Monday, September 20, 2010

CIDER BEANS, WILD GREENS AND DANDELION JELLY



One of the new cookbooks I have been looking forward to reading is CIDER BEANS, WILD GREENS AND DANDELION JELLY BY Joan E. Aller which is all about recipes from the Southern Appalachia.  I have to tell you that you will learn about our history when you open the pages of this cookbook!


And lest you think cookbooks don't belong on tea blogs, there is plenty here about tea too!  Frankly, I have forgotten so much that I learned in school about the geographic line of the mountain ridges that cross our country!  I never learned  who followed the Native American Indians to this territory and who followed after them.......so get ready for a lesson in history!





There are so many recipes in this book that I have heard about like Corncob Jelly and yes I had grits growing up in Virginia so here are your recipes for all those mountain foods:  Apple Fritters, Indian Pudding and Corn Pone!





Mark Twain's parents were from Possum Trot, Tennessee and she includes "Possum Trot Cowboy Gravy" as one of the many regional foods of interest!  I love these types of cookbooks because you can not only find unique recipes but you will learn so much about this area of the country and the people who lived there!







7 comments:

Rizzi said...

I LOVE COOK BOOKS, I HAVE MANY.
THIS ONE SOUNDS LIKE IT HAS SOME NICE RECIPES. I COULD EAT ONE OF THOSE ORANGE FLOWER TEA CAKES RIGHT NOW...THEY LOOK REALLY DELICIOUS. HAVE A NICE DAY. RIZZI

Lavender Cottage said...

Sounds like an interesting cook book. You have many things that are eaten in the south that are foreign to me. I've had grits in Florida and it made me think of the hot cereal, cream of wheat that we eat here.
When a friend from the US told me you don't have butter tarts, I found that strange. Each area/culture certainly has their own food traditions and it's interesting to read about them.
I hope you'll share some of the tea recipes on your blog Bernideen.
Judith

Angela McRae said...

This sounds like a fascinating cookbook! Thanks so much for sharing this review -- you've greatly tempted me here!

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I love books like this. My mom was from Kentucky and Dad from Southern Indiana and the food from both areas was fabulous. Not to mention the very funny names of towns.

Vicki said...

Oh, Bernideen, I love these kind of cookbooks who share a history with each recipe. My mother used to make the most delicious cookies, and she called them her "tea cakes". Your autumn dishes are very charming, too. Have a happy week, my friend! Vicki

Johanna said...

Dear Bernideen,
oh my, what a wonderful tea set for fall. I have never seen this shape and pattern. All the sweets sound very yummy. For me it is difficult to cook from English cookbooks because all the measures are different. But I enjoy reading about them.
Greetings, Johanna

Storybook Woods said...

You have the funnest cookbooks, another for me to check out. Clarice