Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cookbook Wednesday And a Celebration!

I have quite a few specialty cookbooks, but my favorites are always the general cookbooks.  You know the ones: with chapters on this and that, and a little of everything between two covers.  And this is one of the best known general cookbooks:

 Yes, I call it the "Red Plaid Cookbook".  I bought one for my eldest daughter a couple of years back when she wanted One Good, All Purpose Cookbook.  My grandmother also had one, but I have no clue what my idiot mother did with it.  I bought mine in 1990, after I'd been in this house about a year.

I like the fact that it's got conversions, equivalents, and substitutions, along with everyday tips, inside the covers.  You can tell from the wear on mine that it's been in and out of the bookshelf more than once or twice.

And the celebration part?  Well, it was my dearly beloved's birthday yesterday, so I made him a lemon sponge cake, (mostly) using the recipe shown above.  Mark and I "sang" to him (trust me, it's not something you want to hear; we are not a tuneful family), and he blew out his one candle. Yes, one candle.  When Mark asked if Dad was 27 or 28 (because the running joke is that Mom admits only to being over 21, and Dad is just a few years older), my dearly responded that he is 1, because this is his first birthday since his surgery.

So, Happy Cookbook Wednesday, and I wish we could share our cake with all of you!

15 comments:

Sue said...

Wish him a happy birthday from us and it's great to see him looking so healthy again.

I have one of those cookbooks too as did my Mom and her Mom.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Please wish him a happy birthday from both of us. Great news that he is doing so well.
That looks an interesting cook book.

Stay well and keep warm Diane and Nigel.

altadenahiker said...

My mom bought me the Red Plaid around that same time. I wonder what they've called subsequent editions -- "Newer Still," or "Newer than New?"

And what a wonderful birthday to celebrate. Best wishes, M's DB.

altadenahiker said...

PS: I do think you and Mark should pull up your big girl and big boy pants and grace us with an audio clip.

Marjie said...

No audio clips. The world is not ready for this family's tunelessness, believe me.

Gloria Baker said...

Happy birthday to him!
I love this book too!One of my favorites:))

Pam Greer said...

Happy Birthday to Mr. Marjie!

Mae Travels said...

Classic cake from a classic book sounds perfect for a birthday! My go to book like that is still Joy of Cooking -- though I now also have updated to the app as well as my well-aged paper copy.

best mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Nellie said...

Sending happy birthday wishes! I think I have a much older version of this cookbook.:)

Miriam in KS said...

I LOVE his answer! Happy Birthday to him! He looks so happy and healthy! I am so glad for all of you.

Pam said...

So happy that your beloved had his 1st birthday since the surgery. He is looking healthy & strong.

I love the plaid cookbook. It was my first real cookbook and I have used it so many times over the years.

Nichole Burke said...

We know the good 'ole red plaid cookbook well. I wish I had an old one though... we have a newer paperback version that we picked up about 10 years ago.

Mickle in NZ said...

Your Dearly Beloved looks wonderful. Please wish him a belated Happy Birthday from me, I love his attitude.

Michelle xxx

SissySees said...

I love it. Wish him a happy belated from us!

Claire S. said...

He looks great - Wish him happy birthday !