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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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49 comments:

  1. Granny's recipes looks awesome. Especially her 'happy cake' seems to be delicious! I think I will give one of her recipes a try! Thanks for sharing! Oh, and I think I should finally visit my own granny and steal some of family her recipes! She's a great cook too!

    ps. Can't wait for February calendar! :)

    Have a wonderful day, Louise

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    1. Hi Marcela:)
      You better go visit your granny and give her a big hug!!! Then, "steal" her recipes and write them all down in a book for "some day." I'm working on the calendar every day. Hopefully it will be done by February, lol...

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  2. Granny must have been a very talented woman. Another fun Cookbook Wednesday!

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    1. It sure sounds like it Mae. If nothing else, she sure did spread a lot of joy!!!

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  3. I think you should do a monthly roundup! That's my vote. I so appreciate how dedicated and time consuming it is to do a weekly meme. I do love all the time you give to detail in your blog posts. I hope your 'funkiness' passes soon.

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    1. A monthly round-up sounds good too, Debbie. I actually have a few ideas I've been tossing around, lol...Thank you for your kind words:)

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  4. I've loved Cookbook Wednesday! And you chose an wonderful cookbook to exit on -- such a fun book. "Eggs of earnest desire?" Good stuff. Thanks.

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    1. So glad you have enjoyed Cookbook Wednesdays, John. It sure was fun getting to see what others have on their shelves. Granny's Kitchen was the inspiration. It seemed only fitting to end on her note:)

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  5. Granny has some good advice & recipes. I love the bread of fulfillment recipe - so sweet & funny!

    My cookbooks are never lonely either! I think I have them in nearly every room in my house. :)

    Thank you so much for always leaving such sweet comments on my site. I am so glad you like my recipes! I hope your grandson loves the roasted mushrooms with balsamic. My son absolutely LOVED them!

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    1. She sure did, Pam. I'm pretty sure I have at least one cookbook in every room of the house and even in the garage and shed. We are never alone:)

      Thank YOU for sharing your meals with us Pam. Your recipes are always so refreshing and down home. My daughter told Noah about the roasted mushrooms with balsamic and he is thrilled! Will keep you posted!!!

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  6. Granny was a busy lady! I'm intrigued by this happy cake as I'm a believer of food being able to instantly transform your mood, among other things. She seems shrouded in mystery but her recipes are speaking volumes to me!

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    1. I am going to try to unravel the mystery one day, Angela. For now we can all enjoy her wisdom and recipes:)

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  7. Hi Louise ,
    What a wonderful cookbook , first time I heard of it , the recipes is fascinating and has a lot of humor . The Awesome Foursome likes to see your cook book Wednesdays' , They saw the Happy Cake and said mama this one is made with baby food . Baby Boy looked and said we don't have a baby and daddy say mama can't buy one at the grocery store . I visited all the sites and enjoyed all the cookbooks .
    Great job my friend . Stay safe and keep warm . :)

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    1. Hi Nee:)
      I'm so glad the awesome foursome have been enjoying Cookbook Wednesdays. Please tell them not to worry, it will be back one day. Now, send that hubby of yours to the store for some Baby Food so they can make Louise as Happy as a Happy Cake!!!

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  8. I'm so sad that I won't be able to link up with you on Wednesdays! Do you mind if I continue to use your logo? I notice that my pictures are all the crookedest - purposely so, actually.

    I like your Granny cookbook. Those are the fun kind, with recipes that people actually use and like.

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    1. Oh Marjie of course you can use the Logo. It isn't mine, it belongs to all of us cookbook lovers, lol...Your pictures are au naturel and we love them that way!!!

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  9. I always though grandmas were full of wisdom - grandmas who cook are even more so according to this cookbook! I love the names of the dishes as well! Happy Cake? Hospitality Salad? Haha made me smile :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Aren't the names of those dishes a hoot, Uru. I chose them carefully, lol...

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  10. Those rolls sound delicious!

    Thank you for hosting this! It was a lot of fun. :-)

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    1. Aren't they interesting Poppy? Someone should really bake them up:) Thank YOU for joining in on the fun for Cookbook Wednesday! We really should do it again and soon!!!

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  11. Well, I vote for the once a month! I would definitely be able to do that. And, Marjie can link up 4 of them!

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    1. GREAT idea Pam! I'll be talking to Marjie about it:)

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  12. Hi, Louise and everyone!

    So sad to see Cookbook Wednesdays come to an end. It is such a fun idea! Meeting this way once a month would be nice, too. And what a wonderful legacy "Granny" left through her cookbook. I wonder how many of these cookbooks are still in print. Thank you to everyone who brought them to our attention.

    I’m looking forward to the February calendar. Sometimes when we’re tired we end up in a funk. Take care of yourself, dear Louise, and enjoy your break!

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    1. Hi Margaret...
      Cookbook Wednesday has been such fun! Meeting once a month may be a possibility:) I'm just going to do a bit of regrouping and we'll see what happens. I'm not sure how many of these books are still available but I did see a few on amazon.

      The February calendar is almost done. For such a short month, it sure does have lots of food celebrations!!!

