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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Cookbook Wednesday | In My Kitchen | Goodies

Land O" Lakes Treasury of Country Recipes | 1992

If you take a quick look to the left, you’ll see May’s food calendar right up at the top of the sidebar. I won’t ask you to click it to make it bigger, not right now anyway:) Instead, I’ll be happy to tell you what today is. Ready? {{{Drum Roll!!!}}} It’s Eat What You Want Day! Oh yes, I’m celebrating, but first,

Vintage Clown Lemon Reamer
Vintage Clown Lemon Reamer

Remember last week when I told you I wasn’t going to Idaho until June? Well, that means for the first time in I don’t know how many years, I will be home for our annual neighborhood yard sale. I’m not one to actually have yard sales. I’d much rather go to yard sales. However, since I just happen to be home this year, I thought I would join in on the festivities. Since I live in a semi rural area, a neighborhood yard sale is commonly known as a town wide yard sale where nearly all of the houses in a two mile radius all have a yard sale on the same day. If you like going to yard sales like I do, then you know, one huge yard sale in the immediate area is one of the best kind of yard sales there are!!! Exercise and shopping all in one, lol…

Salt & Pepper Shakers
Cherub Salt & Pepper Shakers

The last couple of days have been quite hectic around here. One of the things I’ve been trying to do is separate the keepers from the sale items. So, there’s stuff strewn all over the kitchen and dining room table.

Vintage Hobo Salt & Pepper Shakers
Vintage Hobo Salt & Pepper Shakers

I was going to show you the boxes and boxes of duplicate cookbooks that I will be offering at the yard sale but instead I thought I would link this post to Maureen’s monthly In My Kitchen event. Last month was soooooo much fun and I “met” some wonderful bloggers too. If you get a chance, you really should think about joining in at least once:)

Vintage Japanese Crackle Pitcher
Vintage Japanese Crackle Pitcher

The above items are just a few of the things I’m undecided about. I’d love you opinions!

Eat What You Want Day!

As many of you know, I’ve been watching my cholesterol very carefully since my episode back in 2014. And, I’ve been doing exceptionally well! Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t always easy. I’ve made quite a few changes to my diet. Some of them go down smoothly, some not so much. Take butter for instance. I don’t mind saying I’ve always taken butter for granted. Seriously, who doesn’t love butter?! I don’t want to get involved in the good butter; bad butter, discussions. I’d much rather share two of my choices for Eat What You Want Day! First up, Parmesan Butter Pan Biscuits!

Parmesan Butter Pan Biscuits

The Land O’ Lakes - Treasury of Country Recipes published in 1992 is one of my go to cookbooks for all things buttery.

Land O'Lakes was organized in 1921 by individuals who recognized the opportunity that marketing sweet cream butter could represent to Minnesota dairy farmers. By replacing the sour butter that was commonly available at the time with high quality sweet cream butter, the organization would increase farmers' income and improve the quality of their products. In 1924, the name LAND O'LAKES was selected following a nationwide contest. From those early years, when the founders literally changed America's eating habits with the introduction of sweet cream butter, Land O'lakes has grown into one of the best known, most respected and most successful food and agricultural businesses.

It wasn't long after Land O'Lakes achieved success marketing butter that the organization realized it might be able to do the same with other food products. The company has become firmly established as the premier dairy foods marketing cooperative, supplying a full line of dairy products. The Land O'Lakes Test Kitchens serves as a valuable source of appealing recipes for these popular dairy products.

They just don’t make ‘em like this anymore.

Parmesan Butter Pan Biscuits Recipe

Or this! (well not in this house anyway:) I eat 5 pecans each and every day. I know, it sounds weird but, it was just one of those things I happened to “bump” into while researching about reducing cholesterol. Here’s the article in case you’re curious:)

Butter Pecan Tartlets

Don’t these Butter Pecan Tartlets sound amazing!

