Review & Giveaway: Little Old Lady Recipes

**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:

  • Leave a comment below and tell us your favorite home-cooked meal that your mom or grandma has perfected!
  • Be a subscriber to the SKC newsletter. (we’ll check!!)
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  • (Extra Entry) Tell your facebook fans about this contest – post the link and @Small Kitchen College
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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.


Brown Betty
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.

Originally posted on Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

25 Responses to “Review & Giveaway: Little Old Lady Recipes”

  1. Ladytink_534

    November 9th, 2011

    My mom makes this soup that is amazing. It’s V8 juice, cabbage, and chicken. Crumble up some homemade cornbread and yum!

  2. Ladytink_534

    November 9th, 2011

    I LIKE you on FB~ Jen Tink

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    November 9th, 2011

  4. Allison

    November 9th, 2011

    I love my mom’s homemade chili and cornbread. Always makes my day better =) It’s simple and reasonably healthy – she uses ground turkey and lots of veggies instead of just beef and beans, but it’s SO GOOD.

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  6. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    November 9th, 2011

    My grandma makes sweet potato casserole every Thanksgiving. I am literally salivating at the prospect of eating it so soon!

  7. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    November 9th, 2011

    I subscribe to the SKC newsletter. :)

  8. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    November 9th, 2011

    And I am a fan on Facebook.

  9. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    November 9th, 2011

    And I just tweeted the giveaway!

  10. Amanda Stevens

    November 9th, 2011

    My grandmother used to make the best macaroni and cheese I’ve ever had! The only dish that has ever come close is her pound cake!

  11. Beth Gallagher

    November 9th, 2011

    Love love love this cookbook! I put together a cookbook of my daughters’ American and Ethiopian grandmas’ recipes and they cherish them. My grandmothers were the very best cooks I’ve ever known too. Would love a chance to win this! Thanks!

    PS. Im off to tweet this too for that all important extra entry! :) @semayawibeth

  12. Ginny

    November 9th, 2011

    My mom makes the best oatmeal raisin cookies!

  13. Vaishali

    November 9th, 2011

    Dhaal and Rice!

  14. Megan Salters

    November 9th, 2011

    My favorite homecooked meal that my mom makes is chicken and dumplings! Yummmmm :)

  15. Megan Salters

    November 9th, 2011

    I subscribe to the SKC newsletter :)

  16. Megan Salters

    November 9th, 2011

    I am a fan of your Facebook page :)

  17. Sarah

    November 9th, 2011

    My grandmother is an incredible cook, so it’s hard to pick, but she makes this delicious oatmeal bread (we call it career woman bread) that I could eat forever.

  18. Alexandra

    November 9th, 2011

    My grandmother makes the best chicken stew with biscuits. It’s so comforting and creamy and reminds me of home!

  19. Katharine

    November 9th, 2011

    Spaghetti and meatballs – simple yet delicious!

  20. Mirakol S.

    November 10th, 2011

    My grandmother is amazing at cornbread stuffing/dressing. It’s perfect!! She also makes this awesome chicken and dumplingsss!!! gahh! Thank God I’m going home this weekend! :D

  21. Nicolette

    November 11th, 2011

    My mom makes a taco pie that I can’t get enough of! Served with some homemade guac, it is my all time favorite.

  22. Kim

    November 11th, 2011

    I love brown betty, my mom always made it for a dessert treat.

    Love your newsletter too Kim

  23. Cee

    November 12th, 2011

    My mom makes a great potato, sausage and cheese dish. Those are the only ingredients, but she does it perfectly and it is the best comfort food around!

  24. Chelsea

    November 14th, 2011

    That’s a tough choice. My grandma makes the most wonderful Swedish meatballs, though! I love them!

  25. Daniella

    November 21st, 2011

    My favorite meal that my mom makes is macaroni pie.

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