Saturday, April 05, 2008

Weekend Cookbook Challenge - Vintage Cookbooks - Fried Apples and Bacon

Last month the most wonderful event was held in Kamloops. The Kamloops Symphony held their Spring Book Sale. Imagine a big room full of books, all for $2 each! I visited them about 400000 times, and in total bought 10 cookbooks. A couple of them are pretty new - the copy of Cook Smart for a Healthy Heart looks like it was never even opened and Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Cooking (2 bucks! how could i resist????) also looks unused, and I know some of you out there would say that's a good thing. :)

Anyway, the other 8 are older books and that fits perfectly into the theme that Carla of Chocolate Moosey has picked for this month's Weekend Cookbook Challenge - Vintage Cookbooks. Any book published before 1980 is fair game.

Cooking in Color - 700 Recipes For Every Occasion was first published in 1976. It's full of tons of veggie and fruit recipes, although most of them contain obscene amounts of butter/eggs/cheese/mayo. I'm not sure how often I'll pull this off the shelf to cook with, but it's pretty fun to read. For WCC I chose a healthy breakfast - Bacon and Apple Rings. Not an overly diet friendly dish, but I had more apples than bacon on my plate, so I'm counting that for something. I did make a couple of changes - I omitted the butter you were supposed to fry the bacon in (!), and I removed most of the bacon fat before I cooked the apple slices. This was fairly quick and quite yummy for a slow Sunday breakfast eaten at the table with the weekend papers and lots of coffee (for Scott) and milk (for me). Should I make this again? Probably not. Will I make this again? Hell yes.

Please visit Carla and read her WCC post for all the detail for this month.

Bacon and Apple Rings
adapted from Cooking in Color - 700 Recipes For Every Occasion

Serves 4 (haaaaaaaa!)

8 oz bacon
2 golden delicious apples cored and thinly sliced
1 tbsp sugar

Cook the bacon in a large pan over medium high heat until crisp. Remove the bacon to a plate lined with paper towel to drain. Keep warm. Remove at least half the bacon fat from the pan. Add the apple slices and fry until tender and golden on both sides. Arrange bacon and apple slices on a serving plate and sprinkle with sugar. Serve immediately with hot toast.


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Carla said...

Thanks for the entry! Bacon and apples, hey there's fruit involved so it's ok ;)

jasmine said...

EEK! Sandra Lee.

'nuff said.

Love the concept of the new WWC...except for 1980 being "vintage" ;)


Annie said...

I have come to the conclusion that anything I eat on Sunday is permissible. It is a cheat day and should always be. Just eat and relax, that's what Sundays are for!

It looks sinful and really good!

Sara said...

Jasmine - Good point!!!!!

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Deborah said...

I love this WCC - and I think I even own a couple old cookbooks.

That looks like a mighty tasty breakfast!

Peabody said...

Bacon. Yes. Apples. Yes. Sugar. Yes. All together, even better!!!

Peabody said...

Oh and GO FLAMES!!!

test it comm said...

Sliced apples fried in bacon grease and served with bacon...mmm...

Cheryl said...

Bacon and apples, that could be the next peanut butter and jelly for me. How sinful.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Bacon fried in butter . . .
Well, it's an experience.

The Apron Queen said...

Salty & sweet. Sounds delicious. I'd probably eat the whole plate myself.

For your daily dose of vintage goodness & a bit of silliness, stop by Confessions of an Apron Queen, the home of Vintage Thingies Thursdays.

Anonymous said...

Healthy? Who needs healthy...we are talking BACON here.
Looks awesome.