expensive hobby for those that enjoy cooking. There are many cookbooks printed per month that range in price from eight dollar paperbacks to forty dollar hardcovers. Most big bookstores have a bargain section where you can find a selection of older marked down cookbooks. Very nice hardcovers can be found for five to ten dollars. Other places to find cookbooks are yard sales, thrift shops, online auctions, and my personal favorite library book sales.

I love finding cookbooks from the twenties, thirties, forties, and fifties. Those batter splattered pages with the crinkled edges and hand written notes next to a much used recipe are my favorites because I use the most recipes from these. They never include recipes using boxed cake mixes, or processed cheese foods, or bags of powdery dried potato flakes. Cakes were made with flour, sugar, vanilla, and butter back then. Potatoes were those roundish lumpy things that came from a garden or market, and no-one had heard of cheese food.

I have amassed quite a cookbook collection over time. I’ve found some that I only use one or two recipes from. Others are pretty to look at but I find I won’t really use. Every once in a while I’ll have a clear out and make a donation to the library.

If you are just starting out in your kitchen and don’t have a cookbook handed down to you it’s easy to start your own recipe collection in a blank book or binder. In fact, I have one of my own and use it often. Recipes can be found on food packaging, in magazines or newspapers, on websites such as Food Stamps Cooking Club, or in cookbooks you can check out for free at your local library.

I found my blank book in a bargain bin at a bookstore for three dollars. I found stick on plastic tabs at a department store to mark different sections. The fun with this is you can create any headings you want. You can have Grandma’s recipes, things the kids will eat, and cat food. My sections are as follows: main dishes, side dishes, soups + stews, sauces + dips + drinks, mixes + ideas + time savers, bread, breakfast, cakes + dessert, and bars + cookies.

I’ve filled mine with handwritten recipes from television shows, friends, and family. I’ve also glued in recipes cut out of newspapers and magazines and off of packages. I’ve even glued a few recipes in that were printed from Internet sites.

I’ve been meaning to make a cookbook for each one of my children with favorite recipes from dishes they ate when they were little. I also want to include a few family stories pertaining to celebrations or cooking.  I also have a few photographs of family members  cooking to include amongst the recipes.

For those on food stamps or tight budgets this is an easy way to keep track of recipes and try new dishes. If I try a recipe from a magazine and I don’t care for it I will simply peel it out and and glue another one in it’s place. It’s an ever evolving creation.

I wasn’t always organized in this area. Recipes were shoved in drawers here and there. I lost the recipe to the cookies I made in a baking class in school. I’ve lost the recipe for a cake my brother and I used to make together. However, I still have the recipe for the cookies my older brother made in a high school cooking class because it was written in a cookbook at my parents house. The last time I called for it many years ago, my dad copied it onto a piece of scrap paper and brought it to me. Now that he is gone that handwritten recipe in my book brings precious memories. The only problem I will face later in life is who to pass this down to. I have three children.

Create your own family cookbook and personalize it. Make it your own and have fun. You’ll never have to search for your most used recipe again.”

GREAT ideas, my friend!  You’ve made us all feel like family!

For people who are using food commodities or items from food pantries; for those who have EBT cards for SNAP or WIC; or users of Angel Food Ministries and those frugal souls who just want to manage their food costs as efficiently as possible – any of us will want to follow iamtheworkingpoor’s lead and create a simple cookbook as a lasting legacy!

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Cookbooks: Who Doesn’t Love Them?

October 16th, 2009

You Have to Love Cook Books!

You Have to Love Cook Books!

Recipe books are very popular.   Men and women share the passion surrounding  them because both guys and dolls love to eat!  I am the proud owner of a new cookbook: “Tasteful Treasures” which is a collection of tasty treats from South East Nebraska!

The South East Nebraska Community Action Council’s Advisory Board teamed up with Tecumseh’s Civic Club to hold a highly successful fund raising event tonight.  They served their signature pancakes with sausages and the whole evening was a huge hit with everybody in town! A freewill offering was collected.  Our area can boast of many generous pancake lovers.

Everyone likes to be a part of something bigger than themselves.  There was a box at the entryway for donations of canned goods and it quickly filled.  There were Tasteful Treasures cookbooks for sale and those went home with people who could hardly wait to try out the new recipes.  The Methodist Youth Group was auctioned off for their services.  And no one even raised an eyebrow when it was announced ‘the Methodist minister was selling his kids.’

The funds collected will help support the services of the Council.  Senior meals, prepared by Loretta Ensor, are served there.  Meals on Wheels are delivered from the Center and there are other services available to the community.  That’s also where the office of the SENCA Family Development Associate, Terri Brethouwer is housed.

Those who use EBT cards furnished by SNAP or WIC might also have need for the food pantry or food commodities and those foods are made available from this location.

If you know someone who is in need, please let them know that Johnson County does what they can to be of assistance.  The number to call is 402 335 2134.  If you live outside of Johnson County you can ask at your county court house and they can provide you with the appropriate information.

In Nebraska you can apply for assistance by logging on to .

The cookbook I mentioned earlier has loads of helpful info.  If you have opted in to this page or to Food Stamps Cooking Club you are receiving some occasional messages to your Inbox.  I suspect you will be seeing some of the clever tips listed in the new cookbook very soon!  So, stay tuned!

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Connie Baum