Saturday, May 16, 2009

From My Cupboard To Your Table

In my kitchen there are two cupboards that don't contain what you might expect. Nope, behind this door you will not find dishes, pots and pans, Tupperware, stemware or mixing bowls. But, what you will find is . . .


Lots & lots of cookbooks.

They are narrow cupboards and they each contain 4 shelves and each of those shelves is full of cookbooks. I would be willing to bet that 3/4 of those cookbooks are from thrift shops. I have a hard time passing them up when I see them. I know from many of the blogs that I visit that I am not alone in my love of cookbooks. So, I've decided to start a periodical feature on my blog where I will be selecting one of the books from my collection and featuring one of the recipes to share with you.

Here is my first selection. The author is Marcia Adams. I recall watching her show on PBS several years ago. I didn't watch it often, but when I did I enjoyed seeing her cook some of these recipes in her cozy kitchen. I did a quick search and found
this information on her.

Cookbooks with beautiful photographs are among my favorites.

This one delivers in that area. Look at these luscious peaches.

Freshly picked baby carrots and new potatoes bring to mind the beautiful farming countryside that I saw when I visited the Amish community in Shipshewana, Indiana.

I can just imagine these apples being plucked from a backyard tree and baked into a delicious apple pie.

Since it is just about time for local blueberries to come into season, I have chosen this recipe to share today.

With just a little mixing,

A little sifting,

Stirring in some fresh blueberries and . . .

Sprinkling a little streusel on top.

In no time you will begin to smell the sweet and cinnamony scent of Blueberry Cake with Streusel Topping. Doesn't this look like the perfect thing to go with a hot cup of coffee or tea?

With all the spring cleaning, yard work & end of school deadlines going on at this time of year, wouldn't it be nice to treat yourself to a little coffee break? You deserve it.

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If you are unable to read the recipe clearly, please let me know and I will type it out.

Have a happy & wonderful weekend.


  1. I love books. Cookbooks, craftbooks, quilting books. And I agree; they need to have lots of great pictures in them. I've had that blueberry treat and it is good. I have a friend who is a pastor's wife who takes the ladies at her church on a yearly retreat to Shipshawana. Now THAT is the way to have a retreat!

  2. I'm just like you...the cookbooks that are my faves are the ones with the gorgeous pictures inside, like you've shown here....just makes me want to bake or cook seeing the photos! This recipe looks delish and I still have blueberries in the freezer from last summer! YUM!

  3. Kim, what a fun feature. The recipe sounds wonderful...I'm thinking vanilla ice cream would be yummy with it.

    One book on your shelf caught my eye. The Soup and Bread book by Crescent Dragonwagon. Isn't it pretty? My husband and I went and stayed at The Dairy Hollow Inn probably 16 years was owned by Crescent and her husband Ned. We chose it specifically because she is a children's book author and I like her books. The Inn was sweet and romantic. The food was amazing. Her husband Ned was later killed in a bicycle accident (I think). I kind of doubt if the Inn is still there..but maybe. :)

    I'm rambling. I'm looking forward to your cookbook features.

  4. Oh how can you keep such lovelies behind closed doors? =D That's why I could never get into cookbooks like The Joy of Cooking. Without pictures, a cookbook is pretty dry reading. Thanks for featuring this recipe...blueberries are my favorite berry. Hmmm...

  5. I am a closet cookbook person myself. Mine are in my pantry, hidden away. They should be out though as they are beautiful!

  6. Wow! You have quite the collection! I understand. I love them, too. ; ) That Blueberry Cake with Struesel looks amazing! I'm going to have to try it. Those pictures from that recipe book are just beautiful. Thanks for sharing this with us!


    P.S. I mailed your package this morning! = )

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  8. From one cookbook lover to another...of course I was thrilled to see that you did a post on your cookbooks, and how nicely you did it. The photos go perfectly with what you wrote. The blueberry cake is definitely one I will be trying. I would sit and share a slice of cake and coffee with you, if you lived nearby. I look forward to having you share more of the books and the recipes. In fact, I would enjoy looking through your cookbook closet.

  9. Hi Kim,

    thanks for sharing with us. I found you through my precious sister Tracy from my cup runneth over. I so look forward to getting to know you better and congratulations on the giveaway winning over at Tracy's blog.

    Blessings to you this day.

  10. what a neat post. Just what I needed to get me back on an even keel! It bring the good warm homey feeling back into focus..thank you for that. I will enjoy watching these post! Also..thank you so much for your comment on my Farrah post. I appreciated it. It wasn't the most UP post..but was where I was last night.
    P.S. I just wanted to add that I bought three cook books at a garage sale last weekend...I like you cannot pass them up. One was the Limited Edition of House and Garden...and I got it for 75 cents...and it was like brand new!

  11. What a lovely ides, Kim. I will look forward to many more delicious recipes!

    Stay Cozy, Carrie

  12. I love this cookbook, too - from the looks of your shelf, we have similar tastes in cookbooks, too!

  13. Hi Kim
    Thanks for sharing the recipe. It looks delicious. You have a great collection of cookbooks. Hope you're enjoying your weekend.
    Hugs, Rhondi

  14. My Amish grandmother had shelves full of colorful jars of fruits & veg's. And years ago I just decided I collect cookbooks - I have more recipes I want to try then time left on earth to make them and yet I keep adding to the collection.... and that was before discovering yet more great recipes in blogland. I keep saying I hope we eat in heaven. =) Thanks for a great post.

  15. Hi
    I love also cookbooks,craftbooks and
    other books.I have seen you have martha stewart cookbooks in your shelve.I like martha stewart.
    Thanks for this loveley recipe.
    Have a nice day

  16. What a great idea for a post and what a great collection of cookbooks you have!! I can read the recipe just fine. It looks and sounds delicious!
    Good pictures in a cookbook is a must!!

  17. This makes me hungry for some really good food! YUM!

    Anyway, thanks for your support and kind words on my blog through this hard time with my dad and Alzheimer's.

    Thanks again!


  18. I'm right there with you, I love to read them over and over.

    And that blueberries look wonderful.

    Enjoy your week!

  19. Oh what fun! I am going to enjoy your cookbook feature. I happen to have this cookbook. I used to Love to watch Marcia on PBS. I will look forward to your next installment. I love cookbooks too. Have a nice week! Twyla

  20. I have a lot of cookbooks, as well. I don't get into as many of them as I would like. Always trying to watch those calories. lol You have quite the collection and the recipes and pictures look so yummy!

  21. You have a great collection of cookbooks! The blueberry cake looks so yummy ~ thanks for the recipe!


  22. Kim, wonderful pictures. I love, love cookbooks. Delightful!


  23. I can so identify with this post! Cookbooks are the best treasures...can be read over and over...and can lead to wonderful things coming from the kitchen. I'll come over and have a slice of the blueberry cake with you. Yummy.

  24. This is one of my own favorite cookbooks and I make this recipe often. My father had me watch her when I came home one year to visit. He said I was going to love it and I did. We immediately ran to Waldenbooks to search for her cookbook. I just had to bring it back to Holland with me. I grew up going weekly to Amish country and this felt like a piece of home.

    Thank you for always stopping by and your sweet thoughts. I am still not doing well so not visiting blogs as I would like. I talked to the doctor again today. She says it is going to take time but to have patience. I am tired of spending my days doing nothing on the couch and long to have the energy to do things again. But I am full of hope and so grateful for my needlework to keep me going. Hope you are very well and I think of you often...

    Hugs ~

  25. I love cookbooks too!
    That recipe looks so yummy :0)


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