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  13. Dear Louise,
    Another fabulous cookbook Wednesday. I have never heard of Granny's Kitchen but she is full of fun recipes and I love her little poems. Can't believe that your Cookbook Wednesday is over..It is really a great idea if you do it once a month. Thank you for your posts which are really good dear friend, that I look forward to it. I really wanted to participate but never had the time to really look through all of my cookbooks. Maybe another time...Thanks for sharing, Hope that you have a good rest of the week...Enjoy your Superbowl with Marion...
    Dottie :)

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    1. Hi Dottie,
      It really is a cool book. I especially like all the words of wisdom and prose:) Not to worry about not being able to join in. I have a feeling Cookbook Wednesday will be back soon, lol...

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  14. Granny has some wonderful recipes. Thanks for sharing them.

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  15. Dear Louise, there are so many delicious cookbooks here. I love old cookbooks. They really do have the best recipes full of flavor and fun. I am sad to see cookbook Wed. leaving. It seems that time is going too quickly and as soon as I begin to get in the swing I am running trying to catch up.
    The story of Granny is a wonderful one. The legacy of cooking and remembering through food is probably the most powerful.
    I hope all is well. Keep warm, safe and cozy and my love to Marion as well. xoxox Catherine

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    1. Hi Catherine,
      It has been wonderful with everyone sharing their cookbooks the past couple of months, Catherine. We'll have to do it again soon. The time does seem to be going by rather quickly the past few weeks. It's actually one of the reason why I had to put Cookbook Wednesday on the back buner for a while:)

      Thanks for visiting, Catherine. Hopefully the snow will miss you this time, fingers crossed:)

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  16. Grandmoms are always the best cooks,most loving angels any grand child can ever have....this book makes us so happy....the recipes are special,so beautiful in meaning and will taste yum too,thanks for ever inspiring Louise :-)

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it Kumar...Your words are so sweet:)

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  17. What a lovely cookbook. Granny's Happy Cake sounds intriguing with its baby food ingredients - curious about that one!

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    1. I made Carrot Cake once with baby food carrots, Gaye and it really came out good. I'd love to try this one from Granny:) Thanks for visiting...

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  18. The name of the cookbook is enough to have me sold, Louise! I've never had the chance to meet my grandma, hence I can feel the connection between the book & me.......

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  19. It's quite s but of work trying to host, get your post up and visit the contributors. I think monthly would be great.
    Totally getting your being in a funk. Relax a while and take care of YOU

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    1. I knew February was going to be a hectic month Tina. I just put Cookbook Wednesday on the back burner for a spell:) Thank you for your kind words, I'm working on it...

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  20. I love grandmas cooking. They are the best in the kitchen and nothing can teach you better than they can. I learnt how to make gnocchi from my grandma (who died last year) and I can still hear her words every time I make them! This recipe will stay in my heart forever!
    This book looks great, love the sound of that cake!xx

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    1. Isn't it beautiful that we can still "hear" our grandmother's words in out ears, Alida. I can only hope I am teaching my grand-children something they will cherish forever:) Thank you so much for visiting...

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  21. OMG you have me thinking about all my cookbooks gathering dust right now. I feel so bad I haven't been listening to their cries. They're sitting looking pretty on my shelf because I'm waiting to move out (and find the right place) and there I'll build a nice kitchen and have a special place for them to be properly displayed and used. But still, I feel so guilty, I need to go grab them all and give them cuddles.

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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    1. Give them cuddles and keep a few out for the next Cookbook Wednesday, Sonia. They'll love you for it:)

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  22. What fun! One of my father's best friends was from Tazwell, and I spent some lovely days there as a young girl. I wonder how many of Granny's recipes I ate and never knew? Thanks for bringing Cookbook Wednesdays to us, Louise.

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  23. Wow what a lovely load of cookbooks! Thanks for your comment Louise - all okay here thanks and good to see all is well with you xx

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  24. i love using baby food in my baked goods! i got very creative with it when i was working for a baby food company, and i think that cake sounds quite yummy. :)

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  25. This just appeared on my Blogger Dashboard, Louise. On Goundhog Day! I understand he saw his shadow where you are. Tazewell County, Virginia isn't known for very much, so it's good to know there is this cookbook that calls attention to that location. I posted an entry for last week's Cookbook Wednesday, but was never able to link. I featured the Sunset Cookbook of Breads. Take care of yourself! xo

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  26. Phew! Looks like I just made it Louise! :D ...That's a record!

    I am so happy to be linking up with you this week...though, it is bittersweet since this is the end. I do hope you bring Cookbook Wednesday back soon...perhaps the Spring? :)
    Though, everyone needs a break here and there.

    Such a sweet featured book! Have a wonderful week. xoxo

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  27. I promise to participate when you relaunch again, I will make an effort to take pictures of some of the more intriguing titled cookbooks on my shelf and hope to share. Off to have a nosy of the cookbooks shared here - I like independent ones, rather than celebrity cookbooks - so the Cayote Cafe and New Orleans and Portland Cookbook, off to check them out. Thank you for hosting and your lovely warm comments as always.

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  28. Came back to browse and was glad that I did. Those Orange Meltaway Rolls sound amazing. I think I may try to adapt this recipe for the bread machine (to make the dough) and may just give these a try this weekend. My mouth is watering.

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Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise