Thursday, December 29, 2011

Peter Pauper Series...Festive

And so the end is near...the end of the year and the end of my Peter Pauper Press collection. Many are in a festive mood, looking forward to a new beginning in 2012. With that in mind, I bring you what I refer to as the Festive series.
The Merriam Webster dictionary defines festive as, "of, relating to, or suitable for a feast." Perfect!

Four of these cookbooks were published in the sixties--a festive (and restive) era, indeed.
Looking more closely at this collection than I have in several years, I'm noticing a trend in the use of color...lots of red, gold, magenta, and teal.

One can never have too many cookie and dessert cookbooks, can they?

Everything from bouillabaisse to fish pudding (no, it doesn't belong with the desserts) in here.

Not too sure why the Hindu deity shares space with Creole Jambalaya...
The final cookbook! Larger than the rest and probably one of the first in the series, published in 1951.

I hope all of my followers, as well as any others who've happened by, have a festive New Year's Eve and that you will stop by again in 2012.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merrie Christmas

"The stockings deck the chimney,
The goose is hanging high,

And Mother's in the kitchen,
Baking Christmas pie!

Sister pins the mistletoe,
Hoping to be kissed,

Mother bastes the turkey,
And trusts she won't be missed!

Brother trims the Christmas tree,
Loops the boughs with snow,

While Mother, busy, Mother,
Is always on the go.
Father's in the pantry,
Sampling Yuletide rum,

Full of inner happiness,
Can't you hear him hum?

Come, leave the kitchen, mother,
We want to drink a toast!
Here's a Merry Christmas,
To the one we love the most!
The Merrie Christmas Cook Book

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Holiday Series of Peter Pauper

Well, the holidays are upon us... Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and New Years. In light of that, I will introduce you to the Holiday series of the Peter Pauper Press cookbooks.

Has everything from Chicken Tetrazzini and salmon casserole to Syrian casserole. You are bound to find something that appeals.

Then there is my favorite...Party Desserts!
I had a teacher in grade school who gave the class a little hint on how remember the difference in spelling dessert and desert. Know what it is?

Dessert has a double "s" because you always want two servings!

The next two books come in a little cardboard box, with the identical covers.
Frosty drinks for hot weather...
...and hot drinks for frosty weather!

Love the sampler look of this one!
 Pigs and chefs and chickens and pilgrims--they're all in here!

"If you would have guests Merry with Cheer, Be so Yourself, Or at least so Appear." 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Peter Pauper Series...ABC

Here is the ABC series of the Peter Pauper Cookbooks. 

 Since there are so many, I am only showing the covers.

 I am so tickled by the little drawings on the covers and how they relate to what is inside.

The colors are so vivid, although that doesn't necessarily come through in my photos, I'm afraid.

Everything from drinks to desserts is represented here.

The same recipes, but different colored graphics. This is always a dilemma to me, since each is unique, yet the same.

The book on the right is the only one with a soft cover in my collection and has been taped on the spine. Perhaps I should look for one with a hard cover (any excuse to spend money!)

All by itself, since there are uneven number.

Another duo with the same recipes, yet different color graphics.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Peter Pauper Series...Oddballs

For the third installment of my Peter Pauper Press series, I'm calling these the oddballs, because they don't seem to fit into any other sets.

 This one would be helpful for party planning, or if you just want something different to relax with on Friday night.

Some old favorite holiday drinks can be found in these pages, like Olde Yule Wassail and Hot Buttered  Rum.


 Published in 1976, this is one of the later books that I own. Most of the others were printed in the 1950s to 1960s.


 Who knew you could cook shrimp curry in the microwave, from start to finish? Seems like caution would be needed to prevent rubbery shrimp.

This one is for all the old hippies  and New Agers out there. The foreword reads, in part, "...foods of foreign flavor for the Geminian who likes to travel, fish food for those born under the sign of Pisces, ... solid foods for the solid Virgo..."

Each sign section gives a short summary of "your domestic virtues and vices" and a few suggested recipes designed to appeal.

This lovely book is so useful for learning about fresh seasonings, from Allspice to Turmeric.

In addition, there is info on dehydrated vegetable seasonings, blends, and, of course, several recipes.

 The last in this oddball series is also the largest of all. The format is a bit different from the others, but I decided it fit the cookbook criteria, so I have it in the collection, even though it stands out a little too much --perhaps as befits its title!
These "rich" were all "industrialists," a term one doesn't often hear these days. Some are original recipes dating back at least 100 years, according to the introduction. 

So there you have the misfits of my collection. Believe it or not, there are more to come, so check back next time.