The Little House Cookbook, in all its bright orange glory.
I have long been a fan of the “Little House On The Prairie” series (the books, not the show so much, but, despite that, I’ve probably seen every episode). Anyway, as a child I read them and reread them, then read them again. I wanted to be Laura. I wanted to stand where she stood. It was my dream to visit all of the Little House sites, Laura’s former homesteads with her family, and I finally visited some of them as an adult. You may laugh, but these trips were just about the only vacations I have ever taken. Forget island paradise. I went to Missouri.
I have no shame. This was, is, and will always be the level of my obsession.
So, you can imagine my glee when I came across “The Little House Cookbook.” Researched and written by Barbara M. Walker, it features more than “100 authentic recipes of classic pioneer food — the food that Laura Ingalls and her family ate as they traveled from the woods of Wisconsin to the Dakota Territory.” … And let’s not forget “Farmer Boy,” Laura’s future husband. That boy had it made in his mother’s New York state kitchen.
Some of the recipes are from a bygone era but well worth trying out today; others are similar to what I sometimes make in my own kitchen. I’ll tackle one soon and let you know how I make out.