A highlight for the Midwinter conference for me was stopping by the Sisters In Crime NE booth. There I got to talk to Rosemary Harris and other favorite mystery authors. Rosemary gave me a bag with Deadhead on it - the title of her new book. Can't wait to see that book. Plus - she gave me three fabulous vintage cookbooks! This one is from 1942 on Bananas. I don't know if the drawings,the recipes, or the text are my favorite sections, but check out that drawing! I passed this around at my meetings and a friend took a photo of that spanking drawing and sent it on Twitter.
The drawing goes with Banana Cream Whip and - wait for it - Banana PRUNE Whip! Gross. I'll put that first recipe here in a minute, but look at the photos of people. These are apparently people who could benefit from bananas. I love the one in the bottom right entitled "Old Folks." Nice.
I will spend at least a week on this one, folks, as this is only the beginning of the nice features of this one. I can't thank Rosemary enough.
Banana Cream Whip (You don't have to spank your milk containers, though.)
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 cup whipping cream, whipped
Mix together bananas, lemon juice, sugar and salt. Fold in whipped cream. Chill. Serve within 1 hour. Four to six servings.
I have a lot to write about that fantastic conference and the awards announced this morning from ALA: www.ala.org/yma - but first a big congratulations to my editor friend David Gale and author Rick Yancey for MONSTRUMOLOGIST - taking a Printz Honor!! That book is fabulous for teens - and adults!
(But don't eat while you read it...)