Monday, February 14, 2011

Vintage Cookbooks and Crafts (arts, lifestyle)

REVIEWED BY: Marguerite Zelle


AMAZON SUBSCRIPTION LINK: Vintage Cookbooks and Crafts , by Amy Alessio


BLOG DESCRIPTION: Travel back through the 1940's - 1980's with vintage recipes, retro crafts and more as this rabid collector unleashes her cookbooks and patterns on the unsuspecting public.

MY REVIEW: I really enjoyed this blog. I'm in to vintage crafts, and it's fun to read recipes from vintage cookbooks when you could get real cooking and not have to worry about the modern day obsession with "healthy" foods. It's all healthy, just eat in moderation!

Anyway, the blog posts practically every day, which is always good, and there's cover photos of the cookbooks, as well as crafts photos, and recipes.

Highly recommended.

Sample post:
Happy Valentine's Day: Oatmeal Lace Cookies
This is my favorite Valentine's Day gift from my husband from a few years' back. He tracked this volume of the Southern Heritage Southern Living series down. That wasn't easy - this seems to be the most popular volume of a popular series. In it are many cookie recipes I've done easily and successfully.

This is from the "Good - And Good For You" chapter. I don't know about that, but I love Oatmeal Cookies.

Oatmeal Lace Cookies (because they end up looking kind of lacy).

Oatmeal Lace Cookies
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons butter or margarine, melted
1 1/2 cups regular oats, uncooked
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Gradually add sugar to egg in a medium mixing bowl, beating well. Add melted butter, mixing well. Combine oats, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg: add to egg mixture, beating well. Stir in vanilla.
Drop dough by teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350F for 6 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheets, and cool on wire racks. Yield: about 4 dozen.

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1 comment:

  1. Marguerite - thank you for this great review!
    I do try to post 5 days a week, because I have a huge collection I need to justify around here! I'm always up for topic suggestions. I've spent a lot of time lately on Jello from reader requests, too.
    -Amy Alessio