Butter Pecan Tartlets

I will be celebrating Eat What You Want Day one way or the other. Who knows, I may just pop into the recently opened old fashioned ice cream parlor down the road from me. I pass it almost every day and I could swear I smell the pretzels as I drive by. Yes, Amish Pretzels and Homemade Amish Ice Cream, it’s been a challenge!!!

One more thing before I leave you this Cookbook Wednesday. A garden surprise!!!

Surprise Strawberry Plant

Last year I noticed what seemed to be a straggly strawberry plant growing in the garden. I didn’t pay it much mind thinking the fruit would be a pleasant surprise to a garden guest. (I was thinking the rabbit:) Although I did see the pretty white flower, which seemed rather small, I never did see the actual fruit; green or red. Well, this year I’ve decided to make that rabbit wait a while so I can see it. (there are also three plants this year and they are all thriving!) Hopefully with the cage I have since put around it, I’ll get to see a red strawberry this year. Don’t worry, I’ll show you it when it’s ready, lol…(I'll also share how the garden is progressing real soon:)

Thank you so much for visiting this Cookbook Wednesday. Don’t forget, anyone is more than welcome to share their favorite cookbooks. Use the linky below. If you have a problem, just let me know and I will help or do it for you:) I’ll be around to visit your delicious blogs now that I’m down to the final stages of “should they stay OR should they go.” “See” you next week for I Love Reeses Day! (and boy did I ever!)

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What's Baking?? said...

Oh I'd love to go to a yard sale. If only we have one in this part of the globe.
Louise, keep the Japanese pitcher. It's too pretty to get rid. It looks very old and rustic. That's the beauty.

I love the way you put it to eat whatever we want today! Yay! Shd hv more of these types of days n I'd love to see yr strawberries too 😀

Mae Travels said...

You are lucky to have a collective yard sale to off-load your extra trinkets. I guess the question is did you get them from someone you know (so they have sentimental value) or did they come from another yard sale or antique/junk shop? If the latter, I'd say: sell them and get something different but equally amusing. Variety -- maybe in this context it should be called the "butter" instead of the "spice" of life?

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

kitchen flavours said...

Hi Louise,
The parmesan biscuits sounds delish and yummy dipped in melted butter!
You have some cute stuffs there for your yard sale! How exciting! I would love to visit the yard sale as we hardly ever had any yard sale over here. It must be fun browsing thru and selecting the items on display. Good luck with your "should they stay or should they go", I guess that you would probably change your mind a couple of times over some of your things! :)
The strawberry plant is looking great, and hope to see lots of red fruits soon!
I've just linked to Cookbook Wednesday. Hope you have a fun week ahead!

Poppy Crocker said...

I love the salt and pepper set of the hobo with his bag! It's got such a sense of humor about it. My grandma used to collect salt and pepper sets, and that looks like one she would have liked. If I lived in your area, I'd tell you to get rid of it so I could snap it up. ;-) The clown lemon reamer seems creepy, so I'd tell you to get rid of that one too.

The other two don't capture my imagination in the same way, so I'd say to do what you want.

Happy Cookbook Wednesday!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Yeah, butter. It makes so many things better. But best eaten in moderation for all sorts of reasons. Those biscuits look incredible. Love all the fun stuff you shared in this post. Have a great yard sale!

Debra Eliotseats said...

I love that clown citrus reamer, Louise. Here's to Eat What You Want Day. I would gobble up those bread sticks for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Don't you just love it when your garden surprises you (in non-weedlike ways)? That little green strawberry should be ripening soon. I am picking a few each night now---enough for a small dessert for both of us. Nothing like fresh berries topped with a bit of creme fraiche and cinnamon! Linking up again to Cookbook Wednesday with a cool new book!

Margaret Ullrich said...

Enjoy Eat What You Want Day - there are still quite a few healthy goodies for us to enjoy, such as pecans!
I’ve had to make some cholesterol inspired adjustments to recipes, too. If something has enough spices in it, such as the biscuits, I’ve found no one notices when I substitute 3 ounces oil for 1/2 cup butter. But that might not work for the Butter Pecan Tartlets…
My vote is for keeping the Clown Lemon Reamer. It reminded me of when my Ma hand squeezed oranges every morning for our breakfast.
Hope you’ll be enjoying fresh strawberries soon!

