Friday, September 9, 2016

We've Got the Book - Let's Cook!

The Black Family Reunion Cookbook" Simon & Schuster   212 pages   $12

The copyright is dated 1991 by the National Council of Negro Women.  I think it's important to note that because it refers to a slightly more quiet time among the races. 

And certainly a different time in cooking.  I think the good folks at Crisco may have contributed to publishing costs as more than several recipes call for the use of Crisco or Butter-flavored Crisco.  I even saw one that had MSG!  So, with no further ado ...

Politically Correct Deviled Eggs
This is the usual deal, but in this case the deviled eggs were used as an ingredient to for Edible Rag Dolls with a chicken salad body, lengths of asparagus for legs and arms and carrot curls for hair. 

Halve the hard-boiled eggs
Combine red and yellow food dye "to make a warm brown color."  Paint the whites brown.

Pink Cole Slaw

1 medium head of cabbage, thinly sliced and stored for the moment in a bowl of ice water
1 small beet, peeled and finely shredded
1 small onion, finely grated (optional)
2 - 3 carrots, coarsely shredded
Drain cabbage and toss all of the above together
1 teas. sugar
dash of salt
3/4 cup mayonnaise
3/4 cup  sour cream
Pinch of pepper
Mix well and toss with vegetables.   

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