About two weeks ago a few new books arrived at Hodgepodge, the one I was looking forward to the most . . . The Romantic Prairie Cookbook. I immediately dropped my copy into my basket, fully intending to read through it that night.
Well, the reality is I am still reading through it, but I really like what I see so far. The premise of this collection of recipes is a reflection of the prairie way of life. Author, Fifi O’Neill has compiled recipes from the kitchens of those who value environmental harmony, as well as their family heritage.
I don’t have my own garden, nor am I as dedicated to organic gardening as I should be, but this book—it’s delightful content of recipes, stories and photos—is sure to motivate me to do better.
Often I wait for a special occasion to try new recipes. Yesterday, I decided a Labor Day was enough of an occasion and I wanted to make something from The Romantic Prairie Cookbook. I then commenced to cajoling my eldest daughter into spending time with me on my day off. She agreed and came over to help me in the kitchen.
The recipe we chose was blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake. It was very easy to make—the instructions were clear, the ingredients uncomplicated and readily available. We decided to make half-a-dozen of the mini bundt cakes and we poured the remainder into a loaf pan.
When all was said and done, we learned that is is easy to overfill those mini bundt cakes and fresh blueberries make a better presentation than frozen, but the cakes were tasty and I will make them again.
There are more than 100 recipes packed into this beautiful book and I look forward to preparing many of the recipes I’ve already marked to try. I will try to remember to let you know about my favorites.
One thing is for certain, this book will always have a place in my cookbook collection, just as Romantic Prairie Style has become one of my go-to books for home décor inspiration.
thanks for your indulgence,