Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cookbook Wednesday | Granny's Kitchen

Granny's Kitchen by Theone Leffel Neel
As Cookbook Wednesdays comes to a close, I’d like to reflect upon those words of Theone Leffel Neel’s as found in one of my most treasured cookbooks; Grannies Kitchen. You might recognize these words as the verse that has adorned our Cookbook Wednesday Logo:)
I am a lonely cookbook
a sittin’on the shelf.
Although I’m full of goodness,
I’m no good there by myself.
I need someone to pick me up
and look inside my cover.
And if you do, I promise you,
a new world you will discover.
I can honestly say my cookbooks are never lonely! I am constantly grabbing at them, tickling their pages and ogling their pictures and recipes. They sit at the dining room table with me and often lie on the floor next to me. Sometimes we even play hide and seek. I’ve been known to tuck them with hand written notes and carefully sit them next to their buddies until next time. No, I wouldn’t say they were lonely nor neglected either.
From the looks of it, you might think Granny's Kitchen is an unassuming recipe book with little more to offer than a gathering of recipes. You would be wrong. Perhaps it is undated but perhaps, it, in this circumstance, is better that way. Words such as these are timeless. You’ll see:)
”Salt your food with humor.
Pepper it with wit.
And sprinkle over it the charm of fellowship.”
So, who was this sage of a woman named Pansy Theone "Granny" Leffel Neel? Unfortunately, the only information I could find out about her was at the Find A Grave website. However, fortunately, we can put a smiley cherub face to those words:)
Theone "Granny" Neel, was born on March 21, 1920 in in Tazewell County, Virginia.
”Theone was her given name, but most people knew her as "Granny." For those not fortunate enough to meet her, hopefully they knew her through her cookbooks. Granny enjoyed a life of cooking and sharing recipes. She learned how to cook from her mother and continued cooking for many years. She operated a family style restaurant, "Granny's Kitchen," and later spent many years catering local events and special occasions in the Tazewell area. She is best known for her collection of recipes compiled into two cookbooks, Granny's Kitchen and Holiday Treats. What started as a hobby turned into to quite an enterprise, with her having sold close to 50,000 books. Her books have been featured in Virginia's Best of the Best cookbook and are known around the country. Her cookbooks are valued in every kitchen they occupy and most probably have worn pages that show signs of cooking wear, a splatter here or there, a drop of this or that, because of the frequent use. She had a recipe for everything it seems and always a helpful hint. She enjoyed cooking and always had a smile and something tasty to share, and she will be greatly missed by family and friends. Her memory will continue on every time someone pulls out one of the trusted books and creates a tasty dish for family and friends.”
Theone Leffel Neel
Plan Foods That Go Together
Granny’s Kitchen is darned with “words of wisdom” as only grannies can serve.
Bread of Fulfillment
Oh yes, there are recipes too.
Hospitality Fruit Salad | Granny's Kitchen
When we are feeling childish or grumpy and sad, leave it to Granny to console us with Happy Cake.
Happy Cake | Baby Food Cake | Granny's Kitchen
And a Kitchen Prayer…
Kitchen Prayer
Perhaps one that makes us just Melt-Away. Sunshiny Orange Melt-Aways of course:)
Orange Meltaway Rolls | Granny's Kitchen
Which permits us to sing a Kitchen Symphony from the countertops!
Kitchen Symphoney | Granny's Kitchen
My hope is that you have enjoyed Cookbook Wednesday as much as I have. It has been wonderful taking a peek into your virtual kitchens seeing your favorites and “nibbling” at your presentations. We should should do this again sometime. As a matter of fact, Pam from Sidewalk Shoes suggested a once a month Cookbook Wednesday. What do you think??? In the mean time, Marjie, our Modern Day Ozzie and Harriet, is carrying the Cookbook Wednesday torch over at her blog for a while. As for me, I’m still working on February’s clickable calendar and trying to catch up with all of your yummy blogs. It’s been a bit hectic around here the last week or so and quite frankly, I’ve been in a bit of a funk and not feeling very sociable. Not to worry, this too shall pass…
Happiness is like potato salad
when you share it with others,
it’s a picnic.
As a tribute to Cookbook Wednesday, I have rounded up the cookbooks that have been shared by all of you since we started. I “threw” in a couple of my favorite posts too. For those of you who didn’t get to join us this time, you best set a post a side for “some day, lol” It isn’t too late to add your link today either!!! Enjoy:)
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Indulge! It’s Irish Coffee Day!