Stay well… Margaret at imturning60help.blogspot.ca

Regina Melo-Jocknevich said...

Hi Louise,

Oh, you have so many beautiful things, if you have to give any away do give the ones close to your heart, keep them.

Ah, those rabbits, always eating what we plant :( Good idea you had put a cage around the strawberry plant, hopefully you'll have a chance to taste one, or some :)

Louise, I was just thinking I NEED to loose wait , so today can not be a "eat what you want day" for me, I definitely should watch what I eat.

Take care

I Wilkerson said...

"Eat What You Want Day"!!! I think this could be my favorite day ever! (I am watching my blood pressure so salt is my nemesis...)

Johanna GGG said...

Ooh "eat what you want" sounds like a land at the top of the faraway tree in the enid blyton books - i'll be there with a spade, thank you very much :-) I think I would keep the jug and the lemon squeezer but honestly they are all cute and I guess it is a matter of narrowing your gorgeous goodies down to a small amount so it is all about ranking them - good luck with the yard sale - sounds like fun

Zoe said...

Hi Louise,

Thanks for allowing me to link my post with you. If you want to change this link to link with your previous event. I'm ok with any arrangement too.

I can see that you are a serious collector of interesting things that relating to food... like cookbooks and salt and pepper shakers :D I'm a collector too but more towards the Asian and Jap Kawaii kinds of stuff :p

Zoe

PS I like "Eat What You Want Day" too!!! LOL!

Lady Lilith said...

The vintage clown is adorable. We enjoy a nice hot lemon drink. This would be perfect for the girls to squeeze fresh lemons.

Dawn Yucuis said...

Great Post. I did not know that it was Eat What You Want Day, sounds like a great day. I love the Parmesan biscuits, they looked heavenly. Yard sales are fun! I am not sure if I would get rid of the any of the items that you posted about, they are too cute to let go. I hope you have fun and the yard sale and find some new treasures.

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Hi Louise, love your salt and pepper shakers, they are so special!!! Your garage sale event sounds like a lot of fun.

Dottie said...

Dear Louise,

Wonderful post as usual! I love the little tchotch·kes. (what I call these little figures)I know it must be hard to let go of some of your figures. But I am in the process of doing the same thing, not for a yard sale but to donate to a thrift store. I look at it this way, if you get rid of them then you have more room for new ones. I do hope that you have a fun time at the yard sale. They are so interesting to see what other people have.

Happy Eat What You Want Day! Oh my these Parmesan Butter Pan Biscuits looks awesome. Plus who doesn't love butter on a hot biscuit! I use Land of Lakes Butter and I love the Butter Pecan Tartlets. I try to eat a few nuts per day as well, but my choice is the cashew. Well, I ate Ice Cream today for Eat what you want to day.

I am so impressed with your strawberry plant or infact all of your flowers or plants. I have no green thumb as I have mentioned before, but you are amazing. Good luck with that plant. Looking forward to seeing the strawberry.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful post today and looking forward to next week's post. Have a wonderful day dear friend.

Hugs Dottie x :)

Karen Luvswesavory said...

Hi Louise,
Oh I love your cute and interesting collections for yard sale … wish I could be there. I spotted that pretty strawberry! I’m drooling over those yummy Butter Pecan Tartlets. Like this post "Eat What You Want Day" :) Have a blessed weekend !

grace said...

you've accumulated some real treasures! i love knick-knacks like those and could easily collect more than would fit in my house! :o

Janet Rudolph said...

What a delightful post. Can't wait to make the Parmesan butter biscuits.. I love butter.. Remember putting buttercups under your chin.. if it showed yellow you loved butter! and the Tartlets. Oh my. I am a major flea market/garage sale junkie.. found a fab 1938 Sunset cookbook last week, and I'll be posting from it next week! Best always.

Marjie said...

