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Since SPRINGTIME was in the air a week ago… maybe even two weeks ago, I decided it was time to get outdoors . . . to enjoy the sunshine and warmer weather. Recycling my glass bottles that our trash service won’t pick up offered me an excuse to drive to the Michigan State University Campus’ recycling center. And an excuse to visit the MSU Surplus Store :-)!!! I’m not allowed to buy any more Steelcase desks, but it IS fun to poke around and see if there are any treasures. I did find ONE. More on that later in this post.

But first, let’s look at the cattle!

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Anyone reading this that knows me, knows I wouldn’t even be NEAR these fellas without that big, strong fence between them and I. Camera in hand, I bravely stand, trying to make friends. A very difficult task as these two were very interested in eating. But, they did offer a glance my way! And they’re even kind of cute with their grain stuck to there noses. But BIG. Very BIG!

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So getting back to the surplus store. (Which is just down the road from the cattle farm.) What did I find? A very lovely, old 1943 edition of THE JOY OF COOKING, by Irma S. Rombauer.

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How interesting that in this edition she has written “emergency chapters” that deal with the war-time rationing. The original edition was 1931. And I love how in her introduction (the page before the one above), she says,

Although I have been modernized by life and my children, my roots are Victorian. This book reflects my life. It was once merely a private record of what the family wanted, of what friends recommended and of dishes made familiar by foreign travel and given an acceptable Americanization”. . .

and the last paragraph of her forward,

Encouragement has come from many sources–especially from the eloping bride who telegraphed her family: “Am married–order announcements–send me a Rombauer cookbook at once”…

I never had this cookbook.  So I was glad to finally be able to have one. It’s 884 pages. LOTS of recipes and information!

I did recently try a couple of recipes from a different, new cookbook, PRACTICAL PALEO, by Diane Sanfilippo. . .

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This roasted chicken looked better UN-cooked than it tasted cooked. Long story! You don’t even want to know… so I won’t make you read about it!

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But this Pepper dish was delicious!

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No recipe needed for a yummy salad.

Now I’ll need to find a few recipes to try from THE JOY OF COOKING. I’ll let you know how that goes!

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And since my drive to MSU, the weather has warmed a little, and the grass has greened up, AND more trees are in beautiful blossoms. So wonderful. We are soooo in need of Spring.

Let’s all head outdoors. Let’s all enjoy the Springtime in the air!

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