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Mennonite Country-Style Recipes and Kitchen Secrets Book

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A Mennonite mother's lifetime collection of over 1,000 recipes. Much more than a recipe book.
  • Tips on canning, freezing, preserving, baking, meat preparation, entertaining
  • Comprehensive index
  • Shank
  • 6" x 9"
  • 680 pp
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MENNONITE COUNTRY-STYLE RECIPES AND KITCHEN SECRETS BOOK DESCRIPTION
Table of Contents

Introduction
Recipe Abbreviations and Ingredients
Definitions of Food and Cooking Terms
Daily Nutrition Guide

  1. BEVERAGES
    Tips for Beverages
    Recipes
  2. BREADS COFFEE CAKES, AND CEREALS
    Procedure for Making Bread
    Quick Breads
    Rolls and Sweet Breads
    Cereals
    Tips for Breads, Sweet Breads, and Cereals
    Recipes
  3. CAKES, FROSTINGS, AND COOKIES
    Cakes
    • How to Make Angel Food Cake
    Cookies
    Quick Checklist for Failures with Cakes and Cookies
    Tips for Cakes, Frostings, and Cookies
    Recipes
  4. DESSERTS, FRUITS, SNACKS, AND CANDY
    Homemade Ice Cream
    Melting Chocolate
    Popcorn
    Testing Candy and Icing for Doneness
    Tips for Desserts, Fruits, Snacks, and Candy
    Recipe
  5. EGGS, MILK, AND CHEESE
    Tips for Eggs, Milk, and Cheese
    Recipes
  6. MAIN DISHES AND VEGETABLES
    Vegetables
    • Chart for Cooking Vegetables
    Potatoes
    Cooking Dry Beans
    Cooking Pasta (Macaroni, Noodles, and Spaghetti)
    • Create Your Own Casserole Chart
    Tips for Main Dishes and Vegetables
    Recipes
  7. MEATS, POULTRY, AND SEAFOOD
    Meat
    • Charts on Common Cuts of Beef, Pork, Veal, and Lamb
    Wild Meats
    Poultry
    Fish
    Stock for Soup
    Gravy
    • Approximate Timetable for Roasting Meats
    Tips for Meats, Poultry, and Seafood
    Recipes
  8. MICROWAVE COOKING
    Tips for Heating Leftovers
    Do's and Don'ts
    Uses for Your Microwave Oven
    • Flower Drying Chart
    • Microwave Heating Chart
    Recipes
  9. PASTRY AND PIES
    Procedure for Making Pastry
    How to Make Meringue
    Cream Pies
    Tips for Pastry and Pies
    Recipes
  10. SALADS, SANDWICHES, AND SOUPS
    About Gelatin
    Ideas for Sandwiches
    Tips for Salads and Soups
    Recipes
  11. ENTERTAINING, QUANTITY COOKING, AND PARTY FOODS
    • Approximate Amounts for 100 people
    Party Ideas
    Recipes
  12. QUICK-FIX SECTION
    Tips for Quick-Fixes
    Recipes
  13. CANNING, FREEZING, AND PRESERVING
    Canning
    Freezing
    Processing Fruits
    Processing Vegetables
    • Approximate Yield per Bushel of Fruits and Vegetables
    Processing Meats
    • Timetables for Processing Fruits, Vegetables, and Meats
    • Timetables of Approximate Blanching Time for Freezing Vegetables
    Storing Vegetables
    Tips for Canning, Freezing, and Preserving
    Recipes
  14. NON-FOOD RECIPES AND MISCELLANEOUS TIPS
    Ideas for Leftovers
    Soap Making
    Ways to Save
    Gardening Tips
    Miscellaneous Tips
    Non-Food Recipes
    Removing Stains from Fabrics
    • Equivalent Measures
    • Substitutes for Ingredients
    • Weights and Measures
    • Commercial Container Sizes
    General Index
    Canning, Freezing, and Preserving Index
    The Author

Excerpt from Introduction, pages 13-15

When I suddenly found my own daughters starting to venture out on their own, I began to wonder if I had really taught them the things I wanted them to know before they left. The whole experience, however, set me to thinking of how helpful it might be to them to have a book with all the tips and helpful hints included that I have learned through many years of experience. My own collections of favorite recipes that I had been adding to for 25 years was badly in need of updating and organizing, so I decided to type them into a notebook. Many of the directions for recipes were incomplete, and some called for a 6 oz bag of this or a 12 oz bag of that. With the coming of bulk food stores, this wasn't very helpful for a young inexperienced cook.

In the meantime, several people strongly encouraged me to consider having a book published. They felt there was a real need for this type thing. If we Mennonites intended to hand on to the next generations our tradition of "good country-style cooking," we needed to give them more help than is usually found in a recipe collection. I was also personally receiving an increasing number of calls from young persons and others about how to prepare certain foods, and especially how to can and freeze various foods. It seemed there was definitely a lack of easy access to this type of information.

Even though there are many excellent cookbooks on the market, the intent of this book is not to compete, but to supply useful tips that are not found in many other books. I have tried to include the kinds of practical information that would have been helpful to me when I began cooking many years ago. My prayer is that you will find it helpful also!


Customer Reviews of Mennonite Country-Style Recipes and Kitchen Secrets Book
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- 10/25/2012
said: Carol Kau
"Ever since this cookbook was first published, I've said that if I could only have 1 cookbook, that this would be it. I'm delighted to finally be able to get a copy of it for my daughter."
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- 12/27/2009
said: Don
"What a wonderful cookbook, full of time tested recipes and great advice, this is a must for everyone."
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- 9/1/2009
said: cheryl
"This is one of my favorite recipe books. Well written, easy to make recipes. Very helpful basic tips. Worth the price."
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