Apr 11, 2013

Little Happies

 Have I told y'all that I collect vintage cookbooks?  Weird hobby, I know.  I just love them- 1940's, 50's and early 1960's are my favorites.

So One King's Lane had a sale of old cookbooks, and I just could not resist.  The children's cookbook from the 40's shown above?  Charming as hell, with the Shirley Temple lookalike model.

1958's Thoughts for Buffets is a dream.  Full of menus- my favorite.  I just love imagining imaginary parties, swishing around in a full skirt, preparing the aspics and rings of vegetables.

 The title of this one created by an Atlanta realty firm in the 1970's is just awesome.  As is the fact that artichoke dip is considered a salad.

My neighbor is a retired agriculture professor with the most amazing vegetable garden.  I got fresh broccoli all winter, and now spring onions are arriving on my back porch.  I am overwhelmed with delight- these things are HUGE and delicious.

Aren't they just gorgeous? I have been eating sliced green onion with everything.  With the latest delivery, I am hauling out my cast iron skillet for a little Spring Onion Pie.

Old cookbooks and green onions- I am a happy lady.  What is floating your boat these days?


  1. I got spring onions in my csa this week, I was wondering how to use them all and now I know. Thanks!

  2. You are so lucky to get all those goodieS from neighbor! I have the funnest seventeen cookbook from the 50's-all about pleasing husband after a long day at work and being hostess with the mostess. I like your collection!

  3. isn't it amazing how easily we get excited for small "happies" now?? these cookbooks look SO cool! what a fun thing to collect.

  4. I love paging through all of my grandmother's old cookbooks! There are some real gems in there!

    And I cannot believe those are green onions - I saw the photo and was like "Oooo, what is Samma making with ginormous leeks?!"

  5. Holy moly those are some large onions! What a great neighbor! Some of the dishes in those cookbooks are hilarious. Jellied Tomato Bouillon - I can't even imagine. I'd love to flip through them!

  6. I collect cookbooks too....I am loving the 'how to cook with one ear' one- how funny!

  7. Awwww, I love this post. Thanks for the grin!


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