I have a confession to make: I love cookbooks, especially church cookbooks. Especially old church cookbooks and I have a . . . few. Some of them are literally falling apart because I’ve used them many times throughout the years, or because of their old age. A few of them have stains where I’ve made that same cake, pie, etc. over and over throughout the years. Lemon Blossoms and Church Cookbooks are two things that I’m passionate about.
Most of my church cookbooks were given to me by my mom and many of them represent the area churches in my hometown. That right there is reason enough to cherish them all.
Sure, you’ll find some of the same southern recipes (many with a little twist) in those cookbooks, but there’s always new recipes to try, too.
My favorite cookbook at the moment is Our Best for His Glory, compiled by the members of First Baptist Church of Rochelle, GA. It was published in 2007 and has 472 pages of deliciousness.
I first saw this cookbook years ago when I was visiting mom and dad in my beautiful hometown. They had bought a newly published copy and had ordered one for my sister and me. Since mine had not been delivered yet, they let me take their copy back to South Carolina. Thanks, mom and dad!
Inside the front cover, my dad had written a list of his favorite recipes – 7Up Cake, page 284; Fruit Cobbler – 292, Texas Sheet Cake – 350, Squash Casserole, page 139, and so on. It’s near and dear to my heart because of his handwriting. I carried on his tradition when I added Lemon Blossoms – page 274.
I’m not certain, but I do think Lemon Blossoms are a southern thing, too. I’ve been eating and making them for years.
Lately, instead of digging up my old recipe, I just flip to page 274 and use Susan F’s recipe. Oh, that’s another thing about my hometown cookbooks. I know just about everyone that submitted a recipe. Susan is a year younger than me and we went to school together. She’s a sweetheart and I like knowing that someone I grew up with stands behind the recipe.
This collection also includes recipes from my aunt, cousin, cousin-in-law and my cousin’s cousin on the other side. I claim them all and every single time I open that book, it’s like stepping back in time and revisiting my beloved hometown. I’m a little biased, but I think my hometown has more great cooks than anywhere else on earth.
Every time I make lemon blossoms for the family or for a party, they are all gobbled up, fingers are licked and the recipe is asked for. I just nod my head and say, “Lemon Blossoms – page 274.” Enjoy!
What’s your favorite cookbook?
PS – I received another cookbook from my mom this past Christmas. It’s a hometown cookbook that was published in 1974. I love it and it seems that congealed salads were all the rage back then. 🙂
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