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Pandemic Pizza: Part 40

Submitted by Bethany on Mon, 10/18/2021 - 15:27

For as long as I can remember, I loved being in the kitchen. As a child I remember sitting at the kitchen table doing my homework as my Mom would be preparing dinner. I have so many wonderful memories of being in the kitchen with my Mom, my grandmothers and my aunts. If I wasn’t helping, I was sitting around the table listening to the stories being shared of everyday life and sometimes I gleaned stories of the past. These experiences sparked my love of cooking and baking.

I confess, though, I wasn’t the best student in the kitchen. There was never a cookbook, measuring cup or measuring spoon in sight as they all seemed to know exactly what they were doing. When I graduated from high school my Mom gave me my first cookbook. I guess she realized I might need a little help when I was on my own.

The pages of this treasured book are stained, tattered, torn, taped and written on. As I was writing this I decided to take a look back and remember some of the culinary ‘delights’ of the mid-1970’s. Mind you, I enjoy reading a cookbook like a novel, so it took me awhile.

I will admit there are some strange recipes in this book. But, there are some good ones as well. My absolute favorite crispy sugar cookie recipe is in here, page 148. And, one of my favorite tailgating/party recipes, Cocktail Meatballs or Cocktail Sausages (jarred) made in a large skillet, page 20.

Mind you, this cookbook doesn’t have any crockpot recipes. After acquiring my first crockpot in the late 1970’s I adapted the Cocktail Sausages recipe to the crockpot using Lit’l Smokies. And, I adapted this recipe for this week’s Sunday’s Creation.

This cookbook was the beginning of a lifelong love of cookbooks. At one point I probably had over 200. With the ease of accessing recipes online and paring down possessions as I get older, I now have less than 50. My trusty Betty Crocker Cookbook, though, will stay on my shelf.

Thursday Doughday: Oven Firecracker BBQ chicken drumsticks, Cheesy Potatoes, Green Beans and Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Brownies.

Friday (Fruit) Pieday: Prosciutto Kiwi Pizza…my pan crust topped with ricotta and lemon zest, Parmesan, Prosciutto, almonds, mozzarella and garnished with kiwi.

Sunday’s Creation: One of our favorite tailgating/party snacks from my very first cookbook (45+ years ago) inspired the Lil’ Smokies Pizza…my pan crust topped with Heinz Chili Sauce and grape jelly, cheddar, Parmesan, Lil’l Smokies and mozzarella.

Till next week…

~Peggy Palmer-Johnson

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