This edition of the Out of Vermont Kitchens community cookbook was published in 1951 by the Women’s Service League of the St. Paul’s Church of Burlington, Vermont.It was published by George Little Press, also of Burlington. This is a charming, little collection of recipes, each in the original script of the person who submitted it. It is like a time capsule not only of popular and regional recipes, but also of residents of Burlington, members of St. Paul’s. Throughout the book there are drawings, engravings of various landmarks from across Vermont.
Along with the recipes are also sweet little illustrations – cartoons, but some of very nice quality. Sadly, the illustrations are only identified by initials and there are no credits given anywhere else in the book. Many of them were drawn by the same one or two people to go throughout the cookbook. Additionally, most of the recipes contain additional little drawings, presumably done by the person submitting them. One recipe for The Little Angel – a decadent filling of sugar, butter, and liquor to be spread over layers of angel food cake, is done in the style of a theater program! I love looking over the many varied styles of handwriting. They are mostly cursive (sadly not being taught in school anymore) and some are also in plain, block lettering. This recipe below for Butternut Cake caught my attention with these delicate but lofty upstrokes. Another nice part of this time capsule of Burlington, VT are the advertisements in the back, the businesses that made the printing of this community cookbook possible. It’s nice to see a few that are still here – Green Mountain Power, the Burlington Free Press, Harrington’s of Vermont Smoked Meats, and the printing company where I worked for several years, Lane Press. This edition of Out of Vermont Kitchens is still being printed and is available for sale all over the state. The End.
Not quite! Here is a cake recipe that I think sounds lovely, decadent with nuts, dates and cherries. If you’re still craving cake after this one, try Lava Cakes with Peanut Butter & Chocolate Ganache, or a Cherry Chocolate Coffee Cake.
- This recipe is from the cookbook Out of Vermont Kitchens. It is listed below exactly as it is found in the cookbook.
3-eggs well beaten
1-cup granulated sugar
1-1/2 cups flour
1-1/2 teas. Baking Powder
1/4 lb. semi-sweet chocolate
1 cup chopped nut-meats
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup halved cherries
Combine eggs + sugar. Beat well. Sift dry ingredients together. Cut chocolate to size of lima beans. Add nuts, chocolate, and fruit to flour mixture and fold into egg mixture.
Pour into large loaf pan. Line bottom with wax paper. Bake 1-1/2 hours at 325. Serve like fruit cake.
Mrs. Lyman Spooner