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"What cookbooks did you all start out with? I'm curious. Have your meals changed over the years? "


My DM gave me "The Modern Family Cook Book" by Meta Given copyrighted
in 1942 but this was the 16th printing in 1972 for Christmas the
year I went out on my own.

I didn't really use it for recipes - but for "how-to"s and what
temperatures and how longs and such it helped. I also had a box of
"family" recipes.

When I started out I used a fair amount of hamburger helper meals,
spaghetti, frozen dinners, baked and fried fish, canned vegetables,
tins of tuna, canned soups, chicken a la king (on toast if I had
company). Green beans were the main veggy.
Baking was different - baking cookies, pies, cakes, tortes and such
were things I tended to do from different family recipes and
some from the book.

Now I rarely use a recipe all the way through - but may start from
a recipe. I tend to enjoy noodle or rice-based dishes. Fresh or
frozen vegetables are routine - although I will use a small can
of peas - rinsed - for things made with pasta and tuna or sausage or
chicken. I still use tins of tuna frequently - love it and likely
always will.

Veggies are more varied. DW does not like lima beans - and I love
em - so I fix them when she is out. DW does squash very well -
her mother used to as well. She doesn't cook much anymore - back
problems plus generally low stamina.

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