Kale Soup For a Wet Spring Day

The cookbook shelf brought me to Heart of the Home: Notes From a Vineyard Kitchen by Susan Branch from 1986. I’ve used this cookbook fairly frequently as the messy pages attest. The Kale Soup recipe called to me. I’m a total sucker for kale and sausage soup. Susan Branch is a prolific writer including of [...] Read more »

Gooseberry Patch Christmas Cookies

Luckily for me, the next two cookbooks pulled from our shelves were Christmas editions from the Gooseberry Patch franchise. Luckily in that they are Christmas themed, and I had been wanting to bake come cookies. Yes, in a moment of strange desire I had purchased three Gooseberry Patch Christmas books from a used bookstore in [...] Read more »

Tenderfeet Chili

In my quest to use the cookbooks we’ve accumulated, yesterday I made the Abilene Choral Society and Music Guild Chili found in the Manhattan Chili Co. Southwest American Cookbook, 1986. As the cookbook writer said, “this is gourmet chili for tenderfeet.” I love spicy food, but not too spicy. And living in rural New Hampshire [...] Read more »