Church fund-raising cookbooks are generally compilations of recipes by the family and friends of the church-goes. But in the case of The Bishop’s Bounty Cookbook; Food from Heaven that Tastes Divine, the book highlights the life, accomplishments and abundant recipes of the Bishop himself, The Most Reverend Charles Pascal Greco from the Diocese of Alexandria, Louisiana. I like to think that finding this old cookbook was a gift from above, since it has so many easy and delicious dishes in it, many of which are Father Greco’s authentic recipes. Throughout the chapters, you not only get great meal ideas but also a glimpse into one life that accomplished many things. Father Greco, born in 1894, built churches, schools, camps and even a ninety-six foot ship for “children to play and adults to sit and relax.” The Star of the Sea took five years to complete. But more than anything the Bishop loved to cook and share his recipes with anyone and everyone one. I chose the Chinese Barbecued Ribs because it’s so simple and savory! It makes enough to load up a platter and share, a notion that I think Father Greco would find absolutely heavenly.
Whenever I get an email from someone who has a recipe to share, my experience has been that that recipe is pretty darn delicious! If it was a hit in your family, it’s probably going to be a hit in ours. So it was with Jan R. from Mesa. She sent me a recipe for something called Chocolate Fluff, and let me tell you, it’s now on my recipe radar! Simply put, I love it, and I think you will too! Here’s Jan’s story:
“The recipe for Chocolate Fluff goes way back to the1950’s, when I spent my childhood in southeast Iowa. I was the oldest of three sisters, but only two of us had arrived by the Chocolate Fluff time frame. We had big family gatherings for all major holidays. (Of course, I was relegated to the “kids table” until I was about 20 years old!) Mom was the one who introduced Chocolate Fluff to the family. She was an avid recipe clipper for as long as I can remember, so she could have even found it in the newspaper. Mom would make Chocolate Fluff for large family gatherings. Back then, nobody knew about watching your calories or fat intake. It was definitely a special treat—not an everyday dessert. Somewhere along the way, maybe by the time I was in high school, Chocolate Fluff faded away from Mom’s dessert repertoire. My last attempt to make Chocolate Fluff was over 20 years ago. The dessert turned out well and was devoured by family. Like mom, I don’t make many of the recipes I clip, but sometimes I find a really good one.”
Well, Jan, this indeed is a good one! I hope to turn more folks into Chocolate Fluff fanatics!
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Looking for just one more item for your New Year’s Eve bash? This idea will create a S’more-gasboard of treats! For fun and easy Grown Up S’mores Marshmallow Pops, I had to look no further than the back of a Honey Maid Graham Cracker Box. If you find the old fashioned Smore’s to be a little messy to eat, you’re going to love the modern day “cake pop” version. I found the perfect size (3 inch) pretzels at Cost Plus World Market. (UTZ All-Natural Butter Sticks.) Then, for New Year’s Day, if you have leftover graham crackers, try moist and flavorful Graham Cracker Cake. I found the recipe in the 1931 Searchlight Cookbook. It’s an 82 year old dessert that I’m guessing few people have tried, even though Graham Crackers continue to be one of America’s favorite snacks. For this recipe, the graham cracker crumbs replace the flour, and the folded-in egg whites make this cake light and fluffy. You can serve it with whipped cream, but I’ve also shared my favorite glaze that’s perfect for desserts like the Graham Cracker Cake. I hope you’ll enjoy both treats. May they add Smore to your life this New Year’s Eve and for 2020!