Mark came home with a mild cold the day before the baby came to visit, and on Tuesday I came down with a sore throat which quickly degenerated into fever and chills, and stuck around all week. So I don't even have a Cookbook Wednesday planned for this week. But I want to say that I do have the Land O'Lakes cookbook, found in my mother's trailer a couple of years back. What puzzles me is the meat section; you don't use butter for cooking a roast beef or meatloaf, after all!

Your s&p sets are adorable! I'm sure you'll enjoy your yard sale, and maybe even get a chance to wander off to see what your neighbors are offering (make John come help, maybe?). And I know you're eagerly anticipating June in Idaho! I'd love to visit your neighborhood yard sale, but the couple of hours' drive seems prohibitive...

Have a great week, Louise!

Pam said...

I think the flower pitcher is pretty. I love eat what you want day... that's my kind of day! Those parmesan butter pan biscuits look amazing.

Liz Berg said...

This is MY kind of day!!! I tend to eat relatively healthy, but I am a butter fan, too. I sure wish I could come to your yard sale :)

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Jenn!!!
Oh how I wish you could have yard sales where you live. They are fun even if I buy things most time that I don't need, lol...It looks like I'll be keeping all of these trinkets for the time being, Jenn. The yard sale was rained out!!!

Thank you so much for the wonderful surprise Jenn. It's always so nice to "see" you:)

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Mae,
Looks like I don't have to think about it right now. The yard sale has been cancelled due to rain in the forecast. Whew!

Thanks for visiting, Mae...

Lynn said...

What a wonderful food month is May, Louise. Eat what you want day, nut fudge day, chocolate chip day -- be still my heart! Love that you have selected butter to focus on. How can you go wrong with butter? It just makes everything better. I love all your cute little yard sale possibilities. But it's those boxes of duplicate cookbooks I am hankering for. If you have any left after the sale, maybe you can post them and we can drool from afar or even purchase some.

Lynn said...

I just read your comment that the yard sale was cancelled due to bad weather forecast. So now you CAN post about all the cookbooks you want to get rid of!!

Shaheen said...

Your IMK shares are so so cute. I've just got back from Cornwall and not up to speed with blogging, but I do every week think of participating in Cookbook Wednesday and fail - I will participate one of these days - promise.

Tina said...

I would keep the pitcher but not the other items, just my opinion! My favorite sort of garage sale is a church garage sale. They always have a variety of items and once I scored an enormous bag of yarn.

Cakelaw said...

LOL - I celebrate Eat What You Want Day every day. I love all of the gorgeous vintage items that you are putting together for the yard sale. It reminds me of the things that my mother has kept from her parents - when I was a kid I used to play with them all the time.

Marcelle @ A Little Fish in the Kitchen said...

Louise, I'm like you I prefer to attend yard sales, not host them!! My mom just recently passed bunches of old cooking magazines and old cookbooks to me and I feel like I won something. She was trying to make space and she knew I would appreciate them LOL Love them. That crackle pitcher is really pretty, I think you should hang on to it! :)

Anne@ASaladForAllSeasons said...

LOVE that Land O'Lakes cookbook, Louise! I can only imagine what other recipes are tucked inside! But I am definitely saving the Parmesan Biscuits recipe! Bread is definitely the thing I'd eat most of on Eat What You Want Day! I used to have a garden with bunny thieves! They would take a tomato off the vine and eat it right in front of you. They wouldn't even move when I came out. Just daring me to come after them for it! So I've learned to over plant and share! Looking forward to seeing more of your strawberries! : )

Shirley Tay said...

I adore cute shakers too & yours are so cute! I've Disney ones bought during my travels ages ago & I'm still keeping them. Have an awesome week, babe! xoxo

sonia de macedo said...

