Church Cookbook Recipes – Heavenly Hash and Cardinal Salad

Posted on Nov 16 2012 - 11:21am by RetroRuth

Happy Friday!

Just wanted to do a little bit of shameless self-promotion.  I just finished an article on church cookbooks for Faith & Leadership, and if you would like to check it out you can head over to their website. It’s not often that I can go on and on about how awesome recipes are outside of this blog, so I was really thrilled to write the article and flattered that they even asked me!

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One bonus of writing the article was digging through my church cookbooks for example recipes.  I drew heavily from one of my favorite books, From Ridgewood Kitchens, which was published in 1945 by the West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey.  I LOVE this book because not only are all the recipes handwritten, but most of them are illustrated as well. The work of these talented ladies is really something!

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Hope you enjoy the article!

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5 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Sara In AZ November 16, 2012 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Congrats Ruth, the article was great! 🙂

  2. Erica Retrochef November 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    Oh goodness, that was lovely. I teared up.

  3. Juti February 9, 2013 at 10:44 am - Reply

    What a wonderful article.

    • RetroRuth February 13, 2013 at 6:13 pm - Reply

      Thank you! 🙂

  4. Erica Not-Retrochef February 4, 2014 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    I know I’m about a year late to comment on this, but holy crap! I grew up in the town right next to Ridgewood, NJ and had my piano recitals every year at West Side Presbyterian! It was a gorgeous old stone building near an old-fashioned downtown with (appropriately) mid-century decor inside for years and years… until it burned down around 2006ish and got rebuilt.

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