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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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