Oh I am about a week too late for this. :o( but I suppose I can make up for it tomorrow! ;o) actually maybe today because I had a burger for lunch :op

I'm not a fan of butter, I prefer margarine which I always thought was healthy and good for you but I have a FB friend dead set against the stuff and is constantly posting about how chemically abhorrent margarine is. I don't care, I still prefer it. I grew up with margarine not butter and because of it I didn't really acquire the taste for it (though I don't mind it if someone else prepares food with it, I can eat it. If I prepare anything with actual butter I can't eat it). Butter is so difficult though, it's super hard and smelly (I think it smells lol) and not the easiest to spread (if at all). Margarine is soft and velvety and good for lowering cholesterol too.

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Sherry Mackay said...

what a fabulous post! i just adore that clown reamer. it is so cute and what about those salt and pepper shakers! and the pitcher. i would find it hard to get rid of any of those. and i love the sound of the parmesan butter pan biscuits. i must try that recipe out!

Alida said...

Dear Louise,
I wish I could come to your yard sale and meet you in person. You know there are lots of lovely bloggers I would love to meet. It is funny how you can write to each other for years but never actually meet in person. I guess you never know in life even if we are far away.
I love butter too especially if it comes from milk of grass-fed cows. We have lovely butter over here and I am sure a little bit spread on your toast can only be good for you.
I like your Parmesan biscuits they make me hungry!

Katerina said...

How beautiful all the items you present Louise and cute and funny they just make your day! Those little cakes look fantastic!

~~louise~~ said...

Thank goodness the sale was cancelled because of rain, Joyce. I was having such a time choosing:) Yard sales are such fun. I don't quite understand why they are not by you. Thanks for joining Cookbook Wednesday Joyce and for visiting...

~~louise~~ said...

I think that hobo set is pretty vintage, Poppy. a salt and pepper collector would probably love to have it in their collection. Thing is, I'm beginning to have way too many myself. I may have to became a collector, lol...

~~louise~~ said...

Butter really does make things soooooo much better, John.

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Debra:)
Thank goodness I didn't have to decide for the yard sale. Cancelled due to weather:) Whew! I do love when the garden offers surprises. I never expected strawberries though. I'm thanking the birds these days and may even save the two little berries for them:)

Thank you so much for joing us for Cookbook Wednesday!!!

~~louise~~ said...

Pecans and almonds are welcome on the Yes list, Margaret! Thanks for that tip about the oil substitute for the butter. I must try it:)

Keeping the Clown Reamer for now...Thanks for visiting, Margaret...

~~louise~~ said...

It was definitely mine Inger!!!

~~louise~~ said...

So far the strawberry plant is safe from the rabbit, Regina. I'll probably let him have the two or three strawberries when they turn red anyway, lol...thanks for visiting, Regina...

~~louise~~ said...

I love your description of Eat What You Want Day, Johanna. My feelings exactly!!! I got to keep everything due to the weather. Good thing because I was oooo confused, lol...thanks for visiting, Johanna...

~~louise~~ said...

Thank YOU Zoe!!! I don't think of myself as a collector of anything but cookbooks, Zoe. However, I do manage to pick up "stuff" at auctions and yard sales, lol...Thanks for visiting, Zoe...

~~louise~~ said...

I was thinking the same thing, Lady Lilith for when the kids visit this Summer. I'm keeping it!!!

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Dawn, thanks for popping by. Yard sales are fun, I just wind up with some things I could do without, lol...Looks like I'll be keeping everything for the time being, lol

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Cheri...they are staying for now, lol...Garage sales are such fun!!!

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Dottie,
We call them tchotch·kes too but I never knew how to spell it, lol...

I'm thinking about having a yard sale when the kids visit in July. I think that will also be a great time to get some donations together for the good will store. The kids have toys here that they have out grown. I'm sure we can make it a fun learning experience!

Good for you Dottie, I'm so glad you had ice cream for Eat What You Want Day. I did think about it but resisted:) We'll see what happens with that strawberry plant. I think it's going to be the rabbits dessert, lol...

Thank YOU for stopping by Dottie...

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Karen...I wish you could go to a yard sale one day too. You would LOVE it! Perhaps, someday:)

~~louise~~ said...

I like them too, Grace. I just don't appreciate the dust liking them also, lol...