**Giveaway Closed 11/28/11**
I couldn’t wait to crack open my copy of Little Old Lady Recipes when it arrived in the mail! Admittedly, though, when I did, I got a little wary…but these recipes, I thought, they’re so short…and simple! It was then that I realize the exact charm of this book, it has the wisdom of little old ladies built right in.
As the cover boasts, this book is no ordinary cookbook. If you’re looking for complicated processes and new health fads, this is not the place for you, but rather these recipes are “made with love…and lots of lard,” and the book is full of enough comfort food and kitchen table wisdom to last you many years to come. Edited by Meg Favreau with photographs by Michael Reali, this charming cookbook does a lot more than provide you with recipes, it teaches you how to cook. In fact, the disclaimer in the beginning even states: “Like many little old ladies, we don’t worry too much about precise times or temperatures or expiration dates. We love leftovers. And we sure don’t have weak stomachs. So use your common sense when you’re cooking recipes from this book (or any other). If you don’t like it, don’t eat it. And if it smells bad, it’s probably rotten. These are rules that’ll serve you well in life and in the kitchen.”
The book lives up to its disclaimer. Every recipe is simple, comforting, and easily adaptable to your own tastes. Even better, each recipe comes with a picture of its recommender, a little old lady of course, and a bit of her wisdom for you to share.
So, is it college friendly? Without a doubt. Fitting in a good home cooked meal between class, meetings, the new episode of Grey’s Anatomy, and Friday’s happy hour can be tough, but I promise you that doing so can relieve stress and instantly transport you to your own grandmother’s kitchen. These recipes are easy to memorize and build on and you will undoubtedly be able to impress your friends with your newfound wisdom at the next pot luck. Convinced yet?
Read on for a sneak peak of some of the recipes, and comment below for a chance to win a copy of your own! To enter the Little Old Lady Recipes Giveaway, you must:
Shannon Kelley is a graduate student at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri who has a soft spot for little old ladies and their recipes, especially her own grandma’s chicken and dumplings.
From Little Old Lady Recipes
Makes 6-8 servings
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups soft bread crumbs or finely chopped bread
1/2 cup sugar
Juice and grated rind of 1 lemon
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 cups chopped apples
Be careful when making this recipe for your husband; he’ll fall in love with Betty.
Melt butter and stir in crumbs. In a separate bowl, stir to combine the sugar, lemon rind (but not the juice), and spices. Pour enough buttered crumbs into a buttered dish to cover the bottom.
Add half the apples. Sprinkle with half the sugar-spice mixture, then add more crumbs, the rest of the apples, and the rest of the sugar and spices. Top with the rest of the crumbs. Mix lemon juice with 1/4 cup water and drizzle it over the top.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake about 45 minutes in a 350°F oven. Remove the foil and put it back in the oven for a few minutes, until the top is brown and crispy.