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post #31 of 39

I started cooking as a boy scout and for a year or two when I was 12 ish my sibs and I each had to plan and cook a meal 1 friday a month.  The first 3 cookbooks I ever owned were wedding gifts.  We got the Better Homes and Gardens, The Ladies Home Journal and a church published collection of recipes.

I still have them. I havent opened the BHG in 15 years or more, the LHJ I still use for biscuits, corn breads and such, and if I want to get an idea of a basic start on something standard.  An recent example is that I wanted to make mushroom fritters so I grabbed the LHJ and looked up fritters to get the base batter.  The cool find that day was that they had an Avocado fritter recipe, I had been contemplating cooking avocados and that recipe gave me a great start.

 

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The cool find that day was that they had an Avocado fritter recipe, I had been contemplating cooking avocados and that recipe gave me a great start.

 


 

Avocado Fritters, that sounds very different but intriguing at the same time.

I would never think to cook with avocado, but then there are so

many dishes that are crisp on the outside and soft and creamy on the inside.

Maybe a side of pico de gallo for dipping?

Please let me know how that works out…


 

 

post #33 of 39

The avocado fritters were great, crispy outside creamy inside.  Pico on the side spot on.  The recipe called for slicing the avocados about 1/4 inch thick.  I did that and made a breading with about 2-1 panko bread crumbs to course corn meal.  I rand the panko in the food processor just a bit to reduce the coarseness.  I seasoned the coating with garlic, lime zest a bit of coriander and cumin.  As I said they were great.

 

 

post #34 of 39
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OOOHHHH!!  My goodness, that sounds so, so,

well beyond any words that I can think of right now other than,

please pass the plate my way?

Since joining Chef Talk I have gained 10 pounds!! 

I’m not kidding!!   

post #35 of 39

Got a Better Homes & Gardens (red/white plaid) cookbook as a wedding shower gift... MANY years ago.  It's the binder thing with tabs.  Always had one at home growing up and a LOT of friends got them as shower/wedding gifts, too.  Though I was probably a little more proficient in the kitchen than most of my friends, that cookbook is a pretty good starter.  Nothing very extravagant or exotic, no hard to find ingredients, a little bit of everything.

post #36 of 39
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Isn’t that true, C-Lady? 

Brides were always given a cookbook, or two or three,

as a gift to get them started out. 

Ya’ know I gave one, I forget which,

to my eldest niece along with a nice (expensive) pan to get her going. 

She just looked at me as if Iwere green. 

They love when I visit them, so I can cook for them

but they don’t want to learn.


Edited by kaneohegirlinaz - 2/29/12 at 5:02pm
post #37 of 39
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I was going through my kitchen cabinets the other day,

well the one with the cookbooks in it anyway,

and I really only pull down two of them from the entire cabinet chocked full.

post #38 of 39

Which two do you use?

 

The first cookbook I ever bought was Anna Thomas's Vegetarian Epicure. I bought it on the way to the hospital to have my tonsils out when I was 19. I was unable to eat anything but ice chips and pureed potatoes and peas for the next two weeks but I read that book cover to cover and imagined the delicious food every single day. I still use that cookbook for some things after 35 years.

post #39 of 39
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A Taste of Aloha

Joy of Cooking 1962 edition

Oh, and a third, my great-grandmother's handwritten recipe binder

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