My love for recipe books has been well-documented through this blog and as I start today’s post where I “cook the book,” I want to note that this recipe is not coming from some celebrity or must-have recipe book. Instead, it’s coming from my favorite genre of cookbook, the church cookbook.
For years, as I have driven to Fort Collins to work on my doctoral studies, I have stopped in Kearney, Nebraska as a halfway point, where I have walked around a Target, gassed up the vehicle, or grabbed a quick bite to eat at the grocery store. Each and every time I make the drive, I see the sign for the Cookbook outlet. Two years ago, I tried to stop at the outlet, but it was Memorial Day and they were closed. This year, I decided I needed to stop and see what the cookbook outlet had in store for me. And it was marvelous.
The cookbook outlet is at Morris Press, a small publishing company that specializes in family and church cookbooks and the outlet features overrun or extra cookbooks that they have. These cookbooks are sorted in a number of ways, including by state. I picked up a few cookbooks from states I had and hadn’t been to.
Well, over the weekend I was invited to a small Memorial Day party and I decided to spend a few minutes looking through a cookbook entitled After the Harvest: A Collection of Favorite Recipes. It is from the First United Methodist Church in Columbus, Mississippi. The first thing I noticed when paging through the book was the number of recipes that involved fish and shellfish that we don’t have access to in the midwest. Then I started looking for something I could bring to the upcoming party and the Summer Pasta Salad with Herbs submitted by Karen Williams looked like it was a must. Having recently planted my garden, I was excited about using some of the herbs.