My cooking ability during the summer of 1976 was radically non-existent. My mother was the best cook imaginable. I am sure that she tried to teach me to fix delicious meals and treats. I watched. I listened. I did not comprehend. I needed to know how to cook right away. I was getting married in August. Frying an egg was foreign to me. Boiling macaroni on top of the stove? Forget it. And then it happened…as a bridal shower gift, I received…
The First Baptist Church of Longview
“Incredibly Wonderful” Cookbook!
Actually, the name of the book doesn’t include the words “Incredibly Wonderful”. I don’t even know the actual name of the cookbook anymore. I have used the book so much that I have lost the cover and title page. Part of the index is missing. The radical way that I have treated this cookbook is sad. Sugar, flour, milk, vanilla, spaghetti sauce are decorating many of the pages. I now have a floor to ceiling bookshelf full of cookbooks. This book remains my favorite. The recipes are from people I knew when I was growing up. I knew their children. I knew where they lived. They were my mother’s good friends. When I make something from my First Baptist Church cookbook, I am remembering my hometown and the people who made it special.
Selection of First Baptist Church Recipes:
1. Hot Chicken Salad
2 1/2 cups cooked and diced chicken
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Accent
1 cup finely chopped almonds
2 tablespoons lemon juice mixed in mayonnaise
1 cup mayonnaise
2 small green onion and tops, chopped
1 cup sharp grated cheese
1 1/2 cup crushed potato chips
Lightly toss all ingredients except cheese and chips. Place in a medium size rectangular casserole dish. Cover with cheese and potato chips. Bake for 15-20 minutes in 350 degree oven.
2. Meringue Cookies
3 egg whites
dash of salt 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla
Beat egg whites and salt until stiff but not dry. Gradually beat in sugar. Beat until stiff and dry. Add vanilla. Fold pecans into meringue. Drop by teaspoon size onto lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes. Larger cookies take 30 minutes.
3. Wonder Drops
Mix together and set aside:
3/4 cup oatmeal
1/ cup pecans
2 tablespoons instant cocoa mix
1/2 cup coconut
Bring to boil and boil for 1 minute:
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup canned milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine first and second mixtures and mix well. Drop on wax paper immediately.