In the meantime, we kept our eyes and ears open in hopes of snatching up unwanted furniture of family and friends so when the previous renters returned we'd have something to sit on. My grandfather's cousins were moving into an assisted living facility and had a couch, a dining room table and chairs, and a matching hutch to sell. We had to borrow the money from my grandfather to buy it (we paid him back shortly thereafter). His cousins graciously included in our purchase a set of beautiful china and their lovingly used copy of The Mennonite Community Cookbook by Mary Emma Showalter.
The Mennonite Community Cookbook is celebrating its 65th anniversary with an updated edition. They added spiral binding, a glossy (easy to clean) cover, and photographs which were nonexistent in the original edition.
They've also updated some of the directions. "A dab of cinnamon" and "ten glubs of molasses" have been replaced with measurements that can...well...actually be measured. The cookbook still retains all it's original recipes and charm. Each recipe names the submitter(s) and where they came from (similar to a church cookbook) and has plenty of character. Reading these recipes reminds me of reading my grandmothers' recipe cards (prior to the age of meticulous editing of grammar and formatting). These recipes were and are the heart and soul of many, many a kitchen.
Last month, I asked you to tell me what foods/recipes you consider Mennonite and many of you responded. I wanted to show you that if you want to create the recipes you lovingly remember, they can be found in this cookbook. If you're so inspired, you can purchase the cookbook here or find it on Amazon (if you have swagbucks to spend). Pin It