Friday, November 6, 2009

Retro Tuesday on a friday....THE cookbook!

I decided to participate in Retro Tuesday to encourage my bloggy friend Tracy the Crazy Suburban Mom who's hosting a Retro Tuesday week. Check it out!

When I was growing up this book was a MUST in every household. It was THE bible of all things happening in the kitchen and more.

I think that every question in life could be answered by that book. Of course that was way before Douglas Adams informed us that the answer to every question in the universe was 42*, but I digress....

Jehanne Benoit was Quebec's Martha Stewart!

This however is not my mom's copy. My mom's copy was so tatered that my dad had it re-binded and repaired by nuns.

I don't know where this one came ( a thrift shop?) but my mom gave it to me when I flew the coop. That was nearly 24 years ago.

Oh sorry about the crookedness of the pics....I'm still a junior scanner!
I have tried a couple of recipes from that book with mixed results...really mixed!LOL

However 2 of my favorite mains come from that book! One is stuffed peppers and the other is deviled pork chops.....HUM pork chops!

It had been a while since I leafed through it and when i did last night (trying to find something good for Retro Tuesday) I was really surprised to find Corning ware and Pyrex!

The big casserole with the hearts is called Golden Hearts and was a promotional item issued in 1958.This book was published in 1963. Sorry but I don't know anything about Corning ware! Cornflower blue, that's it!lol

I remember seeing some Flameware as well (the transparent ones with a bluish tone) but couldn't find it. This is one of my projects today....Busy girl!

It was such a shame that none of the pics are in color!

The last pic is probably one of my favorites...Assorted appetizers...YUM!

Now that the holidays are fast approaching...I will look up the recipes for sure (or cheat and buy some president's choice frozen appetizers!)

Have a fantastic weekend my faithful readers! Have fun!

* I'm referring to Douglas Adams book: The Hitchiker's guide to the Galaxy


The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

Oh man! You're so right about the pyrex and corning! And thats totally cool.. and the heart pyrex is fab and I've never seen it in real life... And never in a cookbook. Im going to have to look closer !

Its funny about those old recipes. I don't know if they werent tested the same as now or - the tastes have just changed. But some of them are really a bit funky

Maureen said...

Now that's a name I hadn't heard in a long time. I think I thought her name was Jeanne though - from TV commercials???

I'll bet there's a recipe for tourtiere.

Vonlipi said...

Maureen- Her name is written Jehanne but pronounced Jeanne-go figure! Yes there's a recipe for tourtiere! :)

CSM-I went through the whole book this morning...I'll have to blog about it...I'm making the deviled pork chops tonite...YUM!

Thrifted Treasure said...

I LOVE vintage cookbooks, the food is always so hearty and wholesome, before nouveau cuisine took over!

Mom Walds Place said...

The cookbooks are great, the recipes are fun, but the dishes are FABULOUS!

Leilani said...

Wow I've never heard of this cookbook before (I collect vintage ones)... would she be considered the Canadian version of Betty Crocker? I've been fascinated with Julia Child lately (I'm reading her biography) and have been wanting to find out more about prominent chefs working in the '50s-'70s.

Vonlipi said...

Leilani, Betty Crocker was a fictionnal character invented to sell more products.

Jehanne Benoit was the real mccoy.Her book doesn't include crafting, but a whole lot of recipes: ethnic,canning,cakes,candies,pressure cooker...The works! She has a section on how to set a table, using the right glass for the right wine and even homemade wine! Maybe a cross between Martha and Julia?

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

this does bring back memories for me too! I take it you're a Quebec blogger too? I'm blogging from Chateauguay, which is on the South Shore of Montreal Island.
Evelyn in Montreal

Vonlipi said...

Glad you could stop by Evelyn!

I'm in Pincourt, Ile Perrot! We're practically neighbors!