I have a particular passion for reading and collecting old cookbooks. A number of years ago, I lost big part of my collection as a casualty of divorce. Some precious treasures were lost at that time… The cookbook my grand-mother received when she married her first husband, other family heirlooms, along with a number of out of print jems, even an autographed copy of Emeril Lagasse’s Louisiana Real & Rustic… All tossed out like so much waste. *sigh*
Over the years, I’ve done my best to find copies of these old cookbooks. I don’t pretend that I will find all of them, but there are a few that I hope and pray that I hope I will find as the years go by.
You cannot imagine how pleased I was when I was given a particular cookbook last fall. Pleased doesn’t begin to cover it. I was deeply touched by the gift. What cookbook was this that brought me to tears? It was a 30 year old community cookbook. It was a handwritten self-published cookbook. There was no way I was going to find a copy of this book. Yet here it is. Sitting on the table next to me!
To celebrate this wondrous find and gift, I will share with you one of the recipes that can be found in it.
Potato Sweet Bites
Mash a boiled potato and mix in enough powdered sugar so that it has absorbed all of the humidity in the potato. Dust your work surface with sugar, and with a rolling pin, thinly roll out the potato sugar dough. Spread a thin layer of peanut butter. Then roll the dough like a jelly roll. At this point, wrap the roll in wax paper and place in the refrigerator for one hour. Once the roll is a little more solid, you can slice the roll into 1/4″ pieces to make little flat “cookies”.
(Can you tell that this book comes from potato country? lol)