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A Very Special Cookbook From Ozark County

| 11/14/2011 11:37:25 AM

The holiday season is upon us. A time to reflect on the year past, to give thanks for our blessings and most of all to celebrate cherished family traditions.

We all have special memories of being in the kitchen with our family and we have treasured recipes that remind us of those who we dearly love. And aren’t cookbooks that celebrate family memories the best kind of cookbook? Recipes made by loving hands? That’s what I have to share with you today; a very special cookbook.

As many of you know, Mountain Man and I consider Ozark County, Missouri, our adopted home. I subscribe to the paper and try to keep up with the happenings in the community so when I saw The Ozark County Genealogical and Historical Society had published a cookbook as a fundraiser, I purchased a copy. And when I received my cookbook, I discovered this was no ordinary cookbook but instead a testament to love of family. I asked the editor for permission to share some of it with you and he kindly allowed me. I know you’ll love it also.

The book is called “Apron Strings: Recipes and Recollections.”


To quote from the introduction, “We asked folks to share not only a recipe but also a memory relating to cooking, special meals or food preparation…and as one of our contributors noted, the secret ingredient of love was the most prized seasoning used by Ozarks mothers and grandmothers as they cooked nutritious, satisfying food for their families, using just what they could grow or raise or trade eggs or cream for at the local general store…”

Mountain Woman
11/21/2011 6:20:19 AM

Josh, Nadine, Dave, Hope, I want to thank all of you for stopping by and sharing your memories with me. It really is so lovely to see the bond we create when we work in the kitchen with those we love or we eat meals prepared by loving hands. Thanks so very much.

11/17/2011 3:16:05 PM

I have so many cherished memories of my Grannie's cooking. For years we would go to my grandparents' house on Wednesdays for supper. It continued even after my brother and I were grown, married and had families of our own...We had four generations sitting around the same supper table those nights. When someone's birthday came around, they always got to choose what meal they wanted Grannie to fix to celebrate. We could count on my brother to pick ham and beans with cornbread and fried potatoes. I'd often go with her chicken casserole. Grannie has been gone a little over two years now. No matter how hard we try to re-create the meals she fixed for us, they've never come out exactly the way we remember them. I really think it's true that love is the secret ingredient when it comes to family and cooking. Thanks so much for introducing us to this lovely cookbook!

Nebraska Dave
11/15/2011 8:10:15 PM

MW, you always have such great give always. In my travels through the disaster areas, the groups I was with mostly staid at churches. I always thought to ask if the church had a cookbook. Several did so a collection of church cookbook was born. I expect that all the recipes in the books are the recipe that the named person was noted for. It would take years for me to work through all the great recipes. Experts say that we have about 10 meals that we fix and eat as families. I can see that pattern in my daughter and grandson. I like to try different things as long as they don't get too far out on the fringe of food. I'm still pretty basic through really don't see the need to be fancy. Have a great heart in Vermont/Missouri day.

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