Some books, however, will likely be safe forever. These books are usually the ones that bring back special memories (I'm looking at you, Purity Cookbook, circa 1967). I remember very fondly this tattered old book as being the first book that I baked chocolate chip cookies out of when I was probably 8. If you're doing the math, no, I haven't aged suddenly. My mom had a copy of it that was given to her by my grandma. A few years ago, it was put back into print, and it was the best Christmas gift I could have asked for from my mom.
Others are ones that I simply collect. I have Atco-Blue Flame Kitchen Holiday Cookbooks dating to the late 80s. Every now and then I find one at a garage sale or on kijiji and am thrilled when it's a year I'm missing. Anyone out there have a 1992 or 1994 they would like to part with?! ......Ugh. I'm such a cookbook nerd.
Anyways, my point is that I am passionate about cookbooks. It's #CookbookMonth, and Amy from Amy's Cooking Adventures is hosting a Cookbook Compilation roundup. She thought it would be fun to pick a recipe from a favorite community or compilation cookbook of some sort, and I agree! Check out all the links at the bottom of this post, where you can find faves from a variety of talented bloggers. I immediately wanted to take part because some of my favorite cookbooks are community compilation types. I thought it would be so easy to pick a favorite recipe and write about it. Well, I was wrong. I have DOZENS of compilation cookbooks. Since each one of these is still on my bookshelf, and survived all the purges over the years, it means that there are easily hundreds of faves in all of these books combined.
So, instead, I simply chose to try a new recipe out of one of them. The book I chose is one that practically lives on my counter at this time of year. It's called "In Season - A harvest of Okanagan recipes from Davison Orchards & friends". I bought it on one of our summer trips to Vernon, British Columbia several years ago. According to the foreward of the book, Davison Orchards has been around since 1933. It's one of our favorite stops when we're in the area. There's a petting zoo for kids, lots of fresh produce for sale, preserves, and pies. Oh, the pies...... Anyways, on one of these trips, I purchased this cookbook, which contains beloved recipes from the Davison family, their friends and neighbours. Every year, when I have an excessive amount of tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, peaches, pumpkin, apples, or pears, this cookbook is my go-to source for ideas. I have never made a failure out of it.
This time, I made one of three Apple Cakes included in this book. (I've already made one of the others last year). This was contributed by someone named Cindy Welkie. Cindy - whoever and wherever you are, this cake is perfect. It gets better every day that it sits on your counter...not that it lasts that many. I recommend vanilla ice cream with it, but plain, right out of the pan is awesome too.
Here's the recipe:
Apple Cake - from Davison Orchards In Season
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 4 cups chopped apples
- 1 cup walnuts (I used pecans)
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Combine canola oil, apples, sugar and nuts. Add vanilla and slightly beaten eggs and combine with the first mixture.
- In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add to the apple mixture and pour into a greased 9x12 pan. Bake at 350F for one hour.