Country Kitchen: Creating An Alphabet Recipe Book

Country Kitchen: Creating An Alphabet Recipe Book
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Have you ever thought of creating an alphabet book of family recipes? This can be an enjoyable project to undertake with the youngsters in your life as you delve into compiling recipes you use nowadays or those that have been made by family cooks throughout the years.
This also could be a project that homeschooling parents work on with their children or that teachers become involved in during a school unit. For instance, if you're studying colonial America or western history, find recipes that will be typical of the times and region that can be compiled in alphabetical order.

Youngsters also can draw pictures to accompany the book, either of the recipe itself and the steps involved in making it or of something connected with their family or the topic they are studying.

What Types of Recipes Do You Use?

The recipes would depend on the topic of the cookbook. Is it family history oriented, one about regional recipes (either the area where they live or some era of the past)?

Or will you be studying a particular type of cooking? It could be cooking from another country. Or it might be cooking that revolves around vegetarian recipes, seafood, or a particular diet.

Examples of Recipes

For instance, recipes included in a family recipe collection could be:

A is for Apple Squares B is for Blueberry Cake C is for Chililess Chili D is for Deep Dark Chocolate Cake E is for Eggplant Casserole F is for Fudge Pudding Cake G is for Green Tomato Relish

If you were creating a cookbook of breads:

A is for Anadama Bread B is for Blueberry Muffins C is for Cranberry Nut Bread D is for Dill Biscuits E is for English Muffin Bread

Format of Book

These recipes can be typed into a computer recipe program, printed out on 8 x 11 1/2-inch pages, then put together with spiral binding. The cover could be designed by the youngsters then laminated. With this format, you can produce a number of copies.

This is the format we used for the Allen/McCracken Family Cookbook. It wasn't an alphabet cookbook, although the recipes within each section were arranged in alphabetical order. This was the easiest and least costly way of producing a cookbook for our needs

Other suggestions include the student using a notebook or journal and making an individual copy of the alphabet cookbook.

APPLE SQUARES (mentioned above) - Mix together 3 cups chopped apples, 2 cups sugar, 1 teaspoon each of nutmeg and cinnamon. Stir together 2 eggs, 1 cup oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add to this mixture to the apples and stir.

Sift together 3 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt. Add dry ingredients to the other ingredients and mix.

Pour batter into a 9 x 13-inch greased and floured pan. Bake in 350 degree pre-heated oven for about 30 minutes or until tests done. Don't overcook.

Serve warm or cold, with or without whipped topping.

Article (C) 2004 Mary Emma Allen

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Mary Emma Allen researches and writes from her multi-generational NH home. Check out her new site, Tea Time Notes

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