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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