I once bought a strange looking handmade glove pouch because it still had the signed bridal shower card inside.
"Dear Brenda and Marv-
May you have a wonderful gastronomic trip around the world!
Minnie and Joe"
From May 14, 1960
Now, if I'm really bored on the desk tomorrow, I may pull up the Ancestry database and look up those names and wedding date. Just for fun.
In the meantime, a recipe. Each recipe has an icon with the country of origin name next to it. Also, they translate the foods into terms they clearly think Americans will recognize. Won Tons then become Chinese Ravioli. Seriously.
Here's: Aebleskiver, or Pancake Balls, from Sweden:
3 eggs, separated
2 cups buttermilk
2 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
Beat egg yolks and stir in buttermilk. Sift flour, measure, and sift again with sugar, salt, soda, and baking powder. Stir lightly into yolk and milk mixture. Beat egg whites until stiff and fold in. Heat Aebleskiverpande (monk's pan) (Amy's note: Now I have two things to look up on the desk...) (Anyone want to call Williams and Sonoma and ask for that one?)and grease generously with shortening. Fill pans 3/4 full. When balls are half baked, put a teaspoonful of applesauce on top of dough, turn with a fork or sterilized hat pin (Amy's note: gross) and finish baking. Serve hot with butter and jam. The applesauce may be omitted if desired.
OK there is definitely something half baked about that 'Swedish' recipe and it's not just the balls. Now if I can only find a monk's pan. Can you just imagine what that looks like?
Chicago area author Julie Hyzy won a Derringer award. I've had the pleasure of meeting her and all her books are fabulous. She is the VP of the MWA Midwest group and a dynamo.
I'm going to start Little Klein tonight, the review copy from a beloved writer friend, Anne. I had some reviews due this week (hence the procrastinating by looking at cookbooks), and can now read for fun. I actually started my next mystery that I'm writing too, and the body is discovered with a cookbook in hand, with a strange inscription. Clearly I need to hit the antique stores to do some research.
One last note: Apolo won! Yeah - I now have 3.5 hours of my life back each week...