Thursday, April 27, 2017

1978's Eat Your Heart Out with Corn Dogs, Tomato-Cheese Strata, Cannelloni & more -- Vintage Cookbook TBT

Vintage Cookbook: Eat Your Heart Out - Patricia B. Sirrine, Norma B. Leavitt and Elaine B. Kiester

Publication Details: Eat Your Heart Out Publishing Co., 1978

"Eat Your Heart Out" is a quintessentially 70s Canadian cookbook. Published in 1978 it was something of a best seller with several printings over the next couple of years. It was put together by three sisters from Alberta and has over 200 pages of recipes.

These cover all the standard bases from soups, to breads (it has a very large selection of bread recipes in fact), to main dishes, etc. As always with cookbooks from this era there are a lot of classics, some reasonable takes on different meat recipes, some attempts at Chinese or Mexican style recipes that are of very mixed value, and some hilariously awful ideas like having a "jello salad" with Chimichangas! (Please don't do this.)

Many of the pages had little jokes or folksy quips at the bottom and the entire book has a very informal and actually quite charming feel.

Here we take a look at all the recipes associated with the (very) period photography in the cookbook. Sometimes the photographs have one recipe tied to them and sometimes they have several. But this is a large book and there are many recipes that would make it worth seeking out if you are a fan of classic, homestyle North American dishes from casseroles to roasts to a wide array of desserts.

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(A previous contributor from BC, Chris Green might debate the title here!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

High Park cherry blossoms hit peak bloom -- a photographic visit

With photographs by Julia Laxer

This is the week that that annual Toronto ritual for so many occurs -- a trip to Toronto's iconic High Park to see the cherry blossom trees as they so spectacularly hit full bloom.

Last year's cherry blossoms were sadly largely ruined by cold weather. This year, however, the blossoms are back. While there is only a short window to see them, you should still have a few days.

Also terrific at the moment are the Forsythia which are gloriously bright and vibrantly yellow.

Expect big crowds of course. And big crowds of photographers both amateur and professional!

Not to be outdone, we went, camera in hand to capture some images for our readers.

Many of the photographs here were taken by 12 year old budding photographer and cartoonist Julia Laxer.

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