Irish Coffee Toast
It’s been a while since we’ve celebrated Irish Coffee Day on this blog. I did a rather in depth post about Irish Coffee history back in 2008. I’ll leave that link and a few other resources below. Today I would like to share a portion of that post with you. It’s a menu from the May 1957 issue of the Epicurean Monthly as served at the Waldorf Hotel on March 18, 1957. The host, Mr. Scott-Hayward printed and circulated among the guests, notes on the menu and on the dishes served.”
Epicurean Monthly May 1957 | Waldorf Hotel Menu
Here is his note on Gaelic Coffee. 
"Sip the coffee through the cream and enjoy to the full this delectable brew. It was invented at Shannon Airport, one bitter winter night, to speed a dispirited American traveller on his journey across the Atlantic. The ingredients are:
Cream---rich as an Irish Brogue
Coffee---strong as a friendly hand
Sugar---sweet as the tongue of a rogue
Whiskey---smooth as the wit of the land
He continued with…”Man alive, that stuff would make your toes open and shut.” If that quotation frightens you off, then ask for a black coffee and Irish Mist.
It seems, by 1959 the proper way to serve an Irish Coffee was documented by a number of sources. The following recipe for Irish Coffee which is accompanied by an Irish Toast was harvested from a very special Irish cookbook titled 250 Irish Recipes; Traditional & Modern published by Mount Salus Press in Dublin in 1959. I’m saving the contents of this book for St. Patrick’s Day but I just couldn’t wait to share this:
250 Irish RecipesIrish Coffee | 250 Irish Recipes 1959
Since Superbowl Sunday is right around the corner, I found this recipe for an Irish Fry to be quite intriguing:)
Irish Fry | 250 Irish Recipes 1959
Just in case you’re still not quite sure as to how to properly serve an Irish Coffee, here is another suggestion from A Taste of Ireland In Food and In Pictures by Theodora Fitzgibbon originally published in 1968. This is a 1971 edition.
A Taste of Ireland | Theodora Fitzgibbon 1968
I found a clip of information about the author at Amazon: (I’ll be sharing this book for St. Patrick’s Day also:)
Theodora FitzGibbon was born in London and educated in England and France. She was the author of more than 30 books, most of which were about food, and included her encyclopedic Food of the Western World, which took her 15 years to complete and covered some 34 countries and 32 languages. It won the Glenfiddich Special Gold Medal in 1976, and in 1987 she was awarded the Prix Choucroute First Prize for European Food Journalists at Bonn. Her best-known book is A Taste of Ireland…
Irish Coffee Recipe

For those of you who may have not "met" Marcela yet, she is a Polish student living in Cracow who blogs in both English and Polish. Amongst other things, Photography is her passion. The name of her blog is Torta Della Figlia. There you will find delicously inspiring recipes such as these Empanadas with Red Lentils. Marcela is having a Worldwide Contest for Chocolate Lovers at her blog. She is generously offering 4 prizes with a Lékué Macaron Kit going to the 1st place winner! The contest is open until February 7, 2015. So, all you chocolate lovers better get a move on! And, Good Luck!!!

Happy Australia Day to all my visitors from Australia!

‘Sláinte!’ Louise:)

1. Previous Irish Coffee Day post
2. Joe Sheridan’s Original Irish Coffee
3. The Irish Coffee Story