The cookbook I used to raise my kids

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This is the cookbook I used to feed my kids. More-With-Less Cookbook by Doris Janzen Longacre is a Mennonite cookbook, first published in 1976. The book advocates that families eat more whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, eat meat and dairy products in moderation and avoid processed and convenience foods, which was a relatively new idea in the 70’s. But, really, for me it was more than just a cookbook. It was a how-to book on eating and living simply.

My favorite recipe was always spoonbread. Spoonbread is a custard-like cornbread you scoop with a spoon. Lots of eggs and milk. Nutritious and delicious and can be used as a main meal. I wonder how many times I made it? I’d give you the recipe, but several years ago the cookbook fell apart and I’ve forgotten the details.

Here are more of our family favorites:

Coconut-Custard Pie
Oatmeal Bread
English Muffins
Cheese Crackers
Split Pea Soup
Granola
Master Mix
Potato Soup
Edna Ruth Byler’s Potato Dough
Baked Lentils with Cheese
Cucumber Salad
Roman Apple Cake