When John and I got married, someone gave us a gift certificate to a local store. We had enough to each pick out one thing. John bought a rechargeable flashlight, and I bought my first cookbook. I have to say both were put to good use over the years.
The is the cookbook I bought: Better Homes New Cookbook.
I can’t tell you the number of recipes I’ve cooked over the years—a lot!
I love that it’s a three-ring binder, which means the pages lay flat on the counter. It’s a perfect cookbook for a new wife—or someone out on her own for the first time—because the recipes are simple with no fancy ingredients. I liked mine so much I bought a copy for my daughter-in-law Katie when she married Cory.
One of my favorite recipes is the chicken enchiladas recipe.
Growing up I didn’t spend any time in the kitchen, yet from within the pages of this cookbook I discovered how to make banana bread, applesauce, ham and bean soup, and more. (Here’s a photo of my friend Kayleigh and some of the things we made from the recipes in this book just this week.)
After twenty-three years, I think that flashlight has gotten lost on one of our moves, but I’m still using my cookbook . . . and my family will agree that any of the simple foods I’ve made them over the years have proved the worthwhile investment.